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Is Your Chorus Ready To Tour?

Is Your Chorus Ready To Tour?

Choruses and Tour Companies Share Their Wisdom

Kelsey Menehan | Finance, Operations, Performance, Venue

Every summer, countless choruses hit the road, offering up their musical gifts in venues across the globe and conferring many benefits to the chorus and its singers. Here are questions to ask before planning your first—or next—tour. Read more

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10 Questions to Organize Your Day

10 Questions to Organize Your Day

Managing Time So You Have More of It

Douglas Patti | Careers, Management/Leadership, Operations

If your day is spent managing a chorus, then you know all too well how Murphy’s Law and the ongoing needs of your staff and board can exacerbate the ability to get your own work done. Read more

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Finding a New Music Director

Finding a New Music Director

Jeff Lunden | Conducting, Management/Leadership, Operations, Recruitment

In the 2005 study, Choral Conductors Today, Chorus America learned that as many as one-third of choruses are conducted by their founders, and furthermore that a majority of these choruses were founded a generation or more ago. This data suggests that a large number of choruses will be facing significant leadership transitions and indeed, experience in the intervening years has borne out this assertion. Read more

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Continuity Planning: Prepare Your Chorus for the Unexpected

Continuity Planning: Prepare Your Chorus for the Unexpected

Jim Nelson | Operations

As organizations of every type struggle to get back on their feet after natural disasters in the recent past, we are all reminded that it could happen to anyone. A business continuity expert shares steps you can take to mitigate the effects of a crisis. Read more

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Is Your Personnel Manual Complete?

Is Your Personnel Manual Complete?

Dave Ljung | Finance, Management/Leadership, Operations

Communicating personnel policies to your staff is critical, especially in small arts organizations such as choruses where the lines between staff and board responsibilities are not always clearly spelled out. Here are the policies most commonly missing in personnel manuals of nonprofits. Read more

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But I Don't Have a Tuxedo...

But I Don't Have a Tuxedo...

Is Concert Hall Etiquette Exclusionary?

Duain Wolfe | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Impact/Value, Marketing/Public Relations, Operations

We have created an elitist culture around classical music, about clothes and small talk and polite applause, and then we wonder why the cabbies and those who "don't have tuxedos" don't come to our concerts. Should we be working to change this? How can we do it? Read more

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Your Concert As Feast: Notes on Programming

Your Concert As Feast: Notes on Programming

George Gelles | Conducting, History, Operations, Repertoire

Never program down to your audience, and never assume that your audience isn't ready to be challenged by fresh interpretations of familiar pieces, by works from the canon that unjustly have been ignored, by the music of today and tomorrow. Read more

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Spending Your Postage Dollars Wisely

Spending Your Postage Dollars Wisely

Frank Hood | Fundraising, Marketing/Public Relations, Operations, Recruitment, Technique/Tool

Like most choruses, you mail postcards, newsletters, reminders, and solicitations for donations on a regular basis. Unfortunately, you may be needlessly and unknowingly wasting money by not knowing enough about the costs and many options associated with mailing. The assumption that mail is just mail has never been more costly. Read more

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Navigating a Founder Transition

Navigating a Founder Transition

Smooth Sailing or Rough Seas?

Mary Ann de Barbieri | Careers, Conducting, Governance, Operations, Strategic Planning

What image comes to mind when you hear the term founder transition? Do you think tempest? Do you think sunset cruise? During my work as an arts management consultant I have encountered many organizations navigating a founder transition. This experience has given me a great deal of respect for those who have made successful founder transitions and is the basis for the observations and suggestions I share with organizations facing this important evolution. Read more

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A New Ethics Environment

A New Ethics Environment

Michael G. Daig... | Governance, Legal/Licensing, Management/Leadership, Operations

You may think that choruses are immune from the transformations that will result from the business and ethics crises that beset politicians and corporations. Far from it. Ethics touches every element of a modern chorus—including board, management, artists, and audience. Read more

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Resources

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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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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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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Administrative Leader (Executive/Managing Director) Job Description

Administrative Leader (Executive/Managing Director) Job Description

Chorus America Staff | General, Governance, Management/Leadership, Operations, Recruitment, 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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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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