Accomplishments during the Past Year (Fall 2015/Spring 2016)
Volunteers with professional-level experience in the areas of:
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.
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.
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