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Leadership Symposium

GALA will present our first all-virtual Leadership Symposium, OCTOBER 15th -18th, 2020. REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN !

Symposium is a weekend of networking, seminars, discussions. workshops, and socializing for all chorus leaders. We usually hold Symposium in February, and were planning to gather in Atlanta next year, but with the pandemic pushing everything else further down the timeline, we will now hold a virtual Leadership Symposium this Fall on the HopIn platform..

All chorus leaders are welcome, and having a virtual platform actually has some upside. With travel and lodging off the table, more delegates are able to attend. Also, since workshop sessions will be recorded and made available to registrants, you no longer have to miss one session when attending another.

REGISTER HERE. You will have to create an account on HopIn and purchase a ticket; you’ll then have an option to create a profile that other delegates will be able to see. New this year is a special group price that will allow all your chorus leaders to attend! If purchasing a group ticket, you’ll need a special registration link from memberservices [at]

Symposium Registration Rates

  • $100 for an individual
  • $ 80 for the 3rd person from any given chorus
  • $350 for any-sized group from the same chorus

We’ll kick things off with an introduction and overview of virtual space on Thursday evening, Oct 15, at 7:00 pm Eastern. Friday starts with a “Justice Choir Songbook” opener at 2:30 pm EDT, with hour-long workshops starting at 3:00. Another set of workshops will be held at 4:15, then a plenary session will be held at 5:30. The day will end with a social “queer beer choir”. Saturday and Sunday will be filled with workshops, roundtable discussions, open-agenda sessions, and fun. There will also be an opportunity for one-on-on sessions with GALA 411 Advisors and presenters.

Keynote speakers for the plenary sessions include Nina Simon, an author, activist and former museum director, and founder of the OF/BY/ FOR ALL, an organization that guides the development of non-profits, and Mollie Stone, a scholar and conductor who helps choirs learn South African choral music authentically.

A Sample of Workshop Topics

A New Harmony: Training for Chorus Facilitators
How Boards Can Lead Through COVID-19
Monetizing Virtual Concerts
Polyvagal Theory: Creating Emotional Safety
Masked, Distanced & Singing
Sexual Harassment Policies
Designing a Virtual Concert or Cabaret
Virtual Fundraising
Sonic Integrity
Transformative Community Engagement
Copyright Considerations in a Virtual World
Working with Performance Venues in the Current Environment

Tentative Symposium Schedule

(all times are Eastern Daylight)

Thu Oct 15 7:00 - 8:00 Intro to GALA Virtual Symposium
Fri Oct 16 2:15 - 2:45 Justice Choir Songbook Opener
    3:00 - 4:00 Workshops
    4:15 - 5:15 Workshops
    5:30 - 6:30 Choruses that are Of, By and For All with Nina Simon
    7:00 - 8:00 Queer Beer Choir
Sat Oct 17 1:00 - 2:00 Workshops
    2:15-2:45 Poster Session: Your Creative Ideas for Thriving During COVID-19
    3:00 - 4:00 Workshops
    4:15 - 5:15 Workshops
    5:30 -6:30 The Sounds of South Africa with Mollie Stone
    7:00 -8:00 Live Game Show & Fundraiser Auction
Sun Oct 18 1:00 - 1:45 Roundtable discussions
    2:00 - 2:45 Facilitated Open Forum for ADs & Chorus Managers
    3:00 - 4:00 My Choral Coach
    4:15 - 5:15 Workshops


Looking for materials from Symposium 2019?

Select resources are available online, including the workbook for "A New Harmony: Equity, Access, Belonging".