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CONGRESSIONAL CHORUS

American Music for All Ages

Washington, DC   |  www.congressionalchorus.org

Mission

The mission of Congressional Chorus is to foster and communicate the spirit, diversity, and transformative power of American music while advancing choral excellence, community outreach, and affordable music education for all in the DC Metro area. To view one of our virtual YouTube concerts please go to https://youtu.be/j6YPKX44SHc

Ruling year info

1994

Executive Director

Michelle Heslin

Artistic Director

Allan Laiño

Main address

1127 5th St., NW Unit B

Washington, DC 20001 USA

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EIN

54-1534910

NTEE code info

Singing Choral (A6B)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS filing requirement

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

American Youth Chorus

Providing children from the DC metro area, ages 8 through 14, with the opportunity to obtain a solid choral education and the opportunity to sing in community venues as well as on professional stages such as The Kennedy Center for The Performing Arts and The Atlas Performing Arts Center.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Congressional Chorus (CC), a multi-generational family of choruses that includes the American Youth Chorus (AYC) and the NorthEast Senior Singers (NESS), reflects the diversity of our Nation's Capital; champions American music; promotes the choral arts through artistic excellence, innovative performances and active community engagement; and provide affordable music education and performance opportunities to aspiring singers ages 8-95 from all social and economic backgrounds.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The NorthEast Senior Singers (NESS) is one of the only programs in the District that provides musical opportunities specifically for the elderly with a focus on providing older residents with performance-centered experiences alongside a community of younger singers. NESS singers perform three concerts each season, including a joint concert with the Congressional Chorus 80-voice choir and Chamber Ensemble each spring.

NESS has been featured in a PBS documentary about "Arts and Aging," and stands as an example of how music can foster creative vitality in senior citizens. Studies have shown that singing can have many health benefits for seniors, including strengthened memory, enhanced, healing, improved immune system, expanded lung capacity, increased cognition, and more.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Our goal is a season that is safe, accessible and engaging for everyone, including the Chorus' singers, collaborators, and concert patrons. At the same time, we will remain committed to producing music and concerts that bring people together and that can be shared in a variety of ways, including virtual formats and, when appropriate and safe, in-person concerts. Weekly rehearsals will provide opportunities to sing, provide music education, and important social interactions. The Chorus' Northeastern Senior Singers will perform two independent concerts and participate in two Congressional Chorus concerts. These concerts will be shared via the Chorus’ YouTube channel providing NESS members tangible accomplishments that can be shared with friends, family members, and the DC Metro area communities.

Financials

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CONGRESSIONAL CHORUS

Board of directors
as of 02/24/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Cary Gibson

None

Term: 2020 - 2023


Board co-chair

Daniel Gordon

Sarah Bruno

Jahnissi Tirado

R. Greg Michaels

Dawna Steelman

Fritz Olbricht

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/17/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian/Asian American
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/17/2023

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Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.