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Software that Sings

Software that Sings

Choosing the Right Software for Your Chorus

Dan Rivas | Fundraising, Governance, Management/Leadership, Operations, Technique/Tool, Technology

The right process can save your organization a lot of time and money as you select new software. But how do you get started? Read more

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How to Build a Development Committee that Rocks!

How to Build a Development Committee that Rocks!

Cortlandt Fengler | Finance, Fundraising, Governance, Management/Leadership

The viability of every nonprofit chorus depends on the success of its development committee and the effectiveness of the committee chair. With so much riding on this work, how should the board arrange its priorities? Maybe not in the way you’d expect. Read more

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Meet A Donor: Michael Pettry, Indianapolis Symphonic Choir

Meet A Donor: Michael Pettry, Indianapolis Symphonic Choir

Mike Rowan | Careers, Fundraising, Governance, Management/Leadership, Profile

Each month, Chorus America profiles one of our members in our Meet A Member interview series. To mark the season of giving, we changed things up a little bit for December and spoke to a Chorus America donor, Michael Pettry, executive director of the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, who has also been known to be generous with his time and talents. President & CEO Catherine Dehoney spoke to Michael about his latest work with the Symphonic Choir and what inspires him to give. Read more

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Getting Grants for Your Chorus

Getting Grants for Your Chorus

Chorus America Staff | Awards, Evaluation, Finance, Fundraising, Impact/Value, Operations

Three funders share their do’s and don’ts for successful grant applications.   Read more

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Meet a Donor: Greg Funfgeld, Bach Choir of Bethlehem

Meet a Donor: Greg Funfgeld, Bach Choir of Bethlehem

Mike Rowan | Careers, Community Outreach, Fundraising, Impact/Value

Each month, Chorus America has been profiling one of our members in our new Meet A Member series. For December, to mark the season of giving, we changed things up a little bit and interviewed one of Chorus America's long-time donors: Greg Funfgeld, artistic director of the Bach Choir of Bethlehem. Read more

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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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Empower Your Board for Fundraising Success

Empower Your Board for Fundraising Success

Susan Howlett | Fundraising, Management/Leadership

A clear development strategy turns reluctant board members into inspired fundraisers. Read more

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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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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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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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Resources

Fundraising Plan

Fundraising Plan

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

Use this fundraising plan template to build overall goals for your organization and to clarify specific goals for foundation, government, corporate, and individual funding.  Read more

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Chorus Operations Survey Report (2012)

Chorus Operations Survey Report (2012)

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 Chorus 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 2012 report features data from the 2010-2011 season. 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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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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Individual Board Member Responsibilities

Individual Board Member Responsibilities

Chorus America Staff | Fundraising, Governance, Sample/Template

When recruiting new board members and engaging existing board members, it is vital to provide a clear list of individual responsibilities. Use this template as a starting place. Read more

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Grantwriting: Crafting an Effective Case Statement

Grantwriting: Crafting an Effective Case Statement

Chorus America Staff | Community Outreach, Fundraising, Impact/Value, Sample/Template

Writing grant proposals or even a simple appeal letter is always a challenge. These sample paragraphs may help you as you are trying to "make the case" for your chorus. Read more

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Fundraising from Individuals Webinar

Fundraising from Individuals Webinar

Chorus America Staff | Fundraising, Governance, Research/Data, Technique/Tool

Chorus America presents data on the current state of philanthropy and provides guidance on building a strong individual donor base. (PowerPoint slides available separately.) Read more

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Fundraising from Individuals

Fundraising from Individuals

Chorus America Staff | Fundraising, Governance, Research/Data, Technique/Tool

Slides from Chorus America's webinar on ways to build your individual donor base. (Webinar available separately.) Read more

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Fundraising: Getting To and Making the Ask

Fundraising: Getting To and Making the Ask

Chorus America Staff | Fundraising, Technique/Tool

Paul Hogle, Executive Vice President of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, addresses strategies to successfully cultivate individual donors in this PowerPoint presentation, originally given 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

Call for singers for Toys for Tots Concert

Call for singers for Toys for Tots Concert

Glenview, IL

Sheryl1017 | Adults/Seniors, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Fundraising, Participation, Performance, Singing, Volunteer

Are you a singer who can’t make a regular commitment to a choir? Are you looking to give back this holiday season? Join us in the Glenview Community Toys Chorus performing in the Toy-Ful Celebration concert to raise toys for Toys for Tots. There are two rehearsals on Wednesday, December 6 and December 13 from 7:00pm – 8:00pm (music provided). The concert is on Saturday, December 16. Call time is 5:30pm for the 7:00pm concert at the Glenview Community Church, 1000 Elm St., Glenview, IL. Email Guillermo Muñoz-Küster, Choir Director, at Guillermo@gccucc.org. Read more

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BOUNCE The Basketball Opera

BOUNCE The Basketball Opera

Lexington, KY

Michelle Tabnick PR | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Awards, CA News, Careers, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Evaluation, Families, Finance, Fundraising, General, Governance, Government/Policy, Health, History, Impact/Value, Innovation, Legal/Licensing, Management/Leadership, Marketing/Public Relations, Networking, Operations, Participation, Performance, Professional, Profile, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Research/Data, Sample/Template, Schools, Science, Singing, Social Media, Strategic Planning, Symphonic, Technique/Tool, Technology, Venue, Volunteer

Ardea Arts announces the World Premiere of BOUNCE The Basketball Opera. Performances will take place at Calvary Baptist Church Recreation Center, 150 E. High Street, Lexington, KY, on Friday and Saturday, November 10 & 11 at 7:30pm, and Sunday, November 12at 2pm. General Admission, $18, Students $9. For more information, visit www.ardeaarts.com/bounce/. Read more

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Simple Gifts Gala Concert

Simple Gifts Gala Concert

1000 Elm St., Glenview IL 60025

Sheryl1017 | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Conducting, Fundraising, Performance, Singing, Volunteer

The musicians of GCC open our 12th Simple Gifts concert season with sacred and secular music performed by vocal and instrumental soloists, small ensembles, the Chancel Choir and the Joyful Ringers Hand Bell Choir!  Read more

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Thomanerchor    Saint Thomas Boys Choir

Thomanerchor Saint Thomas Boys Choir

Bethlehem, PA

Renee James | Children/Youth, Families, Fundraising, History, Performance, Professional, Singing

THOMANERCHOR - an extraordinary event you won't want to miss! SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2017 4pm • Central Moravian Church 6pm • Benefactor Cocktails, Dinner & Auction Saucon Valley Country Club   Read more

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Come to GMChorale’s 40th Anniversary Celebration!

Come to GMChorale’s 40th Anniversary Celebration!

421 Wadsworth St., Middletown, CT 06457

Marcia Bliven | Fundraising

Please join GMChorale on Sunday, June 25, at 4 p.m. for their dazzling 2017 Fundraising Gala as they close a most fulfilling musical season, as well as a 40-year chapter for their Middletown-based group. Read more

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Gala and Grand Concert

Gala and Grand Concert

Portland, OR

Blueprint Ensem... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Diversity, Families, Fundraising, Impact/Value, Performance, Singing

Blueprint Ensemble Arts and Theatre Initiative is a Portland-based non-profit performing arts and choral orgnaization that strives to expand the profile and appreciation of music and the performing arts, while making them accessible to all.  Read more

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"Lyrics & Music!" (part 1)  Herrick’s Lyricks (world premiere)

"Lyrics & Music!" (part 1) Herrick’s Lyricks (world premiere)

16510 Mt Oak Rd, Bowie, MD 20716

Jane Thessin | Composing/Commissioning, Fundraising, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

The Chamber Singers of the Chesapeake Chorale features the premiere a new cantata by American composer Bruce Trinkley, 'Herrick’s Lyricks', on April 23rd, 2017. Read more

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LA Children's Chorus Honors Placido Domingo and Jo and Shawn Libaw at Gala Bel Canto

LA Children's Chorus Honors Placido Domingo and Jo and Shawn Libaw at Gala Bel Canto

506 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90071

sgordon823 | Adults/Seniors, Awards, Children/Youth, Fundraising

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus Honors Legendary Opera Star Placido Domingo and Longtime LACC Supporters Jo and Shawn Libaw at Gala Bel Canto Read more

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September Sing

September Sing

Southport, CT

jromano | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Community Outreach, Fundraising, Networking, Participation, Performance, Recruitment, Singing

A September Sing featuring selections from Verdi Requiem and Faure Requiem. The audience is the choir at this event. The Trinity Episcopal Church in Southport is at 651 Pequot Avenue, Southport, CT  06890. The Church is 2 blocks south of I-95 at Exit 19. Admission is $10 at the door, music rental is included.  A wine and cheese reception will follow the event. Read more

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MasterVoices - 2016 Spring Benefit Raised More Than $220,000

MasterVoices - 2016 Spring Benefit Raised More Than $220,000

131 W 55th St.

emilymt | Fundraising

MasterVoices raised more than $220,000 to fund the company’s Artistic and Education Programs at its 2016 Spring Benefit which featured Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell and Nahum Tate starring Kelli O' Hara, Victoria Clark, Elliot Madore, Anna Christy, and Sarah Mesko, with a World Premiere prologue by Michael John LaChiusa, directed and choreographed by Doug Varone, and conducted by Ted Sperling at Le Parker Meridien and New York City Center on April 28, 2016.   The Gala was attended by 170 guests. The evening began at 6:00pm with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the Grand Tier at New York City Center, located at 131 W. 55th Street,and lead into the 7:00pm concert. Following the performance, guests enjoyed dinner, dessert, and a brief live auction led by Steve Rosen at Le Parker Meridien’s beautiful Estrela Penthouse, located at 119 W. 56th Street.   The event was led by Chairs Antonia and George Grumbach and Ellen F. Marcus, and Co-Chairs Jewelle and Nathaniel Bickford, Jill K. Malila, Judy and Morton Sloan, Deborah Stiles, and Adèle K. and John Talty. The Corporate Co-Chair was AON.   The Dido and Aeneas program and 2016 Spring Benefit was dedicated to the memory of James S. Marcus, longtime MasterVoices Board Member.  MasterVoices is forever grateful for his and his wife Ellen’s generosity, and will always remember Jim for his boundless spirit, tremendous wisdom, and deep love of music.   Attendees Artists: Kelli O'Hara, Victoria Clark, Elliot Madore, Anna Christy, Sarah Mesko, Michael John LaChiusa, Doug Varone, Christian Siriano, Ted Sperling, Doug Varone and Dancers, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and MasterVoices.   Gala Chairs: Antonia and George Grumbach and Ellen F. Marcus, and Co-Chairs: Jewelle and Nathaniel Bickford, Jill K. Malila, Judith and Morton Sloan, Deborah Stiles, and Adèle K. and John Talty. The Corporate Co-Chair is AON. Board of Directors: Jewelle Bickford (co-chair), Deborah Stiles (co-chair), Susan Shine (Vice Chair), Sandra Joys (Secretary), Lois Conway (Treasurer), Martina Arroyo, Susan L. Baker, Juliana Chen, Alicia Damley, George G. Grumbach, Jr. , Kenneth Hannan, Jr., Sandra S. Joys, Robert Jurgrau, Ellen F. Marcus, Jill Malila, Ellen Nenner, Elaine Petschek, Lisa Rubin, Petra Slater, Adèle K. Talty, Elizabeth Tunick.   Benefit Committee: M. Bernard Aidinoff & Elsie V. Aidinoff, Rima Ayas & Ronald Moore, André Bishop, Karin and Henry Barkhorn, Kit Smyth Basquin, Susan & David Brownwood, Juliana Chen, Lois Conway, Marilyn and Lawrence Friedland, Cathy J. Friedman & Thomas R. Feyer, Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth H. & Yvonne S. Hannan, Bruce C. Johnson, Sandra & David Joys, Robert Jurgrau & Marc Gollub, Nancy Karch, Sahra T. Lese, Dinny & Lester Morse, Ellen B. Nenner, Richard C. Norton and Gary Schocker,, Naomi and Stuart Paley, Elaine Petschek, Lisa Rubin & Dr. Carl Mankowitz, Christie C. Salomon and Rich Lombard,, Susan Shine, Margo Shulman, Petra & Sam Slater, Deborah Stiles, Adèle K. and John Talty, Mr. and Mrs. David M. Tobey, Elizabeth Tunick, Alan & Elaine Weiler, Judy Francis Zankel.   Other Guests Included: Edward Barnes, Kit Basquin, Norman Benzaquen, Jewelle and Nathaniel Bickford, Hon. Jody Adams, Connie and Henry Christiensen, Jamie Cowperthwait, Peter and Katherine Darrow, Elisabeth De Picciotto, Jennie L and Richard K DeScherer, Junia Doan, Anthony and Judy Evnin, Patsy and Ed Garno, Michael and Mary Gellert, Michael Siegal and Nomi Ghez, Lynn Gilbert, Beth and Gary Glynn, Andrew Goffe and Jeff Levin, Ricky Ian Gordon and Kevin Doyle, Paul Gruber and Keith Champagne, Helen Little, Stefania and James McClennen, Richard Prins and Corrine Steensma, Jesse Rosen, Lisa Rubin and Carl Mankowitz, Irving and Lucy Sandler, Robert Simon and Gilles DeVoe, Frank Skillern, Annaliese Soros, Mira Spektor, Nora London, David and Julie Tobey, Christie and Ron Ulrich, Charlotte and Carl von Axelson, Sandra and George Weiksner, Rick Wertheim and Angelo Chan.   Dido and Aeneasfeatured Broadway's leading lady Kelli O'Hara (Tony Award winner for the critically acclaimed revival of The King and I on Broadway), the multi-faceted star Victoria Clark (Tony Award winner for GIGI The Musical on Broadway), Canadian baritone Elliot Madore (Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, The Barber of Seville, Sweeney Todd), internationally acclaimed soprano Anna Christy (Les dialogues des Carmélites, Die Fledermaus), and American mezzo-soprano Sarah Mesko (Catone in Utica) with a World Premiere prologue by five-time Tony Award nominated Composer, Lyricist and Librettist Michael John LaChiusa (The Wild Party, Marie Christine, Cronicle of a Death Foretold).   Under the artistic direction of conductor Ted Sperling, MasterVoices is a New York City-based performing arts organization that celebrates singing and the art of musical storytelling. Founded as The Collegiate Chorale almost 75 years ago by legendary conductor Robert Shaw, the organization is one of the jewels of NYC cultural institutions, and has achieved international acclaim as well. Recent performances at Carnegie Hall and at Lincoln Center have included Ricky Ian Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath, Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado, Boito’s Mefistofele, Eric Idle’s Not the Messiah (He’s a Very Naughty Boy) and many of the great choral works, including Brahms’ Requiem, Tippett’s A Child of Our Time, Mahler’s 8th Symphony, Glass’ Koyaanisqatsi and the Verdi Requiem. Some of the solo artists who have sung with MasterVoices recently include Stephanie Blythe, Victoria Clark, Nathan Gunn, Kelli O’Hara, Eric Idle, Eric Owens, Bryn Terfel and Deborah Voigt. For more information, visit mastervoices.org.  Connect with MasterVoices on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@mastervoicesny).   The 2015-2016 Season continues with:   Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 Conducted by Joshua Gersen, presented by the New York Youth Symphony May 29, 2016 at Carnegie Hall   Bridges The 2015-2016 season will conclude in June with a program featuring a World Premiere work, with music by Marisa Michelson and libretto by Royce Vavrek, developed for the launch of MasterVoices’ new community outreach program, Bridges. June 5, 2016 at Ansche Chesed Synagogue   Major funding for MasterVoices’ 2015-16 season has been generously provided by The Geier Foundation, the Howard Gilman Foundation, the Geoffrey C. Hughes Foundation, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.   #     Read more

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