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10 Tips for Engaging Your Board

10 Tips for Engaging Your Board

Don Lee | Fundraising, Governance, Management/Leadership, Operations

It's really the staff's job to position the board to do their best work―and most of that boils down to excellent communication and clarity of expectations. Read more

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When Only Some Singers Are Paid

When Only Some Singers Are Paid

Don Lee | Management/Leadership, Performance, Professional, Singing, Volunteer

The experience of several professional core choruses demonstrates there are ways to gracefully handle the inherent tension that arises when paid singers are brought on board in a mostly volunteer ensemble. Here are eight tips from managers, conductors, and volunteer singers who have been through this process. Read more

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Transitioning to a Professional Core Chorus

Transitioning to a Professional Core Chorus

Don Lee | Management/Leadership, Performance, Professional, Singing, Volunteer

Adding paid professional singers to a volunteer chorus raises issues of fairness, finances, artistic prowess, and culture. We offer advice for managing the process from those who've been through it. Read more

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How To Maintain the Quality of Your Chorus from Year to Year

How To Maintain the Quality of Your Chorus from Year to Year

Kelsey Menehan | Conducting, Management/Leadership, Performance, Recruitment

Musical excellence attracts and retains excellent singers. If the choir never gets better, the best ones will find someplace else to sing. Here are seven strategies for maintaining and enhancing the quality of your chorus. Read more

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Choral Consortiums and the Local Advantage

Choral Consortiums and the Local Advantage

Kelsey Menehan | Innovation, Networking, Operations

Chorus America contacted representatives from about a dozen choral consortiums—umbrella groups that promote regional information sharing and collaboration among choruses. Those who manage these consortiums were eager to tell us about the advantages of collaboration, how they got started and why, and lessons they've learned along the way. Read more

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Choral Consortium Alternatives

Choral Consortium Alternatives

Choral Information Clearinghouses

Kelsey Menehan | Community Outreach, Networking, Operations

Several groups function primarily as repositories of information about the choruses in their area. They hesitate to call themselves consortiums because the staff of choruses do not regularly meet or collaborate. These are labors of love where one person or a small cadre of people saw an information gap and set out to fill it. Read more

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A Chorus Guide to Getting the Right Permissions

A Chorus Guide to Getting the Right Permissions

Matthew Sigman | Government/Policy, Legal/Licensing, Technique/Tool

Securing the rights to perform, commission, record, or distribute music gets more complicated with every technological advance—here are basic guidelines to keep your chorus on the right side of legal. Read more

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Preparing for Your Audit

Preparing for Your Audit

Eric Fraint | Finance, Governance, Operations

There are good reasons to have an audit even if it is not legally required. Audits provide an objective financial view of your organization. A few simple steps can make the process go more smoothly and keep the costs down. Read more

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What Every Chorus Should Know About Its Singers

What Every Chorus Should Know About Its Singers

Chorus America Staff | Impact/Value, Management/Leadership, Participation, Singing, Volunteer

What do choral singers wish their chorus managers and music directors knew about them? What would make singers' experience in the chorus more enjoyable, more meaningful, more fun? Read more

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CD or Not CD

CD or Not CD

Matthew Sigman | Legal/Licensing, Marketing/Public Relations

On the internet all choruses are equal: Even the smallest ensemble with limited resources can now establish a global presence using digital technology to spread its sound. Here we offer some advice on how to decide which sound format is best for your chorus. 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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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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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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Singer Information Form

Singer Information Form

Chorus America Staff | General, Operations, Performance, Sample/Template, Singing

Use this singer information form template to gather information during the audition process.  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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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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I Believe…..Remembering the Holocaust

I Believe…..Remembering the Holocaust

1941 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

iris@DCINY.org | Adults/Seniors, Careers, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, General, Health, History, Impact/Value, Innovation, Marketing/Public Relations, Networking, Operations, Participation, Profile, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Schools, Singing, Social Media, Symphonic, Technology, Volunteer

Based on original music sung by incarcerated inmates in Holocaust concentration camps, Holocaust Cantata: Songs from the Camps is an emotional, musical journey through one of the bleakest episodes in human history. Read more

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Manhattan Concert Productions presents Titanic: The Musical

Manhattan Concert Productions presents Titanic: The Musical

10 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023

cpapania | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Conducting, Education, Impact/Value, Innovation, Operations, Performance, Professional, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Schools, Singing, Venue

  Manhattan Concert Productions presents a concert performance of Titanic: The Musical live at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center.  This concert performance will feature almost all of the original cast members from the Tony Award winning Broadway production, including Michael Cerveris, Brian d'Arcy James, Victoria Clark and Jill Paice, as well as a 220-strong chorus of singers from across the country, accompanied by the full forces of the professional New York City Chamber Orchestra. Experience the Tony award-winning score first hand this Spring for one night only!   Tickets: $50 - $175 Book Now - www.lincolncenter.org 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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