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Becoming Board Chair

Becoming Board Chair

Mary Ann de Barbieri | Governance, Technique/Tool

So, it's your turn: You have been asked to step into the role of board chair. But what will be expected of you? How can you be sure that you can provide the leadership needed? How can you fulfill the expectations outlined in the job description? We explore top traits of board leaders, how to motivate your team, and crafting productive partnerships among your staff. Read more

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When an "Elevator Speech" Isn't Enough

When an "Elevator Speech" Isn't Enough

Todd Estabrook | Governance, Impact/Value, Marketing/Public Relations, Strategic Planning

A mission statement that articulates not just who you are but why you matter will help your chorus stand out in the eyes of potential singers, audiences, and donors. Read more

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Missions with Might

Missions with Might

The Power of Purpose

Heidi Waleson | Governance, Impact/Value

For a handful of choruses, a unique mission galvanizes their entire community—singers, board, audience, and staff—and is the organizing principle around which all else revolves. Read more

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The Importance of Collecting Data on Chorus Operations

The Importance of Collecting Data on Chorus Operations

How You Can Use the Chorus Operations Survey Report

Bess Hamilton Foley | Governance, Operations, Research/Data

As chorus leaders you make important decisions annually, monthly, even daily, that affect the future of your organization. In doing so, be sure to consider context, both internal and external, as you make your choices. What are other choruses doing? What are others in the broader nonprofit community doing? What have we ourselves been doing and how might we do it better? We discuss how others have used the Chorus America Chorus Operations Survey Report to inform their decisionmaking. Read more

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Working with the Music Director

Working with the Music Director

Chorus America Staff | Conducting, Governance, Management/Leadership

Artistic leadership of a chorus is both an individual balancing act and a highly collaborative endeavor. Read more

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Executive Burnout

Executive Burnout

Heidi Waleson | Careers, Governance, Health, Management/Leadership

The steady drumbeat of long hours, incessant financial pressure, poor board relationships, and lack of access to professional training take their toll on chorus executives. Here are strategies and perspectives on striking a better balance. Read more

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Fundraising On the Day After

Fundraising On the Day After

Karen Deans | Fundraising, Governance

The past decade seems to have had more than its fair share of natural disasters and tragedies. In the aftermath of a major event, how should your chorus approach its fundraising activities? What do you say to those who challenge the idea of funding the arts at a time of great social need?  Read more

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In the Board Room, Culture Counts

In the Board Room, Culture Counts

Nancy R. Axelrod | Evaluation, Finance, Governance, Management/Leadership

All the accountability checks in the world won't prevent lousy decisions if board members, managers, and artistic leaders lack teamwork and communications chemistry. Cultivate a healthy culture that brings out the best group traits of your board. Read more

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Chorus America Has an Appetite for Learning

Chorus America Has an Appetite for Learning

And What the Choral Field and Fruit Flies Have in Common!

Ann Meier Baker | Education, Governance, Impact/Value, Management/Leadership, Strategic Planning

For an organization to make significant progress it needs collective thinking, an appetite for learning, and the ability to adapt. Read more

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10 Fundraising Mistakes and How To Avoid Them

10 Fundraising Mistakes and How To Avoid Them

Kay Sprinkel Grace | Fundraising, Governance

We can all tell stories about things we did that derailed a solicitation or embarrassed us (even if we got the gift!). Mistakes may be inevitable, but our awareness of them can reduce their frequency. Increase your prospects for success by understanding these common misperceptions about fundraising. 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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