New Haven Oratorio Choir
PO Box 6635
Hamden CT 06517-0635
Contact Information
Address PO Box 6635
Hamden, CT 06517-0635
Telephone (860) 339-6462 x
Fax 860-339-6462
E-mail nhctchoir@gmail.com
Web and Social Media
Songs of Hope December 2014

Mission
The New Haven Oratorio Choir is a strong community based organization committed to performances of high quality along with the warm and inviting character that distinguishes our concerts and that our audiences have come to expect.  Our goal and focus is  to provide the New Haven region with intimate choral music.
We strive to provide our singers with opportunities to learn and grow musically, to inspire our audiences with superb performances of old and new music alike, and to educate our performers and the public in a repertoire of well-known and lesser known works and even newly composed music.
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1990
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director We are a Volunteer Organization. There is no CEO
Board Chair Jerry Boryca
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
Statements
Mission
The New Haven Oratorio Choir is a strong community based organization committed to performances of high quality along with the warm and inviting character that distinguishes our concerts and that our audiences have come to expect.  Our goal and focus is  to provide the New Haven region with intimate choral music.
We strive to provide our singers with opportunities to learn and grow musically, to inspire our audiences with superb performances of old and new music alike, and to educate our performers and the public in a repertoire of well-known and lesser known works and even newly composed music.
Background

The New Haven Oratorio Choir began in 1963 as the Redeemer Oratorio Choir, affiliated with the Church of the Redeemer. In 1990, the choir incorporated separately as the New Haven Oratorio Choir (NHOC), so that it could more fully pursue concert performance and invite community participation.  NHOC now performs secular pieces in addition to sacred choral works.  NHOC has maintained a good relationship with the Church of the Redeemer and continues to rent rehearsal and performance space there, as well as occasionally collaborating with the church on music for their services.

Over the past 50 years, NHOC has collaborated with many local performers and community organizations. We regularly recruit vocal soloists and instrumentalists from the musical groups at Yale and from the Hartt School. In the last several years, we have performed in collaboration with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, the Yale Symphony Orchestra, and the Elm City Girls Choir. In past seasons we performed with  the Meetinghouse Chorale (a concert choir based in Milford) and we performed at the Pierpont Concert Series in North Haven.

Impact 1. Performed the Faure Requiem with chamber orchestra in our December 2016 concert, an achievement we set our sights on five years ago.
2. In December 2016, we also performed works by four living composers, including our own artistic director, Daniel Shaw.
3. Ended the 2015-16 season with financial reserve to begin the new season   with strong financial base.
     
Goals for this year:
1. Perform works with continuing diversity of accompanment including orchestra 
2. Continue with the development a strategic plan for long term financial     health  of the organization.
3. Increase audience participation by 50%. 
4. Increase revenues from individual donors and grant makers.
5. Perform a concert entirely by composers from the extreme northern countries of the northern hemisphere including the respective national anthems in the native languages including Norwegian, Finnish, and Estonian.  
 
Needs 1. Develop capacity to raise sufficient funds to meet our budget goals.
2. Maintain or increase size of board to provide more volunteer support.
3. Develop strategies to retain and attract larger audiences and more singers.
4. Ensure long-term financial stability of the choir.
5. Continue to develop the musical skills of each member and the ensemble. 
 
 
CEO Statement
We are an all volunteer group and do not have a CEO
 
 
Board Chair Statement
I have been a member of NHOC for 25 years and am currently serving my second non-consecutive term as Board President. My commitment to this choir is based on my belief that music, specifically choral music, has the power to bring together people from all walks of life to achieve a better understanding of each other and to develop a stronger commitment to work together for the greater good of the community.
Originally founded as The Redeemer Oratorio Choir as a community choir, the choir continued under the generous support of the Church of the Redeemer until the late 1980s when the choir became a self supporting community choir.  The choir incorporated in 1990 as The New Haven Oratorio Choir, and established itself as a non-profit organization.  All this was accomplished with the assistance of various volunteers and members of the Choir.  The Choir continued to grow in its reputation for providing the greater New Haven community quality choral music and developed a reputation for period-style performance practices of the Baroque and Classical repertoire. Under the direction of Daniel Shaw, artistic director, the New Haven Oratorio Choir has broadened it's repertoire to include works by contemporary composers, including commissioning pieces for small choral ensembles. In 2012-13 we celebrated our 50th year of continuous seasons and are preparing for the 55th anniversary of the choir's inception in the 2017-2018 season. This remarkable longevity due to the members of the Choir and our devoted supporters and donors who feel that NHOC offers something unique and special to the musical quality of New Haven.  The New Haven Oratorio Choir is a membership run choir, with a board of directors that is charged with maintaining the fiscal and organization health of the organization. Our membership and our audience continues to grow, in part because we believe that music is a social experience between performers and audience; both entities are vital to each other. Our world consistently offers reasons for communities to be divided, yet, through music, the New Haven Oratorio Choir provides reasons to bring our community together, and that is why I am so passionate about being president of this organization.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Singing & Choral Groups
Secondary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Singing & Choral Groups
Tertiary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Singing & Choral Groups
Areas Served
Bethany
Branford
Cheshire
Derby
East Haven
Guilford
Hamden
Madison
Milford
New Haven
North Branford
North Haven
Orange
Shoreline
Wallingford
West Haven
Woodbridge
Our main concert venue is in New Haven but our members, donors, and audience come from all over CT and out-of-state.
Programs
Description
In December 2016 we performed a concert of works by living composers plus the Faure Requiem with chamber orchestra. Music included works by  Andrew Batterham, Carl Schroeder, Daniel Shaw, and Jennifer Tibbetts. Professional musicians included, Sarah Comfort-Reed, Soprano; Jason Thoms, Baritone, John Abdenour, Organ, Alexis Zingale, piano. The orchestra was funded in part by a summer matching gift challenge.  This concert was extremely well attended and was followed by our traditional reception with the audience participating in carol singing around the piano.
 
In May 2017, NHOC will perform "Northern Lights" a concert featuring music by composers in territories where the northern lights are visible. Choral pieces are by lesser known composers, and composers that are enshrined in the international choral repertoire.
 
 
 
Population Served Adults / Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) / General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals No
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service. We will increase the size of our audience and therefore supporters.  We will recruit new singers and expand our membership. We will expand  our outreach to the community by increasing presence in social media, local and national media.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. Audiences will hear and  experience both familiar and less familiar choral compositions. Some of these works are rarely heard in the music community.  In this way we will educate our audience and singing members and promote the appreciation of music which may not have been experienced in the past.  
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
We monitor and count audience members.  We have set goals for outreach in social media, individual  contributors,  financial  goals and sustainable membership.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. We continue to expand our audience and anticipate a greater number of ticket sales for our entire 2016-17 season.  We have expanded our email contacts by 75 people.  We have added friends following our Facebook page to a total of 174+ 
Description In June of 2017 NHOC will sponsor the fourth annual Choral Singing Skills workshop which will be open to any choral singer interested in solidifying basic choral skills. It is a special opportunity to master fine points of choral singing without the pressure of preparing for a concert or performance. Topics will include traditional diction, improving sight reading by understanding meter and key, basic music theory to help learn scores faster and retain details more quickly and basic singing techniques. This workshop will be led by NHOC's Artistic Director Daniel Shaw.  A small fee is charged to help cover the costs of printing music and other materials
Population Served General/Unspecified / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program Comments
CEO Comments All our programs are musical performances and the budgets associated with them include the hiring of soloists, instrumentalists, recording fees and advertising.  These figures do not include our basic operating expenses such as rehearsal space rental, weekly accompanist fees or the salary of the Artistic Director.
CEO/Executive Director
We are a Volunteer Organization. There is no CEO
Email nhcthoir@gmail.com
Co-CEO
None
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 30
Number of Contract Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate 100%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 2
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Formal Evaluations
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Comments
CEO Comments We have two permanent contract staff - our Artistic Director and our Rehearsal Accompanist.  Due to the nature of our organization and programs we will contract with singer/soloists and instrumentalists on an as needed basis. 
Board Chair
Jerry Boryca
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term May 2016 to May 2017
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Mary Clark
Paul DiMauro
Richard Highfield
Maggie Holland
Sandy Koorejian Community Volunteer
Stephen Peterson
Daniel Shaw Artistic Director
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 3
Unspecified 1
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Sept 01 2016
Fiscal Year End Aug 31 2017
Projected Revenue $29,400.00
Projected Expenses $33,220.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
Documents
Form 990s
Form 990N2016
Form 990N2015
990-N2014
990-N2013
IRS Letter of Exemption
NHOC 501 (c) 3 letter
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Revenue Sources ChartHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
--$5,000--
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions$14,227$5,456$7,655
------
$6,937$3,481$3,575
Investment Income, Net of Losses------
Membership Dues$3,500$3,800$2,700
Special Events--$5,144$2,644
Revenue In-Kind------
Other------
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$13,460$4,324$3,006
Administration Expense$6,835$14,902$10,264
Fundraising Expense$3,097$794$808
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.051.141.18
Program Expense/Total Expenses58%22%21%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue22%5%8%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets------
Current Assets------
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets------
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Wilmont Wheeler Foundation $2,500 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $1,500 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --New Alliance Foundation $1,000 --
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets------
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments
CEO Comments
As a Tax-Exempt  Organization with gross receipts under $50,000 we are not required to file a full 990 form - only a 990-N.
 
Foundation Staff Comments

This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Financial information is inputted by Foundation staff directly from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved by the nonprofit’s board. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. The Community Foundation is continuing to receive information submitted by the organization and may periodically update the organization’s profile to reflect the most current financial and other information available. The organization has completed the fields required by The Community Foundation and updated their profile in the last year. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.

Address PO Box 6635
Hamden, CT 065170635
Primary Phone 860 339-6462
Contact Email nhctchoir@gmail.com
CEO/Executive Director We are a Volunteer Organization. There is no CEO
Board Chair Jerry Boryca
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer

 

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