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The Beauty in Everything

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As our eighth season comes to a close, I am struck by how much we’ve accomplished this past year.  Most notably, we performed for the second time with the Symphony of the Americas, joining forces with the Master Chorale of South Florida to celebrate the Master Chorale’s tenth anniversary.  Under the direction of Dr. Joshua Habermann, director of the Dallas Symphony Chorus, we made our Dade and Palm Beach debuts singing Rutter’s Mass of the Children.  Another great honor was our combined performance with the award winning St. Mary’s College Women’s Choir in March, where we premiered a newly commissioned work by acclaimed composer Paul Carey.  The Lyric Choir had a fantastic performance and workshop in Disney, and the Apprentice Choir had their first annual workshop and camp day, under the direction of Dr. Burbach form Broward College.  And for the first time, the Girl Choir of South Florida welcomed six year old budding young singers to the stage at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.  We sang for Holy Cross Hospital, John Knox Village, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, Junior Achievement, the Special Olympics, and had our first wedding performance-all “extra” events beyond the major performances in December and May!  Finally, during the second week of June, our touring choir will sing at St. Patrick’s Cathedral and St. John the Divine in New York City, arguably two of the most sought-after performance venues in the world.

The goal throughout all of our activities this season was to create beauty in the world, and to encourage all of our girls to see the beauty within themselves.  As the text in Letter from a Girl to the World states, “In my heart, there are hopes and dreams, and all different beautiful things…are you listening with you heart when we’re sharing ours… have you given us a chance to make you proud?” I know I speak not only for myself and the rest of the staff, but for all of our parents and families, when I say that our girls most definitely made us proud.  I can’t imagine a more beautiful group of girls and young women-they all have a light that they generously shared with each other and our community each and every week, and I am honored to be their director.  Happy summer, and we’ll see you in August!

Must-Have Apps: The Wiki

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Your choir probably generates a lot of time-sensitive news and information -- announcements to choristers, press, and such. For such content, a content management system is the ideal way to organize and convey your message.

But reference material is different. It doesn’t change very often, tends to be related to a lot of other static content, and needs to be easy to search and navigate. A chorister handbook and a corporate intranet portal are good examples. Continue Reading →

Must-Have Apps: Money Management

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I’m sure that I don’t have to explain to anyone reading this blog the importance of keeping track of a choir’s money. In particular, nonprofits tend to operate on very narrow margins, so knowing how the dollars come and go is vitally important to keeping your choir in business.

If you’re just starting a choir and you haven’t considered using a finance app, you might be tempted to try tracking the state of your finances in a spreadsheet. But finance apps these days are so inexpensive and easy-to-use that they are well worth the investment, both in software and training.

There used to be a great variety of options in the world of accounting software for small businesses. (Does anyone remember the epic battle between Microsoft and Intuit?) But the choices in financial applications have take a similar path as office apps - there are fewer choices, but the ones that remain are exceptionally good.

These days, the leading options in small business finance software are QuickBooks, Sage Peachtree, and AccountEdge. Any of them will provide a perfectly serviceable solution for your choir. A complete review of any one package is outside the scope of this blog post, but there are many reviews available online.

Here at the Girl Choir, we use QuickBooks Online. Although it has somewhat fewer features that the desktop app, it has everything we need to run our choir. Plus, it gives access to everyone who needs it wherever the happen to be: from any of the computers in the office, from the laptop of our treasurer, or even from the office of our accountant at tax-time.

December concert tickets now on sale

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Tickets for all of our December concerts are now on sale. Go to girlchoir.org/tickets to place your order.

Subscriptions for our 2011-2012 concert series are also available. Go to girlchoir.org/subscribe to take advantage of all of the great benefits included in your subscription.

Our December performances include:

  • Friday, December 9 * at All Saints Episcopal Church in Fort Lauderdale featuring our Concert Choir and Chamber Singers ensembles
  • Monday, December 12, at Broward Center for the Performing Arts with the Symphony of the Americas
  • Thursday, December 15 *, at Broward Center for the Performing Arts with all of our performing ensembles
* Performances that are part of our subscription concert series

Must-Have Apps: Email Marketing

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Despite the rapid growth in usage of social media platforms, email marketing still matters. It’s one of the fastest, most effective, and least expensive ways to get your message out to the world.

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Must-Have Apps: Contact Relationship Management (CRM)

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Who are the people in your list of contacts? If you’re like most choirs, chances are they are your:

  • singers (and, if you’re a children’s choir, their parents),
  • staff,
  • audience members,
  • donors,
  • volunteers,
  • suppliers,

and lots more.

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Must-Have Apps: Online Ticket Sales

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Anyone who has produced a concert knows how much effort is involved in ensuring that ticket sales are handled correctly. There’s a lot of information to keep track of, payments to process, will-call lists to generate, seating charts to worry about, and more.

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Must-Have Apps: Content Management Systems

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Nobody writes static web pages anymore. Users have come to expect interactive and up-to-date content everywhere they surf. And there is no easier way to provide that experience than with a content management system or “CMS”.

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Must-Have Apps: Hosting Services: Your Off-Ramp from the Information Superhighway

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In previous postings, I discussed must-have apps for your office (the “intranet”), which helps your insiders do their jobs. But any choir that wants to attract audience members, donors, and choristers must also have a presence on the internet.

If the internet is an information superhighway, then a hosting service (or internet service provider, or “ISP”) is an information strip mall.

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Must-Have Apps: TechSoup: A Recipe for Success

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In my previous entry, I mentioned TechSoup as a source for inexpensive Microsoft Office licenses. Well, it’s also a source for a whole lot more. Software, operating systems, graphic design tools, … even telephones, copiers, and computers can be purchased at deep discounts. TechSoup is an absolutely must-have app for any nonprofit technology buyer.

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