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Back from the Brink

Back from the Brink

How One Chorus Grappled with the Perfect Storm of Bad Economic Circumstances

Eric Holtan | Audiences, Finance, Fundraising, Governance

All of us in the arts feel the pinch in a recession. Here is the story of how the Tucson Chamber Artists weathered the storm of economic bad news during one year, employing adaptive strategies throughout the season to overcome them. Read more

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Harness More Fundraising Power with Volunteers

Harness More Fundraising Power with Volunteers

Derrick Feldmann | Fundraising, Governance, Networking, Recruitment, Volunteer

Engage, equip, and empower volunteers to help your chorus reach its fullest fundraising potential. Read more

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Staying Power: How Historic Choruses Keep Going Strong

Staying Power: How Historic Choruses Keep Going Strong

Sara Pearsaul Vice | Community Outreach, Governance, History, Innovation

What allows one chorus to thrive for more than a century while another is forced to close down after just a few years? Leaders of some of the longest-running choral organizations credit a combination of factors for their longevity. Read more

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The Role of the Governance Committee

The Role of the Governance Committee

Sherif Nada | Evaluation, Governance, Recruitment, Technique/Tool

The impact of the governance committee is far-reaching—the character of a board and indeed the effectiveness of the organization itself, emerge from its efforts. Read more

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Panic Is Never a Strategy

Panic Is Never a Strategy

In Times of Crisis, Communities Need Choruses

Todd Estabrook | Governance, Impact/Value, Management/Leadership

Communities in crisis need music and art more than ever to tell the stories that inspire us to resolve and overcome adversity. Through optimism, adaptation, and strong leadership choruses can contribute to the solution. Read more

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Financial Reports You Can Count On

Financial Reports You Can Count On

Eric Fraint | Finance, Governance, Management/Leadership, Operations

Guidelines on the financial reports you need from your accountant—and when—to be an effective steward of your chorus. Read more

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Women in Choral Conducting: A Level Playing Field?

Women in Choral Conducting: A Level Playing Field?

Vivien Schweitzer | Careers, Children/Youth, Diversity, Governance

Men vastly outnumber women in orchestral conducting, but choruses tell a different story. What issues do women choral conductors face today? Read more

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Putting Ego to Work for Your Chorus

Putting Ego to Work for Your Chorus

Steven Smith | Governance, Impact/Value, Management/Leadership

In his recent book egonomics: what makes ego our greatest asset (or most expensive liability), co-author Steven Smith explores the power of ego to enhance communication and organizational effectiveness. Because choruses, like many arts organizations, are comprised of community boards and often little or no staff—all led by an artistic director whose vision, talent, and charisma play a major role in galvanizing and motivating the activities of singers, board, and staff—the quality of communication among them is vital to organizational health. Smith elaborates on how ego can be harnessed to foster effective communication. Read more

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Building Participatory Arts Experiences

Building Participatory Arts Experiences

Ben Cameron | Finance, Fundraising, Governance, Management/Leadership

Seismic market shifts invite us to rethink our missions. Smart performing arts groups are expanding social lobby spaces, adding coffee bars, engaging in re-branding—all to recognize that we traffic not merely artistic production but a total experience that begins with seeing the first ad, continues through the first call to the box office, and doesn't end until long after the audience member is home in bed. But, are we ready for a world where value is co-created? Read more

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Chairing the Finance Committee

Chairing the Finance Committee

Bess Hamilton Foley | Finance, Governance, Operations

Providing financial oversight for your chorus is a critical role with many facets—learn about the challenges and rewards of effective stewardship. 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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Executive Director Succession Plan

Executive Director Succession Plan

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

This detailed succession plan template walks you through the process of selecting a new executive director. It offers best-practices, a step-by-step guide and templates for important documents. Read more

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Bylaws Template for U.S. Organization

Bylaws Template for U.S. Organization

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

This template can help in the creation or revision of organizational bylaws, specifically for organizations in the United States. Read more

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Board End-of-Term Questions

Board End-of-Term Questions

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

These questions can be used to help assess performance at the end of a board member's term.  Read more

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Artistic Leader Job Description

Artistic Leader Job Description

Chorus America Staff | Conducting, General, Governance, Management/Leadership, Operations, 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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Artistic Leader Contract - Sample 3

Artistic Leader Contract - Sample 3

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

This sample contract template can be used to clarify expectations for a new or existing artistic leader. Read more

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Artistic Leader Contract - Sample 2

Artistic Leader Contract - Sample 2

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

This sample contract template can be used to clarify expectations for a new or existing artistic leader. Read more

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Artistic Leader Contract - Sample 1

Artistic Leader Contract - Sample 1

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

This sample contract template can be used to clarify expectations for a new or existing artistic leader. Read more

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Artistic Director Succession Plan

Artistic Director Succession Plan

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

This detailed succession plan template walks you through the process of selecting a new artistic leader. It offers best-practices, a step-by-step guide and templates for important documents. Read more

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Annual Staff Review

Annual Staff Review

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

Use this review template to review past work and create goals for future work. 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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