One Voice Chorus, Inc.
0 East 4th Street,
Studio 52
Richmond VA 23224
Mission Statement The mission of One Voice is to perform excellent choral music for the community and provide artistic and educational resources to promote the work of racial reconciliation. Through our music, membership and outreach programs, One Voice works toward positive, healing relationships between Americans of African and of European descent. Our vision is to be recognized as a model of the enriching power of choral music to bring together people historically separated by racial tensions. The broad cultural and community need addressed in our mission is recovery from the wounds of racism in a city long plagued by separation, enmity and mistrust. Incorporated in April 2004 as an independent non-profit organization, more than 100 One Voice singers now come from all parts of Richmond. Accepted without audition and without the application of any kind of quota, members of One Voice echo the racial balance of metropolitan Richmond. Since 2004, One Voice has performed for diverse audiences of more than 38,000 people.
Web and Social Media
Video
Multi-Media Comments
Please visit www.onevoicechorus.org for photos and sound bites.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Sonia R Elliott
Board Chair Alma Hughes
Board Chair Company Affiliation Help Your Way
Contact Information
Address 0 East 4th Street,
Studio 52
Richmond, VA 23224
Telephone 804 221-9880
E-mail ovc@onevoicechorus.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2004
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $128,780.00
Projected Expenses $108,635.00
Additional Documents
One Voice Overview2012View
Summary of Activities 2011-122012View
One Voice 2011 Highlights2011View

Statements
Mission The mission of One Voice is to perform excellent choral music for the community and provide artistic and educational resources to promote the work of racial reconciliation. Through our music, membership and outreach programs, One Voice works toward positive, healing relationships between Americans of African and of European descent. Our vision is to be recognized as a model of the enriching power of choral music to bring together people historically separated by racial tensions. The broad cultural and community need addressed in our mission is recovery from the wounds of racism in a city long plagued by separation, enmity and mistrust. Incorporated in April 2004 as an independent non-profit organization, more than 100 One Voice singers now come from all parts of Richmond. Accepted without audition and without the application of any kind of quota, members of One Voice echo the racial balance of metropolitan Richmond. Since 2004, One Voice has performed for diverse audiences of more than 38,000 people.
Impact
2015-2016  accomplishments: (1) the chorus grew from an average of 100 participants for three major concerts for audiences that were likewise diverse to nearly 150 year on year. (2) The One Voice Ensemble - an auditioned group from within the large chorus - brought the music and message of One Voice to numerous community events, including participation in Historic Bruton Parish Candlelight Concert Series, Richmond Symphony's East End and Jackson Ward Festivals, as well as outreach to private and public ceremonies and events  (3) Pre-concert conversations facilitated dialogue among audience members about opportunities for racial healing in Richmond and beyond at record levels, averaging 30 participants for each of the three concerts in 2015-2016 season.  (4) New leadership has brought the Chorus to greater performance levels and financial stability than ever before.
Needs
(1) Increased cultivation of community partnerships and outreach opportunities.  (2) Sufficient funding for long-range program planning, particularly for major works with orchestra and guest artists.  (3) Expanded staff leadership to pursue opportunities for resource development, audience development and community outreach.  (4) Increased participation of African Americans in the chorus.
Background

One Voice was born out of a dream for a racially diverse chorus that would use music to help bridge the historical divide between Americans of African and European descent.  Founded in 2002 and incorporated in 2004, One Voice has become well-known for its diverse membership and musical excellence.  Through our music and our strong sense of community, we have successfully brought together Richmonders from all walks of life in shared experiences of great music.  We understand that the deeply rooted issues that continue to divide us are too large and complex to be solved simply by singing in a choir, but we believe that as we come together with mutual respect and common interests, we make a valuable contribution to the work of racial healing and reconciliation.

The primary goals of One Voice are:

  • To represent the best of grassroots, non-auditioned community music
  • To create racial harmony at a personal level through shared experiences of great choral music 
  • To perform a varied repertoire of classical choral works, traditional spirituals and choral jazz
  • To embrace the widest possible range of talents and abilities
  • To attract diverse populations to both chorus and audiences

 

We celebrate significant achievements:
  • Since 2004, over 650 people from throughout metropolitan Richmond have sung with One Voice in 39 major concerts and more than 90 community events for diverse audiences of over 40,000.  
  • Singers, audiences, guest artists and orchestra echo the racial diversity of the Richmond Region.
  • Annual concerts featuring traditional spirituals, choral classics and choral jazz are performed in diverse venues.
  • Classical oratorios with full orchestra and professional soloists have included Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy featuring nationally acclaimed pianist Awadagin Pratt, Vaughan Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem, Mozart's Requiem, and Dett's The Ordering of Moses - the first full-scale oratorio composed by an African American.
  • In July, 2008 we performed a full concert of jazz favorites at the Smithsonian American Art Museum for a standing-room-only audience.
  • In December 2011, we joined the Richmond Symphony Orchestra and Chorus for the highest selling annual holiday pops concert in their history.  One Voice Artistic Director Glen McCune conducted his own composition, Who Is This Child?, with the symphony and combined choirs.
  • In February 2015, We joined the Richmond Symphony Orchestra and Chorus for An Evening with Duke Ellington.
  • Pre-concert conversations designed to facilitate dialogue about opportunities to promote racial harmony in Richmond are offered in conjunction with major concerts.
  • Our small ensemble performs at numerous community events throughout the year.
CEO Statement
One Voice Chorus is unique.  It is a group of people from diverse racial, ethnic, political, social, economic and religious backgrounds who come together to create beauty through musical expression in order to demonstrate that together, we can create positive outcomes, no matter what outward differences there may be between us.  At One Voice Chorus, we demonstrate that diversity creates power.  We teach that people can gain insight into one another's experiences by working together to achieve something beautiful.  We show the Richmond area that, black or white, we are One.
Board Chair Statement
One Voice Chorus' past successes have been significant - that this community-based, no-audition chorus continues to draw audiences of over 600 after 14 years speaks volumes about the quality of the musical offering we bring to Richmond.  Over 750 people have sung with One Voice over the past 13 years, and countless meaningful friendships have been forged between people of African and European descent, who may otherwise have never met.  The challenges are, especially in this time of transition from a founding Artistic Director and Managing Director to new leadership in the organization, raising enough capital to meet the demands of a budget over $100,000.  Although our Managing Director and Artistic Director and Financial Coordinator are paid far less than industry standard; salaries, as in all organizations, consume a considerable part of our income.  Most of our salaried staff pour much of their salaries back into the organization to help cover administrative expenses and expenses related to performing three concerts per year in March, June, and December.  The rewards of promoting and demonstrating the value of genuine diversity are many.  Our outreach programs, which also accrue costs, are a fun way for people of all ages, from schoolchildren to corporate audiences, to see and feel the power of our mission.  Please help us to continue this important work.  My grandchildren deserve to live in a world where the color of one's skin is the last characteristic to be evaluated and judged.
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Metro Richmond
Tri-cities Region
Richmond, VA and surrounding area
Board Chair
Board Chair Alma Hughes
Company Affiliation Help Your Way
Term Aug 2016 to July 2019
Email alma@onevoicechorus.org
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Nadia Anderson Virginia Grace Event Management
Sybil Bowman Altria
Mary Brown Richmond Region Tourism
Alma Hughes Regions Bank
Ron Johnson Anthem, Inc.
Kim Kacani HH Hunt
John Linstrom Behavioral Health Authority
Rev. Tyrone Nelson Board of Supervisors, Henrico County, Varina District
Stan Orchowski Justice Research and Statistics Association
Kate Trogan Camp Studios
Arnold Woodruff Richmond Behavioral Health Authority
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 5
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 6
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 75
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Executive
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Comments
Executive Director
Executive Director Mrs. Sonia R Elliott
Experience
Sonia has been a member of the Chorus since 2008 and is pleased to step into a leadership role. She holds a Business Administration degree from Averett University. Sonia's years of experience as a Paralegal and Office Manager allow her to bring a unique point of view to the overall structure and work flow of the organization, looking for areas to optimize efficiency. 
Co-CEO
Co-CEO Mr. Lynn Gary Atkins Jr.
Term Start Apr 2013
Email lynn@onevoicechorus.org
Experience
Lynn Gary Atkins is the new Artistic Director (Conductor) for One Voice Chorus and is responsible for its artistic endeavors.  Lynn holds a Doctorate in Musical Arts from James Madison University and has spent the past nine years teaching, leading and conducting chorale music in schools and churches.  He comes to One Voice Chorus from the Shenandoah school district, where he was the Director of Choral Studies, and as Church Music Director.   
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Ms. Melissa Dunn Apr 2013 - Mar
Mr. Glen McCune Apr 2004 - Mar
Staff
Full Time Staff 1
Volunteers 11
Contractors 3
Retention Rate 100
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Collaborations
Hope in the Cities, Petersburg Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Library of Virginia, Westminster Canterbury, University of Richmond, Virginia State University, Petersburg, Library, SoundWorks, American Guild of Organists
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
ConnectRichmond2011
Programs
Description
     Major choral concerts for the public are performed by the full chorus of more than 150 singers.  The beauty and power of diversity is demonstrated not only in our membership, but also in our repertoire.  Three major concerts each year feature traditional Spirituals, classical choral works, and jazz - with occasional forays into popular music and Broadway show tunes.  Guest artists provide inspiration for the chorus and excitement for the audience.  Major works with orchestra and professional soloists are presented as funding allows.
     Concert costs vary depending on the venue and guest artists.  Major works with full orchestra and soloists in a public venue have cost as much as $53,000, while a concert with piano accompaniment in a donated venue typically has a budget of about $20,000, which includes pro rata staff costs, music purchase, program printing and modest marketing expense.
Population Served Adults
Description
     Community Performances are provided primarily by the One Voice Ensemble, a small group (30 - 40 singers) auditioned from within the larger chorus.  The group provides music for events sponsored by various business and community organizations.  Frequently, performance hosts want to feature a racially diverse performing group because of the nature of the event or the mission of the organization.
     Costs for community performances vary depending on the need to purchase music and the number of rehearsals required.  Minimum expense for a short program with piano accompaniment is about $200.  Revenue from performance fees offsets direct costs and supports the operating budget.
Population Served Adults
Long Term Success
Description
     In addition to its musical performances, One Voice offers educational experiences in both areas of our mission.  As a true community chorus that welcomes anyone who wants to sing, One Voice is devoted to music education in a very broad sense.  We have singers of every skill level - from "recreational" singers who can't read music to graduates of conservatories.  Weekly rehearsals provide the primary educational opportunity, but we also offer more intensive choral workshops in the summmer.
     Pre-concert conversations before major concerts engage audience members in discussions focused on racial healing.  The conversations are led by an experienced facilitator who maintains a comfortable, non-threatening environment.  Chorus conversations are also held periodically to explore themes  that are present in our music or in current events.
Population Served Adults
CEO/ED/Board Comments
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $128,780.00
Projected Expenses $108,635.00
Spending Policy N/A
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$106,611$58,993$73,866
Administration Expense$4,422$43,753$35,321
Fundraising Expense$909$3,049$12,512
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.071.210.97
Program Expense/Total Expenses95%56%61%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue2%5%21%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$37,235$38,087$13,992
Current Assets$37,235$38,087$13,992
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$0$1,877--
Total Net Assets$37,235$36,210$13,992
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities--20.29--
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit Application Confirmation 6/2016View
Comments
Organization Comments
Foundation Comments
  • Form 990 prepared by CFO Professional Services, P.C.
  • Financial statements prepared internally by the organization
  • Financial information provided by the Form 990