Chorus America's board and staff is excited to share a new Strategic Plan, adopted by our board of directors in January 2023. The plan articulates a new Vision, Mission and series of Guiding Principles for our organization, as well as three Strategic Objectives and accompanying goals that will shape our work during FY 2023-2025.
Our new Strategic Plan builds on lessons learned about remaining flexible in the face of rapid change and ensuring the strength and relevance of the choral field. It deepens our commitment to meaningful, measurable action steps that ensure representation of and service to the vibrant diversity of the choral field, especially to those marginalized because of race and ethnicity.
“Chorus America’s new Strategic Plan is tightly focused in order to make progress in a rapidly evolving environment," said Chorus America president and CEO Catherine Dehoney. "We are committed to this being a living plan, reviewed regularly to guide our priorities and with the flexibility to revise language or work goals as necessary to remain true to our core values and advance our mission.”
Chorus America board chair Anton Armstrong, Tosdal Professor of Music at St. Olaf College, sees a direct connection between the focus of the new Strategic Plan and the future of the choral field. “The future of our field lies in embracing the many ways we sing together to express our common humanity," he said. "By centering access, diversity, equity, and inclusion in our work and supporting the emerging leaders who will build the path forward, we ensure our field’s continued relevance.”
Chorus America envisions a vibrant society in which diverse singing communities affirm and share the full range and depth of our humanity.
Chorus America strengthens singing communities with the advocacy, connections, and resources they need to be a vital part of society.
- Singing Together: We value singing and believe in the potential of singing together—and the love of singing—to build bridges of understanding and empathy.
- Collective Action: We value collaboration and belonging; we welcome the full diversity of humankind in our work as together we address issues affecting our field; our goal is to empower and equip leaders of all types of choruses.
- Service and Learning in Community: We value service to our members and the larger choral field, which is informed by continual learning and cross-cultural exchange.
- Transparency and Modeling Successful Practices: We believe in modeling successful organizational practices, including the thoughtful stewardship of our financial and human resources, and being transparent about how failures and successes have informed our learning/development as an organization.
Let Us Know what You Think!
Our new Strategic Plan is a living document, which will be reviewed often to keep us accountable to our commitments and goals in a fast-moving world. We’d love to hear from you about how our new Strategic Plan can support the work you do in your communities. Please be in touch at [email protected].