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

On Broccoli and Strategic Planning

On Broccoli and Strategic Planning

How Chorus America Ate Its Green Vegetables

Todd Estabrook | Governance, Management/Leadership, Strategic Planning

Most of us react to strategic planning like kids encountering strange green foodstuffs—we don't like it even if it is good for us! Here's how Chorus America tackled the job, and more importantly, why. Read more

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Should Board Members Be Required to Give Money?

Should Board Members Be Required to Give Money?

Matthew Sigman | Finance, Fundraising, Governance, Participation

Assembling the ideal board is less about fundraising prowess and more about about balancing the right components. Read more

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You've Reached an Organizational Impasse—Now What?

You've Reached an Organizational Impasse—Now What?

A Children's Chorus Case Study

Chorus America Staff | Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Governance, Management/Leadership

A children's chorus manager is at at an impasse in moving her organization forward with the ambitious artistic plans for future growth. Several experts weigh in on how she should proceed. Read more

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Recruitment Strategies for Children's Choruses

Recruitment Strategies for Children's Choruses

Jan-Marie Petersen | Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Recruitment, Schools, Social Media

Growing challenges in recruiting singers has led to creative tactics and new successes Read more

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Never Ask for Money!

Never Ask for Money!

Four Steps To Greater Fundraising Success

Kelly Ruggirello | Fundraising, Governance, Management/Leadership, Recruitment

A values-based strategy that aims to match donors with ways that they can give back to their communities—and removes the ego factor that can make fundraising scary. Read more

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Guerilla Concerts

Guerilla Concerts

Susan Swaney | Audiences, Community Outreach, Innovation, Marketing/Public Relations

Singing is an anywhere, anytime activity in many parts of the world. There, it's not something you go to—it's something you are. What if we took music out into the world rather than always asking people to come to it? One ensemble endeavors to do just that by taking choral music to the most unlikely places. Read more

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Get the Media Attention Your Chorus Deserves

Get the Media Attention Your Chorus Deserves

Kathy Bonk | Audiences, Marketing/Public Relations

Getting the word out to your local media is one of the best ways to ensure that arts patrons and the public know about the good work your chorus is doing. Here are tips for getting your chorus activities and performances noticed. Read more

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Important Rights and Permission Resources

Important Rights and Permission Resources

Chorus America Staff | Legal/Licensing, Technique/Tool

A list of websites and resources to use to ensure that your chorus stays on the right side of legal. Read more

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CD or Not CD

CD or Not CD

Matthew Sigman | Legal/Licensing, Marketing/Public Relations

On the internet all choruses are equal: Even the smallest ensemble with limited resources can now establish a global presence using digital technology to spread its sound. Here we offer some advice on how to decide which sound format is best for your chorus. Read more

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The Crowd Snores

The Crowd Snores

Brian Kellow | Audiences, Community Outreach, Innovation, Marketing/Public Relations

Are we chasing audiences with marketing and theatrics at the expense of real engagement? Some observations and lessons from the world of opera. Read more

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Resources

Singer Information Form

Singer Information Form

Chorus America Staff | Operations, Recruitment, Sample/Template, Singing

Use this template as a guide for collecting useful information about new and returning singers during auditions. Read more

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Orchestra Contract

Orchestra Contract

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

This sample contract provides a template as you incorporate a partnership with an orchestra. Read more

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Music Director Search Audition Evaluation Form

Music Director Search Audition Evaluation Form

A Sample from the Dessoff Choirs

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Evaluation, Management/Leadership, Operations, Recruitment, Sample/Template

A rating form for singers to use when evaluating all potential conductors during a search. Read more

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Music Director Search Audition Evaluation Form

Music Director Search Audition Evaluation Form

Template for Evaluating Finalists

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Evaluation, Management/Leadership, Operations, Recruitment, Sample/Template

A rating form for singers to use when evaluating conductors who have been identified as finalists during a music director search. Read more

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Fundraising Plan Outline

Fundraising Plan Outline

Chorus America Staff | Finance, Fundraising, Operations, Sample/Template

The most effective choruses plan out their annual fundraising; use this outline as a starting place. Read more

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Finance Scavenger Hunt

Finance Scavenger Hunt

Chorus America Staff | Finance, Sample/Template, Technique/Tool

Developed by an executive director, a treasurer, and a lawyer, this handout walks through the basics of sound financial management and how to read financial statements. A great primer for new board members! Read more

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Conflict of Interest Policy

Conflict of Interest Policy

Chorus America Staff | Governance, Legal/Licensing, Management/Leadership, Sample/Template

Use this policy template to ensure that your chorus is in compliance with tax requirements. Read more

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Chorus Handbook Table of Contents

Chorus Handbook Table of Contents

Chorus America Staff | General, Management/Leadership, Operations, Performance, Rehearsal, Sample/Template, Singing

This table of contents template will serve as a guide as you prepare your organization's handbook. Read more

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Children's Chorus Recruitment Case Study

Children's Chorus Recruitment Case Study

Chorus America Staff | Children/Youth, Recruitment, Technique/Tool

Developed after in-depth interviews with 20 children's choruses, this case study attempts to address common barriers and pre-conceptions about the recruitment issue. Read more

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Bylaws Template (USA)

Bylaws Template (USA)

Chorus America Staff | Governance, Legal/Licensing, Operations, Sample/Template

Use these sample by-laws to get your new chorus off the ground, adding in any clauses required by your state legislation. (USA only) Read more

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Events

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

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  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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DeKalb Choral Guild Gala Celebration

DeKalb Choral Guild Gala Celebration

Sandy Springs, GA

DeKalb Choral Guild | Fundraising

Black Tie Gala celebration in support of the DeKalb Choral Guild -your premier community chorus in DeKalb County GA.  Read more

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Dialogue

Age Discrimination?

Age Discrimination?

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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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