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Boards, Measure Thyselves!

Boards, Measure Thyselves!

Kelsey Menehan | Evaluation, Governance, Management/Leadership

The most effective boards measure their own performance. Governance expert Nancy Axelrod shares her insights into self-evaluation for your organization. Read more

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Digging Deeper with Chorus America's Self-Evaluation Tool

Digging Deeper with Chorus America's Self-Evaluation Tool

Kelsey Menehan | Evaluation, Governance, Management/Leadership, Technique/Tool

Is your choral organization running like a well-oiled machine or in fits and starts? Chorus America’s Online Chorus Self-Evaluation Tool (SET) can help you answer that question. Read more

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 Michael Kaiser On Building Healthy Arts Organizations

Michael Kaiser On Building Healthy Arts Organizations

Kelsey Menehan | Impact/Value, Management/Leadership, Marketing/Public Relations

In addition to expanding educational and artistic programming as president of the Kennedy Center, Michael Kaiser has become a prominent leader in arts management. Here are some of the insights he shared at Chorus America's 2014 Conference. Read more

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Back from the Brink

Back from the Brink

How the Minnesota Chorale Bounced Back from an Orchestra Shutdown

Kelsey Menehan | Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Fundraising, Impact/Value, Management/Leadership, Strategic Planning, Symphonic

What happens when a long-time relationship with an orchestra goes away—taking with it a third of your organization's income?  Shock, dismay, and then a determination to rally around your core mission. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Kathleen Fargnoli

Member Spotlight: Kathleen Fargnoli

An Unexpected Journey to Executive Director

Chorus America Staff | Management/Leadership, Operations, Singing, Volunteer

Kathleen Fargnoli didn't anticipate that her love for singing would lead her to putting together a board or applying for 501(c)(3) status. But that's exactly what happened when she ended up as the volunteer executive director of the Palisades Community Chorus in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Read more

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Creating a Board Committee that Works

Creating a Board Committee that Works

John William Trotter | Governance, Management/Leadership

Being appointed to chair a committee is the easy part. This practical advice, tested in the real world, will help ensure success. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Brett Stover, Giving Time and Talent as a Member of the Board

Member Spotlight: Brett Stover, Giving Time and Talent as a Member of the Board

Chorus America Staff | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Families, General, Governance, Impact/Value, Management/Leadership, Participation, Professional, Profile, Singing, Strategic Planning

Brett Stover grew up singing in choirs and has served on the boards of an array of music and arts groups in Cincinnati. Now he brings his business savvy and love of the performing arts to Chorus America's Board of Directors. "The more people who are singing, the better off we will all be," he says. Read more

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Is it Ok to Ask Questions During Rehearsal? Tips and Strategies

Is it Ok to Ask Questions During Rehearsal? Tips and Strategies

Kelsey Menehan | Conducting, Governance, Management/Leadership, Participation, Performance, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

Here are more techniques for both conductors and singers to consider after reading the article "Is It Okay to Ask Questions During Rehearsal" by Kelsey Menehan. Read more

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Is It Okay to Ask Questions During Rehearsal?

Is It Okay to Ask Questions During Rehearsal?

Kelsey Menehan | Conducting, Management/Leadership, Operations, Performance, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

Chorus America polled a number of choral directors and singers about the pros and cons of allowing questions in rehearsal. Their answers shed light on different teaching and learning styles and the collaborative process in general. Read more

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Learning Leadership

Learning Leadership

“More than just waving our hands”

Don Lee | Careers, Conducting, Governance, Management/Leadership, Professional, Strategic Planning, Technique/Tool

Many choral directors take on administrative responsibility with little formal preparation. Here are strategies to excel in the office and boardroom as well as the concert hall. Read more

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Resources

Chorus Operations Survey Report (2018)

Chorus Operations Survey Report (2018)

Chorus America Staff | Evaluation, Management/Leadership, Operations, Research/Data

Our Chorus Operations Survey is the most comprehensive source of data available on choruses and the choral field. The information gathered helps choruses make better decisions about programming, budgeting, staffing, and other management practices. 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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General Compensation Report: Over $1,000,000

General Compensation Report: Over $1,000,000

Chorus America Staff | Management/Leadership, Operations, Research/Data

Chorus America captures compensation information for administrative and artistic leaders, singers, and accompanists through our Chorus Operations Survey, administered through a partnership with leading research organization DataArts. We provide compensation information for artistic and administrative leaders of choruses within general budget ranges, as well as accompanist and singer information in aggregate, to our members. Read more

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General Compensation Report: $500,000-$1,000,000

General Compensation Report: $500,000-$1,000,000

Chorus America Staff | Management/Leadership, Operations, Research/Data

Chorus America captures compensation information for administrative and artistic leaders, singers, and accompanists through our Chorus Operations Survey, administered through a partnership with leading research organization DataArts. We provide compensation information for artistic and administrative leaders of choruses within general budget ranges, as well as accompanist and singer information in aggregate, to our members. Read more

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General Compensation Report: $250,00-$500,000

General Compensation Report: $250,00-$500,000

Chorus America Staff | Management/Leadership, Operations, Research/Data

Chorus America captures compensation information for administrative and artistic leaders, singers, and accompanists through our Chorus Operations Survey, administered through a partnership with leading research organization DataArts. We provide compensation information for artistic and administrative leaders of choruses within general budget ranges, as well as accompanist and singer information in aggregate, to our members. Read more

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General Compensation Report: $100,000-$250,000

General Compensation Report: $100,000-$250,000

Chorus America Staff | Management/Leadership, Operations, Research/Data

Chorus America captures compensation information for administrative and artistic leaders, singers, and accompanists through our Chorus Operations Survey, administered through a partnership with leading research organization DataArts. We provide compensation information for artistic and administrative leaders of choruses within general budget ranges, as well as accompanist and singer information in aggregate, to our members. Read more

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General Compensation Report: Up to $100,000

General Compensation Report: Up to $100,000

Chorus America Staff | Management/Leadership, Operations, Research/Data

Chorus America captures compensation information for administrative and artistic leaders, singers, and accompanists through our Chorus Operations Survey, administered through a partnership with leading research organization DataArts. We provide compensation information for artistic and administrative leaders of choruses within general budget ranges, as well as accompanist and singer information in aggregate, to our members. Read more

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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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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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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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