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Handling Singer Dismissals the Right Way

Handling Singer Dismissals the Right Way

Kathryn Mueller | General, Governance, Management/Leadership, Operations, Technique/Tool

A community chorus is held together by its singers’ commitment to each other and to the group. But what happens when a volunteer singer becomes disruptive to that community spirit—and won’t comply with repeated requests to change their ways? Does your chorus have a carefully spelled-out dismissal procedure, or do you handle things on a case-by-case basis? Or are you sitting there crossing your fingers and hoping it won’t happen, because there is no precedent in recent memory? 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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Effective Board Meetings Inspire Effective Leaders

Effective Board Meetings Inspire Effective Leaders

Susan Howlett | Governance, Management/Leadership

Do you look forward to your board meetings?  I didn’t think so. I go to board meetings several times a week, and most of them make me sad. The main reason? The typical meeting structure offers little opportunity for board members to LEAD.  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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Meet A Member: Brett Scott, University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music

Meet A Member: Brett Scott, University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music

Mike Rowan | Careers, Conducting, Education, Governance, Innovation, Profile

L. Brett Scott has touched many sides of the choral world in his career so far, and it figures that plenty more is in store. “My association has gone from a symphonic chorus, to research, to a community choir, and now includes a larger choral-orchestral ensemble again,” he says. Read more

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Making the First Hire

Making the First Hire

Don Lee | Careers, Governance, Management/Leadership, Operations, Strategic Planning

Hiring your chorus’s first employee is an important step. Here’s how to make sure you get it right. Read more

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Meet A Member: Shira Cion, Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble

Meet A Member: Shira Cion, Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble

Mike Rowan | Careers, Governance, Innovation, Management/Leadership, Repertoire

When Shira Cion hunted down Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble in 1988, it was a different era. There were no websites with which small niche arts organizations could make themselves visible to the world. Read more

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The Essential Board Plan

The Essential Board Plan

By Jay W. Vogt and Judy A. Ozbun

Chorus America Staff | Evaluation, Governance, Operations

These four simple steps will get your board working well on the right work. Read more

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The One-Person Everything Shop

The One-Person Everything Shop

Kelsey Menehan | Careers, Governance, Management/Leadership, Operations

Being the only person managing the day-to-day operations of a chorus is not for the faint of heart, but the pay-off can be sweet. Here’s how a number of solo administrators pull it off. Read more

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Resources

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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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 (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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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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Nonprofit Chorus Self-Evaluation Tool

Nonprofit Chorus Self-Evaluation Tool

Chorus America Staff | Evaluation, Governance, Legal/Licensing, Operations, Strategic Planning, Technique/Tool

A comprehensive evaluation tool for choruses that addresses nine areas: organizational purpose, programs & evaluation, governance, planning, fundraising, financial stability & transparency, marketing & public relations, human resources, and operations & facilities. Each section's questions are organized from legal minimums to best practices. 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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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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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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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

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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35th Annual Conference

35th Annual Conference

Minneapolis, MN

Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, Education, Governance, Management/Leadership, Marketing/Public Relations, Networking, Operations, Strategic Planning, Technology

Chorus America's 35th Annual Conference is not to be missed! Featuring performances by nine of Minnesota's premier choruses, a massed youth choir, a morning sing with Garrison Keillor, and keynote speakers Marilyn Carlson Nelson and Melanie de More, among others, this Conference will inspire and educate. Read more

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