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Online Leadership Symposium 2022

Available April 1, 2022

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$100 for unlimited access for each chorus

  • access is also free for all registered delegates of the 2022 Leadership Symposium

For the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, GALA Choruses hosted an in-person Leadership Symposium, February 18–20 in Atlanta, GA. Coming together again was electric—we sang, we learned, we broke bread, and we got a glimpse of GALA Festival 2024 in Minneapolis, our first in 8 years.
If you were unable to join us, you were missed!
If you were there, we’d like to welcome you back!
GALA is proud to offer selected workshops and moments from our 2022 Leadership Symposium online. The following events from Atlanta have been recorded and will be available by April 1:

  • A New Harmony 2.0 with Maria-Elena Y Grant and Abdullah Rasheen Hall
    GALA’s New Harmony Task Force has created a second workbook to address new topics requested by our choruses including Digital Accessibility; Intergenerational Dynamics; Mental Health & Neuro-Diversity; and Religion & Spiritual Diversity.  Join New Harmony facilitators for an introduction to the second edition of the workbook and to explore these resources for use in your chorus conversations.
  • Addressing Sexual Harassment with Eve Campbell and Douglas Althauser
    Several of our member choruses have had to deal with issues around sexual harassment. Join us for a description of one chorus' approach to dealing with the issue.
  • Grappling with American Exceptionalism with Sam Bullington
    This workshop is especially relevant for any chorus engaging in local collaborations that cross cultural borders, for instance, urban choirs traveling to rural environments. In these situations, dynamics and unconscious attitudes of cultural superiority can be present. We'll also explore challenges for choruses planning overseas tours. When US-based GALA choruses travel overseas, we can carry unconscious habitual attitudes of cultural superiority that can undermine cross cultural collaborations.
  • Concert Program Themes & Topics with Jane Ramseyer Miller and Robert Glor
    Bring your most creative, and effective, concert themes and concert programs to share with AD colleagues.
  • Digital Marketing with Craig Coogan
    Join Craig for a hands on demonstration of the power of posting and tagging using the symposium as a living experiment. This session is designed for mid-size and smaller choruses with no paid administrative personnel and no funds for outside consultants.
  • Education Outreach to Schools with Shawn Cullen and Mitch Galli
    This workshop will discuss how to get a collaborative school program on its feet, and for choruses who already have a program, share ways in which they can increase their impact and maximize their resources.
  • Events, Tickets & People Post Pandemic with Rick Jung
    What should we expect regarding returning audiences? What did we learn from our holiday concerts? Can ticket price hikes help cover increased performance costs? How do we market in a post pandemic world? Is there another way to do business?
  • Intro to A New Harmony Workbook 1 with Maria-Elena Y Grant and Abdullah Rasheen Hall
    New to GALA’s New Harmony Task Force? Join us for this introduction to the first New Harmony workbook which includes a chorus assessment, guided conversation, and steps you can take to create more equity, access and belonging in your chorus. Workbook topics include Race & Ethnic Identity, Mobility & Ability, Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation, and Socio-Economic Status. This workshop explores ways that New Harmony tools can be integrated into your chorus conversations.
  • Tim Seelig-35 Years with Tim Seelig
    Ever thought, "If I knew then what I know would have been different." Or maybe not so different. One of my favorite convention workshops is "Things they forgot to teach or were afraid we'd find out." With only months until retirement after 35 years, It will be fun to share some of what I've learned along the way. Q&A included!
  • Transformation not Transaction: School & Community Partnerships with Alysia Lee
    Explore various approaches to school partnerships that keep stakeholders engaged, excited, and accountable. Presenter, Alysia Lee shares tools to guide the vision and implementation of partnerships that are sustainable, affirming, and transformative. Ms. Lee will be streaming her workshop from Baltimore.