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GALA Leadership Symposium 2017

The Leadership Symposium features a Friday “soft opening” of two special intensive sessions for chorus board members and new GALA artistic directors. Regular activities begin Friday evening with registration and an opening reception. A full slate of seminars, interactive workshops, roundtable discussions and one-on-one advisory sessions start Saturday morning and run through Sunday afternoon.

Details of the workshop schedule shown below are subject to change, but overall symposium start and end times that impact travel plans are fixed. Symposium takes place at the Riviera Palm Springs Hotel in Palm Springs, CA.

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Friday, January 20, 2017
2:00pm - 3:30pm
New GALA Artistic Directors' Institute: Resources and Networking

Are you an artistic director who is new to GALA Choruses? You are invited to arrive early to meet with some of our seasoned conductors on Friday afternoon. This session will give you a chance to meet other conductors in a smaller setting, ask any questions that are burning and get to know the resources available through GALA Choruses.

Presenters:
Cindy Sheppard
Jane Ramseyer Miller
Joe Nadeau
 
Workshop / Seminar
Royal Ballroom
2:00pm - 5:00pm
Chorus Board Leadership Institute

The Institute will focus on succession planning, hiring and empowering happy, productive staff and the Board’s role in copyright issues. Learn the basics of copyright requirements and your responsibilities as a board member for ensuring that your chorus is in compliance. During the workshop we will review a checklist board members can use and an example concert music budget that will demonstrate the costs of compliance (and the high cost of non-compliance).

Presenters:
Eve Campbell
Robin Godfrey
 
Workshop / Seminar
El Dorado II
3:30pm - 5:00pm
New Artistic Directors' Institute: The Perfect Rehearsal

Singing the blues over your rehearsals? Spinning your wheels and getting nowhere? Being a choral director is like being a travel agent. We choose delightful destinations (music), but we don’t always make the journey enjoyable or exciting. What you do in every rehearsal makes a difference! It is your responsibility to be organized, make it fun and enjoy the journey! Do those things and the destination will take care of itself. Great rehearsals are the best recruitment tool you have.

Presenters:
Tim Seelig
 
Workshop / Seminar
Royal Ballroom
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Registration & Reception

Greet old friends and make new ones over a drink around the Chiki Pool! Cash bar with light refreshments provided.
 
Social gathering
Grand Ballroom III
7:00pm - 8:30pm
New AD Dinner - meet @ hotel lobby

Gather in the lobby for dinner with new GALA Artistic Directors provided by GALA Choruses! We have a reservation at Chada Thai: 1420 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Presenters:
Jane Ramseyer Miller
Joe Nadeau
Susan Haugh
 
Social gathering
Palm Springs, CA
 
Saturday, January 21, 2017
9:00am - 10:15am
Symposium Singers TTBB Rehearsal I

Join your fellow GALA singers from choruses far and wide for a weekend of beautiful music, new vocal techniques, informative worships and sessions, and lifelong connections with singers from other GALA Choruses. Our TTBB chorus clinician is Dr. Joe Nadeau from the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles and SATB chorus clinician is Michael Hayden from Mira Costa High School in California.

Presenters:
Joe Nadeau
 
Rehearsal
El Dorado I
9:00am - 10:15am
Symposium Singers SATB Rehearsal I

Join your fellow GALA singers from choruses far and wide for a weekend of beautiful music, new vocal techniques, informative worships and sessions, and lifelong connections with singers from other GALA Choruses. Our TTBB chorus clinician is Dr. Joe Nadeau from the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles and SATB chorus clinician is Michael Hayden from Mira Costa High School in California.

Presenters:
Michael Hayden
 
Rehearsal
El Dorado III
9:00am - 9:30am
Artistic Directors Introductions & Gathering



Presenters:
Jane Ramseyer Miller
 
Workshop / Seminar
Royal I
9:00am - 10:15am
The Board's Role in Community Engagement

There are many facets of community outreach: Marketing, Audience Development, Corporate Responsibility, Support of Other Nonprofit's Goals, Fundraising, Social Awareness, to name a few. What role should a board play in setting the direction of an organization's community outreach? This is an interactive session discussing how to use outreach more effectively and strategically in support of the mission statement!

Presenters:
Eve Campbell
 
Workshop / Seminar
Royal II
9:00am - 12:00pm
One on One Consultations

One-on-One sessions with GALA’s 411 Advisors will be held each day throughout the weekend. Take this opportunity to ask questions of our GALA 411 Artistic Director, Chorus Manager, Board and Youth Advisors. Find out the types of consulting services they can provide, and discuss concerns specific to your chorus. Sign-up sheets for private advisory sessions will be at the registration table.
 
Open Discussion
El Dorado IIII
9:30am - 10:15am
Too Old to Sing? Effects of Aging on the Singing Voice



Presenters:
Stan Hill
 
Workshop / Seminar
Royal I
10:30am - 12:00pm
Getting a Great Sound

From tone and timbre to vowel and consonant structure, Veteran GALA conductor Michael Hayden’s workshop for conductors focuses on the development of a rich and unified sound. Through solid vocal pedagogy and two learning theories, singers are empowered to not only sing beautifully but become the best versions of themselves possible. In our rehearsals, they can become stronger and more confident singers and individuals.

Presenters:
Michael Hayden
 
Workshop / Seminar
El Dorado I
10:30am - 12:00pm
21st Century Chorus Management

Looking to move your chorus away from paper and spreadsheets? Come learn about the various technologies and tools your choir can use to save time, make life easier for your singers, fundraise more effectively, and sell more tickets.

Presenters:
Jacob Levine
 
Workshop / Seminar
Royal I
10:30am - 12:00pm
Making an Ask Takes Practice

Finding the right story so "sell" your chorus mission is key in recruiting singers, chorus leadership and soliciting individual donations, grants and sponsors. Participants will have the opportunity to practice their chorus "sales" pitch and receive coaching. Delegates attending this session should arrive with a list of the points they would expect to cover in pitching their chorus.

Presenters:
Joann M Usher
Steve Smith
 
Workshop / Seminar
El Dorado III
10:30am - 12:00pm
Lessons from the Chorus America Intrinsic Impact Study

The Intrinsic Impact Audience Project was the first-ever systematic study of choral music audiences. The results shed light on what moves and motivates the people who attend choral music performances. In partnership with leading research and consulting firm WolfBrown, Chorus America has made the study and the surveying tools used available to the field to help all choruses create meaningful and engaging experiences for their communities. Presenter Justin Fyala was a participant in the project and will share the experiences of his chorus. This session is the first part of a two-part series with Survey Planning for Audience Development.

Presenters:
Justin D Fyala
 
Workshop / Seminar
Royal II
12:30pm - 1:00pm
Stonewall 50th Anniversary Commission Project

June 28, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots and, ultimately the birth of the modern LGBT civil rights movement. Artistic Directors Charlie Beale and Joe Nadeau are planning a co-commissioning project that would engage all types and sizes of choruses and include a 45 minute commission, school resources and an international connection. Join Joe and Charlie for a discussion of the project.

Presenters:
Charlie Beale
Joe Nadeau
 
Open Discussion
Royal I
12:30pm - 1:45pm
Is Trans the New Black? Racial Diversity in GALA Choruses

What impact does the Trump agenda have on our choruses? Is racial diversity now a more pressing issue for your chorus? Should it be? Have you had success in having your choir reflect your community? CAN'T WE JUST SING? Join this continuing conversation.

Presenters:
Tray Ballard-Jacobs
 
Open Discussion
Desert Conference Center Foyer
12:30pm - 1:45pm
Am I Too Old to Sing?

What’s happening to my voice? A round-table discussion on the effects of aging on the singing voice. Two specific pathologies can affect the singing voice in singers over 50 years old which result in vocal weakness and restricted vocal range and stamina. Our discussion will explore vocalizes and therapies to improve your singing voice as you age.

Presenters:
Stan Hill
 
Open Discussion
Desert Conference Center Foyer
12:30pm - 1:45pm
Grant Funding from the NEA

Think your chorus is too small to acquire funding from the National Endowment for the Arts? Join John Quillin to hear what he learned in a recent seminar with NEA staff.

Presenters:
John C. Quillin
 
Open Discussion
Desert Conference Center Foyer
12:30pm - 1:45pm
Youth Engagement for Adult Choruses

Explore ways for adult choruses to engage youth within your chorus and in your community through partnerships, school programming and collaboration. Share successes and challenges, come ready to discuss.

Presenters:
Brayton Bollenbacher
Susan Haugh
 
Open Discussion
Desert Conference Center Foyer
12:30pm - 1:45pm
The Future of Chorus Connection: Ticketing + Donor Management

From Chorus Connection founder Jacob Levine: "In the future, we see Chorus Connection as a place where you can manage your singers, donors, and online ticketing all in one place. Want to help shape that vision? Come brainstorm with us!"

Presenters:
Jacob Levine
 
Open Discussion
Desert Conference Center Foyer
1:00pm - 1:30pm
2020 Roma Commission: Suffrage and Global Women's Rights

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the US. We are exploring a new Roma commission to commemorate this anniversary. The composition would premiere at Festival 2020 and may be part of a Blockbuster concert exploring women’s rights globally. All types of choruses are welcome in this conversation.

Presenters:
Jane Ramseyer Miller
 
Open Discussion
Desert Conference Center Foyer
2:00pm - 3:15pm
Repertoire Reading Session SATB



Presenters:
Jeff Buhrman
 
Workshop / Seminar
El Dorado III
2:00pm - 3:15pm
Repertoire Reading Session: SSAA

Join Artistic Director colleagues to share favorite repertoire for SA, TB and SATB choruses. Bring a list of your most successful music, programming ideas, themes, or novel approaches that you believe other directors might benefit from. Include sources and contact info. Any music you bring to share may only include the first two pages of the score and must include complete composer, copyright and publisher information.

Presenters:
Kathleen Hansen
 
Workshop / Seminar
El Dorado IIII
2:00pm - 3:15pm
Repertoire Reading Session: TTBB



Presenters:
Joe Nadeau
 
Workshop / Seminar
El Dorado I
2:00pm - 3:15pm
The Board's Role in Fund Development

Discuss and share thoughts and best practices to turn your board into a productive fundraising board. Fundraising is one of the primary responsibilities of any board member yet many shy away from this duty. We will discuss different ways to approach board giving, board fund development training, and how to hold each other accountable.

Presenters:
Eve Campbell
 
Workshop / Seminar
Royal I
2:00pm - 3:15pm
Crowdfunding - Lessons Learned from the Musical Trenches

Crowdfunding: is it just the newest fad or is it a viable way for your choruses to fund projects? What are the keys to successful crowdfunding, and when does it represent a good choice for your organization? In this practical session, Dr. Jeffrey Nytch will dispel common myths about crowdfunding and provide strategies to help make your campaign a success. This workshop is Part 1 and will be continued with Crowdfund Your Chorus: A Hands-On Workshop.

Presenters:
Jeffrey Nytch
 
Workshop / Seminar
Royal II
2:00pm - 3:15pm
Survey Planning for Audience Development

Take a deeper look at a survey template available within the Chorus Forte software that can be used to gather information of audience preferences and attitudes.

Presenters:
Vanessa Pagan
 
Workshop / Seminar
Summit IIII
2:00pm - 4:45pm
One on One Consultations

One-on-One sessions with GALA’s 411 Advisors will be held each day throughout the weekend. Take this opportunity to ask questions of our GALA 411 Artistic Director, Chorus Manager, Board and Youth Advisors. Find out the types of consulting services they can provide, and discuss concerns specific to your chorus. Sign-up sheets for private advisory sessions will be at the registration table.
 
Open Discussion
Desert Conference Center Foyer
3:30pm - 4:45pm
Symposium Singers TTBB Rehearsal 2



Presenters:
Joe Nadeau
 
Rehearsal
El Dorado I
3:30pm - 4:45pm
Symposium Singers SATB Rehearsal 2

Join your fellow GALA singers from choruses far and wide for a weekend of beautiful music, new vocal techniques, informative worships and sessions, and lifelong connections with singers from other GALA Choruses. Our TTBB chorus clinician is Dr. Joe Nadeau from the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles and SATB chorus clinician is Michael Hayden from Mira Costa High School in California.

Presenters:
Michael Hayden
 
Rehearsal
El Dorado III
3:30pm - 4:45pm
Brand Me Original

A unified chorus look that reflects the culture of your city and community should be an important component of your marketing campaign. Come explore the questions and solutions other choruses have explored to give them a unique, dynamite, and memorable look!

Presenters:
Matthew Ramsey
Steve Smith
 
Workshop / Seminar
Summit IIII
3:30pm - 4:45pm
An Insider's Guide to Successful Events

Whether it's a gala, a cabaret, live auction or a fancy dinner, events can be fun ways to build your audience and raise money. Most events, however, are organized by volunteers who may not know best practices for making your event a social -- and financial -- success. Join award-winning event planner Jeffrey Kash on all the tricks of the trade, from invites to fundraising and corporate underwriting. Make your next event the talk of the town!

Presenters:
Jeffrey Kash
 
Workshop / Seminar
Royal II
3:30pm - 4:45pm
Transgender Inclusivity

“LGBT” is often used as if we are one community. “LGB” refer to variations on sexual orientation. It’s tricky enough to navigate the differences between lesbian and gay community, bisexual is often left behind – and then there’s the T. This workshop explores what it means to be trans-inclusive in the context of a GALA chorus including flexibility for transitioning voices, use of inclusive gender language and Trans 101 terminology.

Presenters:
Reid Vanderburgh
 
Workshop / Seminar
Royal III
3:30pm - 4:45pm
Exploring Racism in a Trump Regime

LGBT communities often tend to prioritize educating others about our experiences of marginalization and inviting them to change. We are not in the habit of thinking about our own multiple roles in relationships of power and how we might need to change. Come explore some of the dysfunctional aspects of white middle class training that makes healing racism so challenging especially in our current political culture.

Presenters:
Sam Bullington
 
Workshop / Seminar
Royal I
4:45pm - 5:30pm
Artistic Director Networking - Lobby Bar

 
Social gathering
Riviera Palm Springs Hotel
5:00pm - 5:30pm
Palms Springs choruses set-up

Partake in sumptuous appetizers and a cash bar while we auction off spectacular vacation packages and Festival 2020 prizes. Enjoy performances by our Palm Springs GALA Choruses.
 
Rehearsal
Grand Ballroom
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Reception, Palms Springs choruses performance & Auction Fundraiser

Partake in sumptuous appetizers and a cash bar while we auction off spectacular vacation packages and Festival 2020 prizes. Enjoy performances by our Palm Springs GALA Choruses.
 
Social gathering
Grand Ballroom
8:00pm - 10:00pm
Film Screening: "Still Black - a Portrait of Black Transmen"

 
Social gathering
Royal I
 
Sunday, January 22, 2017
9:00am - 10:15am
Artistic Director Open Agenda



Presenters:
Jane Ramseyer Miller
 
Open Discussion
Summit IIII
9:00am - 10:15am
Symposium Singers TTBB Rehearsal 3



Presenters:
Joe Nadeau
 
Rehearsal
El Dorado I
9:00am - 10:15am
Symposium Singers SATB Rehearsal 3

Join your fellow GALA singers from choruses far and wide for a weekend of beautiful music, new vocal techniques, informative worships and sessions, and lifelong connections with singers from other GALA Choruses. Our TTBB chorus clinician is Dr. Joe Nadeau from the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles and SATB chorus clinician is Michael Hayden from Mira Costa High School in California.

Presenters:
Michael Hayden
 
Rehearsal
Salon I
9:00am - 10:15am
The Evolution of the Strategic Planning Process

One size does not fit all nor should it! This session will explore the different styles and philosophies of creating a Strategic Plan in an ever changing economic and political environment. We will also discuss the components of a good plan.

Presenters:
Eve Campbell
 
Workshop / Seminar
Salon II
9:00am - 10:15am
Building Relationships with Patrons

Those who support our choruses, whether they are individuals, advertisers, foundations, corporations or the media do so because they want success… for themselves and for the Chorus. Steve Smith, executive director of Flying House Productions in Seattle and Cliff Schiappa, development director at Heartland Men’s Chorus in Kansas City will lead a discussion about ways to bring stakeholders closer to the Chorus, and vice versa. And here’s the secret: it’s all about building relationships.

Presenters:
Cliff Schiappa
Steven F Smith
 
Workshop / Seminar
Royal III
10:30am - 11:45am
Expanding the Circle: The Meaning of Inclusivity

Why do we do “diversity” work in organizations and whose needs are at the center of this work? When we operate from a framework of “inclusion” we often attempt to bring people into structures that were not designed for them. How might we transform our organizations into more welcoming spaces that don’t just replicate the dynamics of insiders and outsiders?

Presenters:
Reid Vanderburgh
Sam Bullington
Tray Ballard-Jacobs
 
Workshop / Seminar
Desert Conference Center Foyer
10:30am - 11:45am
Out of the Concert Hall, Into the Schools



Presenters:
Gavin Thrasher
 
Workshop / Seminar
Royal II
10:30am - 11:45am
Nutrition for the Choral Singer: Feeding the Voice & Soul



Presenters:
Michael Hayden
Tim Seelig
 
Workshop / Seminar
El Dorado I
10:30am - 11:45am
Crowdfund Your Chorus: A Hands-On Workshop



Presenters:
Vanessa Pagan
 
Workshop / Seminar
Salon II
10:30am - 11:45am
GALA 411 Advisor Panel Discussion



Presenters:
Eve Campbell
Jeff Heine
Joe Nadeau
Susan Haugh
 
Workshop / Seminar
Royal III
12:00pm - 12:30pm
Symposium Delegate Lunch

Lunch is provided with delegate registration. The symposium singers choruses will perform immediately after lunch.
 
Social gathering
Grand Ballroom
12:30pm - 1:00pm
Symposium Chorus Performances



Presenters:
Joe Nadeau
Michael Hayden
 
Social gathering
Grand Ballroom
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Artistic Director Open Agenda



Presenters:
Jane Ramseyer Miller
Joe Nadeau
 
Open Discussion
Grand Ballroom
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Board Member and Volunteer Leadership Open Agenda



Presenters:
Jeff Heine
 
Open Discussion
Royal III

 

GALA Choruses strives for gender neutrality with regards to language in recognition of the many genders represented within our member choruses, singing sections and the LGBT community. When working and communicating with singers and choruses within the GALA community please keep the following guidelines in mind.

  • Please refer to sections by voice part rather than gender, ie; tenors and basses rather than men or women.
  • There are also gender inclusive ways that you can address a chorus as a whole. People or folks or simply everyone are more gender-neutral options (as opposed to Ladies and Gentlemen).

We know that gender specific language is a part of our culture and we don’t expect each individual to overcome years of conditioning overnight. We would, however, appreciate your attempt to address our members in the most gender-neutral way possible.