Leadership

Sabbaticals are being used by more nonprofits as an effective tool to retain and reward the best executive talent.

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Assembling the ideal board is less about fundraising prowess and more about about balancing the right skills.

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Chorus America contacted representatives from about a dozen choral consortiums—umbrella groups that promote regional information sharing and collaboration among choruses. Those who manage these consortiums were eager to tell us about the advantages of collaboration, how they got started and why, and lessons they've learned along the way.

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Have you been asked to serve as the chair of development committee? Here's what you need to know to tackle this important job and ensure the future of your chorus.

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Chorus America's annual survey of the operations of choruses, the Operations Survey Report includes more than 40 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 2011 report features data from the 2009-2010 season.

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Template for Evaluating Finalists

A rating form for singers to use when evaluating conductors who have been identified as finalists during a music director search.

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Use this policy template to ensure that your chorus is in compliance with tax requirements.

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Use this questionnaire at the end of each board member's term.

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Chorus America interviewed more than 700 conductors about their career paths, levels of education, salary, job satisfaction, and more in 2005. The resulting data provides a profile of the "typical" choral conductor that may be surprising.

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A Sample from the Dessoff Choirs

A rating form for singers to use when evaluating all potential conductors during a search.

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