The Greater New Haven Community Chorus
During the past year, GNHCC successfully:
1. Worked with the Artistic Director and a volunteer facilitator on the development of a strategic plan for the next 3-5 years
2. Continued the update to our website with new design; transitioned to new Internet provider and continued the transition to a new, state-of-the art database management system, including development of a master mailing list that can be sorted for meet the various needs of the chorus committees.
GNHCC seeks to:
Raise $25,000 to cover expenses associated with funding the Ronald D. Konetchy Choral Conducting Assistant Scholarship, as well as providing for hiring orchestra for upcoming concerts, training opportunities for Board members, artistic staff, and members at Chorus America Conferences, area workshops, and other opportunities through ACDA, etc.
Improve the penetration, impact and effectiveness of our marketing efforts to increase community awareness, support and concert attendance.
Increase awareness and financial support of Greater New Haven Community Chorus by actively engaging community leaders and arts patrons. Enlist enthusiastic allies to share their business acumen and experience; to initiate partnerships; and to sponsor events, activities, fundraisers or concerts. Increase individual and corporate donations (both financial and in-kind contributions) to aid in expanding our efforts to fulfill our mission.
Begin plans for activities to celebrate GNHCC's 55th anniversary in 2018.
Greater New Haven Community Chorus (GNHCC) is a comprehensive community choral arts program that offers singers and lovers of music, from all walks of life, the opportunity to participate in a life-changing process… ensemble music making. We strive to provide the best-possible choral rehearsal and performance experience to our members (who range in age from 16 to 100 years) and the greater community. Participants need not have training in music, however, they should expect to journey through, and learn (in a practical setting) the basics of music-reading, healthy singing techniques, as well as interpretation and performance skills. GNHCC takes pride in diverse programming that begs participants and audience members alike to consider more than the music. Participants are often taken to the edge of their musical comfort zone, for it is here that the greatest art is realized, and the greatest capacity for learning is achieved. In addition to the larger non-auditioned chorus of over 100 dedicated singers, GNHCC boasts a 30-voice auditioned Chamber Choir that is featured as the chorus’ Community Outreach entity. Chamber Choir participants perform intermediate / advanced literature allowing them to grow and continually promote the musical success of the entire organization. For the 2013-2014 season GNHCC will be celebrating 50 years of incredible music-making and involvement in the greater New Haven communities. Plans include a large-scale commissioned work, photograph and poetry contests, community outreach projects, collaborations with area organizations, as well as our regular performances. As a leader in the New Haven community choral scene, GNHCC looks forward to celebrating the next 50 years, continuing to change the lives of our members, our audiences and ultimately the greater community!
Building and maintaining a governance/leadership team that is active, engaged and proficient is extremely important to the overall health of the chorus. As a non-profit, volunteer arts organization, sustaining an organizational structure that is solid, functional and accountable provides a critical foundation for GNHCC to pursue its artistic goals and to attract quality artistic leadership and enthusiastic donor support.
The GNHCC Board is comprised of a group of very dedicated, passionate and hard-working individuals (all of whom are singers in the chorus) who each contribute hundreds of volunteer hours per year to the organization. As part of their Board responsibilities, most of them also chair standing committees that routinely implement and coordinate all the necessary logistics of the chorus’ many activities.
Consistent forward progress has been (and continues to be) made toward the implementing of “best practices” across a broad spectrum of organizational procedures, reporting processes and recordkeeping.
As a Board, we are very conscious of the need for succession planning. It is a challenge to engage newer, younger members of the chorus ways that will persuade them to step into leadership roles as Board members or Committee chairs. In addition, due to the all-volunteer nature of the organization’s structure, “life issues” can frequently interrupt the forward progress of projects and goals.
These challenges are being addressed by encouraging increased participation on the committee level. Committee Chairs are encouraged to enlist the support of a co-chair to share in committee leadership responsibilities and to serve as a back-up in the case of a schedule conflict or personal emergency. The process of serving as a co-chair helps to familiarize new participants with the organization’s structure and procedures so that they can be confident, knowledgeable and up-to-speed should they wish to consider holding a Board position in the future.
The creation of a community-based Advisory Committee, comprised of non-singing supporters from around the region has proved very beneficial. The initial number of Advisory Committee members has shrunk from an initial roster of six people to three, due to personal and health reasons. During the current year, the chorus is seeking to restore the committee’s ranks back to at least six active members by proactively engaging in relationship-building on a one-to-one basis through personal connections and outreach activities—such as the current photography and poetry competitions and concerts for various community organizations and events.
GNHCC draws its membership from the city of New Haven and the 20+ surrounding towns listed above.
Inherent in its principal program, in its mission—and indeed in its very DNA—is the fact that Greater New Haven Community Chorus provides an experience that is distinct from the other major choruses in the area. Unlike auditioned choruses that require prospective members to demonstrate a certain degree of prior musical education and proficiency, GNHCC invites all singers, who may or may not have had previous vocal experience, to explore their undeveloped passion for singing. Rarely are untrained, amateur singers offered an inviting, accessible environment in which to sing choral masterworks while learning the basics of music theory and the nuances of vocal techniques. As a result, GNHCC singers often find their experience with the chorus to be one of the key life-changing or life-saving catalysts in their lives.
As a means of developing the singers’ skills and the repertoire, each semester is highlighted by an all-day, all-chorus retreat during which the concert program is honed and polished. In addition to the performance benefits of the retreat program, the esprit de corps developed during this and other activities provides an opportunity to build relationships among chorus members…living into the chorus’ motto of: “Building Community One Note at a Time”.
Part of GNHCC’s commitment toward enriching and educating the cultural community is its sponsorship of a Choral Conducting Assistant Scholarship. This scholarship program, now entering its fifth full season, offers student conductors an opportunity to develop their skills through the real-world experience of working with a large, non-auditioned, volunteer chorus like GNHCC for a full concert season. He or she participates in all aspects of musical direction, is afforded extraordinary access to podium time, and benefits from the Artistic Director’s ongoing mentorship throughout the year. In addition to the practical aspects of leading the chorus in rehearsals and performances, the scholarship student receives direct guidance in rehearsal preparation, musical analysis, score study techniques, and the gestural language of conducting.
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