The Greater Boston Choral Consortium was formed in 1989 as a cooperative effort to promote greater awareness of the many and varied choral groups in the Greater Boston area. Representatives of the member ensembles of the Consortium meet monthly to discuss common management concerns and promotional strategies; offer mutual support; and generate ideas for cooperative efforts to benefit all groups.
One of the primary benefits of the Consortium for choral managers--many of whom work in isolation--has been the creation of a regular forum for discussion of concerns, as well as a network of colleagues with a wide range of experience to consult when needed. Consortium members regularly exchange information on the following topics:
- Audience development
- Public relations and advertising
- Ticket prices and subscription policies
- Program book advertising
- Rehearsal and concert sites
- Music libraries
- Concert schedules
- Organizational structure
Guest speakers frequently address meetings as well. Minutes of meetings provided to members comprise an informative handbook of strategies for handling recurring issues. Representatives periodically survey the member groups regarding salaries of music professionals and other administrative matters.
The Consortium's most popular promotional projects include joint program book listings and newspaper advertisements.
As of July 20, all member choruses have received invoices for 2013-14 and for any outstanding balances. Please remit your payment (checks only; payable to GBCC & clearly labeled with your chorus name) to:
26 Hurlbut Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Consortium representatives meet once a month, on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (to avoid conflict with evening rehearsals and other chorus meetings). The meeting locations (often in Brookline) are convenient to both parking and public transportation. There are no meetings in July, August, or December.
The minimum requirements for membership are as follows:
- $50.00 annual dues. Representatives of prospective member groups are permitted to audit two Consortium meetings prior to paying dues.
- Attendance at 5 of the 9 Consortium meetings each season is encouraged.
- Designation of one primary representative to the Consortium. The representative is responsible for communicating Consortium information to relevant individuals in the member group. The Consortium strongly recommends that this representative attend all meetings. However, the representative may send an occasional substitute as long as that substitute is fully prepared for the meeting and briefed on Consortium matters.
The Consortium is a volunteer association with no paid staff. A cooperative spirit on the part of member representatives enables both an open information exchange and the successful completion of the organization's tasks and projects.
To request that your ensemble join the Consortium, contact Anne Watson Born, Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, or 617.953.2896.
Massachusetts Cultural Council
The the Massachusetts Cultural Council receives an annual appropriation from the state legislature. It then makes thousands of grants to not-for-profit cultural organizations, schools, communities and working artists, for programs that use the arts, sciences and humanities to build stronger, more diverse, more livable communities. Beneficiaries include a broad cross-section of the state's population: students; at-risk youth; elders; people with disabilities and everyday citizens in each city and town across the state. The Massachusetts Cultural Council makes grants to cultural organizations with track records of excellence and community service. Grants are available for groups of all sizes and disciplines. The mission of MCC is to promote excellence, access, education and diversity in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences in order to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents and to contribute to the economic vitality of our communities. For more than 30 years, the MCC has proudly invested in the cultural life of Massachusetts.
For more information on the Massachusetts Cultural Council, go to the MCC web site.
Choral Arts New England
Choral Arts New England (Choral Arts NE) is a not-for-profit organization specializing in support for Choral Excellence, through the Alfred Nash Patterson Foundation grants and other networking opportunities.
There is an annual award cycle, for which grant applications must be postmarked by February 28, 2002. Proposals for projects produced between September 1, 2002 and August 31, 2003 are eligible for consideration in the FY2002 cycle. Alfred Nash Patterson Grants are typically in the range of $1,000 to $2000, although larger amounts are considered. Applicant organizations must be non-profit.
Barbara Penfeld, Choral Arts representative to GBCC, is available to provide assistance:
Barbara B. Penfield,
17 Bradford Road, Weston, MA 02493-2104
(781) 894-9065, firstname.lastname@example.org
Originally formed in 1980, the Alfred Nash Patterson Foundation honors the memory Alfred Nash Patterson, who organized his first civic chorus in the mid-1940s and for the next thirty-five years exerted to the utmost his talent, musical intelligence, charm and elan to the furtherance of the choral arts. He was a teacher of choral conducting at Berkshire Music Center and Tanglewood, and a frequent member of the regional auditions committee for the Metropolitan Opera
"Bud" Patterson founded Chors pro Musica, conducted the Brandeis University Chorus, Cape Code Chorale, the Worcester County Music Association, and the Worcestar Festival. He was organist and choir director at Christ Church, Cambridge, and in Boston at the Church of the Advent and Old South Church.
Associated Grantmakers of Massachusetts
Associated Grantmakers of Massachusetts, Inc. (AGM) is a statewide organization of corporate and foundation grantmakers throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. AGM produces the Massachusetts Grantmakers Directory that lists the goals and limitations of Commonwealth grantmaking programs. AGM also maintains grantmaker information in its AGM Online database.
The following listings are posted by Consortium member ensembles for positions in their organizations:
- Conductors, Music Directors
- Soloists or Instrumentalists