Financial Relationship between community choirs and professional orchestras
Date: January 6, 2010
For almost 40 years, the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, a regional professional orchestra, has had a cooperative relationship with the Dubuque Chorale. The Chorale performs twice annually with the orchestra. In December, the Chorale sings three "Holiday Pops" concerts on the Symphony's season. In the spring, the two organizations combine forces to perform a major choral/orchestral work--this March brings the Mozart Requiem, last spring was the Mahler 2. The Chorale and the Symphony are completely separate organizational entities, unlike those choruses that are under the umbrella of their symphony orchestra.
For years, the Symphony has provided some financial payment back to the Chorale, since all income for combined concerts is collected by the DSO. Due to the recent economic challenges we are all facing, there is continued discussion about how long this kind of financial payment can continue.
Here is my question--are there those of you who are conducting choruses in similar situations? If so, could you describe the fiscal relationship between your community choir and your symphony orchestra? Is this a better question to be asked of folks associated with Chorus America?
Thank you very kindly for any information you can provide!