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Mission Empowering LGBT Choruses as we change our world through song. Vision A world where all voices are free. Core Values We are CATALYSTS. We provide.

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1 Mission Empowering LGBT Choruses as we change our world through song. Vision A world where all voices are free. Core Values We are CATALYSTS. We provide enthusiasm, resources and tools to inspire our member choruses to use the power of music to create social change. We are HARMONIZERS. We are diverse people who employ the power of song with respect and understanding. We bring our communities together to experience musical excellence, collaboration, cooperation, acceptance, transparency, and opportunities for all.

2 Mission Empowering LGBT Choruses as we change our world through song. Vision A world where all voices are free. Core Values continued… We are LISTENERS. We listen to our members, our colleagues, and each other in order to understand the issues, define our roles, and serve the common welfare of our movement. We are LEADERS. We offer strategic direction to the movement we serve. We work effectively with partners around the world who seek to achieve complimentary goals. We strengthen our association by nurturing effective leadership and ensuring robust, sustainable financial resources.

3 Mindy Taylor, President Ben Riggs, Vice President Martin Brophy, MBE Secretary Kathleen Schneider, Treasurer Bev Alter Matthe w Arnold Ron Brunk- Parker Joe BuchesJeff Buhrman Stephen Edwards Brian Garrett Glenn Geller Jane Maranhas John Quillin Gianluca Ragazzini Michael TateJoe Nadeau Rick Fisher Board of Directors

4 Bob Mensel Artistic Advisor GALA 411 Advisors Susan Haugh Youth Chorus Advisor Jeff Heine Admin Advisor Eve Campbell Board Advisor

5 Robin Godfrey Executive Director Jane Ramseyer Miller Artistic Director Ryan Tinn Development Director Sue Bell Member Services Director Paul Kruse Communicatio ns Specialist Staff of Godfrey Consulting LLC Association Management Contractor to GALA Choruses

6 2014 Accomplishments – by the numbers  17 new choruses joined GALA Choruses  GALA board members attended 22 chorus anniversaries  The Catherine Roma Commissioning Fund launched its first commission with 14 women’s choruses participating and 22 proposals from composers  23 choruses utilized the GALA 411 Consulting Program - representing a variety of chorus types and sizes.  Over 5,000 visits to the GALA Online Resource Center!

7 2014 Accomplishments continued…  Youth Chorus Leadership Institute completely funded by GALA at Cleveland Leadership Symposium  GALA participated in the Unison, Various Voices and Sister Singers festivals  GALA’s relationship with Chorus America expanded: Chorus Operations Survey, Intrinsic Impact Study and a joint meeting of the large chorus EDs  GALA made international connections with Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights at the United Nations the International Lesbian & Gay Human Rights Commission the International Lesbian & Gay Association

8 2014 Accomplishments continued…  Membership communications survey completed providing invaluable information of how and where members receive information from GALA  An study of our web site, Facebook and email analytics.  Festival Blockbuster programming begun and outreach effort to the Denver community were planned for Festival 2016  Four new board members recruited – Gianluca Ragazzini, Michael Tate, Rick Fisher and Joe Nadeau  GALA closed the year with $235,000 remaining in temporary cash investments

9 In the Plans for 2015  Festival 2016 programming, registration, performance schedule, webinars, venue contracting, outreach planning, coffee concert selection, corporate sponsorship  Festival 2020 host site proposal review and site visits  35 chorus anniversary visits including our first 40 th anniversary with Anna Crusis  Leadership Symposium in Denver over Labor Day weekend 2015  Hand in Hand LGBT Asian festival in Taipei in October 2015

10 GALA Resource Center is here for YOU!

11 GALA Resource Center





16 The hills are alive!

17 Festival 2016 will be the 10 th GALA Festival Expecting over 6,000 singers representing 150-160 choruses and ensembles

18 The Denver Performing Arts Complex One of the largest arts complexes in the world featuring 10 performance spaces connected by an 80-foot-tall glass roof. Ellie Caulkins Opera House Boettcher Concert Hall Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre Stage Theater & Seawell Ballroom


20 Ellie Caulkins Opera House – 2,225 seats

21 Boettcher Concert Hall – 2,700 Seats

22 Buell Theater – 2,884 seats

23 Stage Theater – 750 seats Ensemble Showcase

24 NEW for 2016! Seawell Ballroom – 900 seats Late-night Ensemble Concerts

25 Festival 2016 Performance Schedule Example The Festival schedule above is an example from Festival 2012

26 July 2 Festival Opening Events Opening concerts Ensemble Festival in the Seawell Ballroom & Stage Theater Colorado chorus’ welcome events in the Galleria Food and drink vendors in the Galleria and Sculpture Garden Flash Mob event

27 GALA Flash Mob - Denver Pavilions 500 singers

28 Concert Block Overview 30 minute set: includes entrance/exit time and all movement/transitions Movement of piano or instrumentalist will come out of your set time Stage set-up: grand piano, music stand and risers: 4 ft deep, 5 risers high (4 risers in Boettcher plus optional use of the parquet).

29 Collaborations and Shared Concert Sets Partner with a chorus in your community …from another province or state …or, from across the world!

30 Limited number of 50 minute performance sets Performed in primary concert halls Can accommodate more complicated staging or instrumentation Chorus is responsible for backstage labor, sound, lighting costs incurred If selected for a Coffee Concert this performance counts as your chorus’ Festival performance. Coffee Concert Timeline Jan 31, 2015Coffee Concert applications due Feb/Mar 2015Committee reviews Coffee Concert applications May 2015Coffee concert participants selected and notified Morning Coffee Concerts

31 Blockbuster Concerts  Opening GALA Collage Concert – with Matt Alber and Holly Near  Mosaico – honoring GALA communities of color  Classical Masterworks Sing-along with Colorado Symphony  Gender Queer Celebration  Holiday Hoopla!  I Am Harvey Milk  Show Tune Showdown!

32 More Evening Blockbusters  Nothing Like a Dame – celebrating GALA Women  Naked Man 20th Anniversary  Mixed Doubles – SATB chorus’ collaborative concert  Youth Invasion: From Gay to Z  Closing Concert and Festival Show Stoppers

33 Blockbuster Timeline March 2015Chorus & Ensemble Festival Registration opens July 2015 Blockbuster application due with chorus/ensemble registration July-August 2015Blockbuster planners review applications September 2015Blockbuster choruses selected and notified

34 Additional Performance Options Flash mob performance in downtown Denver Core-chorus for the Classical Masterworks Sing-Along Outdoor stage in the Galleria Submit and perform a song in a Blockbuster concert

35 What’s New for Festival 2016  Video introductions from each chorus  Flash mob in downtown Denver  Show Tune Showdown  Outdoor stage in Galleria  Mobile phone program - no hard copy program  Chorus photos are on your own - risers available in the galleria  Archival audio recordings only

36 Festival Workshops A variety of workshops will be held each morning for registered delegates. Singer workshops: vocal-focused training, musical issues Artistic Directors: programming, conducting Workshops for non-singing board members Workshops for chorus volunteers and administrative staff Start now to encourage your non-singing volunteers to join your chorus for the Festival experience!

37 GALA Youth Choruses Youth Chorus performances Shared housing Workshops and guest presenters Youth Invasion Blockbuster Concert Social activities Youth dance with queer youth from Denver

38 Highlights for Women at Festival 2016 Women’s Chorus performance evening in Boulder, CO Roma Commissioning Project Performance Celebrating Women Concert Women’s party in the Stage Theatre lobby Festival women late-night dance Morning workshops feature workshops for women and women’s voices

39 Festival Village Layout Denver Performing Arts Complex


41 Delegate Registration Early225 Regular265 Late299 Youth/Disabled150 Senior Early165 Senior Regular175 Senior Late185



44 Chorus Member Scholarships In order to make Festival as accessible as possible, GALA Choruses is offering one waived registration for every 20 delegates registered from your chorus. We welcome any choruses that have raised sufficient funds for their singers to attend Festival to “donate” their free registrations to a chorus with fewer resources.

45 Festival Communication Webinars: Introduction to Festival, programming for ADs, housing info GALA Website: for updated Festival info and registration Festival Budget Spreadsheet: on website Fundraising Tips and Tools for Festival: on website E-blasts

46 Countdown to Festival 2016 January 31, 2015Coffee Concert applications due March 2015Festival registration: chorus and ensemble May 2015 Coffee concert participants selected Early delegate registration opens July 2015Blockbuster applications due (with chorus registration) Sept 2015Blockbuster participants selected January 2016Festival housing opens July 2-6, 2016GALA Festival 2016

47 GALA Leadership Symposium Denver, CO Labor Day weekend – September 4-6, 2015 Special tracks for Youth Choruses & Board Members September 4-6 2015 What’s next?

48 If you have questions you may contact: Robin Godfrey, Executive Director Jane Ramseyer Miller, Artistic Director for question about programming

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