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Symposium 2018 Schedule

The 2018 GALA Leadership Symposium is packed with seminars, interactive workshops, roundtable discussions, rehearsals, coaching, one-on-one advisory sessions and social gatherings!

Plan your travel to arrive Friday late afternoon for registration, an opening performance and reception with hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. Official workshops begin Saturday morning and run through Sunday afternoon at the Marriott Orlando Downtown.

If you are able to arrive early, Friday daytime features special "intensives" for chorus board members and new GALA artistic directors.

The initial Symposium schedule is outlined below. This page will be updated frequently as additional workshops and presenters are confirmed. Register here!

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:
Rodney Eichenberger
 
Workshop
Ascension A
10:00am - 12:30pm
Optional Ensemble 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:
Michael Hayden
 
Workshop
Orange
2:00pm - 3:30pm
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:
Jane Ramseyer Miller
Joe Nadeau
 
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
Brooklyn
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
Registration & Reception

Greet old friends and make new ones over a drink! Cash bar with light refreshments provided.
 
Social Gathering
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:
Jane Ramseyer Miller
 
Social Gathering
Orlando
7:15pm - 8:45pm
GALA Dinners 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!
 
Workshop
Ascension A
 
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 rehearsal with other SSAA singers in preparation for two Sunday performances!

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

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

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:
Rodney Eichenberger
 
Workshop
Windward
10:30am - 11:45am
Nutrition for the Choral Singer: Feeding the Voice and the Soul

Presenter: Dr. Tim Seelig 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
Livingston
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
Brooklyn
10:30am - 11:45am
Ensemble Rehearsal Space

 
Workshop
Kings Point
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.

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
Ascension C
12:30pm - 1:45pm
Festival 2020 for Newbies

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

Presenters:
Jane Ramseyer Miller
Robin Godfrey
 
Open Discussion
Livingston
12:30pm - 1:45pm
Roundtable: Bisexual & Pan-Sexual Meet-up



Presenters:
Sam Bullington
 
Open Discussion
Kings Point
12:30pm - 1:45pm
Global Music & Misappropriation



Presenters:
Anthony Cabrera
 
Open Discussion
Ascension A
12:30pm - 1:45pm
Book Signing with Jules Balen author of A Queerly Joyful Noise

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



Presenters:
Reid Vanderburgh
 
Open Discussion
Ascension C
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.
 
Open Discussion
Brooklyn
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
Brooklyn
2:00pm - 3:15pm
Symposium SSAA Chorus

Join Miriam Davidson for a rocking rehearsal with other SSAA singers in preparation for two Sunday performances!

Presenters:
Miriam Davidson
 
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 B
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 A
2:00pm - 3:15pm
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.

Presenters:
Michael Hayden
 
Workshop
Orange
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
Brooklyn
3:30pm - 5:15pm
Repertoire Reading Session: TTBB

Presenter: Rich Cole Join Artistic Director colleagues to share favorite repertoire for TB 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 - 4:45pm
GALA Community Engagement Grant Fund

Later in 2018 GALA will be launching a pilot round of its new Community Engagement Grant Fund. Join this session to hear about what types of projects the fund is intended for and the basics of how the solicitation will run.

Presenters:
Jane Ramseyer Miller
Robin Godfrey
 
Workshop
Windward: Salon B
3:30pm - 5:15pm
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.

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: 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:
Geri Gurss
 
Workshop
Windward: Salon A
5:45pm - 7:45pm
Reception, Fundraiser & Concert

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

Presenters:
James Rode
Steve Smith
 
Performance
Ascension Ballroom
 
Sunday, February 18, 2018
9:00am - 10:15am
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

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
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
 
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:
Doug Althauser
 
Workshop
Brooklyn
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 Partnerships

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
10:30am - 11:45am
Colorful Curriculum: developing curriculum for youth in a variety of settings

Presenter: Gavin Thrasher

Presenters:
Gavin Thrasher
 
Workshop
Windward: Salon B
10:30am - 12:00pm
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 - 12:00pm
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
Brooklyn
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 - 12:00pm
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:
Rodney Eichenberger
 
Workshop
Orange
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lunch

Lunch is provided with delegate registration. The Symposium Singers and Ensemble Boot Camp participants will perform immediately after lunch.
 
Social Gathering
Ascension Ballroom
1:00pm - 2:00pm
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.

Presenters:
Michael Hayden
Miriam Davidson
Willi Zwozdesky
 
Performance
Ascension Ballroom
2:15pm - 3:45pm
Board Open Agenda

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