Greater New Haven Community Chorus
PO Box 351
New Haven CT 06502-0351
Contact Information
Address PO Box 351
New Haven, CT 06502-0351
Telephone (203) 303-4642 x
Fax 0-000-0000
E-mail info@gnhcc.org
Web and Social Media
GNHCC in concert
Mission

The Greater New Haven Community Chorus

- contributes to the personal and cultural enrichment of the community through the rehearsal and performance of outstanding choral music.
- educates chorus members and audiences alike
- embraces the diversity of the community
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 2007
Former Names
The WELI Chorus
The Community Chorus
Family and Friends Chorale
New Haven Community Chorus, Inc
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Organization is made up of all volunteers. There is no CEO.
Board Chair Mrs. Katherine McManus
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
Statements
Mission

The Greater New Haven Community Chorus

- contributes to the personal and cultural enrichment of the community through the rehearsal and performance of outstanding choral music.
- educates chorus members and audiences alike
- embraces the diversity of the community
Background
Founded in 1963 by radio station WELI as a venture in community singing, the WELI Community Chorus became the Greater New Haven Community Chorus in 1971. In 1975, it became incorporated with the State of Connecticut as a nonprofit organization. Membership had held steady at between 80 and 90 singers for many years but recently members have numbered close to 100 ethnically diverse members over the past 3 years. The concert audiences number approximately 850 per concert. GNHCC attributes much of this expansion to a combination of the outstanding leadership of Artistic Director, Noah Blocker-Glynn, and to our successful marketing and community impact initiatives. Throughout its history, the chorus has had the honor of being invited to sing at many prominent events, including National Bicentennial Celebration, New Haven Festival of Arts, the 75th Anniversary of the Hospital of St. Raphael, 350th Anniversary of New Haven, 150th Anniversary of the Amistad Affair in New Haven, the Special Olympics World Games, and in many Memorial Day Concerts at New Haven’s famed Shubert Theater.  Other community performances include “Notes at Noon” at the Yale-New Haven Hospital and Ronald McDonald House “Trees of Hope” celebration annually, as well as performancesat local nursing homes in December.
The chorus currently presents two major concerts each year with a wide-ranging repertoire — from enduring classics to the best in American Pops, blues, Broadway, opera, operetta and patriotic music.
 
The chorus enjoys intense and instructive rehearsals on Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 10:00 PM from September to June.  During rehearsal breaks and planned social events throughout the year, GNHCC fosters a welcoming, family like environment which is unique among choruses in our area.
New choristers are welcome to attend up to three rehearsals as guests without obligation. In an effort to keep membership accessible, dues are a nominal $50 per semester.  Music is loaned to each singer for the semester.  GNHCC maintains an extensive music library and also borrows through the Connecticut Association of Choruses. 
 
In 2013, the chorus celebrated its 50th anniversary with commissioned pieces performed at the Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 concerts.
 
 
 
Impact

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.

Prepared for and performed two concerts.
 
Current year’s goals are to:
1. Update our full-color information brochure about GNHCC as a tool to assist in marketing and donor solicitation efforts.
2. Develop relationships with potential corporate and private donors.
3. Pursue funding to be able to purchase technical equipment to create rehearsal tracks and literacy tools.
4.  Opportunities for more involvement in community events
5.  Upgrade computer
 
 
 
Needs

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.

CEO Statement
Statement from the Artistic Director: 

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!

Board Chair Statement

Successes:

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.

 

Challenges:

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.

Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Singing & Choral Groups
Secondary Organization Category Education /
Areas Served
Woodbridge
West Haven
Wallingford
Ansonia
Bethany
Cheshire
Derby
East Haven
Guilford
Hamden
Lower Naugatuck Valley
Madison
Milford
New Haven
North Branford
North Haven
Orange
Oxford
Seymour
Shelton

GNHCC draws its membership from the city of New Haven and the 20+ surrounding towns listed above.

Programs
Description
Choral singing involving 32 +/-intensive and educational rehearsals, culminating in two major concerts each year.
Population Served Families / General/Unspecified / General/Unspecified
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.
What is more difficult to measure is the improvement in each singer's musical acumen.  The rehearsals include not only practice on the music for concerts, but also musical theory and proper singing technique, to name two.  The chorus also has provided educational opportunities for other singers in the community through workshops.  Our Artistic Director is enthusiastic about continuing that tradition.  We are currently mapping out plans to continue the workshop format in the coming 2 year cycle.
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.
Our success has been, and will continue to be, measured by the chorus' ability to 1) attract interested choisters to maintian our membership at around 100 singers, and 2) contiue to grow our audiences which number 700-900.  The goal is to outgrow Battell Chapel as our preferred venue.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Because of the nature of our group, this is more difficult to measure.  We have very active committees listed later in the profile.  These committees are very proactive and their members come from and represent the chorus membership.  If something is not working, the appropriate committee fixes it or makes recommendations to the Board of Directors who delegates the responsibility to the appropriate committee.
 
One measure of our external success is ticket sales to our concerts.  Please refer to "Long Term Success" above.
 
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
Membership goals can be measured in the amount of dues collected for the year. Budget for FY 2012 was $9000.  Actuals were $8690.  Success in recruiting can utilize these numbers to compare with actual dues for FY2013.
Ticket sales for FY2011 were $14,944.  This will compare with actuals for FY2013 to measure growth.
Description
The Chamber Choir is composed of 25-30 auditioned singers chosen from the larger chorus with the purpose of providing  a fulfilling educational outlet to members of the chorus who wish to take their chorl experience to the next level. The chamber group will allow more flexibility in local community and private performances, especially those with a short lead time for preparation.  The Chamber Choir is open to all members of GNHCC who prove a willingness, ability, and commitment to the promotion and cultivation of the larger organization and display a desire to achieve comprehensive preparation of intermediate and advanced choral literature. The group will charge a nominal performance fee, along with a nominal tuition and music fee, which will help the group to sustain itself.
Population Served Families / /
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.
This program began in fall, 2012.  The most immediate goal is preparation of a varied repertoire to be able to perform on demand.  The group will perform 2-3 numbers at regularly scheduled GNHCC concerts. The Chamber Choir performed at the December 1, 2012, World AIDS Day Commemoration Ceremony and Liberty Community Services Holiday Fair in New Haven, and in 2013, performed at the 85th anniversary of the Community Foundation.  The other goal is for the group to become self-supporting with a modest tuition and performance fees.
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.
Long term, this group will give the chorus flexibility in fulfilling short-notice performance demands.  The group also provides advanced singers the  opportunity to perform more challenging music for GNHCC concerts and other venues not currently feasible with a full chorus. 
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Since this is a new endeavor, no formal plan has been developed.  However, each semester, the Artistic Director will evaluate the mix of singers and audution singers to best balance the group to be representative of the Chorus and its perception in the community.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
Success with regard to self-sustaining efforts can be measured at the end of the year in performance fee and tuition revenue.
Description
This is an annual appointment for an undergraduate college student who has an interest in choral conducting.  There is ample "podium time" and the opportunity for mentoring by the GNHCC Artistic Director. The 2015-2016 season marked the 6th year of this scholarship.
Population Served General/Unspecified / /
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.
Short and long term successes are the same.  In the immediate fall term, our choral conducting assistant will be conducting at least one choral piece with the chorus in our December 2014 concert. Similarly, she will be conducting one or more pieces at the Spring concert in June 2015.
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.
This is the fifth year we have offered this conducting scholarship. The biggest outcome for the chosen scholarship winner each year is that he or she has grown with the experience.  Each recipient is give podium time that they otherwise woukld never have received as an undergraduate student. 
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
The student is critiqued weekly by the Artistic Director and a more formal review is done each semester by the Artistic Director with input by the GNHCC Board.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
Currently there is no exit interview at the end of the scholarship year.  This may be an excellent way to evaluate the perceived experience by the participant, and will be explored.
Program Comments
CEO Comments

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. 

 

CEO/Executive Director
Organization is made up of all volunteers. There is no CEO.
Term Start Nov 1963
Email info@gnhcc.org
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 16
Number of Contract Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate 0%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 16
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 13
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Collaborations
Connecticut Children's Chorus
Christ Episcopal Church, Guilford, CT
Comments
CEO Comments
We have no CEO or Executive Director.  The Executive committee of the Board consists of our President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer. The organization is entirely led and operated by volunteers.
 
Our only 2 contracted employees are the Artistic Director and our accompianist.
Board Chair
Mrs. Katherine McManus
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term July 2013 to June 2019
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Ms. Dorothy Althoff Community Volunteer
Ms Dorothy Bruckhart Community Volunteer
Ms. Patricia Carroll Community Volunteer
Ms Sara Hashmi Community Volunteer
Ms. Laura Hintz Community Volunteer
Susie Jackson Community Volunteer
Ms Kathleen Johnson Community Volunteer
Mr. Thomas Malone Community Volunteer
Siobhan Quinlan Community Volunteer
Ms. Sarah Renzi Community Volunteer
Ms Jill Savitt Community Volunteer
Ms Susan Shultz Community Volunteer
Mr. Ted Smith Community Volunteer
Rebecca Tannenbaum Community Volunteer
Mr. Tom Toigo Community Volunteer
Carla Weil Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 16
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 13
Risk Management Provisions
Accident and Injury Coverage
General Property Coverage
Standing Committees
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Finance
Marketing
Technology
Membership
Executive
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
CEO Comments
Our Fiscal Year runs July-June.
 
Our board is made up of elected members.  Some committees, by the sheer volume of work they do, have appointed co-chairs who may attend the board meetings but are not voting members.
 
Standing Committees, in addition to those listed:  Concert Committee, Facilities Committee, Music Committee, Social Committee, Historian/Archivist, and 2 members-at-large.
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2016
Fiscal Year End June 30 2017
Projected Revenue $58,325.00
Projected Expenses $58,325.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund No
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 Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$31,055$41,979$25,670
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions------
------
$8,922$10,460$20,621
Investment Income, Net of Losses$767$419$339
Membership Dues$9,607$9,645$10,521
Special Events$1,519($1,267)($2,091)
Revenue In-Kind------
Other------
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$23,005$34,044$24,540
Administration Expense$21,555$20,585$40,817
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.161.120.84
Program Expense/Total Expenses52%62%38%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$33,723$26,746$15,366
Current Assets$16,077$10,285$4,017
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities--$179--
Total Net Assets$33,723$26,567$15,366
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountThe Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $5,676The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $6,500Artificial Cell Technologies $5,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Artificial Cell Technologies $5,000City of New Haven $504
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $250
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities--57.46--
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments
CEO Comments Because our organization is so small and the cost of an external audit so large, we have not undertaken a formal audit.  We have, however, consulted with a tax attorney who has reviewed our financials, procedures, etc., in the past. Endowment Fund Spending policy follows, taken directly from the resolution. It does not conform to the selections listed above under "Spending Policy":  The principal of the Fund shall remain intact and be invested. The income earned on the principal may be spent for such charitable purposes, consistent with the Chorus’s exempt purpose, as the donor may direct.

Income from funds not restricted by the donor may be expended at the discretion of the Board of Directors.

Income earned and not expended by the end of the subsequent year shall be added to the principal of the fund.

Only the current year's interest of the endowment fund can be spent without approval of the Board.
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 351
New Haven, CT 065020351
Primary Phone 203 303-4642
Contact Email info@gnhcc.org
CEO/Executive Director Organization is made up of all volunteers. There is no CEO.
Board Chair Mrs. Katherine McManus
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer

 

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