Greater Richmond Children's Choir
P.O. Box 8595
Richmond VA 23226
Mission Statement The Greater Richmond Children’s Choir is dedicated to bringing together boys and girls from diverse backgrounds to experience the joy of singing and to gain a life-long love for good music. We strive to nurture the unique gift each child brings, to encourage all to reach for excellence, and ultimately, to create responsible and compassionate citizens of the world.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Hope Armstrong Erb
Board Chair Hope Armstrong Erb
Board Chair Company Affiliation Greater Richmond Children's Choir
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 8595
Richmond, VA 23226
Telephone 804 201-1894
Fax 804 321-2683
E-mail grcchoir@gmail.com
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2006
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $70,000.00
Projected Expenses $70,000.00
Additional Documents
GRCC Brochure2010View
Our Solicitations Permit cannot generally be filed until after Nov. 15th annually because that is when our tax return is filed.
Statements
Mission The Greater Richmond Children’s Choir is dedicated to bringing together boys and girls from diverse backgrounds to experience the joy of singing and to gain a life-long love for good music. We strive to nurture the unique gift each child brings, to encourage all to reach for excellence, and ultimately, to create responsible and compassionate citizens of the world.
Impact

The Greater Richmond Children’s Choir is multicultural in its diverse membership, its repertoire, and its audience outreach locally and abroad. GRCC choristers have sung in over forty different languages representing more than fifty different ethnic and religious groups worldwide. In June 2012, thirty-four members of GRCC's touring choirs, Pro Arte and Cavalieri, traveled to England and to Ghana following the historic slave trade triangle and sang repertoire which included Ghanaian songs in native languages that were received with overwhelming joy. Travel is an integral part of GRCC's mssion and in 2010, thirty six members of GRCC's Pro Arte and Cavalieri Choirs toured Tennessee and Arkansas where they performed at the Grand Old Opry, Graceland, and The Phillips County Boys & Girls Club and more. During the 2009-10 Season GRCC also collaborated in Richmond with the internationally acclaimed Ugandan native instrument ensemble, Kinobe & Soul Beat Africa. And in 2008, fifty GRCC choristers were warmly received by their Chinese hosts as the choir toured Beijing and Shanghai, presenting programs of Chinese and American music for and with groups of Chinese students. Prior tours have included festivals in Italy, Canada, and Carnegie Hall in New York City where the choirs have received highest accolades. A 2014 tour is in the early planning stages.

Needs

The GRCC offers a significant number of scholarships (30% + of members) to economically disadvantaged students who cannot afford the tuition fees and travel expenses associated with performances. Tuition is $475 /year including summer camp and concert clothes cost $68. Scholarships are targeted toward under-served students from high-crime neighborhoods. We are increasingly seeing children from very difficult home situations, including several being raised by grandparents because the parents are not capable. People who know these children and who see the difference the choir has made to them, then recommend more such children to us.

Background The Greater Richmond Children’s Choir was established in 1997 as an ensemble program of the Community School of the Performing Arts of Virginia Commonwealth University and in 2006, the Greater Richmond Children’s Choir became its own independent, non-profit, 501(c)3 tax-exempt corporation. The 2012-2013 Season is our 16th and we are enjoying our seventh year in our rehearsal space at Grace and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. Originally one group, GRCC expanded to two choirs in 1998: a training group, the Treble Choir, and an advanced ensemble, the Concert Choir. The Pro Arte Choir, which is the most advanced group, made its debut in 2001. The 2003-2004 season marked the addition of the Cavalieri Choir for boys with changed voices, and the Cantare Choir for sopranos, altos, tenors and basses. Choir members are between the ages of 8 and 18.
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
Metro Richmond
Richmond, City
Ashland
Chester
Chesterfield County
Goochland County
Hanover County
Henrico County
Hopewell, City
Powhatan County
New Kent County
Colonial Heights, City
The critically acclaimed GRCC includes 65 choristers, ages 8-18 in five ensembles representing over 35 different schools in the city of Richmond and the surrounding counties.
Board Chair
Board Chair Hope Armstrong Erb
Company Affiliation Greater Richmond Children's Choir
Term Jan 2007 to Jan 2017
Email armstrong-erb@mindspring.com
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Anedra Bourne City of Richmond
The Rev. Wm. Hill Brown IIIRetired Rector, Grace & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
Cantor Frances T. Goldman Emerita, Congregation Beth Ahabah, Chaplain Beth Sholom Lifecare Community
Joseph Knox St. Christopher's School, retired
David Purdy Psychological Consultants Inc.
Robert Throckmorton Prophet
Dr. Robert Weisberger Bon Secours St. Mary's, retired
Anne Williford Greater Richmond Children's Choir
Vivian Woo CPADominion Resources
Elise Wright Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 6
Governance
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Hope Armstrong Erb
Experience
Hope Armstrong Erb is a choral conductor, pianist, and founder/director of several performing arts organizations and is known for her unique ability to work with top-tier professionals as well as children, and for the breadth of her repertoire, which includes classical, jazz, avant-garde, and world music. She is known for her inclusive approach to music education and audience building.
 
Ms. Erb is known internationally as the founding artistic director and president of the Greater Richmond Children’s Choir. Now in its 13th season, GRCC includes 85 choristers, ages 8-18, representing over 40 schools in Richmond city and the surrounding counties. GRCC is a nonprofit corporation providing need-based scholarships to over 30% of the children. The GRCC under Ms. Erb’s direction has received the highest honor in American choral music performance by being selected to perform at National and Regional Conventions of the American Choral Directors’ Association. In 2008 GRCC toured China where Ms. Erb held an enthusiastically received master class in jazz for the Shanghai Choral Association.  The choir is often in demand and appeared in ABC-TV’s pilot episode of Commander in Chief starring Geena Davis. In 2002, the GRCC’s Pro Arte Choir won the top prize in the Concorso Internazionale di Canto Corale in Verona, Italy and Ms. Erb was named best conductor.
 
As a musician, Ms. Erb makes regular appearances as guest conductor, clinician, recital lecturer, and concert pianist. She has given many premiere performances, including works by Mason Bates (her former student), Allan Blank, James Erb, Doug Richards, and Zachary Wadsworth as well as her own compositions which include choral settings in the Algonquin language.  She has appeared as a chamber musician, solo pianist and conductor in the United States, Europe and China, including performances with the Shanghai Quartet, the Oberon String Quartet, and members of the Richmond Symphony. She has recorded a critically acclaimed CD of chamber music with violinist Yoko Kato and has made commercial recordings with her award-winning Greater Richmond Children’s Choir.
 
As a teacher, Ms. Erb has served on the music faculties of VCU and UR and has taught in public and private schools. In collaboration with the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, she has prepared and presented music for exhibitions of visual artists of all periods. As the founding artistic director of the St. Christopher’s School Concert Series, she presented local and internationally renowned artists as well as student performances. Ms. Erb and her choristers have worked with many celebrated musicians. John Rutter described himself as “impressed and truly delighted” with her preparation of an ACDA children’s choir for a performance of his Mass of the Children that he conducted. Ms. Erb conducted a well received and spiritually uplifting presentation of the Rutter Mass in May 2010 with GRCC and Grace & Holy Trinity Choir and a professional orchestra.
Co-CEO
Co-CEO Anne Williford
Term Start Sept 2001
Email grcchoir@gmail.com
Experience
Anne Williford holds an MBA degree from the University of Michigan and undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia, and has a background in banking and volunteer work.
Staff
Part Time Staff 4
Volunteers 50
Retention Rate 100
Plans
Organization has a Strategic Plan?
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Collaborations
Grace & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church provides rehearsal space and Westover Hills United Methodist Church provides our camp space at no cost, helping to keep our operating costs down, which increases our ability to accept new members. The Micah Initiative has also been a partner for several years, with their volunteers providing transportation to low income members who otherwise could not participate. And we have received the support of the United Way through various campaigns.
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
CultureWorks2009
Programs
Description
Greater Richmond Children's Choir is made up of five choirs.
Three choirs of girls and boys with unchanged voices:
Pro Arte Choir -advanced level
Concert Choir -intermediate level
Treble Choir -entry level
And:
Cavalieri Choir -changed voices all-male choir of tenors and basses
Cantare Choir -combined Pro Arte and Cavalieri Choirs
CEO/ED/Board Comments

The Greater Richmond Children's Choir has received many accolades, from prizes, to outstanding reviews, to music scholarships for graduates, to invitations to perform all over the world. The Pro Arte Choir of GRCC is recognized as one of the best choirs in the USA having been selected to perform at the 2005 National Convention of the American Choral Directors Association in Los Angeles. The Pro Arte Choir received awards for Best Choir and Best Conductor in the 13th Concorso Internazionale di Canto Corale in Verona, Italy. GRCC has sung at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. and performed as the featured choir in the Field Studies International Festival 2000 at Carnegie Hall, NYC, and has performed countless times to critical acclaim with the Richmond Symphony. The choir brings to the Richmond area an extraordinarily high quality of music which is recognized locally and abroad. Long time RTD music critic Clarke Bustard in his 2007 review of GRCC's CD A Light to the World described GRCC as "one of our town's most acclaimed musical exports, having dazzled audiences from New York's Carnegie Hall to the Concorso Internazionale di Canto Corale in Verona, Italy."


As wonderful as all the acclaim is, the real story is about the personal care the GRCC family gives to each of our students, who come from widely varied backgrounds. The GRCC experience helps them grow as musicians, but it also provides a home to them, an environment of consistency and commitment, and it provides comfort to them through the ups and downs in their lives.
 

GRCC has had a very significant impact on many of our families, one of which consists of a single mom and four children, two of whom have sung with us, and we expect another to join us in the fall. It has been a learning process, but the entire family has become ever more reliable and consistent as we have reinforced the idea of commitment over and over with them through the years. Transportation has been a problem for them at times, but in a bold move a couple of years ago, their mother moved them to the Randolph area from the East End, in large part to be closer to GRCC.

This family in turn recommended a little boy to us whose mother is in prison and whose father died due to drug related causes. In fact, he is just one of several members who have witnessed terrible things in their short lives. The boy, who is being raised by his grandmother, has had some attention and other problems in school, but he loves singing, loves being a part of the group in our choir, and he has delighted our audiences with his enthusiasm.

We are enriched by the diverse population among our students and parents. When “Betelehemu”, a Nigerian Christmas carol, was chosen as one of our songs for a Richmond Symphony “Let It Snow” concert, we called on a mother of three of our choristers to help us with the pronunciation of the Nigerian language, Yoruba. She demonstrated (using me as the guinea pig, much to the amusement of the choirs) that Yoruba, like Chinese, is a tonal language and can mean something very different with the wrong inflection! The mother reports that her father, who still lives in Nigeria, is very pleased that his granddaughters are learning a song in Yoruba. We have had similar opportunities with other parents who’ve helped us with Russian and other languages and the experience has enriched us all.

Over the years, we’ve been able to successfully combine the highest quality choral training with our goal of bringing together students from all backgrounds. These children stand shoulder to shoulder, without regard to their backgrounds, joined by their love for good music.

Please visit our website, www.grcchoir.org.
Thank you.

Hope Armstrong Erb
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $70,000.00
Projected Expenses $70,000.00
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$62,025$92,073$61,653
Administration Expense$9,895$35,152$10,088
Fundraising Expense$1,350$1,500$1,717
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.350.901.26
Program Expense/Total Expenses85%72%84%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue3%2%4%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$74,736$50,819$65,288
Current Assets$74,736$50,819$64,280
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$0----
Total Net Assets$74,736$50,819$65,288
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Dates June 2011 to June 2012
Amount Raised To Date $77,000.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 11/2014View
Comments
Organization Comments
The Greater Richmond Children’s Choir was established in 1997 as a self supporting ensemble program at Virginia Commonwealth University in its Community School of the Performing Arts, and at the end of 2006 the Greater Richmond Children’s Choir became its own independent, non-profit, 501(c)3 tax-exempt corporation. 2007 was the first year we filed our own tax return. We use the cash method of accounting, and so items are recorded when they happen. The 2007 and 2008 tax returns should be considered together because we traveled to China in 2008, but the fundraising started well before. Most of our fundraising was in 2007 (when we show income of $65k) and most of our bills were paid in 2008 (when we show a deficit of $58k.) Taken together we had an excess of $7k for the two year period. In 2009 we saw enrollment and donations drop but by the end of 2010 we broke even again. So far in 2011, enrollment and donations are moving up again.
Anne Williford
Treasurer
Foundation Comments
  • Financial information provided from IRS 990-EZs.
  • IRS 990-EZs prepared by The Tax Complex, LC.
  • Revenue from "Individuals" may also include corporate and foundation support.
  • Organization does not conduct an audit at this time.
  • Expense breakdown for 2009 provided from internal documents prepared by the organization and sent to the Foundation.