Fort Worth Chorale of Schola Cantorum

aka Schola Cantorum of Texas Inc   |   Fort Worth, TX   |  www.fortworthchorale.org

Mission

The mission of the Fort Worth Chorale, one of Texas' foremost civic choruses, is to excite, engage, and inspire diverse audiences and to change lives through the artistry of singing.

Ruling year info

1975

Board President

Ms. Rebecca Krzystiniak

Main address

1475 Handley Dr # 8235

Fort Worth, TX 76124 USA

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EIN

75-1465378

NTEE code info

Singing Choral (A6B)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

A. There is need for a great choir to represent a great city in performances of high artistic caliber;
  B. There is need for a standard bearer with which amateur choral musicians may perform;
  C. There is need for a laboratory for choral directors to study technique and artistry under the tutelage of a master teacher;
  D. There is need for exploration of great ideas in an artistic forum that allows for communication between segments across society.

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?

2021-2022 Concert Season

The Fort Worth Chorale makes its joyous return this fall with a full season of powerful and uplifting concerts. Our 59th season is a musical celebration of our ability to find hope in our journey through life, to rise to challenges from within, and discover joy in being together and remembering our blessings. From Ola Gjeilo’s affecting Dark Night of the Soul to the comfort of familiar carols at Christmas, to Maurice Duruflé’s luminous Requiem, our season of music is sure to bring comfort, inspiration, and delight.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

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.

Our mission is to excite, engage and inspire diverse audiences; to change lives through the artistry of singing. We seek to implement this mission by continuing a high standard of choral excellence, performing for larger, more diverse audiences, inspiring and building the local choral community, expanding our repertoire, broadening our donor base, and ensuring the organizational infrastructure is in place to meet these goals

We are committed to the following actions that support our mission:
A. Keeping a high caliber Artistic Director/Conductor who challenges and inspires the choir, and who draws strong professional and amateur singers wanting to improve their musical abilities;

B. Researching ways to meet/rehearse virtually while we’re unable to meet in person; implementing the needed protocols, once identified by experts, that will allow us to safely return to live rehearsals and concerts;

C. Seeking new Board members that reflect diverse backgrounds, while retaining seasoned members;

D. Expanding the use of technologies that help us stay relevant and virtually connected to our organization and audience;

E. Managing marketing reach and costs by using multiple social media platforms;

F. Utilizing other community groups, such as the Communities Foundation of Texas/North Texas Giving Day and the North Texas Community Foundation, to support the growth of our fundraising and general fund;

G. Contracting with external experts to audit/ensure the accuracy of our financial processes/results;

H. Exploring new ways and partners (the Fort Worth Arts Council, as an example) that will help increase our visibility in the local community;

I. Continuing to participate in the SMU Data Arts Surveys that helps us better analyze, for example, financials, concert attendance, and the impact of marketing efforts.

J. Contracting with current choral composers in an effort to support and celebrate the work living music creators bring to our community and the world. The FWC is excited about premiering new music in the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 seasons.

K. Planning for the commissioning and release of new music, composed specifically for historically-underserved singers/schools who have limited or no means to purchase new choral music, in our 2022-2023 season. Work is underway to attract and secure composers and funding for this “Schola Cantorum Project”.

In different ways, members of our organization at all levels are unified around these key strategies.

The organizational capabilities of the FWC include:
A. Seasoned and respected artist staff;

B. Singer base that is comprised of professionals in musical and non-musical jobs, and whose overall age has grown younger in recent years;

C. Office Manager who handles administrative activities and oversees process/procedural tasks to ensure operational efficiency;

D. Board of Directors whose volunteer members have varied cultural backgrounds and experiences in corporate project management, marketing and communications, legal services, financial services, music education/composition, and on other nonprofit boards;

E. Enduring relationships with patrons/donors, some who have supported the choir throughout its history;

F. Stable budget and an endowment fund that helps secure the financial future of the choir.

This collection of organizational strengths provides the foundation for our nonprofit.

A. The employment and onboarding of an Office Manager this past year. Volunteers remain involved to help reduce operational costs.

B. An upgraded version of our website was launched in May, 2021. The redesigned site now includes a “News + Notes” blog, which helps the FWC build more personal connections to our audience and community.

C. The execution of our marketing/fundraising plan for North Texas Giving Day in September has already begun. The campaign will include email blasts, social media posts, videos created by our singers/staff, and the creation of individual "FUNdraising" pages on the NTGD website that can be shared by singers on Facebook or via email.

D. In recognition of an aging audience, we have taken steps - such as utilizing different venues and inviting local high school choirs to sing at our concerts - that have begun to attract younger and more culturally diverse audiences.

As we look forward to our 60th Anniversary season in 2022-2023, we remain grateful for the increase in our donor base and patrons. Their on-going support keeps us energized and enthusiastic about singing together again in 2021-2022 and beyond!

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?

    Audiences In the 2019-2020 season, we solicited input via an "audience survey". The survey (paper and electronic options) included a request for comments/suggestions, and collected information regarding which part of the concert they enjoyed the most and how likely they would recommend the FWC to others.

  • 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    The information gathered from the audience survey helps with the planning of concert logistics.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

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

    The survey was taken just before our 2019-2020 season was suspended due to COVID-19.

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

    We act on the feedback we receive,

  • 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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Fort Worth Chorale of Schola Cantorum

Board of directors
as of 7/19/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Becca Krzystiniak

Carol Pyle

Trebleshooters, Inc.

Kay Phillips

Ron Berggren

Pier 1, Inc.

Kay Green

Duncan McMacMahan

Karla Martin

Reginal Wright

choir director/composer

Carlos Saenz

choir director

Cheri Jordan

Emie Stewart

Cynthia Acebo

sound engineer

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? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 07/19/2021

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
Female
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability