- September 1, 2016 at 10:23 am #521156
Our 75-member ensemble in CT will be raising our singer membership fee to $200 for the year (plus an additional $70 music fee). High school and college students (we have only a few) pay only the music fee. I was wondering if you could let me know how this lines up with other choirs (please give location, and size). Do you have a reduced fee for seniors? Thanks for your help!September 27, 2017 at 10:16 pm #543046
Are you questioning what you charge for membership in your choir or are you perhaps concerned that you are not providing your singers with the value they need to justify your current membership fees/dues?
If you’re going be successful, I prefer to PLAN for this success.
When my choir started in November of 2008, we were working from a long-term strategic plan that went out to December 31, 2020. As a result, the success we have been enjoying has been intentional, not accidental.
The mission of the Nashville Singers is to enrich lives through singing and the support of music education.
In the last seven years, we’ve awarded over $15,000 in music education grants and scholarships impacting hundreds of kids at numerous area schools and several nonprofits.
The vision of the Nashville Singers is to be a dynamic choral leader, enriching lives through the performance of significant music; collaborating with highly engaged and skilled donors to make a substantial impact on music education in our schools and the community.
Our overall musical strategy is to sing great arrangements of great songs at a high level.
Our administrative plan to achieve this mission and vision is built around these strategies:
FUN – We must create more opportunities for our members to have fun!
PLANNING – We must have a dream and create/implement a plan to make that dream a reality, modeling other successful organizations we admire
EXPECT MORE – We must expect more from our members and leaders
IMAGE – We must present a quality image and product to the communities we serve.
CUSTOMER SERVICE – We must create and nurture a customer service culture that permeates all levels of the organization
MARKETING RESEARCH – We must make a commitment to analysis and feedback – ongoing surveys of the members and audiences to make data-driven decisions and better meet their needs
ADAPTABILITY – We must preserve the core/stimulate progress – keep clear the difference between our core values, which never change and the operating strategies and cultural practices which endlessly adapt to a changing world. We must learn from and respond to change. We must be willing to explore and implement modifications to our governance and management structure to improve organizational capacity and efficiency.
PRIORITIZATION – We must focus resources where they are needed most
LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT & RECOGNITION – We must educate, inspire, recognize, and monitor the effectiveness of our leaders
ALLIANCES/COLLABORATION/PARTNERSHIPS – We must build alliances – seek partners that complement our mission, and leverage the talent within those alliances
COMMUNITY SERVICE – We must serve our community, and not just through singing and performances
TECHNOLOGY – We must embrace technology and the internet and make professional development and other resources available to our members and leaders
FUND DEVELOPMENT – We must become and remain attractive to outside funding and diversify our income sources. We must secure funding to implement our plan and supporting programs.
INNOVATE – We must plant seeds in new, more fertile ground and not just rely on traditional membership recruitment sources
BE BOLD – We must resist the fear of failure
The one area where we have not enjoyed as much success than I originally envisioned is membership growth.
We started with four voices and have grown to as many as 20, but our current active roster is 10 singers., While we have half as many singers now as we did at our peak the clarity of the sound and the artistry of the current group is VERY rewarding
Our audition is VERY difficult and only 60% of those who try, pass. However, with the kinds of difficult, 4-6 part charts we sing, if we were not that demanding, the new singers would not be able to keep up and the existing singers would become frustrated. Our members are also asked to memorize 10 new songs each year. I’m sure that some find this to be a bit daunting.
According to the members we have (annual member survey) the costs associated with membership are NOT an issue. From 2008-2013 member dues were $20 per month. In 2014 that increased to $25 per month. The member also pay for their own costuming which runs $150. Members under 25 pay 50% of the standard dues amount.
Once you pass the audition, you cannot just show up and sing. Every singer is expected to assist with some administrative duties and tasks. This could range from making the coffee, putting up the risers or serving on a committee or the board.
You can hear audio samples of our group at this link:
Below are links to a few of our song samplers.
I hope you find this is helpful.
Director of Music
Nashville Singers, Inc.
615-852-SING (7464) office
615-669-TODD (8633) cell
615-523-TODD (8633) fax
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