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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.

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
  • 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.