RACKHAM SYMPHONY CHOIR

aka Rackham Choir   |   Grosse Pointe, MI   |  www.rackhamchoir.org

Mission

Rackham Choir’s mission is to bring the joy, excitement, and power of choral music to audiences and singers across the region. We strive to show artistic leadership by presenting innovative music of diverse cultures, styles and periods. Musical talent and contribution to the community is promoted through our music presentations, educational programs, and community outreach efforts.

Ruling year info

1983

Artistic Director

Dr. Brandon Waddles

President and Managing Board Member

Ms. Emily Eichenhorn

Main address

PO Box 36788

Grosse Pointe, MI 48236 USA

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EIN

38-2377490

NTEE code info

Singing Choral (A6B)

Music (A68)

Film, Video (A31)

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Programs and results

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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?

Too Hot to Handel-The Jazz Gospel Messiah

Since 2001, Rackham Choir has been presenting this audience-favorite annual celebration combining decidedly Detroit-inspired styles of jazz and gospel with blues, swing, classical and scat. This electrifying event features such well-known performers as Alvin Waddles, Alfreda Burke and Rodrick Dixon, and Karen-Marie Richardson to the stage in Detroit and sometimes other cities. Each year we also hold a special student day open dress rehearsal, welcoming thousands of school children from across the city and region to experience the power of music and live performance.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Adults
Adolescents
Children
Economically disadvantaged people

Recognizing our responsibility to take an active role in creating inclusive access to classical music education and performance for students from all social backgrounds, we created the Rackham Choir High School Vocal Internship Program in 2009. The program provides several high school students with demonstrated vocal talent and expressed interest in studying music after high school graduation with a unique learning opportunity during their formative years of musical growth. In addition to offering the support of Rackham Choir members in a vibrant and diverse choir community, the Rackham Choir High School Vocal Internship Program provides students:
-A scholarship to partially fund private professional vocal instruction with an
approved instructor.
-A no-cost full membership in Rackham Choir for their internship season.
-Rehearsal and performance training under Suzanne Mallare Acton, Rackham Choir’s Former Artistic and Music Director and Assistant Music Director and Chorus Master of Michigan Opera Theatre.
-Coaching in vocal literature with Ms. Acton and collaborative pianist Joseph Jackson in preparation for college auditions and master classes.
-Performance opportunities with professional vocalists and professional orchestras, including one choral performance at the Detroit Opera House.
-The opportunity to participate in master classes with professional artists serving as clinicians.
-Featured solo opportunities in a spring concert showcasing the Rackham Choir High School Vocal Interns.
-Mentorship by adult members of the Rackham Choir.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Young adults
Low-income people

This new student outreach program designed specifically for remote delivery during Black History Month explores the African American experience through the lens of the various genres included in Too Hot To Handel and the perspective of some of the principal performers, who discussed their personal experiences as POC in the classical music world.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Ethnic and racial groups
Children and youth

Where we work

Awards

Winner, Governor's Award for the Arts and Culture 2008

State of Michigan

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve both singers and audience/community members, including students and teachers who participate in our educational outreach programming.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We surveyed our singers early in the lockdown to gain better understanding of how our organization could serve them even though we couldn't meet to sing as a group in person. Their answers led us to develop a series of remote access meetings that moved away from preparation of in-person concerts and instead focused on vocal health and music theory, and promoted continued use of voice despite our inability to sing collectively. We also actively involved our constituent singers in our search for a new artistic director, using surveys and conversations to gauge what they wanted in an artistic leader.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our board,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Our constituent singers actively participated in surveys and feedback sessions during our search for a new artistic director, directly informing the decisions made by the search committee. Solicitation of participation by the singers in this area and others has led directly to having singers nominate themselves for the board and to engage in various committee work.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is hard to come up with good questions to ask people,

Financials

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RACKHAM SYMPHONY CHOIR

Board of directors
as of 6/14/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Emily Eichenhorn

None

Term: 2018 - 2023

Anna Giammarco

Studio H2G

Beth Adams

retired

Luz Corrigan

IAC Group

Simone Bonino

Altair Corp

Stephanie Miltimore

Business Owner

Victoria Bigelow

University of Michigan

Gregory Ashe

Oakland University

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 ? Not applicable
  • 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 06/03/2021

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
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Male

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, 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: 06/03/2021

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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.