San Diego Master Chorale

aka SD Master Chorale   |   San Diego, CA   |  https://www.sdmasterchorale.org

Mission

We connect all people to the joy of professional-caliber, live choral music, and enrich lives by sharing what we have in common--our voice.

Ruling year info

1975

Board President

Lawrence McIntosh

Music Director

Dr. John K. Russell DMA

Main address

7710 Hazard Center Dr, Suite E-223

San Diego, CA 92108-4552 USA

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Formerly known as

San Diego Symphonic Chorale

EIN

23-7451291

NTEE code info

Singing Choral (A6B)

Music (A68)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Emotional expression and a sense of belonging are central to human health. Access to high-quality choral music helps with both of these.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Major Partner Concerts

Our MAJOR PARTNER CONCERTS unite us with the region's premier performing arts organizations, such as the San Diego Symphony Orchestra and the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra, to serve as their choral arm in performances of great works of the choral repertoire.

On July 31, 2021 the Chorale sang Beethoven's 9th and selections from Mozart's Requiem during the Spreckel Organ Society's reopening celebration at its outdoor organ pavilion in Balboa Park. Plans for our 2021-2022 also include collaborations with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra and the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus, plus a performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Details of our 60th Anniversary Season will be posted on our website when available.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Our SELF-PRODUCED CONCERTS enable us to bring a diverse repertoire of choral music into San Diego County communities.

Plans for our 60th Anniversary Season in 2021-2022 include a program of favorite operatic and film choruses, a "Cathedral Classics" program of sacred music, and the world premier of a commissioned choral piece. More details will be available soon!

In the 2020-2021 season, we presented free Zoom Sings of Brahms' German Requiem in July and of Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna in August. These were followed by our Fall 2020 series of six video presentations of newly-recorded and legacy performances, prefaced by conversations with eminent contemporary composers, including Shawn Kirchner, Zanaida Robles, and Joel Thompson. In Spring 2021, we presented a virtual choir program entitled American Originals, a free video of our Fifth Annual High School Honor Choir event, an in-person performance at the Water Conservation Garden near Cuyamaca College (also available via video), and a Memorial Day concert video recorded on the U.S.S. Midway.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Our SMALLER GROUPS bring more intimate choral performances to a variety of venues and events - from the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, to private homes, to awards ceremonies such as the Salvation Army Women of Dedication event. These concerts showcase our singers' ability to perform a wide variety of musical genres, from liturgical to patriotic to popular.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Our ELEMENTARY SCHOOL OUTREACH PROGRAM brings our interactive, California Board of Education standards-based "History of Choral Music" program to 3rd- and 4th-grade students, at no charge. We focus on underserved communities.

We recently adapted this presentation to a distance learning environment.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Our SENIOR SING-ALONG OUTREACH PROGRAM once brought small groups of volunteer singers from the San Diego Master Chorale into San Diego County retirement homes, with special attention to memory care, assisted living, and skilled nursing facilities. This free service was particularly appreciated by the residents of small facilities with limited entertainment budgets.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
People with disabilities

At our annual HIGH SCHOOL HONOR CHOIR event, students from high schools county-wide are mentored through a day-long choral workshop with our Music Director, and engage on a professional level with San Diego Master Chorale singers in a concert for the community, free of charge. In our February 2020 program, 87 student participants from high schools throughout the San Diego County region performed alongside the full SD Master Chorale and the Palomar College Chamber Singers.

Our April 2021 workshop was a masked, socially distanced, outdoor event at the San Diego Presidio, with a free video recording made available to the public. 41 high school students representing all 5 San Diego County Supervisorial Districts joined 23 members of the Chorale for a rousing final performance. High school choirs represented: Academy of Our Lady of Peace (San Diego), Pacific Ridge School (Carlsbad), Poway HS, San Marcos HS, San Ysidro HS, Valley Center HS, and San Diego Children's Choir (whose participating students hailed from Canyon Crest Academy, La Jolla HS, Mt. Carmel HS, Pacific Ridge School, SD Adventist Academy, Scripps Ranch HS, Serra HS, Torrey Pines HS, Westview HS).

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Adults

Where we work

Number of favorable critic reviews/awards of art produced given by media or peers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

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Total number of classes offered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Elementary School Outreach Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In calendar 2019, we made 14 elementary classroom presentations, 6 high school classroom presentations, plus our full-day High School Honor Choir workshop, for a total of 21 classes.

Number of entities served by expertise

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Seniors

Related Program

Senior Sing-Along Outreach Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Number of retirement communities, senior centers, and skilled nursing/memory care facilities served by our "Senior Sing-Along" programs.

Total number of performances

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with intellectual disabilities, Seniors, Adolescents, Children, People with physical disabilities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Includes smaller outreach performances in addition to concerts.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Through the geographic diversity of our concert venues and outreach/inreach programs, the San Diego Master Chorale connects residents and tourists throughout our region to the joy of professional-caliber choral music. We strive to serve each district of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors and each council district of the City of San Diego with at least one activity per year. We place special emphasis on bringing choral music to underserved populations, such as seniors in assisted living and memory care facilities and children in Title 1 schools.

In addition to presenting professional-caliber concerts with respected partners (such as the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra, and La Jolla Symphony and Chorus), the San Diego Master Chorale's self-produced concerts and outreach programs have brought great choral compositions from all centuries, including our own, into San Diego County communities.

Widely recognized for its exciting, inspiring, and comforting performances, the SD Master Chorale is San Diego’s premier choral ensemble, showcasing more than 100 of the region’s finest singers. We value our longstanding relationships with the arts organizations with which we partner. The Chorale was founded in 1961, and today continues its artistic ascent under the leadership of Music Director John K. Russell, DMA. Our Board is committed to sound financial stewardship, and our very active volunteers enthusiastically support our diverse, innovative outreach programs.

A few highlights from our 2019-2020 season include:

* Rafael Payare asked the women of the SD Master Chorale to perform Mendelssohn's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" with the San Diego Symphony in October 2019, on the October 2019 weekend that immediately followed his inaugural performance as conductor. This invitation to accompany one of his debut performances speaks to Payare's confidence in the Chorale's artistic standards.

* In October 2019, the Chorale partnered with the San Diego State University Symphony to present African-American composer Joel Thompson's "Seven Last Words of the Unarmed" as part of the Arts Alive SDSU festival. The Chorale's Music Director, Dr. John K. Russell, participated in a pre-concert panel with the composer, along with professor Michael Gerdes of the SDSU School of Music and Dance and SDSU Africana Studies lecturer Bonnie Resnick.

* Our November 2019 "What a Wonderful World" concert featured about 70 San Marcos Unified Elementary School District VAPA students singing alongside the Chorale, before an audience of 133 adults and approximately 50 children. This concert featured alto soloist Steph Johnson, the co-founder of the Voices of Our City Choir (a secular chorus of our San Diego neighbors experiencing homelessness).

* On February 29, 2020, 87 talented young singers from across the county enjoyed a full-day workshop with our Music Director, Dr. John K. Russell. They then sang onstage with the San Diego Master Chorale and Palomar College's Chamber Choir, at a Mission Valley concert that was free to the public. Approximately 250 people attended.

* In the final two weeks of December 2019, the Chorale completed six presentations of the "Noel Noel" production in Copley Symphony Hall, in collaboration with the San Diego Symphony and the San Diego Children's Choir. Approximately 14,000 people attended.

* In February 2020 our Senior Sing-Along group provided entertainment for an audience of 36 at the monthly dinner of the Bankers Hill Club (D3), which organizes social gatherings for adults with physical disabilities.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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San Diego Master Chorale

Board of directors
as of 8/17/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Lawrence McIntosh

Retired CEO, Marketing Executive

Term: 2020 - 2022

Dr. Pamela Wong

Quest Diagnostics

Julie Sih

Community Volunteer

Lawrence McIntosh

Best Brands Consulting

Kevin Psolka-Green

San Diego Unified School District

Jeff Wallin

Retired U.S. Navy & Naval Reserve

Dr. Stephen Coggeshall

University of Southern California and University of California at San Diego

Julie Ames

Biocom

Cynthia Burnham

Leadership Consultant

Julia Falkowski

Intuit

Heather Seid

Camp James, Newport Beach

Rolando Gutierrez

Retired CEO and Chief Engineer

Naomi Smentkowski

Small Business Owner

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 ? No
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 08/17/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/14/2021

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
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.