Wallingford Chorus
PO Box 4451
Wallingford CT 06492
Contact Information
Address PO Box 4451
Wallingford, CT 06492-
Telephone (203) 269-6218 x
Fax 203-269-8355
E-mail wallingfordchorus@gmail.com
Web and Social Media
WC on steps of Town Hall
Mission
The mission of Wallingford Chorus is to promote the appreciation and enjoyment of choral music in central Connecticut.
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1992
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Eileen Lettick
Board Chair Mrs. Eileen Lettick
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
Financial Summary
 
Projected Revenue $26,000.00
Projected Expenses $26,000.00
Statements
Mission
The mission of Wallingford Chorus is to promote the appreciation and enjoyment of choral music in central Connecticut.
Background The Wallingford Chorus was founded in 1970 to celebrate the Town of Wallingford’s Tercentenary. For more than four decades, the Chorus has promoted the appreciation and enjoyment of choral music in central Connecticut. The chorus is a non-profit, tax-deductible 501(c)(3) organization which is funded in part by the Town of Wallingford’s Parks and Recreation, dues from its members, concert proceeds and various fundraising activities such as raffles, wine tastings, car washes, and auctions.  We are active members of the Association of Connecticut Choruses and American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.  The Chorus performs two concerts a year, one in December and one in May. In recent years, the members have progressed from singing light repertoires to more complex pieces including selections of multi-cultural works in a number of languages. Past choral accomplishments include works from the major repertoire such as Mozart Requiem, Fauré Requiem, Vivaldi Magnificat, opera choruses and songs of Broadway and Cinema.  The only prerequisites for membership in the chorus are a love of music, a commitment to weekly rehearsals and a spirit of camaraderie. Most chorus members live inWallingford and range in age from young adult through senior citizens. The Chorus has distinguished itself by offering a High School Intern Program which affords students musical experience by providing a more professional venue for them and an opportunity to enhance a college application with a valuable cultural experience outside of the normal realm. In addition, it instills in our high school students a sense of accomplishment, it grants them a position as contributing members of their community, and it affords them the opportunity to interact with adults of various ages working together towards a common goal.

 

Impact
In the past year, Wallingford Chorus has done the following:
  • Expanded our High School Intern Program
  • Worked on developing our choral web site
  • Delivered two well-received concerts
  • Continued to work within our operating budget
Our goals for the current season are:
  • To accompany our concerts with instrumentation
  • To partner with other performing arts organizations
  • To develop a stronger presence in the community
  • To continue to broaden our musical repertoire
  • To broaden our marketing program
Needs
The 5 most pressing needs for our organization are:
  •  Sustaining ourselves fiscally is uppermost.  With cuts in funding to arts and culture organizations, we are finding it more and more difficult to broaden our musical experiences through new musical scores and instrumentation. 
  • Funding for advertising is necessary.  A simple ad in the local paper can be daunting.  In order to grow our organization we need to deliver concerts that are musically exciting. 
  • Grant writing is time-consuming and requires expertise.  A volunteer or paid grant consultant would be very helpful. (Cost $2,500)
  • Volunteers to help with fundraisers are always needed.
  • WC wishes to sustain itself financially and create a vibrant presence in the arts and culture community. We also wish to partner with other organizations and be able to procure instrumentation from other musical professionals. (Cost $5,000)
CEO Statement The Wallingford Chorus reaches a broad spectrum of the community with our public concerts which appeal to all ages and cultures. Local news articles and letters to the editor often reflect the positive impact our concerts have on the community. Recognizing the talents of our youth, we have reached out to include local high school and elementary school choruses as participants in our performances, further promoting a strong sense of community. We have offered high school students the opportunity to perform with our chorus as interns, as well as offering volunteer opportunities to help them fulfill their mandated community service requirements.
Board Chair Statement

Over the last few years the Chorus has had many successes including the following:

·        In 2007 , the Chorus performed Handel’s Messiah with professional singers and orchestra for which the Chorus received positive reviews.

·        In February 2009, The Chorus held a very successful food drive for the Wallingford Emergency Shelter and collected a van filled with food and groceries for the shelter.

·        The Chorus partnered with another community based singing group, “For the Fun of It” to provide a well attended and reviewed 2009 winter concert.

·        We have developed a successful high school intern program.

·        The Chorus launched a new web site,www.wallingfordchorus.org

·        In 2010, the Chorus celebrated its fortieth anniversary. To mark this anniversary, the Chorus sponsored a composition contest and was honored to present the world premiere performance of “The Lamp of Life” by the contest winner, Christina Whitten-Thomas. 

·        In 2014 we hired a new Artistic Director, Matthew Campisi, and we look forward to exciting new concerts and further community outreach.

 
The Chorus faces three interrelated challenges to its growth and continued existence. Our challenges are membership, recognition throughout the community, and stable funding. Activities we have undertaken to increase our membership, increase our community recognition, and ultimately increase our funding have included the following:

·        In the spring 2009 concert, we invited Mayor William Dickinson to read passages and poetry related to the songs we performed in a patriotic themed performance.

·        We have participated in past years at Celebrate Wallingford and sponsored a booth to increase our visibility and to sell fundraising items.

·        In the Spring of 2010, we held a raffle and raised approximately $1500 from ticket sales after a local car dealership donated a motor scooter to the Chorus.

·        We have reached out to local merchants and the Wallingford Senior Center to sell tickets to our concerts .

·        We designed and sold more than 200 copies of a Chorus cookbook and over 300 wine glasses in celebration of our fortieth anniversary. 

·        We have contacted local newspapers and had photos and interviews with Chorus members published in an effort to advertise for new members and to publicize our concerts.

·        The Wallingford Park and Recreation department publishes information on membership in its brochures.

·        We hang posters throughout the community prior to our concerts.

·        We are part of the Meriden Arts Council and our information is available through this organizations brochures and web based event listings. 

·        We advertise for new members nationally through ChoralNet.org

·        Every year the Chorus sings carols at the annual Wallingford Holiday Parade and tree lighting event.

·        We participated in the Wallingford CT 2010 Holiday Stroll, singing carols throughout downtown Wallingford at the various merchants.

·        For the 2011-2012 season, we are intending to sing once again with the Wallingford Symphony and we are hoping to present a Spanish themed winter concert. We are reaching out to the Spanish Community of Wallingford to participate in this concert.

·        We hope in the coming year to find additional performing activities including mini concerts in the schools and senior center and possibly rehearsing in a public venue to increase community awareness and interest in the Chorus.

             As for me, volunteering for the chorus is a way I can give back to my community by doing something about which I am passionate.  For me, Wallingford Chorus provides an artistic outlet and a circle of long-standing friendships. The Chorus adds a much-needed element to the cultural vibrancy of the Wallingford and Greater Wallingford Communities.

 

Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Singing & Choral Groups
Areas Served
Cheshire
Hamden
New Haven
North Branford
North Haven
Wallingford
In addition to the previously mentioned towns, we also draw our audiences from Southington and Meriden.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
Wallingford Chorus is a non-profit, 501 (c)(3) organization of non-auditioned volunteer singers.  Our ages range from young adults to seniors.  We are a choral group of approximately 40 members who enjoy singing and bringing that enjoyment to others.
Programs
Description
This program will take place in December, 2013.  It will be a musical tribute to the 60s decades beginning at 1660 and ending at 1960.  It traces the history of music from classical to contemporary...Buxtehaude to the Beatles.  As an added attraction, the chorus would like to invite a string quartet and four professional singers to join us.  We will need funding for that and for extra advertising.
Population Served General/Unspecified / General/Unspecified / US
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
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 hope this concert will appeal to a broad spectrum of  our audience and push the limits of what we are capable of doing as performing artists.
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.
Hopefully, this program will establish a sustainable relationship with the Wallingford Community.  It was a light, fun concert that often people seek out for the holidays.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Audience reaction and  participation are key.  We will distribute an optional audience survey.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
This will be determined by our audience reaction and press reaction.
Description
This  concert will be presented in May 2014.   This concert will be an entertaining, collaborative effort combining music, movement and literacy.  The songs we present will be all surrounding color.  The songs will be introduced by original color poems written and presented by local school children.  A local dance studio will help us capture the movement of color.  Local artists will display their art prior to the performance. We expect that we will need to purchase more than average amount of music relating to the title.  We will also need to do more advertising and perhaps make a donation to the dance studio for performers and the local artist guild for their efforts.
Population Served General/Unspecified / General/Unspecified /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
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.
We hope that this program will develop a sustainable relationship with other local performing artists.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
We will issue an optional survey to our audience.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
Frequently, letters to the editor are written after a particularly entertaining concert.  Donations follow.  Of course, there is always the "roar of the crowd."
Program Comments
CEO Comments It is always a challenge to provide concerts with dimension, concerts that will be talked about and savored. That is what audiences are seeking when they go out for a night of entertainment. As a chorus that has sustained itself for over 40 years, Wallingford Chorus is very aware of this challenge. The opportunity exists for organizations in the performing arts to partner and collaborate with one another to provide more eclectic entertainment. Unfortunately, this takes funding. Inviting musicians and other organizations to be a part of our concerts requires a significant financial investment and planning.
CEO/Executive Director
Mrs. Eileen Lettick
Term Start July 2013
Email wallingfordchorus@gmail.com
Experience
Eileen Lettick is Chairwoman of the Board of Directors.  She serves in a voluntary capacity and a voting member of the Wallingford Chorus Board of Directors. Eileen is also an active participant in the chorus.  She  is a retired school teacher with 31 years of public school experience with an MS in Instructional Management and Curriculum with 14 years as staff developer and trainer in literacy .  She founded and facilitates the Wallingford Women Writers' Group in Wallingford, Connecticut.  In her 10 years with the Wallingford Chorus Mrs. Lettick has served in a variety of capacities on the Board of Directors.  She has volunteered as chair of the fundraising committee organizing events, grant writing, and spring mailing.  She has served as Board Secretary for 2 years, High School Intern Coordinator for 8 years, Publicity Chair for 3 years, and finally is beginning her third year of service as President of the Chorus and Chair person of the Board.
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 2
Number of Volunteers 40
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
Former CEOs and Terms
NameTerm
Mrs. Agnes Beckert July 2006 - June 2010
Ms. Deborah Kellogg Jan 2011 - June 2013
Senior Staff
Title Artistic Director
Experience/Biography Christopher Härtel has been a professional music educator in Connecticut for 16 years. He is a vocalist, performance coach, and conductor who has worked with many of the premiere arts organizations throughout the state. He received his Bachelor’s and his Master of Music degrees from the University of Connecticut, where he worked under the tutelage of Dr. Peter Bagley and Dr. Constance DeFotis.  Currently he serves as the Artistic Director of Wallingford Chorus.
Title Choral Accompanist
Experience/Biography
Mrs. Antonelli has been the piano accompanist for the wallingford Chorus since its inception in 1970.  She accompanies Choral Connecticut in Meriden, gives private music lessons, and accompanies the hopkins School Concert Choir in New Haven, CT.  She also serves as the rehearsal accompanist at the Church of the Resurrection in Wallingford, CT. 
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation N/A
Collaborations
This concert year we will be collaborating with other local artists and musicians in our Holiday Extravaganza in December. We have invited Wallingford Academy of Dance and Voice, Wallingford Community Academy of Actors, Wallingford Camera Club, professional musicians from the Community "R" Band, and Holy Trinity Children's Choir.
Board Chair
Mrs. Eileen Lettick
Company Affiliation Retired
Term July 2013 to July 2017
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Miss Louise Burkhardt Ingenix
Mrs. Linda Craig Medical Sales
Mrs. Pamela Dewitt So. NE Ears Nose & Throat
Mr. Howard Inglis Community Volunteer
Ms. Mary Kacillas
Mrs. Deborah Moore
Mrs. Linda Mullally
Mr. Kyle Piper Wallingford Public Schools
Mrs. Wendy Ronitz-Baker
Mrs. Sandra Smith retired
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 9
Standing Committees
Capital Campaign
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Membership
Youth
Additional Board/s Members and Affiliations
NameAffiliation
Mrs. Sandra Antonelli self-employed musician
Mr. Matthew Campisi Director
CEO Comments
Our Board of Directors believes that funding and sustaining ourselves financially is always a great challenge, especially with the cuts to state funding in the arts and culture areas.  Through fundraising efforts which include our Spring mailing, various events throughout the year, and grant requests, we try our hardest to battle this particular challenge.
 
Another challenge we have is to grow our membership and retain the members we have.  Press releases and use of the internet with online postings and developing and maintaining a web site plus involvement in community outreach has helped us establish a presence in our community and maintain a solid membership of approximately 40 singers.  Another program we are growing is our High School Intern Program that offers students an opportunity to sing in a more professional venue and earn community service credits.
 
Finally, providing fresh and exciting programs for our audiences is a critical factor.  Our Artistic Director  consistently exhibits expertise and innovative ideas.
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2014
Fiscal Year End June 30 2015
Projected Revenue $26,000.00
Projected Expenses $26,000.00
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
Documents
Form 990s
990N2014
2011 990N2011
2010 990N2010
2009 990N2009
2008 990N2008
IRS Letter of Exemption
IRS 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 Year201220112010
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$100$2,260$1,675
Government Contributions$5,000$5,000$5,000
Federal------
State------
Local$5,000$5,000$5,000
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions$3,515$4,378$2,711
$2,100----
$5,323$2,975$7,687
Investment Income, Net of Losses$71$86$71
Membership Dues$3,405$3,195$2,710
Special Events$1,112$4,896$5,033
Revenue In-Kind------
Other$2,501----
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201220112010
Program Expense$2,400$3,107$3,193
Administration Expense$16,905$19,145$18,520
Fundraising Expense$584$302$1,744
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.161.011.06
Program Expense/Total Expenses12%14%14%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue5%2%12%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201220112010
Total Assets$12,193$8,954$8,718
Current Assets$12,193$8,954$8,718
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$12,193$8,954$8,718
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201220112010
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountWallingford Parks & Rec. $5,000Wallingford Parks & Rec. $5,000Wallingford Parks & Rec. $5,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201220112010
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201220112010
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Comments
Foundation Staff Comments
This organization is exempt from completing the Form 990. 

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.  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 4451
Wallingford, CT 06492
Primary Phone 203 269-6218
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Eileen Lettick
Board Chair Mrs. Eileen Lettick
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired

 

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