Central Virginia Masterworks Chorale
P.O. Box 415
Ashland VA 23005-0415
Mission Statement Our mission is to create outstanding performances of choral music through community participation, education and inspiration.  We seek to foster greater appreciation of the choral art and to enrich the communities of Central Virginia.  Historically, our repertoire is comprised of larger choral works with orchestra, such as Vivaldi's Gloria, masses of Mozart and Beethoven, and other works of merit, including new works and anthems from choral traditions old and new.
Web and Social Media
Spring 2016 Concert at Duncan Memorial Church
CEO/Executive Director Rebecca Severin
Board Chair Rebecca Severin
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 415
Ashland, VA 230050415
Telephone 804 798-3999
E-mail contact@cvamc.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2007
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $28,850.00
Projected Expenses $32,562.00
Mission Our mission is to create outstanding performances of choral music through community participation, education and inspiration.  We seek to foster greater appreciation of the choral art and to enrich the communities of Central Virginia.  Historically, our repertoire is comprised of larger choral works with orchestra, such as Vivaldi's Gloria, masses of Mozart and Beethoven, and other works of merit, including new works and anthems from choral traditions old and new.

Accomplishments during the Past Year (Fall 2015/Spring 2016)

  • The Board, faced with an unexpected leadership transition, was able to put together a search committee and hire a new director in a few months.
  • In his first year as our artistic director, Ryan Tibbetts has established a good rapport with our 41 singers and our audience, and has begun making connections with the Richmond choral community.
  • Our webmaster completed an overhaul of the organization’s website (www.cvamc.org), including a streamlined redesign, audio clips, a members-only page, and acknowledgment of our many local business supporters.
  • The chorale presented varied and demanding programs of choral music in fall and spring, for a total of 5 successful performances (3 in Richmond and 2 in Ashland)
  • We attracted 200+ visitors, including children and adults, to our Ashland Train Day booth (Nov. 2015) through our informal sing-alongs and distributed free kazoos and original songbooks for the kids.
  • Forty percent of our chorale singers volunteered to participate in Ashland’s first “Light Up the Tracks” community musical event (Dec. 2015).

Goals for 2016-17
  • To reach out to attract younger singers from the community, including high school and college students.
  • To serve the Greater Richmond population by increasing our participation in community events.
  • To grow our choir from 30-40 to 40-50 singers, and to increase our audience from 180-200 to 250-300 attendees to celebrate the chorale’s 10th anniversary in spring 2017 with two performances of the Mozart Requiem, with orchestra and professional soloists.
  • To draw a greater number of community businesses and organizations in various types of advertising and sponsorship roles in support of our 10th anniversary celebratory concert in spring 2017.
  • To plan now for a summer 2017 community sing by securing a venue, choosing repertoire, possibly hiring soloists and doing preliminary advertising.



Monetary Support

  • Grant or grants (minimum of $12,000) to help fund our 10th anniversary concert performances in spring 2017

Volunteers with professional-level experience in the areas of:

  • Public relations
  • Development/fundraising
  • Graphic design
  • Web design and maintenance

The Chorale was formed in fall of 2007 as a result of very successful Mozart Requiem and Handel’s Messiah performances by community volunteer singers in Ashland the previous year. It was founded and originally directed by William Gorton, then Director of Music at Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church in Ashland, Virginia. The Chorale is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization and is governed by a board of directors.

Since its inception, the Chorale has been an unauditioned chorus, open to all interested singers. The group has always rehearsed from September through May at Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church and has presented fall and spring concert performances annually at Duncan Memorial UMC, as well as at a variety of Richmond venues over the years, including St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Grace Baptist Church, River Road Presbyterian Church, River Road Church (Baptist), Church of the Holy Comforter and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

After William Gorton resigned in 2010 to pursue his doctorate, Lawrence Heath (2010-2013) and David Sinden (2013-2015) succeeded him as artistic director.

Since September 2015, the Chorale has been under the leadership of artistic director Ryan Tibbetts and remains a fresh and visionary group averaging between 30 and 40 singers from the Central Virginia area. The Chorale welcomes new and returning members each season. Current and historical information about the Chorale is available on the web at www.cvamc.org.


Board Chair Statement

Why I chose to volunteer

Let’s face it. I don’t have a strong voice, but I’ve loved singing with others all my life, am willing to practice, and am told my voice “blends well.” There are many singers like me around, and often our only option is a church choir. I did sing in a very good church choir for 16 years and in a few small community groups. Yet, I yearned to perform grand choral works: cantatas, masses, oratorios. So in 2007, when I heard that an unauditioned chorus was being assembled in Ashland to perform the Mozart Requiem, I signed up. A dozen or more singers from this ensemble became the nucleus of the Central Virginia Masterworks Chorale, and now, nearly ten years later, it’s still an active group: A perfect community chorale for singers like me who want to immerse themselves in the greatest of music but don’t have a solo-quality voice, and an accessible chorus that attracts many audience members who would not normally attend a concert of musical masterworks. 

It was clear to me from the start that a working board was crucial to our chorale’s longevity, so I volunteered in 2007 and have been on the board ever since—selling ads and tickets; composing donor letters, handouts, and web text; serving on search committees; managing a fundraiser; serving as an officer; and making annual monetary contributions. And I’m just one among many board members who have been similarly involved—all purely motivated by our fierce personal passion for the chorale. Now, as outgoing board president, I can say the richest experiences of my term have been developing friendships with fellow singers, working with an amazingly talented and dedicated board, meeting other committed community leaders, and working shoulder to shoulder behind the scenes with our extraordinarily gifted artistic director. 

Over the years the CVMC has been successful in drawing 30-40 singers per year from the greater Richmond area; attracting and fairly compensating our excellent artistic directors; engaging enough singers, advertisers, donors, and audience members to finance our concerts; and giving back to the community by participating in events such as Ashland Train Day and the annual December candlelight service at Westhampton Memorial & Cremation Park. Our challenges include: to expand our musical offerings and draw a wider audience; to draw younger singers and more ethnically diverse singers; to engage more singers and community members in board activities; and to gain more visibility in our service area.  To address these challenges we are: 1. Preparing a longer-range music program and budget with the help of our new artistic director, researching new venues, and investigating funding opportunities in the RVA area. 2. This summer we are developing a recruitment plan, especially targeting college students and personal contacts made at our 2016 concerts. 3. We are contacting community members to seek new volunteers and plan to solicit skill-profiles from our singers at the beginning of the season.  4.  We plan to include Ashland's "Light Up the Tracks" among our community service activities this year and will make overtures to community leaders to increase awareness of our organization and lay the foundation for future partnerships.

    Areas of Service
    Areas Served
    Metro Richmond
    Richmond, City
    Hanover County
    Henrico County
    Board Chair
    Board Chair Rebecca Severin
    Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
    Term July 2016 to June 2018
    Email rvseverin@gmail.com
    Board of Directors
    Board Members
    Mary Culp Grattan Retired, Henrico County Public Schools
    John Kandrac Retired, Dominion Resources, Power Generation
    John Kauffmann Hanover County VA, Pamunkey Regional Library
    Rebecca Severin Community Volunteer
    John Henry Stephens Retired, Carpenters Local #388
    Margaret Atkins Turbyfill Retired, United Methodist Clergy
    Andrea M Warfield Fluor Enterprises
    Board Demographics - Ethnicity
    African American/Black 0
    Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
    Caucasian 9
    Hispanic/Latino 0
    Native American/American Indian 0
    Board Demographics - Gender
    Male 4
    Female 5
    Board Term Lengths 2
    Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
    Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 92
    Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
    Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
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    Executive Director
    Executive Director Rebecca Severin
    Organization has a Strategic Plan?
    Fiscal Year
    Projected Revenue $28,850.00
    Projected Expenses $32,562.00
    Form 990s
    IRS Letter of Exemption
    Detailed Financials
    Expense Allocation
    Fiscal Year201620152014
    Program Expense$23,653$23,159$25,920
    Administration Expense$212$1,321$1,089
    Fundraising Expense$230$446$557
    Payments to Affiliates------
    Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.321.000.87
    Program Expense/Total Expenses98%93%94%
    Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue2%5%7%
    Assets and Liabilities
    Fiscal Year201620152014
    Total Assets$9,569$1,914$1,794
    Current Assets$9,569$1,914$1,794
    Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
    Current Liabilities$0$0$0
    Total Net Assets$9,569$1,914$1,794
    Short Term Solvency
    Fiscal Year201620152014
    Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
    Long Term Solvency
    Fiscal Year201620152014
    Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
    Capital Campaign
    Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
    State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
    Solicitations Permit
    Solicitations Permit 11/2016View