Manassas Community Chorale Inc

A Measure of Excellence

aka Manassas Chorale & Greater Manassas Children's Choir   |   Manassas, VA   |  manassaschorale.org

Mission

The Manassas Chorale is dedicated to bringing the highest quality vocal music to our community as the official choral group in residence at the Hylton Performing Arts Center, as well as through performances at smaller venues throughout our area. Our mission is to: 1) Provide an opportunity for singers to maintain and to improve their musical skills and to enjoy singing. 2) Present for public entertainment and personal enrichment programs of high quality vocal music. 3) Promote greater appreciation and enjoyment of good music, both classical and modern, for Manassas and the greater Northern Virginia area.

Notes from the nonprofit

As part of our Five-Year Strategic Plan, the Manassas Chorale will assess and implement new policies as needed.

Ruling year info

1998

Artistic Director

Mrs. Rebecca Verner

Main address

PO Box 101

Manassas, VA 20108 USA

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EIN

54-1902871

NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Building a sense of community. Choral music brings people of all ages and backgrounds together, allowing citizens to enjoy a strong sense of well-being and community harmony. The Greater Manassas Children's Choir extends this joy of singing to the next generation.

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?

Concerts

We present four major concerts each season, in October, December, March, and May. Musical styles vary from sacred to secular, from traditional Americana to more culturally and ethnically diverse pieces, from classical masterworks to Broadway show tunes. In addition, we perform at various local venues throughout the year, including many events in Old Town Manassas, local retirement homes and assisted living facilities, and area churches, civic groups, and museums. The Chorale has been asked to perform at groundbreakings and dedications, receptions, and sporting events. We also perform every winter at the historic Bruton Parish Church in Colonial Williamsburg. In recent years, the Chorale has sung at the Washington National Cathedral and Constitution Hall in Washington DC, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York City, and two European tours, one to Germany and France to sing for American military families and at American World War II cemeteries and one to Ireland, Wales, and England to sing in world-famous cathedrals.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Since 1999, the Manassas Chorale has offered Voices United, an annual 2-day workshop and concert open to anyone in the community from high school age through retirement. Since music for Voices United is appropriate for church use, this community outreach is especially valuable to all church music directors and choir members. The workshop is led by a nationally known clinician/conductor/composer, which means Voices United provides an exceptional music education experience to the community. This year, 41 area churches and choral groups were represented. Three generations of one family were among the singers and several parent/daughter or son combinations spanned the generation gap. About 150 singers participate in this event each year.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Interfaith groups

Since 2007, the Chorale has sponsored more than 30 "Concerts with a Cause.” For these concerts, singers and audience members have donated needed items to charities including Youth for Tomorrow, SERVE, Haymarket Food Bank, BARN Transitional Housing, Prince William County Senior Center, Matthew’s Center for Visual Learning, Operation Homefront, and the Prince William Medical Center Pediatric Ward. "Concerts with a Cause” appeals to the hearts of audience members and has allowed the Chorale to give back to the community. Miller Toyota furnished new vehicles that were parked in front of the Hylton Performing Arts Center before performances in order to collect donations of food and supplies. In addition, the Chorale collects hotel-size toiletries at each rehearsal and delivers a steady supply of these much-needed items to SERVE.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Greater Manassas Children's Choir (GMCC) is an educational and performance opportunity for singers in grades 2-8 (with unchanged voices). GMCC is a richly diverse group of singers from a variety of backgrounds. Sponsored by the Manassas Chorale, singers are divided into younger and older groups and rehearse from September through May, with concerts in December and May. Directors and accompanists are professional musicians.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

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
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Concerts

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Formal ticketed concerts performed at the Hylton Performing Arts Center per year. During our 2020-2021 season, we aired two virtual concerts.

Total number of free performances given

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

Adults

Related Program

Concerts

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The Manassas Chorale and the 30-voice Chorale Ensemble perform for a number of community and civic events, especially those honoring our veterans, allowing more people to enjoy the Chorale at no cost.

Average dollar price for performance tickets

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

Adults

Related Program

Concerts

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Tickets are $25. Children under 18 are free with the purchase of an adult ticket. GMU students are always free. Virtual concerts are free.

Total number of off-site performances held

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

Adults

Related Program

Concerts

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The entire Manassas Chorale travels to Williamsburg, VA each December to perform a Candlelight Concert in the historic Bruton Parish Church.

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 Manassas Chorale, the official choral group in residence at the Hylton Performing Arts Center, brings a variety of quality music, both classical and contemporary, to Manassas and the surrounding area. The Chorale seeks “A Measure of Excellence” in each performance, challenging singers and instrumentalists to continually present concerts of the highest artistic quality.

The Manassas Chorale’s Five-Year Strategic Plan defines our focus and establishes specific, measurable goals to ensure continued success.

Regular review of our the Five-Year Strategic Plan is vital to the Manassas Chorale’s success, as well as an end-of-the-year review of all financial records. In addition, end-of-year surveys of the membership are used to evaluate goals and improve artistic quality.

The Manassas Chorale has completed 27 years of uninterrupted service by bringing quality music to the greater Manassas area, providing opportunities for singers to improve and maintain their musical skills, and supporting the arts in the community, as well as many local charities.

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Anyone interested in singing and improving vocal skills.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Suggestion box/email,

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

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    According to the Manassas Chorale End of Year Survey 2019, emails from the Artistic Director were the most effective means of communication with our membership. Emails are sent more frequently, often the day before a weekly evening rehearsal.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board,

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, 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?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Manassas Community Chorale Inc

Board of directors
as of 3/30/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Mark Dodge

retired high school physics teacher

Term: 2017 -

Mimi Menzies

Engility/TASC

Kathryn Moore

DC Clean Rivers Project

Robert Beecher

McManis & Monsalve Associates

Dennis Fargo

US Navy retired

Ken Shepherd

Miller Toyota

Veronica Donahue

Fairfax County Office for Children

Eileen Daniels

Prince William County Public Schools

Mark Dodge

Engineering Scientist

Becky Verner

Manassas Baptist Church

Allen Salsieder

Analyst

Julie Mahoney

Teacher

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? No
  • 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 02/25/2022

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
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/24/2021

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Data
  • 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 engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.