Board of Directors – New Voices Choir

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Board of Directors and Committee members for near professional adult choir performing concerts and programs under its mission and vision to connect, engage and unify communities through the performance of choral music.

How often does the board meet?

The board meets quarterly (four time per year) and engages in strategic planning once per year.  Committees meet approximately one time per month but may meet more often depending on specific events or programs taking place.

What is the responsibility of a board member?

It is the responsibility of the board member to be prepared for and attend meetings on a regular basis.  Board members are expected to assist in recruiting other board members and in assisting in some of the fundraising needs of the organization.  All board members will be committed to supporting the mission and vision of newVoices.  Each board member is required to serve on at least one committee.

What are the qualifications to be a board member?

We are looking for individuals who are committed to the mission and vision of our organization.  This would include individuals with or without previous board experience.  A board member must have time to attend board meetings, committee meetings, and be able to volunteer at some of the events of newVoices during the year.  Experience in marketing, use and development of social media, and fundraising are desirable.  Most importantly we are looking for someone with a passion for our mission who can dedicate at least 4-8 hours per month to carry out board responsibilities.

How long has newVoices been in existence?

NewVoices began in 1978 as the Wisconsin Vocal Ensemble but changed its name in its 5th season to the White Heron Chorale.  It performed under that name until 2012 when it became newVoices.  The new name reflects the audiences and singers throughout Northeast Wisconsin and a fresh approach to the tradition of quality, choral singing.  The name change underscores the mission to share the best in fresh choral works as well as presenting the traditional music of the masters.  In 2011 Lawrence University professor Dr. Phillip Swan became the artistic director of the ensemble.  Under his leadership, newVoices has moved to collaborative programming that engages the community in meaningful ways.  Today newVoices is a mixed-voice adult choir of 90 volunteer singers.  The singers and audiences come from a 6-county region.  The ensemble performs 4-5 live concerts annually (under normal environmental conditions)  each featuring fresh repertoire and with thematic programming that responds to community issues and emphasizes collaboration with partner organizations.

Is there a cost to be on the board?

There is no specific cost to being on the board.  Giving your time and talents is most important.  Taking a lead role with your own financial contributions, legacy options, and networking is encouraged.

How long is a board term?

A term is 3 years, and a member can serve up to 3 consecutive terms.  The fiscal year is from July 1 to June 30, but board members may be added any time the board deems it necessary.

How many members are on the board?

The board must have at least 7 voting members but may have as many as 15.  There are currently 8 members.  The board is currently looking to add at least 3 new members.

What is the climate or culture of the board?

The current board members are a dedicated group of community members, leaders and professionals striving to provide the best possible guidance and support for the organization.  The board is fun and cordial, but professional.  Each member is valued and respected as an important member of the group with valuable gifts and talents to share.  The board is open-minded and flexible, and its members are passionate about the mission of bringing the unifying power of choral music to the community.

 Who should I contact if I am interested?

The initial contact should be with the Administrator of newVoices, Rhonda Stefl.  She can be reached by email at [email protected] , or by phone at 920-832-9700 (working remotely at this time).

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