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Symposium 2019 Schedule

February 15 - 17, 2019

A full slate of workshops, roundtable discussions and one-on-one advisory sessions start Friday afternoon and continue through mid-day on Sunday.

The symposium schedule below is subject to change as details are finalized. Additional session descriptions and presenters will be added as arrangements are completed.

Schedule at a Glance - Click on the "+" to view a description.

Thursday, February 14, 2019
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Registration

Pick up your delegate badge at the registration desk.
 
Administrative Events
Terrace Level Foyer
 
Friday, February 15, 2019
8:30am - 6:30pm
Registration

Stop by the registration desk to say hello and pick up your delegate badge.
 
Administrative Events
Terrace Level Foyer
11:30am - 1:15pm
New AD lunch and orientation

Artistic Directors new to GALA choruses are invited to arrive early to meet each other and learn a bit about GALA Choruses before other delegates arrive. Lunch is on GALA so bring your questions, ideas and energy. We look forward to meeting you! Facilitator: Jane Ramseyer Miller, GALA's Artistic Director

Presenters:
Jane Ramseyer Miller
 
Workshop
Indigo
1:30pm - 2:00pm
AD Intros and warm-ups with Michael Hayden

Bring your best warm-up exercise to share as we gather to see familiar colleagues and meet new ones. Clinician Michael Hayden will lead us in taking our voices to new depths!
 
Singing
Indigo
2:00pm - 3:15pm
Marketing for Smaller Budget Choruses

Join this session for a discussion of program marketing targeted specifically towards lower budget choruses.
 
Workshop
Canyon III
2:00pm - 3:15pm
New Approaches to Setting a Board Agenda

There are many creative ways to produce an agenda for a productive meeting. This panel discussion will examine formats that can help your board spend less time on old business and more time on strategy and planning. Come prepared to explore why and when it's appropriate to move to a new style of board agenda.

Presenters:
Eve Campbell
 
Workshop
Aster
2:00pm - 3:15pm
Evoking Tone with Thea Kano

Presenter: Thea Kano At the conclusion of this session, participants will: 1. Have an understanding of how conducting gestures effect vocal tone 2. Have learned vocal exerices to develop tone 3. Have learned how to encourage energetic singing 4. Have leanred conducting and rehearsal techniques that elecit tone

Presenters:
Thea Kano
 
Singing
Indigo
3:30pm - 5:00pm
Managing Change

Explore the principles and practices that will increase your ability to identify the right time, the paths and the resources needed to move your chorus through the change process.

Presenters:
Paul Halstead
 
Workshop
Aster
3:30pm - 5:00pm
Fundraising for Smaller Budget Choruses

Join us for a discussion of fundraising aimed specifically at smaller budget choruses

Presenters:
Eve Campbell
 
Workshop
Canyon III
3:30pm - 5:00pm
Rehearsal Strategy & Score Study - with Miguel Ángel Felipe

Join University of Arizona professor Miguel Ángel Felipe to explore new rehearsal strategies and score study.
 
Workshop
Indigo
3:30pm - 5:00pm
Scared Voiceless

Tired of dealing with stage fright? Professional singer and conductor, Miriam Davidson offers tips and tricks to address performance anxiety in choral singing, auditions and solo performance. Take a deep breath and come join us!
 
Singing
Canyon I
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Friday Reception & Performance

Join us for an informal reception with a cash bar and snacks. Entertainment will be provided by the ensembles participating in our ensemble boot camp.
 
Social Event
La Paloma CC South Patio/Dining Room
 
Saturday, February 16, 2019
9:00am - 10:30am
Symposium Singers

Join Michael Hayden for a rehearsal with other SATB singers in preparation for a Sunday performance

Presenters:
Michael Hayden
 
Singing
Canyon I
9:00am - 10:30am
Festival 2020 Chorus Liaison Workshop

Your chorus' festival liaison is the primary source of information about festival for your chorus. Come learn about what is required of the individual in that position and pick up some early insight into plans for Festival 2020.

Presenters:
Joel C. Davis
Sue Bell
 
Workshop
Aster
9:00am - 10:30am
Branding & Video Marketing

This session will provide an overview of season branding, design and video marketing. Participants will gain a better understanding of cohesive season and concert branding, have the tools and knowledge to create their own videos for their choruses and get a better idea of what works on social media.

Presenters:
Tri Truong
 
Workshop
Lantana
9:00am - 10:30am
Blended Fundraising: Increasing Donations from Top Donors

Identify and engage top donors with more effective asks that include all forms of support in one meeting. Learn how to use data to target specific increased asks from top donors and how to incorporate both ticket sales and donations into one ask.

Presenters:
Adam Burk
 
Workshop
Verbena
9:00am - 10:30am
The Heart of Vocal Harmony with Deke Sharon

The amazing a cappella wonder, Deke Sharon, opens Saturday with a workshop for ADs focusing on The Heart of Vocal Harmony.
 
Workshop
Indigo
10:30am - 11:30am
Ensembles rehearsal with Deke Sharon

Coaching workshops with Deke will be assigned in 45 minute blocks. Ensembles can participate in the Symposium Singer rehearsals and other workshops when you are not in a coaching session.
 
Singing
Lantana
10:45am - 11:40am
Creating Choirs that Welcome Trans Singers

Join Erik Peregrine (University of Arizona) to explore techniques for making your chorus a welcoming space for transgender and gender non-binary singers.
 
Workshop
Indigo
10:45am - 12:00pm
Musical Literacy for Choral Singers

New or rusty at music reading? This workshop offers tips for navigating a choral score, note and rhythm reading, and interval practice, with plenty of space for questions.
 
Singing
Canyon I
10:45am - 12:00pm
Recruiting, Retaining & Maximizing Members

The Boston Gay Men's Chorus went from 175 active members and 150 on stage for each show to over 300 active members and 200 on stage in just 3 years. Retention of auditionees went from about 50% to over 90%. Free, low cost and fun ways of engaging members and auditionees will be shared to show how your chorus can use or adapt what worked for BGMC to grow and keep your membership.

Presenters:
Craig Coogan
 
Workshop
Aster
10:45am - 12:00pm
Board Meetings: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

What happens when a board meeting goes awry? You know it happens! This session will present a mock board meeting where boundaries are crossed, tempers flair, people are not engaged and the meeting is unproductive. We will follow this all too familiar scenario with another board meeting that appropriately addresses how to deal with the same issues assuring the mission of the organization becomes the focal point for the board meeting. Join us for some fun and some solutions!

Presenters:
Eve Campbell
 
Workshop
Verbena
11:40am - 12:00pm
New Options for licensing arrangements

Join composer and conductor Tim Sarsany to learn about new options for licensing your chorus arrangements.
 
Workshop
Indigo
12:15pm - 1:30pm
Lunch & Festival 2020 Presentation

Join us for lunch and a presentation on plans for Festival 2020. Lunch is included with your delegate registration.
 
Social Event
Canyon III
12:30pm - 5:30pm
Ensemble Bootcamp

Coaching workshops with Michael will be assigned in 45 minute blocks. Ensembles can participate in the Symposium Singer rehearsals and other workshops when you are not in a coaching session.
 
Singing
Lantana
1:45pm - 3:15pm
Symposium Singers

Join Michael Hayden for a rehearsal with other SATB singers in preparation for a Sunday performance

Presenters:
Michael Hayden
 
Singing
Canyon I
2:00pm - 3:15pm
Don't Wait - Automate

In this session, we'll explore how web-based tools like Wufoo Forms, Zapier, and many others can help you automate your chorus's administrative workload. You'll learn tips and tricks to help you save time, eliminate manual error, and more! This session is suitable for both tech-savvy and not-so-tech-savvy users.

Presenters:
Jacob Levine
 
Workshop
Aster
2:00pm - 3:15pm
Inspiring Singer Collaboration in Choral Music

 
Workshop
Indigo
2:00pm - 3:15pm
Chorus Management During Artistic Director Transitions

During the 2017-18 concert season, Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus underwent a time of transition with artistic leadership. With two out of three season concerts led by interim artistic directors, Chorus leadership was presented with an opportunity to collaboratively define communication roles with Chorus staff, set expectations of success across the organization, onboard and support two interim directors, and help manage Chorus members’ attitudes. This session will provide constructive lessons learned regarding change management in a choral setting.

Presenters:
Eric Strong
Jeff Heine
 
Workshop
Verbena
3:30pm - 4:45pm
Voice Exploration with Thea Kano

Join Thea Kano for voice exploration including range extension and smooth transitions, creating resonance, warm-up exercises you can do at home or in the car.
 
Singing
Canyon I
3:30pm - 5:30pm
SATB Reading Session

Join GALA's SATB conductors for a reading session exploring recommended repertoire for your chorus. Bring along your ideas to share. Facilitator: Robert Glor
 
Singing
Indigo
3:30pm - 5:30pm
SSAA Reading Session

Join GALA's SATB conductors for a reading session exploring recommended repertoire for your chorus. Bring along your ideas to share. Facilitator: Kathleen Hansen
 
Singing
Goldwater
3:30pm - 5:45pm
TTBB Reading Session

Join GALA's TTBB conductors for a reading session exploring recommended repertoire for your chorus. Bring along your ideas to share. Facilitator: Rich Cole
 
Singing
Canyon III
3:30pm - 5:00pm
You Too Can You Tube

Learn how to legally put your music on YouTube. See how to create a channel and grow it. See examples of some of the most popular Boston Gay Men's Chorus videos.

Presenters:
Craig Coogan
 
Workshop
Verbena
3:30pm - 5:00pm
Bloomberg Philanthropies Panel

Join us for a panel discussion with choruses participating in the Bloomberg Philanthropies "Arts Innovation and Management" program. The discussion will include how the groups were selected and what we have learned so far.

Presenters:
Eve Campbell
Justin D Fyala
Michael Sattler
Robin Godfrey
 
Workshop
Aster
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Reception/Fundraiser/Performance

Join us for a reception with a cash bar, a live auction and performances by the Arizona choruses.
 
Social Event
Catalina Basin
 
Sunday, February 17, 2019
9:00am - 10:15am
Ensemble Coaching AD masterclass w/Deke

Join Deke Sharon in action as he coaches ensembles in the GALA Ensemble Bootcamp.
 
Singing
Indigo
9:00am - 11:30am
Symposium Singers

Join Michael Hayden for a rehearsal with other SATB singers in preparation for a Sunday performance

Presenters:
Michael Hayden
 
Singing
Canyon I
9:00am - 10:15am
Ensemble Rehearsal Space

 
Singing
Lantana
9:00am - 10:15am
Meetings That Matter

Do people groan when you announce the next committee or board meeting? Get a new perspective that may take meetings from being soul sucking to relationship building, vibrant times of progress.

Presenters:
Paul Halstead
 
Workshop
Aster
9:00am - 10:15am
Creative Social Media Ideas

Interactive discussion about creative ways to use social media for recruiting, fundraising, marketing, etc.

Presenters:
Jacob Levine
 
Workshop
Verbena
10:30am - 11:30am
Ensemble Rehearsal Space

 
Singing
Lantana
10:30am - 11:30am
Accounting & Financial Reporting for Non Profits

So you find yourself the board treasurer and struggling with the quirks of non-profit accounting, presenting meaningful financials for the board, deciding about financial audits and getting the IRS reporting right. Join us for a review of accounting and reporting for non-profit organizations.

Presenters:
Robin Godfrey
 
Workshop
Aster
10:30am - 11:30am
Inclusivity in GALA Choruses

Explore new tools for chorus inclusivity including a chorus assessment, case studies and steps you can take to create a more inclusive and diverse chorus.
 
Workshop
Indigo
10:30am - 11:30am
Determining Artistic Director Compensation

Join us for a discussion about the factors to be considered in determining staff compensation along with sources of comparative salary information.

Presenters:
Eve Campbell
 
Workshop
Verbena
11:45am - 2:00pm
Lunch & Performance

Lunch will be served (part of your registration) and there will be performances by the symposium chorus and the ensembles participating in the ensemble boot camp.
 
Social Event
Sonoran Room
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Ensemble Bootcamp Wrap-up

 
Workshop
Lantana
2:00pm - 3:15pm
Utilizing Choral Music to Effect Social Change

Discussion for ADs, singers, and board members on the role our choruses are playing in addressing current social issues. Are we doing enough? How can our community collaborations be truly collaborative and transformational for all partners? How can we as a choral movement respond to the chaos around us?

Presenters:
Charlie Beale
Jane Ramseyer Miller
Robin Godfrey
 
Workshop
Indigo
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Chorus Management & Board Wrap Up

Join a group discussion with other chorus board and administrative delegates to review lessons learned over the weekend and share best practices.

Presenters:
Eve Campbell
 
Workshop
Aster
3:30pm - 5:30pm
AD Open Space Gathering

If you are able to stay through Sunday in sunny Tuscon, join us for a more informal Open Agenda with GALA artistic directors. We'll collect hot topics for discussion that we haven't already covered in the symposium.
 
Workshop
Indigo