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Funding in the Future

Funding in the Future

Crowdfunding is the way of the future, so start making it part of your development efforts now.

Danny Ozment | Audiences, Fundraising, Innovation, Marketing/Public Relations, Technique/Tool, Technology

I am not an expert at fundraising in the traditional sense. As a recovering choral conductor who became a recording engineer, I’ve never held a fundraising position for any arts nonprofit organization. I did, however, spend 10 years working for two symphonic choruses with budgets of over $1 million and administrative staffs of less than five people. Like many of us, I’ve gotten an on-the-job crash course in fundraising and patron cultivation. Read more

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Meet a Member: Lorenzo Martinez, Houston Chamber Choir

Meet a Member: Lorenzo Martinez, Houston Chamber Choir

Mike Rowan | Audiences, Careers, Community Outreach, Diversity, Management/Leadership, Marketing/Public Relations, Profile

Lorenzo Martinez wasn’t expecting to become the executive director of the Houston Chamber Choir, but his new job is, in a sense, a homecoming. “I feel extremely fortunate to have landed here and work with incredible people,” says Martinez.  Read more

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Member Spotlight: Mimi Bornstein, Midcoast Community Chorus

Member Spotlight: Mimi Bornstein, Midcoast Community Chorus

Kelsey Menehan | Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Conducting, Impact/Value, Singing

Midcoast Community Chorus of Rockport, Maine was founded on the belief that everyone has a voice that deserves to be heard and that powerful things happen when we sing together in community. The group’s founder and artistic director Mimi Bornstein talks about the impact of that vision in the community. Read more

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The Music of Downton Abbey

The Music of Downton Abbey

Kelsey Menehan | Audiences, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Impact/Value, Innovation, Marketing/Public Relations, Participation, Performance, Repertoire, Symphonic, Volunteer

Riding the wave of a popular cultural phenomenon has enabled the Oratorio Society of Minnesota to unearth previously unperformed music and attract new audiences. 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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Back from the Brink

Back from the Brink

How the Minnesota Chorale Bounced Back from an Orchestra Shutdown

Kelsey Menehan | Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Fundraising, Impact/Value, Management/Leadership, Strategic Planning, Symphonic

What happens when a long-time relationship with an orchestra goes away—taking with it a third of your organization's income?  Shock, dismay, and then a determination to rally around your core mission. Read more

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On Tour with the Eric Whitacre Singers

On Tour with the Eric Whitacre Singers

Kelsey Menehan | Audiences, Conducting, Performance, Repertoire, Singing, Venue

The Eric Whitacre Singers recently made its debut U.S. tour in March, organized and presented by Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY.) Chorus America asked four of the Singers to provide some insight into life on the road, performing in American venues, and working with a choral "rock star."    Read more

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Choruses and Community Wellness

Choruses and Community Wellness

Don Lee | Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Health, Impact/Value, Participation, Performance, Singing

How can we share the wellness benefits of choral singing with a broader community? A growing number of choral leaders are looking at ways to extend the group singing experience beyond the concert hall. Read more

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Can Everybody Sing?

Can Everybody Sing?

Singer and Composer Melanie DeMore Says Yes!

Kelsey Menehan | Audiences, Community Outreach, Conducting, Diversity, Participation, Performance, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

Singer and composer Melanie DeMore enjoys nothing more than gathering together a group of people and forming a spontaneous choir. “I think that singing in a community allows people to have a certain bigness that they cannot have in a solitary way,” she says. In this Chorus America interview, DeMore talks about the importance of spreading the gift of choral singing far and wide.  Read more

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Going Viral: The Power of Video to Raise Your Chorus's Profile

Going Viral: The Power of Video to Raise Your Chorus's Profile

Kelsey Menehan | Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Fundraising, General, Impact/Value, Innovation, Marketing/Public Relations, Singing, Social Media, Technique/Tool, Technology

Plug the words “choir videos” into your search engine and you’ll get an astounding number of links (Google found 112,000,000. Yes, million.) Is your chorus among them? It could be—and more easily than you may think. Chorus America asked several choruses to tell us how they are making video a key part of their marketing strategy. Read more

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Resources

The Choral Works of Hamish MacCunn (1868–1916)

The Choral Works of Hamish MacCunn (1868–1916)

Jennifer Oates | Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, History, Performance, Repertoire, Research/Data, Singing

This issue provides insight into the music of Hamish MacCunn, Scottish romantic composer, conductor, and teacher. Jennifer Oates gives us a complete listing of MacCunn's choral works, including audio file examples. Read more

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Chorus America Research Memo

Chorus America Research Memo

NEA's 2008 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts

Chorus America Staff | Audiences, Civic Engagement, Government/Policy, Impact/Value, Participation, Research/Data

Chorus America illustrates how the National Endowment for the Arts' release of a research memo to the 2008 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts relates to the 2009 Chorus Impact Study. Read more

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Chorus Operations Survey Report (2010)

Chorus Operations Survey Report (2010)

Roland Kushner | Audiences, Finance, Governance, Marketing/Public Relations, Operations, Research/Data, Technique/Tool

The 2010 survey reports on operations data from the 2008-2009 season. An excellent benchmarking tool. Read more

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Shifting Sands of Demand

Shifting Sands of Demand

Alan Brown | Audiences, Marketing/Public Relations, Research/Data, Social Media

Alan Brown, principal of WolfBrown, presented these research findings and strategies for audience development at the 2010 Conference. Read more

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Conference Keynote Speech: There Are No Crises

Conference Keynote Speech: There Are No Crises

Russell Willis ... | Audiences, Finance, Fundraising, Governance, Innovation, Management/Leadership

A speech by Russell Willis Taylor of National Arts Strategies that addresses ways to turn times of organizational and environmental crisis into growth and creative thinking opportunities. Delivered at the 2010 Conference. Read more

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Events

Alexander's Feast by George Friedrich Handel

Alexander's Feast by George Friedrich Handel

25 Marlborough Rd., Soutthborough, MA 01772

Assabet Valley ... | Audiences

Alexander's Feast by Handel with orchestra and soloists Read more

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REMEMBRANCES featuring the world premier of "Shadow & Light"

REMEMBRANCES featuring the world premier of "Shadow & Light"

Eugene, Oregon

Diane Retallack | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Awards, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Families, Health, Impact/Value, Innovation, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

A new composition by Joan Szymko, giving voice to the challenges, courage, and loving acceptance of people and caregivers affected by Alzheimer's and dementia. The first-ever original commission from Eugene Vocal Arts, made possible by the Fred W. Fields Fund Creative Heights Initiative of the Oregon Community Foundation and by the Oregon Cultural Trust. Read more

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REMEMBRANCES featuring the world premier of "Shadow & Light"

REMEMBRANCES featuring the world premier of "Shadow & Light"

Eugene, Oregon

Diane Retallack | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Awards, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Families, Health, Impact/Value, Innovation, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

A new composition by Joan Szymko, giving voice to the challenges, courage, and loving acceptance of people and caregivers affected by Alzheimer's and dementia. The first-ever original commission from Eugene Vocal Arts, made possible by the Fred W. Fields Fund Creative Heights Initiative of the Oregon Community Foundation and by the Oregon Cultural Trust. Read more

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Acappellago presents "You Name It?!"

Acappellago presents "You Name It?!"

Oak Brook, IL & Batavia, IL

patricia m smith | Audiences

Shakespeare famously asked "What's in a name?" Acappellago's answer? A song!   Read more

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Mysticism in Myth, Metaphor, and Miracle

Mysticism in Myth, Metaphor, and Miracle

Roswell, GA

Coro Vocati | Audiences

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The Simple Gifts Concert Series of the Glenview Community Church presents "The King's Journey" - An Opera in Two Acts

The Simple Gifts Concert Series of the Glenview Community Church presents "The King's Journey" - An Opera in Two Acts

1000 Elm St., Glenview IL 60025

Sheryl1017 | Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, General, Performance

Original Epiphany Opera to be presented in the sanctuary on Sunday, January 16, 2016 at 7:00pm. Read more

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Bernstein and Durufle'

Bernstein and Durufle'

60 Forest Park Avenue

H.Joyce Duffy | Audiences

The Westchester Chorale presents the Chichester Psalms by Leonard Bernstein and the Requiem by Maurice Durufle' with soloist and orchestral ensemble. Read more

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Bach Christmas Oratorio, Parts 1, 2, and 3

Bach Christmas Oratorio, Parts 1, 2, and 3

Ewing, NJ

Princeton Pro Musica | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Conducting, Performance, Singing

  On Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 8:00pm, Princeton Pro Musica, led by Ryan James Brandau, will celebrate the upcoming holiday season with a performance of J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio at Kendall Theater on the campus of The College of NJ in Ewing, NJ. Read more

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Love to Sing? Join Children's Chorus of Washington.

Love to Sing? Join Children's Chorus of Washington.

Children's Chor... | Audiences, Children/Youth, Education, Families, Recruitment, Schools, Singing

Singers ages 6 to 18, check out Children's Chorus of Washington's programs: Ages 6-9: register for PREP Classes (new session starts in January) Ages 9-18: schedule an audition at 202 237 1005 and join one of our performing ensembles. Selected audition dates starting December 9th. New semester starts January 11. www.childrenschorus.com Read more

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Children's Chorus of Washington's Holiday Favorites

Children's Chorus of Washington's Holiday Favorites

730 21st Street NW Washington, DC 20052

Children's Chor... | Audiences, Children/Youth, Education, Families, General, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

Celebrate the holiday season with Children's Chorus of Washington, DC's premier children's chorus, joined by the Ruckman String Quartet and Amadeus Brass Quintet. For Tickets: http://lisner.gwu.edu/childrens-chorus-washington-holiday-favorites For more information about Children's Chorus of Washington: www.childrenschorus.com Read more

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