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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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Meet A Member: Jean Davidson, Los Angeles Master Chorale

Meet A Member: Jean Davidson, Los Angeles Master Chorale

Mike Rowan | Audiences, Careers, Composing/Commissioning, Innovation, Management/Leadership, Marketing/Public Relations, Participation, Profile

Jean Davidson does not have the background of a typical choral administrator. The Los Angeles Master Chorale (LAMC) president and CEO took the job—her first in the choral community—after working in theater, contemporary dance, and instrumental music, where she served as the founding managing director of the Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma. 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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Responding to Tragedy

Responding to Tragedy

Don Lee | Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Diversity, Impact/Value, Management/Leadership

In the wake of terrible events, choruses and choral leaders have found ways to be part of the response and healing process. Read more

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Meet A Member: Victoria Buchy, Toronto Children's Chorus

Meet A Member: Victoria Buchy, Toronto Children's Chorus

Mike Rowan | Careers, Children/Youth, Management/Leadership, Operations, Profile

Victoria Buchy is someone you might call an administrator’s administrator. “I’m passionate about the people who work in the arts, who serve the artistic vision and mission that cultural organizations bring to life,” says the Toronto Children’s Chorus executive director. Read more

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Working with Multicultural Choirs: Reflections after 25 Years

Working with Multicultural Choirs: Reflections after 25 Years

Kelsey Menehan | Audiences, Community Outreach, Diversity, Management/Leadership, Marketing/Public Relations, Operations, Participation, Profile, Repertoire

As a graduate conducting student at Temple University in the 1980s, Diana V. Saez recalls being frustrated that there was no mention of Latin American composers—except for the famous composers Villalobos from Brazil and Ginastera from Argentina. When she moved to Washington DC, in 1990, she found a bustling choral music scene, with a wide variety of choruses. But Latin American music was not part of the standard repertoire. 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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Resources

Choral Conductors Today: Key Findings from the 2017 Report

Choral Conductors Today: Key Findings from the 2017 Report

Roland Kushner | Careers, Conducting, Education, General, Management/Leadership, Recruitment, Research/Data

Understanding more about choral conducting as an occupation can help choral conductors plan their careers and choral leaders make better decisions. This report uses data drawn from the survey responses of more than 600 conductors to examine conductors' career paths, training, responsibilities, salaries, and more. These key findings provide an overview of both important challenges and reasons to feel confident about the health of the profession, as well as developments since Chorus America's first choral conductor survey over a decade ago. Access the full report, available to Chorus America members, here.  Read more

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Choral Conductors Today: An Updated Report

Choral Conductors Today: An Updated Report

A Comparison of 2017 and 2005 Findings

Roland Kushner | Careers, Conducting, Education, Management/Leadership, Recruitment, Research/Data

Understanding more about choral conducting as an occupation can help choral conductors plan their careers and choral leaders make better decisions. This report uses data drawn from the survey responses of more than 600 conductors to examine conductors' career paths, training, responsibilities, salaries, and more. The full report highlights both important challenges and reasons to feel confident about the health of the profession, as well as updating and tracking data from Chorus America's first choral conductor survey over a decade ago. Read more

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Chorus Operations Survey Report (2016)

Chorus Operations Survey Report (2016)

Roland Kushner | Evaluation, Management/Leadership, Operations, Research/Data

Chorus America's annual survey of the operations of choruses, the Chorus Operations Survey Report includes more than 45 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 2016 report features data from the 2014-2015 season, as well as a new series on board terms and director term limits. Read more

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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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Events

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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