EVERGREEN CHORALE INC dba Ovation West Performing Arts

Ovation West Performing Arts: A Name With Room For All

aka Ovation West Performing Arts   |   Evergreen, CO   |  www.ovationwest.org

Mission

The Mission of the Evergreen Chorale, now doing business as Ovation West Performing Arts, is to teach, create, and perform outstanding music and musical theater and to provide a high quality performing arts venue.

Notes from the nonprofit

Ovation West Performing Arts continues to strive to enrich and serve the residents of the foothills and Denver Metro Area through our wide variety of programs and services. As we go into our 50th season we look forward to welcoming the everyone back to our historic theater nestled in the pines and venturing into an exciting line up of concerts, shows and educational opportunities.

Ruling year info

1975

Managing Director

Ms. Christine Emery

Artistic and Principal Musical Director

Christine Gaudreau

Main address

PO Box 2103

Evergreen, CO 80437 USA

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EIN

51-0152778

NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

Youth Centers, Clubs, (includes Boys/Girls Clubs)- Multipurpose (O20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Evergreen Chorale, now dba as Ovation West Performing Arts, serves the community by providing diverse opportunities for people of all ages, gender identity and race to experience and participate in the performing arts and music education. In each of our program areas, we continually strive for excellence and endeavor to involve people of all backgrounds and abilities. The organization is committed to providing an open and affirming environment and as well as eliminating economic barriers to participation. We believe that bringing people together to experience music and musical theatre performances in an intimate setting enables them to connect in a unique way which builds community.

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?

Evergreen Chorale

The Evergreen Chorale is a multi-generational ensemble of singers ages 15-85 led by Artistic and Principal Musical Director Christine Gaudreau. This well-respected community choir attracts singers from the mountain community and beyond; we have singers from Arvada, Lafayette, Denver, and even as far as Silver Plume who drive to Evergreen for weekly rehearsals. Our goal is to challenge and encourage artistic growth among our singers and to engage audiences with unique concert experiences and innovative collaborations with groups throughout the Denver metro area.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adolescents

Musical Theatre Series: The EC produces two fully staged musicals at our historic Evergreen performing arts venue, Center Stage, every season. These productions engage a diverse selection of more than 60 actors, musicians, directors, and designers for each production, and are warmly and enthusiastically received by our ever-growing cadre of music theatre lovers. We are committed to present shows to suit a range of tastes.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adolescents

Summer Music Camp: Every June, the EC’s Summer Music Camp (SMC) offers more than 100 kids ages 5-18 instruction in singing, acting, dancing, and stagecraft. EC offers scholarships to eliminate financial barriers for those in need of assistance.

Our goal in providing SMC is to create a broad foundation of experience in musical theatre among youth in Evergreen and the foothills. This program provides a continued, comprehensive education and summertime enrichment for the kids who participate, many of whom go on to perform in their school musicals, audition for the Chorale’s musicals and choir, and study performing arts in college.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adolescents

Ovation West Performing Arts' Shining Stars Concert Series presents 3-4 concerts each season. We bring unique, high-quality performers to our audiences in an intimate setting. Award-winning musicians such as Katie Glassman (nationally-recognized fiddle champion), the Irish band Colcannon, and jazz musician Patrick Lee are among recent featured artists.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families

Altezza Chamber Choir is a chorale of 24 select voices drawn from the membership of the Evergreen Chorale, which performs several concerts annually, including as featured performers at the Evergreen Music Festival on July 4th, as well as performances with the Evergreen Chamber Orchestra and Thomas Dance Project.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Artists and performers

Center Stage is a performing arts center and visual arts gallery which is owned and operated by the Evergreen Chorale (dba Ovation West Performing Arts). This historic structure was built in 1924 and has been upgraded over the years. The theater now seats 160 patrons and the lobby serves as a visual arts gallery. Local artists exhibit their work through a partnership with Center for the Arts Evergreen, and performances are presented throughout the year by Ovation West Performing Arts (musical theatre, Summer Music Camp, and Shining Stars Concert Series) as well as the Evergreen Players, Evergreen Children's Chorale, Mountain Youth Musicals, and others.

Population(s) Served
Families
Artists and performers

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of performances

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We are listing the number of performances produced by Ovation West during each fiscal year (July thru June). This includes all of our program areas. 2020 and COVID limited performances opportunities.

Total number of free seats filled for performances

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

This metric reflects free tickets for all events in a given fiscal year (July 1-June 30). In 202 COVID-19 forces a pivot to virtual programing and a reduced audience.

Total number of paid seats filled for performances

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This metric tracks the number of paid patrons for all events in a given fiscal year. "2016" represents our programming from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017 and follows that pattern throughout.

Total number of off-site performances held

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

This tracks events not held at Center Stage, and includes Evergreen Chorale concerts, visits to elder-care facilities for free performances, and other concerts. 2020 was COVID with very few.

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

When computing volunteer hours we calculate by FY and include members of musical theatre productions, plus those who help with music library, front of house, marketing and board. In 2019/20 COVID hit.

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This includes choir singers, cast members (our cast members are unpaid), plus volunteers for front of house, marketing, music library, and special events.

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.

The mission of the Evergreen Chorale dba Ovation West Performing Arts is to teach, create, and perform outstanding music and musical theatre and to provide a high quality performing arts venue.

The Evergreen Chorale's board recognized that the organization had expanded since its founding in 1972, and needed a new name that would represent our work more effectively. In July 2018, we rebranded as Ovation West Performing Arts, an umbrella name over six major service areas:

Evergreen Chorale – one of Colorado's premier community choirs, continually pursuing artistically invigorating collaborations

Center Stage – a historic performing arts venue, visual art gallery, and community gathering place

Ovation West Musical Theatre – producer of high-quality musical theatre at Center Stage

Altezza Chamber Choir - select voices of the Evergreen Chorale collaborating with the Evergreen Chamber Orchestra, the Thomas Dance Project, and others

Summer Music Camp – musical theatre education for youth at Center Stage, serving 100 young performers for two weeks each June

Shining Stars Concert Series – unique musical offerings presented at Center Stage.

Through the range of programs offered by each of these arms of our organization, we aim to provide people of all ages and backgrounds with opportunities to experience an array of high-quality music and musical theatre performances which will enable them to forge new connections in the community.

Through the outreach and programs in our six service areas, we actively work to achieve our mission by:

1. Providing opportunities in choral music and musical theatre for performers of all ages from Evergreen, the Denver and Front Range area
2. Working to increase the level of excellence of our performances to challenge and enrich performers and audience members
3. Making the performing arts available and affordable through accessible ticket prices, scholarships, free and reduced-price performances;
4. Seeking new audiences by increasing the diversity and availability of our programming through in-person and online events
5. Maintaining Center Stage as a community performing arts, education and visual center

Ovation West is a vibrant performing arts organization and community partner that does the following:
1. Produces a broad range of programming which engages performers and patrons of all ages and interests
2. Works to engage and develop the the love of music and the performing arts in youth through our choir, education and musical theater programs
3. Challenges performers to improve their skills by providing opportunities for music education by working with accomplished professionals for staff positions to conduct workshops, direct ambitious repertoire of shows as well as concert pieces
4. Eliminates financial barriers to participation by offering scholarships for Summer Music Camp and choir participants, free and discounted admission to performances, subsidizes babysitting for performers and teachers; drastically lowered facility rental fees during COVID-19 to support the community organizations that utilize the theater space for storage and rehearsals within county guidelines
5. Promotes auditions and performances throughout the Denver area and holds performances in Denver and Golden to develop a more geographically diverse base of participants and patrons
6. Maintains and improves historic Center Stage for the benefit of the community and all the groups which hold classes, perform, rehearse and show art work there.
7. Employs a dedicated professional staff, elects a board of directors, and engages volunteers through committees as well as working with a "Business Advisory Council" composed of 4-8 business leaders from the mountain community and Denver to provide additional guidance to help the organization expand its outreach into new areas of the community.

Ovation West Performing Arts has built on the Evergreen Chorale's long history and strength as a community organization committed to musical excellence. In recent years we have been recognized by various media outlets and professional organizations, such as The Denver Post, 5280, BroadwayWorld Denver (8 awards in 2016 and 5 in 2017), and the Henry Awards (nominated in 2018). Our reputation as a producer of high-quality musical theatre continues to expand and draw in new talent in terms of performers and directors.

Re: Expanding impact on the next generation of performers:
Our artistic director actively recruits high school and college students to join the choir, and this season we have 8 interns singing virtually or in-person with the Chorale. We encourage young people to participate in our musicals when appropriate. Twelve young people were involved in our fall 2018 production of “Funny Girl”. Summer Music Camp offers aspiring performers ages 5- 18 the opportunity to hone their singing, acting and stagecraft skills. Camp enrollment in 2018 increased by 64% over the previous year to 121 participants, and in 2020 we were able to offer a skills based individual learning program during the pandemic in keeping with all health and safety protocols.

Re: Center Stage:
In addition to Ovation West, the Evergreen Players, Evergreen Children's Chorale, Mountain Youth Musicals and Evergreen School of Ballet, Evergreen School of Music all consider Center Stage their performance home. Our lobby is a satellite gallery for the artists of Center for the Arts Evergreen. A parent-child music education class and Spanish language class for adults meet weekly in the lobby. We are strongly committed to improving the facility. Since 1990, we have invested over $1.3 million in the property, transforming a rustic summer pavilion into a comfortable theater. This year this treasured place of learning, performance and art will be acknowledged by the Jefferson County Historic Commission as a Landmark.

Ovation West strives for excellence in all we do. By presenting a wide-ranging repertoire, we challenge our performers and patrons to find new connections to the community through the performing arts. We hope that expanding the visibility of our programs and services will increase our ability to develop new artistic partnerships, attract new funding and reach diverse sectors of the community.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, 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

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback

Financials

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Operations

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EVERGREEN CHORALE INC dba Ovation West Performing Arts

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Shelley Krane


Board co-chair

Frank Plaut

Kim Gan

Ann Moore

Michelle O'Laughlin

Christine Gaudreau

Susan Kramer

Richard Scudder

Alan Rubin

Frank Plaut

Shelley Krane

Kris Waggoner

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 ? 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/29/2021

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
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/29/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.