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GALA Leadership Symposium 2017

The Leadership Symposium features a Friday “soft opening” of two special intensive sessions for chorus board members and new GALA artistic directors. Regular activities begin Friday evening with registration and an opening reception. A full slate of seminars, interactive workshops, roundtable discussions and one-on-one advisory sessions start Saturday morning and run through Sunday afternoon.

Details of the workshop schedule shown below are subject to change, but overall symposium start and end times that impact travel plans are fixed. Symposium takes place at the Riviera Palm Springs Hotel in Palm Springs, CA.

Schedule at a Glance - Click on the "+" to view a description.

Friday, February 16, 2018
10:00am - 12:30pm
Individual Coaching with Rodney Eichenberger

Sign up for a one-on-one conducting coaching session with Rodney Eichenberger. Bring along any issues or question you would like to workshop with him.

Presenters:
Harold Wright
Rodney Eichenberger
 
Workshop
Ascension A
1:30pm - 2:30pm
OutLoud Coaching with Michael

Michael will be at Symposium early and ensembles are welcome to sign up for an additional coaching spot with him before Friday evening performances.

Presenters:
Josh Soto
Michael Hayden
OUTLOUD
 
Workshop
Orange
2:00pm - 3:00pm
New AD Gathering & Workshop

Presenters: Jane Ramseyer Miller & Joe Nadeau Are you an artistic director who is new to GALA Choruses? You are invited to arrive early to meet with some of our seasoned conductors on Friday afternoon. This session will give you a chance to meet other conductors in a smaller setting, ask any questions that are burning and get to know the resources available through GALA Choruses.

Presenters:
Althea Gonzalez
Amanda Carroll
Cindy Sheppard
George A Ibarra
Harold Dioquino
Heather Russell
Jane Ramseyer Miller
Jennifer Paull
Joe J Buches
Kevin Hage
Kimberly Waigwa
Meagan Johnson
Michael Weinberg
Mitch Serslev
Ray Norris
Ryan Hinman
Simone Bernhard
Steve Milloy
 
Workshop
Ascension A
2:00pm - 5:00pm
Board & Chorus Managers Forum

Bring your most pressing questions, your best ideas, and your leadership challenges to share with those who are living the same scenarios. This forum will bring great minds together to discuss the joys and challenges of running a choral nonprofit organization. The time together will provide practical direction, good solutions to common issues and focus on the leader's role in moving an organization forward. Facilitated by Eve Campbell.

Presenters:
Eve Campbell
 
Workshop
Windward: Salon A
3:00pm - 3:30pm
MIchael Hayden: Warm-ups & Developing the Choral Voice

Michael Hayden offers his his best tips for creating choral excellence starting with warm-ups!

Presenters:
Michael Hayden
 
Workshop
Ascension A
3:30pm - 4:30pm
Rodney Eichenberger Sneak Peak for ADs

Join us for an informal conversation with Rod as an introduction to his Saturday workshop with GALA ADs.

Presenters:
Jane Ramseyer Miller
Rodney Eichenberger
 
Workshop
Ascension A
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Reception & Ensemble Performance

Greet old friends and make new ones over a drink! Cash bar with light refreshments provided. Enjoy performances from GALA ensembles: The Coastliners and OutLoud!

Presenters:
OUTLOUD
The Coastliners
 
Performance
Ascension Ballroom
7:15pm - 8:45pm
New AD Dinner

Are you a new GALA artistic director? GALA is buying you dinner tonight! Join us for conversation with your colleagues and a chance to ask any questions that may be lurking!

Presenters:
Althea Gonzalez
Amanda Carroll
George A Ibarra
Harold Dioquino
Heather Russell
Jane Ramseyer Miller
Jennifer Paull
Kevin Hage
Kimberly Waigwa
Meagan Johnson
Michael Weinberg
Mitch Serslev
Ray Norris
Ryan Hinman
Simone Bernhard
Steve Milloy
 
Social Gathering
Thai Cafe
7:15pm - 8:45pm
GALA Women Dinner on the Town

Sign up to enjoy dinner with GALA colleagues on various conversational topics including: women conductors, holiday repertoire, board member conversations, relevance of queer choruses... and topics identified by YOU!
 
Social Gathering
Fratelli's Italian Restaurant
7:15pm - 8:45pm
Youth Chorus Networking Dinner on the town

Join GALA youth chorus leaders for dinner and networking!

Presenters:
Paul Heins
 
Social Gathering
Restaurant B
 
Saturday, February 17, 2018
9:00am - 10:15am
Symposium TTBB Chorus

Join Willi Zwozdesky for a fabulous rehearsal with other TTBB singers in preparation for two Sunday performances!

Presenters:
Willi Zwozdesky
 
Rehearsal
Livingston
9:00am - 10:15am
Symposium SSAA Chorus

Join Miriam Davidson for a rocking first rehearsal with other SSAA singers in preparation for two Sunday performances! We’ll honor last January’s Women’s March on Washington w/ a great rendition of I Can’t Keep Quiet plus a brand new piece by folk singer and women’s music’s own Tret Fure, and more!

Presenters:
Miriam Davidson
Stephanie L Smith
 
Rehearsal
Kings Point
9:00am - 10:15am
Ensemble Boot Camp

9:00 am Symposium Singers rehearsal 9:00 am Coastliners coaching with Michael Coaching workshops with Michael will be assigned in 45 minute blocks. Ensembles can participate in the Symposium Singer rehearsals and other workshops when you are not in a coaching session.

Presenters:
Michael Hayden
 
Workshop
Orange
9:00am - 10:15am
The Price is Right!

This 101 level workshop will help you understand how to set prices for your concerts and maximize earned revenue. We'll cover the psychology of pricing, benchmarking against local presenters in your market,developing the right mix of prices and seats for your hall, knowing when to raise prices and how to start demand-based pricing techniques, best and worst practices of discounting, and working with third party ticket sellers.

Presenters:
Catherine Peterson
Steve Smith
 
Workshop
Ascension A
9:00am - 10:15am
Building Critical IT Infrastructure

The workshop will provide a guide to getting started with the essential technology systems your choir needs to run efficiently and build an audience. We'll be discussing websites, accounting systems, email marketing, social media, donor and membership databases, and more.

Presenters:
Jacob Levine
 
Workshop
Ascension C
9:00am - 11:45am
AD intros and Rodney Eichenberger Conducting Workshop

BRING your Justice Choir Songbook! Workshop: Making the most of your conducting gesture We're especially excited to welcome the renowned Rodney Eichenberger, Florida State University Professor Emeritus of Choral Music, who has been conducting and teaching for 50 years in esteemed choral programs around the world. Known for his employment of movement to convey emotion and underscore specific musical messages, his instructional videos on choral conducting are best sellers and are widely used in collegiate conducting classes. Dr. Eichenberger is the program coordinator for the choral conducting division of International Workshops and maintains a busy schedule professional schedule.

Presenters:
Jimmy Morehead
Rodney Eichenberger
 
Workshop
Windward
9:00am - 5:00pm
Registration & Informal Gathering

 
Social Gathering
Ascension Foyer
10:30am - 11:45am
Nutrition for the Choral Singer: Feeding the Voice and the Soul

Presenter: Dr. Tim Seelig GALA singers - We get so busy in our choral settings with learning notes, rhythms, dynamics, words and then we add choralography! Who has time to focus on vocal technique? It really goes back to some very basic building blocks that we sometimes ignore. This quick session will take you right back to the beginning and provide you with some new tools for your own voice and to share with others. We’ll be serving up the Five Course Meal of vocal warm-ups. Yum!

Presenters:
Tim Seelig
 
Workshop
Ascension C
10:30am - 11:45am
Building a Sustaining Donor Base

You will learn how to analyze your fund-raising program for maximum campaign development. Understand what motivates your donors, create sustaining donor campaigns and improve donor retention.

Presenters:
Joann M Usher
 
Workshop
Ascension B
10:30am - 11:45am
Ensemble Rehearsal Space

 
Workshop
Kings Point
10:30am - 11:45am
Ensemble Bootcamp

10:30 am Coastliners Vocal and management workshops – see schedule 10:30 am OUTLOUD coaching with Michael Coaching workshops with Michael will be assigned in 45 minute blocks. Ensembles can participate in the Symposium Singer rehearsals and other workshops when you are not in a coaching session.

Presenters:
Michael Hayden
 
Workshop
Orange
10:30am - 11:45am
Managing High-Maintenance Members 101

Have you ever struggled to deal with a problematic patron, salacious singer, bothersome board member, scurrilous staff, vehement volunteers, or demanding donors? Join Dr. Michael Ramsey - Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Psychiatrist - for an introductory discussion about the basics of communication styles. This session will help you understand how people communicate. These sessions may eventually lead to a series of sessions that can delve into the finer points of communication and HR issues that will help your chorus grow and be more productive.

Presenters:
Scott Ramsey
 
Workshop
Ascension A
10:30am - 11:45am
Trends in Digital Advertising

You handle marketing and advertising for your chorus and you know you need to have a greater online presence, but you’re not quite sure how to get there. You’ve heard terms like “geotargeting,” “retargeting,” and “psychographics” but feel wary of what they actually mean. In your personal life you look at one jewelry website and then see jewelry ads everywhere you go online for the next six days, and wonder how that happened (Big Brother is watching you!). This is the workshop for you. We’ll explore digital advertising options with Google, look briefly at analytics and how you can increase your digital performance, email marketing, Google Grants, and the mother of all online presence: Facebook. The workshop will demonstrate ways you can utilize these tools for very little money and help you get the most bang for your buck. If you’re looking to step into the world of digital advertising, or ramping up your investment, we’ll help you find the most effective ways to accomplish your goals.

Presenters:
Matthew Ramsey
 
Workshop
Livingston
12:30pm - 1:45pm
Roundtable: Bisexual & Pan-Sexual Meet-up

Gather to talk about ways to create more visibility for bisexual and pan-sexual folks at GALA events.

Presenters:
Stephanie L Smith
 
Open Discussion
Kings Point
12:30pm - 1:45pm
GALA Commissions

Join members of GALA choruses to discuss options for performing several large-scale GALA commissions including: - a new SSAA Roma Commission for the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote - a new commission for the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots (SATB, TTBB, SSAA) - Bayard Rustin: The Man Behind the Dream (SATB) - Tyler's Suite

Presenters:
Charlie Beale
Jane Ramseyer Miller
Joe Nadeau
Matthew Ramsey
Steve Milloy
 
Open Discussion
Ascension A
12:30pm - 1:45pm
Book Signing with Jules Balen author of A Queerly Joyful Noise

Julia "Jules" Balen is the author of A Queerly Joyful Noise. A Queerly Joyful Noise examines how choral singing can be both personally transformative and politically impactful. As they blend their different voices to create something beautiful, LGBTIQ singers stand together and make themselves heard. Comparing queer choral performances to the uses of group singing within the civil rights and labor movements, Julia “Jules” Balén maps the relationship between different forms of oppression and strategic musical forms of resistance. She also explores the potential this queer communal space creates for mobilizing progressive social action. Meet Julia and purchase a copy of her book.

Presenters:
Jules Balén
 
Open Discussion
Amelia
12:30pm - 1:45pm
Trans 101



Presenters:
Reid Vanderburgh
 
Open Discussion
Livingston
12:30pm - 1:45pm
Concert Production and Chorus Operations

Join Halie Loper from the Seattle Choruses to talk about concert production and concert operations.

Presenters:
Halie Looper
 
Open Discussion
Orange
12:30pm - 1:45pm
Networking for Conductors & Choirs Seeking ADs

Facilitator: Bob Mensel Are you looking for a position as a GALA artistic director, or perhaps would like to explore the idea for your future? Or, are you a choir that is currently seeking an artistic director? Join us for lunch and a meet-and-greet.

Presenters:
Bob Mensel
 
Open Discussion
Brooklyn
12:30pm - 1:45pm
Yes, You Can Do It!

Let’s talk about fundraising from abundance versus scarcity. Or how to make multiple ‘asks’ to the same person for different organizations without jeopardizing your Chorus’ needs!

Presenters:
Joann M Usher
 
Open Discussion
Ascension C
2:00pm - 3:15pm
Symposium TTBB Chorus

Join Willi Zwozdesky for a fabulous rehearsal with other TTBB singers in preparation for two Sunday performances!

Presenters:
Willi Zwozdesky
 
Rehearsal
Livingston
2:00pm - 3:15pm
Audience Development

What does your audience look like today? What will your audience look like in ten years? Is it the same? Different? If so, different how? What needs to change between now and then? Many choruses struggle building more than a “friends and family” audience. But by looking beyond friends and family are we missing out on one of our greatest strengths as choruses? This interactive session will help you better understand audiences of today and enable you to dream big and plan for building the audiences of the future. Attendees will have the chance to: - think about who their current audiences are and how they communicate and engage with them - learn tips and tricks for retaining their current core audiences - discover how to take the essence of friends and family relationships to broaden their current base

Presenters:
Catherine Peterson
 
Workshop
Ascension A
2:00pm - 3:15pm
Symposium SSAA Chorus

This is our second rehearsal with Miriam Davidson. We’ll honor last January’s Women’s March on Washington w/ a great rendition of I Can’t Keep Quiet plus a brand new piece by folk singer and women’s music’s own Tret Fure, and more!

Presenters:
Miriam Davidson
Stephanie L Smith
 
Rehearsal
Kings Point
2:00pm - 3:15pm
Successful Succession

Bench strength, pipeline, experience pool--buzzwords used often to describe the process for ensuring future leaders are available, trained, and engaged. Fairly prevalent in the private sector, it's often lacking in nonprofits. In particular, smaller nonprofits without financial or staff resources are left to an unplanned hodge-podge approach. This session will present a framework that has been implemented successfully with smaller nonprofits.

Presenters:
David Cegelski
 
Workshop
Amelia
2:00pm - 3:15pm
Alexander Technique for Choral Musicians

Presenter: Meagan Johnson Discover Choral Ease and Vibrant Ensemble Sound with the Alexander Technique! Learn to incorporate concepts from the Alexander Technique into choral rehearsal and performance to reduce singer stress and free your best choral sound. Find out how conductors can also benefit from this time-tested, mind-body education method. Find the “calm in the storm” so important for concert week! For more than a century, people from many backgrounds have used the Alexander Technique to live their lives with more ease, less pain, strain, and stress, discovering freedom and artistry in everyday life.

Presenters:
Meagan Johnson
 
Workshop
Windward: Salon A
2:00pm - 3:15pm
Programming w/o Custom Arrangements

Presenter: Jimmy Morehead This workshop will present a variety of legal ways to creatively program a choral show without the use of custom arrangements. The presenter will cover holiday programming as well as creative programming for spring shows. Musical selections will range from classical to popular songs.

Presenters:
Jimmy Morehead
 
Workshop
Windward: Salon B
2:00pm - 3:15pm
Ensemble Bootcamp

2:00 pm Coastliners Symposium Singers rehearsal 2:00 pm OUTLOUD coaching with Michael Coaching workshops with Michael will be assigned in 45 minute blocks. Ensembles can participate in the Symposium Singer rehearsals and other workshops when you are not in a coaching session.

Presenters:
Michael Hayden
 
Workshop
Orange
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Individual Coaching with Rodney Eichenberger

Sign up for a one-on-one conducting coaching session with Rodney Eichenberger. Bring along any issues or question you would like to workshop with him.

Presenters:
Erik Gullickson
Geri Gurss
Harold Dioquino
Rodney Eichenberger
 
Workshop
Brooklyn
3:30pm - 4:45pm
Inclusivity in GALA Choruses (repeated Sun)

Presenters: Reid Vanderburgh & Maria-Elena Grant Inclusivity is an issue many GALA choruses are facing, whether the conversation be around gender, race, or disability access. Inclusion Awareness is a model that can be used regardless of what issue is being addressed. Rather than invite “them” into the circle with “us,” leading to an expectation of assimilation, Inclusion Awareness is an invitation to broaden the circle so “us” and “them” becomes a new “we.” Each chorus has its own circumstances – differing rehearsal spaces, differing demographics. There is no one-size-fits-all approach that will work for every chorus. Creating a new “we” is a process unique to each group. Our purpose in creating Inclusion Awareness workshops is to help organizations approach the issues relevant to them, leading to a new “we.” What participants will learn: - The difference between LGB and T - What ‘support’ looks like to trans/non-binary singers - What ‘support’ looks like to POC - What steps can choruses take toward creating welcoming environments

Presenters:
Maria-Elena Grant
Reid Vanderburgh
 
Workshop
Ascension A
3:30pm - 5:15pm
Repertoire Reading Session: SATB

Presenter: Gerald Gurss Join Artistic Director colleagues to share favorite repertoire for SATB choruses. Bring a list of your most successful music, programming ideas, themes, or novel approaches that you believe other directors might benefit from. Include sources and contact info. Any music you bring to share may only include the first two pages of the score and must include complete composer, copyright and publisher information.

Presenters:
Rich Cole
 
Workshop
Livingston
3:30pm - 5:15pm
Ensemble Bootcamp

3:30 pm OUTLOUD Vocal and management workshops – see schedule 3:30 pm Coastliners coaching with Michael

Presenters:
Michael Hayden
 
Workshop
Orange
3:30pm - 4:45pm
Perspectives & Tools for Strategic Planning

When it's time to think about the future, what first comes to mind? Excitement? Dread? Opportunity? Do we-really-need-to-do-this? These reactions are typical for nonprofits. It's common to sacrifice strategic planning as compared to programming, fundraising, etc. Yet, thoughtful planning improves the organization by providing a roadmap while energizing all elements towards the vision. Participants will understand the reasons, outcomes and benefits of strategic planning and obtain basic tools and techniques to prepare their plan.

Presenters:
David Cegelski
 
Workshop
Amelia
3:30pm - 4:45pm
Repertoire Reading Session: SSAA

Presenter: Kathleen Hansen Join Artistic Director colleagues to share favorite repertoire for SSAA choruses. Bring a list of your most successful music, programming ideas, themes, or novel approaches that you believe other directors might benefit from. Include sources and contact info. Any music you bring to share may only include the first two pages of the score and must include complete composer, copyright and publisher information.

Presenters:
Kathleen Hansen
 
Workshop
Kings Point
3:30pm - 4:45pm
Repertoire Reading Session: TTBB

Presenter: Rich Cole Join Artistic Director colleagues to share favorite repertoire for TTBB choruses. Bring a list of your most successful music, programming ideas, themes, or novel approaches that you believe other directors might benefit from. Include sources and contact info. Any music you bring to share may only include the first two pages of the score and must include complete composer, copyright and publisher information.

Presenters:
Geri Gurss
 
Workshop
Windward: Salon A
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Reception, Fundraiser & Concert

Partake in sumptuous appetizers and a cash bar while we auction off spectacular vacation packages and Festival 2020 prizes. Enjoy performances by your GALA Artistic Directors and the Orlando Gay Chorus.

Presenters:
James Rode
Steve Smith
 
Performance
Ascension Ballroom
 
Sunday, February 18, 2018
9:00am - 11:30am
Symposium TTBB Chorus

This is the final rehearsal before the Symposium Singers performances at the Parliament House and for delegates at lunch time.

Presenters:
Willi Zwozdesky
 
Rehearsal
Livingston
9:00am - 10:15am
Managing High-Maintenance Members 202

Have you ever struggled to deal with a problematic patron, salacious singer, bothersome board member, scurrilous staff, vehement volunteers, or demanding donors? Join Dr. Michael Ramsey - Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Psychiatrist for a higher level discussion about appropriate boundaries, communication techniques, anger management, and general tips for working with difficult individuals. This session will help you communicate better with people, but it is assumed you have already joined the previous introductory session. These sessions may eventually lead to a series of sessions that can delve into the finer points of communication and HR issues that will help your chorus grow and be more productive.

Presenters:
Scott Ramsey
 
Workshop
Ascension A
9:00am - 10:15am
Ensemble Bootcamp - Rehearsal for Performance

9:00 am Final Symposium Singers rehearsal through morning… 9:15 am OUTLOUD prep with Michael in Ballroom 9:45 am Coastliners prep with Michael in Ballroom

Presenters:
Michael Hayden
 
Rehearsal
Ascension B
9:00am - 10:45am
Symposium SSAA Chorus

This is the final rehearsal before the Symposium Singers performances at the Parliament House and for delegates at lunch time.

Presenters:
Miriam Davidson
Stephanie L Smith
 
Rehearsal
Kings Point
9:00am - 10:15am
Freedoms & Restrictions of 501(c)(3) Status

has your chorus ever wondered what it is and isn’t allowed to do without violating its tax-exempt status? Topics will include political speech, fundraising & distributions, and interpreting the Johnson Amendment.

Presenters:
Douglas Althauser
 
Workshop
Ascension C
9:00am - 10:15am
Inclusivity in GALA Choruses (repeated)

Presenters: Reid Vanderburgh & Maria-Elena Grant Inclusivity is an issue many GALA choruses are facing, whether the conversation be around gender, race, or disability access. Inclusion Awareness is a model that can be used regardless of what issue is being addressed. Rather than invite “them” into the circle with “us,” leading to an expectation of assimilation, Inclusion Awareness is an invitation to broaden the circle so “us” and “them” becomes a new “we.” Each chorus has its own circumstances – differing rehearsal spaces, differing demographics. There is no one-size-fits-all approach that will work for every chorus. Creating a new “we” is a process unique to each group. Our purpose in creating Inclusion Awareness workshops is to help organizations approach the issues relevant to them, leading to a new “we.” What participants will learn: - The difference between LGB and T - What ‘support’ looks like to trans/non-binary singers - What ‘support’ looks like to POC - What steps can choruses take toward creating welcoming environments

Presenters:
Maria-Elena Grant
Reid Vanderburgh
 
Workshop
Windward: Salon B
9:00am - 10:15am
Programming for Social Justice & Community Engagement

Presenter: Jane Ramseyer Miller Our choruses are beginning to reach out beyond the concert hall to collaborate with community organizations, schools, and local partners. But are our collaborations are built from an attitude of authentic partnership and goal sharing? Explore steps for creating partnerships that are truly collaborative, that deepen your chorus relationships in your community, and are transformational for your chorus as well as for your community partner.

Presenters:
Jane Ramseyer Miller
 
Workshop
Windward: Salon A
9:00am - 10:00am
Individual Coaching with Rodney Eichenberger

Sign up for a one-on-one conducting coaching session with Rodney Eichenberger. Bring along any issues or question you would like to workshop with him.

Presenters:
Kimberly Waigwa
Rodney Eichenberger
Ryan Hinman
Heather Russell
 
Workshop
Brooklyn
9:00am - 5:00pm
Informal Gathering

 
Social Gathering
Ascension Foyer
10:15am - 11:45am
Rehearsal for Symposium Choirs



Presenters:
Harold Wright
Miriam Davidson
Stephanie L Smith
Willi Zwozdesky
 
Rehearsal
Ascension Ballroom
10:15am - 11:45am
Individual Coaching with Rodney Eichenberger

Sign up for a one-on-one conducting coaching session with Rodney Eichenberger. Bring along any issues or question you would like to workshop with him.

Presenters:
Mitch Galli
Rodney Eichenberger
Ryan Hinman
Meagan Johnson
Jennifer Paull
 
Workshop
Brooklyn
10:30am - 11:45am
Colorful Curriculum: developing curriculum for youth in a variety of settings

Presenter: Gavin Thrasher & Shawn Cullen Panel discussion of developing curriculum for youth in a variety of settings including schools (middle, high and elementary), youth probation facilities, after school programs, youth choir, and/or supplemental educational materials to send to schools and augment LBGTQ* programming. This will include leaders from multiple GALA choruses with youth program experience.

Presenters:
Gavin Thrasher
Shawn Cullen
 
Workshop
Windward: Salon B
10:30am - 11:45am
Creating & Maintaining a Healthy Relationship Between Your AD and Leadership

This will be an interactive session, discussing the unique challenges of the ADs within their choruses and the different operating models and styles that various choruses have used to maximize the effectiveness and creativity of the artistic director, while ensuring that organizational goals are met.

Presenters:
Becky Porter
Bob Mensel
 
Workshop
Amelia
10:30am - 11:45am
Videos Make a Difference

This session will provide an overview of season branding, design, and video marketing. What worked, didn't work, and how-tos. Participants will gain an understanding of cohesive branding and tools to create videos.

Presenters:
Tri Truong
 
Workshop
Ascension C
10:30am - 11:45am
Choral Theater: Beyond "Stand and Sing"

Presenter: Sean Baugh Our audiences are demanding more from our productions – more visual storytelling, more thematic material, more pizazz, bling, and surprises. We must compete with high-budget, professional, high-profile productions all around us. The days of “stand and sing” are likely behind us, and we are being asked to adjust and venture in territory that may be uncomfortable or beyond our experience. During this workshop, we will take a look at real-world, practical examples and techniques to bring a “choral theater” experience to your productions, no matter your budget, venue, or mission.

Presenters:
Sean Baugh
 
Workshop
Windward: Salon A
10:30am - 11:45am
Ensemble Bootcamp

Coaching workshops with Michael will be assigned in 45 minute blocks. Ensembles can participate in the Symposium Singer rehearsals and other workshops when you are not in a coaching session.
 
Workshop
Orange
10:45am - 11:45am
Festival 2020 for Newbies

Will 2020 be your first Festival? Join us for a quick overview of things to be thinking about.

Presenters:
Jane Ramseyer Miller
Robin Godfrey
 
Workshop
Kings Point
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Symposium Chorus & Ensemble Performances

After our fabulous lunch, the SA and TB Symposium Choirs will perform for delegates under the direction of Miriam Davidson and Willi Zwozdesky , along with our Ensemble Boot Camp participants.

Presenters:
Harold Wright
Josh Soto
Michael Hayden
Miriam Davidson
OUTLOUD
Rich Cole
Stephanie L Smith
The Coastliners
Willi Zwozdesky
 
Performance
Ascension Ballroom
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Lunch

Lunch is provided with delegate registration. The Symposium Singers and Ensemble Boot Camp participants will perform immediately after lunch.
 
Social Gathering
Ascension Ballroom
2:15pm - 3:45pm
Board Open Agenda

Join a moderated wrap-up discussion with your chorus board member peers.

Presenters:
Steve Smith
 
Open Discussion
Brooklyn
2:15pm - 3:30pm
Ensemble Bootcamp Wrap-up

Here's your chance for final performance notes and a wrap-up with Michael before you head home.

Presenters:
Michael Hayden
 
Workshop
Orange
2:15pm - 3:45pm
Chorus Management Open Agenda

Join a moderated wrap-up discussion with your chorus management peers.

Presenters:
Joann M Usher
 
Open Discussion
Ascension C
2:15pm - 4:45pm
AD Open Agenda

Staying around for the afternoon? Join ADs for a completely open agenda of sharing ideas and whatever topics we didn't get to earlier in the weekend.

Presenters:
Jane Ramseyer Miller
 
Open Discussion
Windward: Salon A

 

GALA Choruses strives for gender neutrality with regards to language in recognition of the many genders represented within our member choruses, singing sections and the LGBT community. When working and communicating with singers and choruses within the GALA community please keep the following guidelines in mind.

  • Please refer to sections by voice part rather than gender, ie; tenors and basses rather than men or women.
  • There are also gender inclusive ways that you can address a chorus as a whole. People or folks or simply everyone are more gender-neutral options (as opposed to Ladies and Gentlemen).

We know that gender specific language is a part of our culture and we don’t expect each individual to overcome years of conditioning overnight. We would, however, appreciate your attempt to address our members in the most gender-neutral way possible.