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Meet a Donor: Hussein Janmohamed and Joan Szymko

Meet a Donor: Hussein Janmohamed and Joan Szymko

Chorus America's 2018 Commission Consortium Composers

Mike Rowan | Children/Youth, Composing/Commissioning, Fundraising, Profile, Repertoire

Each month, Chorus America profiles one of our members in our Meet A Member interview series. To mark the season of giving, we often change things up a little bit for December by speaking with Chorus America donors. This year, we spoke to Hussein Janmohamed and Joan Szymko, the two composers donating compositions for Chorus America’s 2018 Commission Consortiums. Read more

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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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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

The Hills Are Alive: Music of Bavaria & Austria-1

The Hills Are Alive: Music of Bavaria & Austria-1

227 W. Woodlawn Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78212

Gustavo Rios Jr | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Conducting, Diversity, Families, Fundraising, General, Participation, Performance, Singing, Social Media, Volunteer

Season 49 opening fall concerts celebrating Oktoberfest. Read more

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Susquehanna Chorale Scholarship Concert

Susquehanna Chorale Scholarship Concert

626 Rutherford Rd., Harrisburg, PA 17109

Susquehanna Cho... | Fundraising

Concert to raise money so lack of funds will not be a barrier for a child to experience the wonderful world of chorale music. Read more

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Sing to Live Community Chorus presents Reflections

Sing to Live Community Chorus presents Reflections

1000 Elm Street, Glenview, IL 60025

Sheryl1017 | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Community Outreach, Conducting, Fundraising, Health, Performance, Singing

The Sing to Live Community Chorus presents a concert called "Reflections", featuring music that focuses on images and thoughts that represent who we are.    Dr. Wilbert O. Watkins directs. General admission is $20; Students & Seniors, $15. Breast cancer survivors are complimentary.  For tickets visit www.singtolive.org. Presented as a part of the Simple Gifts Concert Series of the Glenview Community Church.    Read more

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War and Peace

War and Peace

Minneapolis, MN

dhcfielding | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Fundraising, Participation, Performance, Recruitment, Repertoire, Singing, Symphonic

A concert of choral masterworks, both familiar (Haydn's "Mass in Time of War") and unfamiliar (U.S. premiere of Patrick Hadley's "Lenten Cantata"), will be presented at Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, MN.   Join us and experience the power and beauty of this music as the Lenten season approaches the celebration of Easter. Read more

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FREE Season Opening Concert: "A Treasury of Medieval and Renaissance Choral Music"

FREE Season Opening Concert: "A Treasury of Medieval and Renaissance Choral Music"

Minneapolis, MN

The Rose Ensemble | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Families, Fundraising, History, Performance, Professional, Singing

Come celebrate the opening of our 2013-2014 Performance Season with a free concert at the gorgeous Basilica of Saint Mary. Everyone is welcome, so bring your friends and enjoy The Rose Ensemble’s  signature sound with this one-hour showcase of medieval and Renaissance repertoire. It’s simple: beautiful early music performed in an incredible space. Show up early to peruse the silent auction and place your bids; proceeds support The Rose Ensemble. Read more

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Chor Leoni Idol

Chor Leoni Idol

Vancouver, BC

Chor Leoni Men'... | Fundraising, Performance

Eight of Chor Leoni’s finest singers will battle for karaoke supremacy in this hilarious new fundraiser event. Hosted by our new Artistic Director Erick Lichte and three mystery celebrity judges, Chor Leoni Idol will be a riotous night which will help support our mission of male choral music excellence. Hosted at the fabulous Fanclub in downtown Vancouver, our loyal patrons will not only hear Chor Leoni sing, but will help crown the next Chor Leoni Idol with their votes of financial support. Come for dinner, come for a drink, vote as often or as much as you like. Chor Leoni Idol puts the “fun” back in fundraiser! Read more

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SA Choral Society presents Beyond the Horizon: Music of the 20th and 21st Century

SA Choral Society presents Beyond the Horizon: Music of the 20th and 21st Century

230 E. Travis Street, San Antonio, TX 78205

Gustavo Rios Jr | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, Fundraising, Participation, Performance, Singing, Volunteer

  Season finalé featuring music of the 20th and 21st century.   Read more

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A-Tisket, A-Tasket, Help Us Fill Our Basket! Pro Coro Alexandria Spring Concert and ACS Fundraising Event

A-Tisket, A-Tasket, Help Us Fill Our Basket! Pro Coro Alexandria Spring Concert and ACS Fundraising Event

Alexandria, VA

Alexandria Chor... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Families, Fundraising, General, Performance, Singing

Join us in celebrating the arrival of spring with songs of love, beauty, and the springtime, performed by Pro Coro Alexandria, the chamber choir comprised of select members from Alexandria Choral Society. In between sets, you'll have a chance to mingle with singers and patrons alike while you enjoy refreshments and peruse the offerings of our fundraiser raffle.  Read more

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Heritage Presents: 13th Annual Concert Sing On!

Heritage Presents: 13th Annual Concert Sing On!

4101 Nebraska Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016

Miriam Dixon | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, CA News, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, Fundraising, General, Impact/Value, Innovation, Management/Leadership, Marketing/Public Relations, Networking, Participation, Performance, Professional, Recruitment, Schools, Singing, Social Media, Symphonic, Venue, Volunteer

We Preserve the Past. We Inspire the Community. We Sing On. Join Heritage Signature Chorale for our annual concert which promises to stir your soul. Tickets may be purchased at www.heritagesignaturechorale.org or by phone (202) 808-0583. Read more

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SA Choral Society presents POPS - On the Red Carpet: Hollywood Movie Classics

SA Choral Society presents POPS - On the Red Carpet: Hollywood Movie Classics

6070 Babcock, San Antonio, TX 78240

Gustavo Rios Jr | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, Fundraising, Participation, Performance, Singing

Season Pops Concert featuring “On the Red Carpet: Hollywood Movie Classics”. Come join us for an entertaining afternoon!  Read more

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