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Chorus Pro Musica Inc.

 645 Boylston Street
 Boston, MA 02116
[P] (617) 267-7442
[F] --
www.choruspromusica.org
manager@choruspromusica.org
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INCORPORATED: 1949
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 04-2295482

LAST UPDATED: 07/11/2016
Organization DBA performing arts organization
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

Chorus pro Musica provides innovative programming and superb performances of beloved classics and new works that inspire singers and listeners alike. The chorus performs both a cappella and with instrumental accompaniment, often in collaboration with other major artistic organizations and acclaimed soloists.

Mission Statement

Chorus pro Musica provides innovative programming and superb performances of beloved classics and new works that inspire singers and listeners alike. The chorus performs both a cappella and with instrumental accompaniment, often in collaboration with other major artistic organizations and acclaimed soloists.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Sept 01, 2015 to Aug 31, 2016
Projected Income $190,765.00
Projected Expense $190,765.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • 2015 to 2016 Season
  • Community Outreach & Education

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

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Overview

Mission Statement

Chorus pro Musica provides innovative programming and superb performances of beloved classics and new works that inspire singers and listeners alike. The chorus performs both a cappella and with instrumental accompaniment, often in collaboration with other major artistic organizations and acclaimed soloists.

Background Statement

The chorus was founded in 1949 by Alfred Nash Patterson, one of the most influential forces in choral music in New England, and quickly built a superb reputation for its professional level musical standards and innovative programming. Over the years, those strengths have led to collaborations with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Philharmonic, and the New England Philharmonic, as well as opera companies, including Concert Opera Boston, the Opera Company of Boston and Commonwealth Opera. The chorus has twice received Grammy nominations for recordings made with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

CpM’s dedication to new and rarely performed choral music has resulted in numerous historic Boston premieres and American premieres, including Francis Poulenc’s Gloria and Leon Biriotti’s Sinfonia da Requiem. The 2007 Boston-premiere performance of Roger Ames’s A Requiem for Our Time led to its nomination for a Pulitzer Prize. Last season, the chorus premiered new commissions by Stephen Feigenbaum and by James Kallembach, whose The Tryal and Examination of Old Father Christmas drew on the historic Bay Psalm Book held at Boston’s Old South Church.

Chorus pro Musica continues to develop partnerships with leading musical organizations. Last year, the chorus joined with BoSoma Dance Company to perform Igor Stravinsky’s Les Noces with newly created choreography at NEC’s Jordan Hall. In 2013, CpM appeared with the Boston Philharmonic at Symphony Hall and Worcester’s Mechanics Hall for three performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. In 2012, the chorus joined the New England Philharmonic and the Providence Singers to perform Britten’s War Requiem; the previous year they and the New England Philharmonic performed Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms together with the premiere of Abbie Betinis’s Expectans Expectavi, a work commissioned by the chorus.

Impact Statement

Accomplishments

1. In 2012, Britten’s War Requiem with the New England Philharmonic

2. In 2013, three performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Boston Philharmonic at Symphony Hall and Worcester’s Mechanics Hall

3. In 2014 the chorus premiered new commissions by Stephen Feigenbaum and by James Kallembach

4. In 2015 the chorus performed Stravinsky’s Les Noces with the BoSoma Dance Company

5. In 2016 the chorus premiered Andy Vores’s Spencer the Rover at Sanders Theater and performed Verdi’s Requiem with the Boston Philharmonic at Symphony Hall.

Goals

1. Be the best choral experience for singers, audience, and community

2. Attract a more diverse group of the best singers

3. Become known for our community service and outreach

4. Be the most desirable, sought-after collaborator in Boston and New England

5. Develop a larger and more diverse audience

Needs Statement

For 67 years, CpM has enriched the cultural landscape of Greater Boston through innovative programming, performing classics and premiers of new works, superb performances, collaborations with other major artistic organizations and acclaimed soloists, and community outreach. The continued strategic growth of CpM’s artistic and community outreach programming requires:

1. Audience development is critical to CpM’s ongoing success. Funding supports strategies to retain existing audience members and reach new audiences as the face of Boston becomes younger and more diverse.

2. Diversification and growth of support from individuals and foundations to enable and sustain expanded performance opportunities, commissions of new choral works, and flexible programming

3. Community Outreach and Service growth to promote and distribute choral arts throughout the Greater Boston community through public service to those who cannot attend arts events due to financial or physical limitations, and, to enhance educational programs in our public schools.

CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA
Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, Brookline, Newton, Watertown, Medford, Arlington, Winchester

Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Music
  2. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Singing & Choral Groups
  3. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Opera

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

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Programs

2015 to 2016 Season

CpM’s 67th season comprises of 5 concerts at First Church in Cambridge, Hibernian Hall, Old South Church, Sanders Theatre, and Symphony Hall. This season opens with a concert program that shows the special connection between string instruments and the human voice, including a performance of John McDonald’s vivid rendering of the poems of William Stafford – Stafford Diptych. This concert is followed by performances of our annual Family Holiday Concert and Candlelight Christmas, Journeys, and Verdi’s Requiem. CpM will be collaborating with the Boston Philharmonic for Verdi.

Budget  $190,765.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Musical Performances
Population Served Adults Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Families
Program Short-Term Success 
CpM's artistic goals and intended outcomes each season are to:
 
- Engage audiences in dramatic and artistically outstanding performances of a diverse array of contemporary, world, and classical choral works
- Introduce audiences and singers alike to new composers and new pieces
- Reach new audiences via outreach, collaborations, and performances in more venues in Boston and Cambridge
- Increase the number of new and returning audience members
- Build a reputation as one of Boston's premier choruses. 
Program Long-Term Success 
- Be the best choral experience for singers, audience, and community
- Provide distinctive programming
- Be the most desirable, sought-after collaborator in Boston New England
- Develop a larger and more diverse audience
- Perform at first class venues
- Ensure long-term fiscal sustainability via performance revenue, individual support, and corporate and foundation grants
Program Success Monitored By 
Indicators of success:
 
- Concert attendance
- Ticket revenue
- Number of new audience members
- Number of venues and musical collaborations
- Number of new and commissioned choral works performed
- Diversity of patron ethnicities, ages, income levels, and geographies
- Press coverage and acclaim
- Social media activity
- Establish a $100,000 endowment fund within ten years
- Audience engagement activities to establish new audiences and further engage new audiences
- Number of new and returning donors and amounts raised for annual fund.
 
Tools to measure progress:
 
- Increased people in seats, sold out concerts, increased ticket sales
- Increased percentage of younger audience members
- Increased number of non-CpM-related audience members at each concert
- Audience members coming to CpM because we provide and experience no other group provides
- Thank you cards to new audience members. 
Examples of Program Success 
- New attendee rate of 20%
- Perform newly composed choral works
- Perform with Boston City Singers and Boston Philharmonic
- Receive positive critical acclaim in online and print critical reviews of concerts
- Performed Family Holiday Concert with Boston City Singers
- Premiered newly-commissioned "Spencer the Rover" piece by Andy Vores 

Community Outreach & Education

Promote and distribute choral arts throughout the Greater Boston community through public service to those who cannot attend arts events due to financial or physical limitations, and, to enhance educational programs in our public schools.
Budget  $15,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Public Art Programs
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Families Adults
Program Short-Term Success 
- Develop and activate the Reach Out and Sing committee
- Promote Reach Out and Sing to 100% of the chorus
- Engage singers in reach out singing events
- Develop relationships with one to two schools in Boston
- Continue relationships with Perkins School for the Blind
- Execute four community service activities by June 1, 2016
- Do caroling outside Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall 
Program Long-Term Success 
CpM’s community outreach and education goals and intended outcomes are to:

- Become known for our community service and outreach
- Develop ongoing relationships with area schools and outdoor public spaces
- Enlist 50% of the chorus to affiliate with an affinity group by implementing a defined sign-up process
- Grew the number of community service activities from two to eight 
Program Success Monitored By 
Program success will be measured by the:
 
- Number engaged in Reach Out and Sing Committee
- Number of outreach performance events
- Number of singers participating
- Number of schools and outdoor venues
- Number of students reached 
Examples of Program Success 
Some examples of this program's success are:
 
- Caroling event in downtown Boston
- Education event at a Quincy public school
- Holiday concert with Perkins School for the Blind choir
- Free performances in Somerville at Porch Fest  

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Betsy L. Draper
CEO Term Start July 2015
CEO Email betsy.l.draper@gmail.com
CEO Experience --
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience Betsy Draper, MBA, CIP, serves as the assistant director of IRB administration at Harvard University’s Committee on the Use of Human Subjects (CUHS). For human subjects research matters, she serves as an advisor to the HarvardX Research Committee, and on the IRB-IT Task Force, Harvard Catalyst, The Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center. Betsy received her bachelor of music education degree from Florida State University, and her master of divinity degree from Southwestern Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, prior to her service as one of the university chaplains at MIT. She left MIT after almost 15 years to complete her master of business administration at Simmons College in Boston, and has been with the IRB at Harvard University since 2006.

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Terry Halco Piano Accompanist --
Dr. Jamie Kirsch Musical Director

Jamie Kirsch is the sixth Music Director of Chorus pro Musica. He is also Director of Choral Activities at Tufts University, where he conducts the Tufts Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, and teaches music theory and conducting.

From 2008-2013 he was Music Director of the Cambridge Community Chorus in Cambridge, MA. From 2009 to 2011 he was Director of Children’s Choruses at New England Conservatory, and from 2006 to 2008 he served on the faculty of the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University, where he was Interim Director of Choral Activities (2007–2008).

Kirsch completed the Doctor of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Indiana University in May 2008. He also holds degrees from the Yale School of Music and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His principal teachers were Jan Harrington (Indiana), John Poole (Indiana), Marguerite Brooks (Yale), and Susan Klebanow (UNC).

Jean Chu Player Chorus Manager Jean has been managing Chorus pro Musica since 2002.

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

Chorus pro Musica has collaborated since our inception with organizations including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Philharmonic, the Boston Ballet, the Opera Company of Boston, and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. In recent years, the chorus has performed with the Boston City Singers, the BoSoMa Dance Company, and in our 20th annual holiday concert, with the Perkins School for the Blind choir, among several others.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 3
Number of Volunteers 21
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 2
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 1
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit --
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? N/A
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Governance


Board Chair Ms. Kristin L Odmark
Board Chair Company Affiliation NEJM Group Clinical Programs
Board Chair Term July 2014 - July 2017
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Laura Althoff Change Management Independant Consultant Voting
Betsy Draper Harvard University Voting
Jamie Falzone MA Veterinary Medical Association Voting
Mary Farrell The Boston Consulting Group Voting
Lisa Ferrante-Walsh NetApp Voting
Drew Hammond Dune Partners Voting
Jamie Kirsch Tufts University Voting
Steve McCormack Self Employed Voting
John Nissenbaum Massachusetts Institute of Technology Voting
Kristin L Odmark NEJM Group Clinical Programs Voting
Jean Chu Player Chorus pro Musica Voting
Ronald Severson Self-employed Linguist Voting
Ilana Zablow Brookline Community Mental Health Center Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Samuel Adler Composer NonVoting
Phyllis Curtin Dean Emerita, Boston University Fine Arts --
Lorna Cooke de Varon BSO choral conductor NonVoting
Hugh Macdonald Musician NonVoting
Ned Rorem Composer NonVoting
Leonard Slatkin Director, Detroit Symphony Orchestra NonVoting
Benjamin Zander Music Director, Boston Philharmonic NonVoting

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 11
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 8
Male: 5
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Under Development
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 40%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Community Engagement
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Finance
  • Operations

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Fiscal Year Sept 01, 2015 to Aug 31, 2016
Projected Income $190,765.00
Projected Expense $190,765.00
Form 990s

2014 Chorus pro Musica 990 2014

2013 Chorus pro Musica 990 2013

2012 Chorus pro Musica 990 2012

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Revenue $191,309 $180,483 $166,095
Total Expenses $164,427 $165,446 $187,803

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$34,650 -- --
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $64,530 $110,706 $87,514
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $75,751 $57,934 $67,005
Investment Income, Net of Losses $144 $125 $57
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $16,234 $11,718 $11,519
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Program Expense $129,228 $143,323 $168,391
Administration Expense $18,578 $12,844 $13,094
Fundraising Expense $16,621 $9,279 $6,318
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.16 1.09 0.88
Program Expense/Total Expenses 79% 87% 90%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 14% 8% 6%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Assets $90,071 $68,504 $53,695
Current Assets $81,049 $57,048 $45,414
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $970 $0 $228
Total Net Assets $89,101 $68,504 $53,467

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 83.56 -- 199.18

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above are per the organization's IRS Form 990s. The breakout of administrative and fundraising expenses, for all three years above, is per the Form PCs on file with the state of MA. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.

Documents


Other Documents

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Impact

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1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

Chorus pro Musica seeks to become well-known as a premier chorus in Greater Boston, known for its innovative programming, collaborations with other established musical ensembles and artists, new commissions, and community outreach.


2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

CpM accomplishes this by performing new and rarely heard choral works, increasing communication and outreach with audience members and new communities in Boston, performing at least one major choral work with a world class orchestra per season, and increasing participation of singers in activities beyond concert performances.

3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?

We have an accomplished and creative musical director, a dedicated and active board and staff, 80 plus singers from around Boston, and relationships already in place with Boston City Singers and the Boston Philharmonic.


4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?

We will know by the critical acclaim we receive, the number of new versus returning members, the number of concerts sold out, and the amount of revenue received from individuals and foundations.


5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?

We’ve created a Reach Out and Sing committee, Development Committee, Audience Engagement Committee, premiered works by John MacDonald and Andy Vores, received strong positive critical acclaim for our Journey’s concert, and participated in at least one education outreach and two audience outreach events. We have not achieved a steady 80% sell-out rate for audiences, and we are still working on funding from foundations and bringing in more leadership donors to create an endowment fund