Management & Governance

Chorus America strengthens the governance, management, marketing, fundraising, and operations of choruses by providing practical tools, templates, training, and strategies for its administrative and board leaders. We track the annual operations of choruses, identify best practices and assessment tools, and help our members build audiences for choral music.

Articles

Extreme Makeover: Community Chorus Edition II

Extreme Makeover: Community Chorus Edition II

Kelsey Menehan | Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Diversity, Fundraising, Impact/Value, Innovation, Management/Leadership

For nearly half a century, Voices of Omaha has presented annual performances of Handel's Messiah without admission charge. In 2010, artistic director Edward B. Hurd laid out a challenge and a path forward: “We can do even more for our community.” Part II of this two-part series explores how the chorus exponentially increased its development efforts and shares "words to the wise" learned through experience. Read more

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Extreme Makeover: Community Chorus Edition I

Extreme Makeover: Community Chorus Edition I

Kelsey Menehan | Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Diversity, Impact/Value, Innovation, Management/Leadership

For nearly half a century, Voices of Omaha has presented annual performances of Handel's Messiah without admission charge. In 2010, artistic director Edward B. Hurd laid out a challenge and a path forward: “We can do even more for our community.” Part I of this two-part series takes a look at the chorus's image makeover and efforts to attract a younger and more diverse community. Read more

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Get Prepared with 5 Easy Tips from ArtsReady

Get Prepared with 5 Easy Tips from ArtsReady

Chorus America Staff | General, Operations, Technique/Tool

Having a business continuity plan in place can help protect your chorus, and enable you to get up and running again as soon as possible. Read more

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7 Tips for Photographing Your Chorus

7 Tips for Photographing Your Chorus

Liza Beth | Marketing/Public Relations

These tips from choruses and the photographers they work with will help you get images that represent your organization at its best. Read more

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Boards, Measure Thyselves!

Boards, Measure Thyselves!

Kelsey Menehan | Evaluation, Governance, Management/Leadership

The most effective boards measure their own performance. Governance expert Nancy Axelrod shares her insights into self-evaluation for your organization. Read more

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Digging Deeper with Chorus America's Self-Evaluation Tool

Digging Deeper with Chorus America's Self-Evaluation Tool

Kelsey Menehan | Evaluation, Governance, Management/Leadership, Technique/Tool

Is your choral organization running like a well-oiled machine or in fits and starts? Chorus America’s Online Chorus Self-Evaluation Tool (SET) can help you answer that question. Read more

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10 Articles to Jumpstart Your Chorus's Year-End Fundraising

10 Articles to Jumpstart Your Chorus's Year-End Fundraising

Lauren Rosenthal | Fundraising

Turning leaves and the appearance of pumpkin lattes mean that fall is just around the corner—which means it's time to start thinking about your chorus's end-of-year fundraising campaign. But where do you begin? Here is a collection of articles from around the web to help you get started, as well as some Chorus America resources to inform your fundraising all year long. Read more

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Social Media for Choruses

Social Media for Choruses

6 Commandments and the Golden Rule

Nancy Roberts | Marketing/Public Relations, Social Media, Technology

These six commandments from marketing and communications professional Nancy Roberts will help guide your chorus’s social media tactics and save time and money. Read more

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 Michael Kaiser On Building Healthy Arts Organizations

Michael Kaiser On Building Healthy Arts Organizations

Kelsey Menehan | Impact/Value, Management/Leadership, Marketing/Public Relations

In addition to expanding educational and artistic programming as president of the Kennedy Center, Michael Kaiser has become a prominent leader in arts management. Here are some of the insights he shared at Chorus America's 2014 Conference. Read more

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2014 Conference: Quotable Quotes and Top Tweets

2014 Conference: Quotable Quotes and Top Tweets

Chorus America Staff | General

Chorus America's Conference is four days long, but those four days are packed with enough content, new ideas, and great moments to last until it's time to do it all over again. Here is a collection of some of the speaker quotes and #choruscon tweets that our staff have been talking about for the past few weeks. Have a favorite moment that we missed? Let us know in the comments below. Read more

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Resources

Annual Staff Review

Annual Staff Review

Chorus America Staff | General, Governance, Management/Leadership, Sample/Template

Use this review template to review past work and create goals for future work. Read more

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Administrative Leader (Executive/Managing Director) Job Description

Administrative Leader (Executive/Managing Director) Job Description

Chorus America Staff | General, Governance, Management/Leadership, Operations, Recruitment, Sample/Template

This sample administrative job description can help you define a new or existing role for an executive or managing director. Read more

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Chorus Operations Survey Report (2015)

Chorus Operations Survey Report (2015)

Roland Kushner | Evaluation, Management/Leadership, Operations, Research/Data

Chorus America's annual survey of the operations of choruses, the Chorus Operations Survey Report includes more than 30 different analyses, from number of board meetings to board giving, from ticket pricing to chorus dues amounts, from accompanist pay practices to marketing efficiency. The 2015 report features data from the 2013-2014 season. Read more

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Board Matrix Template

Board Matrix Template

Chorus America Staff | Governance, Sample/Template

Use this matrix as a guide to finding new board members for your chorus. Read more

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Chorus Operations Survey Report (2014)

Chorus Operations Survey Report (2014)

Roland Kushner | Evaluation, Management/Leadership, Operations, Research/Data

Chorus America's annual survey of the operations of choruses, the Chorus Operations Survey Report includes more than 30 different analyses, from number of board meetings to board giving, from ticket pricing to chorus dues amounts, from accompanist pay practices to marketing efficiency. The 2014 report features data from the 2012-2013 season. Read more

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Chorus Operations Survey Report (2013)

Chorus Operations Survey Report (2013)

Roland Kushner | Evaluation, Management/Leadership, Operations, Research/Data

Chorus America's annual survey of the operations of choruses, the Chorus Operations Survey Report includes more than 30 different analyses, from number of board meetings to board giving, from ticket pricing to chorus dues amounts, from accompanist pay practices to marketing efficiency. The 2013 report features data from the 2011-2012 season. If you are interested in learning more about the survey's findings and other critical arts research, you can find Chorus America's latest webinar, "Research Your Chorus Should Know About!" on-demand here.  Read more

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Navigating a Music Director Transition

Navigating a Music Director Transition

An Online Seminar

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Governance, Operations, Strategic Planning, Technology

Responding to survey data that revealed that 33% of responding conductors were founding directors that anticipated retiring from their ensembles within 5-10 years, Chorus America created this online seminar, Navigating a Music Director Transition. Packed full of video interviews with leaders in the field who have addressed this transition from all different roles (departing music director, incoming music director, board president, executive director, search committee member, etc.), as well as practical worksheets and tools, the 4-part seminar is a vital resource for any choruses anticipating an artistic change. Read more

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Chorus Operations Survey Report (2011)

Chorus Operations Survey Report (2011)

Roland Kushner | Evaluation, Finance, Fundraising, Governance, Management/Leadership, Marketing/Public Relations, Operations, Research/Data, Technique/Tool

Chorus America's annual survey of the operations of choruses, the Operations Survey Report includes more than 40 different analyses, from number of board meetings to board giving, from ticket pricing to chorus dues amounts, from accompanist pay practices to marketing efficiency. The 2011 report features data from the 2009-2010 season. Read more

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Strategic Plan Template

Strategic Plan Template

Chorus America Staff | Governance, Sample/Template, Strategic Planning

This template shares the sections you would expect to see in a strategic plan document, including details of what to include in each section.  Read more

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Soloist Contract

Soloist Contract

Chorus America Staff | General, Legal/Licensing, Operations, Performance, Sample/Template

Use this contract to help clarify expectations for your hired soloists. Read more

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Events

Autumn Rhapsody

Autumn Rhapsody

New York, New York

melodianyc | Performance

  Vivaldi's Magnificat, as originally performed by women's voices Dvořák's Largo, part of NY Phil 175th Anniversary New World Symphony U.S. Premiere of Seven Blake Songs by Rudi Tas NY Preimere of Ütle Sina (Tell Me) by Tonu Kõrvits  Read more

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Joy! Christmas in the Basilica

Joy! Christmas in the Basilica

2333 S. 6th St. Milwaukee, WI 53215

Bel Canto Chorus | Audiences

This ever-popular event, named to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s “Fifteen Top Holiday Concerts in Milwaukee” list in 2015, will once again fill the Basilica of St. Josaphat.  Performed by Bel Canto and accompanied by Kevin Bailey on the organ and Stained Glass Brass, this year’s concert includes the premiere of a work by Christian Ellenwood along with the traditional carols and songs of the season that people have come to know and love.  Make this annual experience part of your holiday tradition. Read more

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THE MUSIC OF DAN FORREST

THE MUSIC OF DAN FORREST

Seventh Avenue and 57th Street, New York, New York

andrea@DCINY.org | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Families, Government/Policy, Health, Impact/Value, Management/Leadership, Marketing/Public Relations, Networking, Participation, Performance, Professional, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Schools, Science, Singing, Social Media, Symphonic, Venue

DCINY proudly presents a concert of works by visiting composer Dan Forrest. Requiem for the Living is a lush five-movement exploration of life, love, loss, and renewal, for orchestra and choir. The work will be performed by the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International, led by Associate Artistic Director and Conductor, Dr. James M. Meaders. The rest of the all-Forrest program will be conducted by Jo-Michael Scheibe of USC Thornton School of Music. Read more

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MasterVoices Announces Appointment of New Co-Chairs of the Board of Directors: Jewelle Bickford and Deborah Stiles

MasterVoices Announces Appointment of New Co-Chairs of the Board of Directors: Jewelle Bickford and Deborah Stiles

115 E. 57th St, 11th Floor, NYC 10022

emilymt |

  MasterVoices announces the appointment of two new Co-Chairs of its Board of Directors, Jewelle Bickford and Deborah Stiles, to succeed its former Co-Chairs, Susan Baker and George Grumbach. Read more

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UPDATE on New York Choral Consortium's  Free Winter Workshop!. NEW TOPIC: Know and Grow Your Audience and Technology Tools That Can Help, plus Stealthy Ear Training -- This Saturday January 10 -- Reserve Now!

UPDATE on New York Choral Consortium's Free Winter Workshop!. NEW TOPIC: Know and Grow Your Audience and Technology Tools That Can Help, plus Stealthy Ear Training -- This Saturday January 10 -- Reserve Now!

NY, NY

Cathy Fischer -... | Education, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

New York Choral Consortium is proud to present a day-long workshop on audience development and choral ear training at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, in NYC, from 9:30 am to 4 pm.  Complimentary breakfast and lunch will be served, providing excellent opportunities to network and mingle with your colleagues from across the choral community. Read more

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NYCC Fall Workshop on Choral Karma – Getting Our Shared Community to Show Up and the Commissioning Process

NYCC Fall Workshop on Choral Karma – Getting Our Shared Community to Show Up and the Commissioning Process

1047 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

Cathy Fischer -... | Audiences, Composing/Commissioning

Choral Karma - Getting Our Shared Community to Show Up! Is the marketing process or the idea of social media weighing you down? Don't know where to start or why those things you've tried aren't working? Need to expand your audience past the friends and family market, but don't know how? We all need some NYC "Choral Karma." Our expert clinician will lead a rousing discussion using a unique crowd-sourcing technique for revealing ideas and share expert tips and planning strategies for effective marketing of our choral music concerts here in NYC. Let's figure out how to get our music in the ears and hearts of every New Yorker!  The Commissioning Process   Have you always wanted to commission a new work for your choir, but worried that the process would be daunting or difficult for you or your singers? Let your friends at NYCC set your mind at ease. Hear the stories, the do's and don'ts, and get expert inside tips for successful collaborations between composers and choral conductors. A panel of distinguished artists from all sides of the spectrum will pave the way for your next (or first!) exciting project bringing new music to life for the first time! We'll even include a comprehensive info packet to help you get started! Read more

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The Collegiate Chorale Announces Expansion of Executive Staff: Ted Sperling, Artistic Director; Edward Barnes, Producing Director

The Collegiate Chorale Announces Expansion of Executive Staff: Ted Sperling, Artistic Director; Edward Barnes, Producing Director

New York, NY

emilymt | Professional

THE COLLEGIATE CHORALE Announces An Expansion of its Executive Staff: Ted Sperling, Artistic Director Edward Barnes, Producing Director Join Music Director James Bagwell   and Executive Director Jennifer Collins Read more

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Purcell The Indian Queen

Purcell The Indian Queen

Boston, MA

Handel and Hayd... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Awards, Careers, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, General, Impact/Value, Performance, Singing, Symphonic, Venue

H&H presents a program of comedy, romance, intrigue, and beautiful music with this dramatic semi-opera and scenes from other Purcell works. Read more

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Chorus Management Institute  2012

Chorus Management Institute 2012

Indianapolis, IN

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Dialogue

Age Discrimination?

Age Discrimination?

Anonymous |

Giving ticket discounts to seniors and students is a widespread practice, but should we be concerned about age discrimination? Read more

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