Arts, Culture, and Humanities

FLYING HOUSE PRODUCTIONS

aka Seattle Men's Chorus | Seattle Women's Chorus

Seattle, WA

Mission

Our Mission: Our voices transform society through innovative and entertaining programs that build community, illuminate the experiences of LGBTQ people and their allies, expand inclusion, and inspire justice.

Our Vision: A more harmonious world that celebrates the unique identities and talents of all people.

Ruling Year

1982

Executive Director

Mr. Steven F. Smith

Artistic Director

Mr. Paul Caldwell

Main Address

319 12TH Ave

Seattle, WA 98122 USA

Keywords

FHP, SMC, SWC, Flying House, Choruses

EIN

91-1183859

 Number

4823333781

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Singing Choral (A6B)

Performing Arts (A60)

Music (A68)

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Flying House Productions is the home of Seattle Men's Chorus and Seattle Women's Chorus. Our mission is to entertain, enlighten, unify and heal our audience and members, using the power of words and music to recognize the value of gay and straight people and their relationships.

Our choral performances are full-scale productions that combine the region’s leading professional talents with nationally-known guest artists to create events that expand the possibilities of choral performances and have enormous popular appeal.

We present a five-concert series each season mostly using Benaroya Hall, McCaw Hall, Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center, and Saint Mark’s Cathedral.

Collaborations with major guest artists from a variety of performance media have included jazz great Diane Schuur, Metropolitan Opera star Tatiana Troyanos, dancer/choreographer Mark Morris, recording artist Marni Nixon, Michael Feinstein, comedian Leslie Jordan, nationally acclaimed a cappella group Chanticleer, Grammy Award winners Bobby McFerrin and Natalie Cole, openly gay country music star Chely Wright, Tony Award-winning playwright and actor Harvey Fierstein, and 1993 Inaugural Poet Dr. Maya Angelou. Other talented performers include Megan Mullally, Kristin Chenoweth, Megan Hilty, Ana Gasteyer, Kathy Najimy, Megan Hilty, Vicci Martinez, and many more.

An active commissioning program has included premieres from some of the leading composers in the world, including Gian Carlo Menotti, John Corigliano, Ned Rorem, Alice Parker, William Hawley, David Conte, Samuel Adler, and David Diamond. In 2011, Seattle Men’s Chorus commissioned For a Look or a Touch, with music by Jake Heggie and libretto by Gene Scheer. Seattle Women’s Chorus recently commissioned a new show by Eric Lane Barnes portraying the lives of all “Rosie the Riveters” in our country, which was performed in February 2014.

Flying House Productions is home to two of the largest community choruses in America: Seattle Men’s Chorus, founded in 1979, which is also the largest gay men’s chorus in the world with over 350 singing members; and Seattle Women’s Chorus, which made its premiere on stage in 2002 and has quickly grown to over 300 singers. Each Chorus currently has a small ensemble of 9 to 11 members each (Captain Smartypants and Sensible Shoes), which further the mission of the organization by performing throughout the Pacific Northwest.

In addition to the 650 singing members, Flying House Productions has a base of over 50 volunteers and associate members who support both Choruses. A leading voice for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, FHP offers 30 outreach events and mainstage concert performances annually. Concerts, often including nationally-known guest artists along with our region’s professional talents, receive critical acclaim for their combination of high musical quality, wit, and celebration of people of all sexual orientations and identities. Over 30,000 people attend Flying House Production performances each year at Benaroya Hall, McCaw Hall, Cornish Playhouse at the Seattle Center, and Saint Mark’s Cathedral, with thousands more seeing each Chorus in other local performances throughout Washington every year.

Flying House Productions cannot be considered as simply a local arts organization. In addition to the high level of performances it produces, Flying House Productions is also a “voice for acceptance” in the community and across the nation.

Flying House Productions reaches beyond its subscription concerts with more than 30 benefit appearances across the State of Washington and the Pacific Northwest.

Each season both choruses along with our ensembles perform benefit performances to help raise funds for organizations that support our mission and vision. Benefits have included concerts for the Evergreen AIDS Foundation, PFLAG Chapters across the state of Washington and joint-concerts with smaller affiliated GALA choruses across the region.

We believe strongly that in order to be a good leader, you must first help those who may be less fortunate than us. Behind the voices of our members beats the heart of dedicated musicians eager to enhance the cultural lives of its audience, promote harmony and spread goodwill throughout the world.

Together with the Seattle Symphony, Seattle Men’s Chorus co-hosted the national Chorus America Conference in 1995 in Seattle. Seattle Men’s Chorus hosted a regional convention of Chorus America, the leading national service organization for choruses, in 1990. Artistic director Dennis Coleman served on the National Board of Chorus America for 7 years. Staff has conducted management workshops for community choruses from across the United States and Canada, covering such topics as administration, fundraising, marketing & public relations, ticket management, non-profit tax law, and volunteer management.

In 1993, Seattle Men’s Chorus and local PBS affiliate KCTS joined together for a second time to produce "Swellegant Elegance", a celebration of the music of popular American composer Cole Porter. This Emmy award-winning program was seen in 78 major markets across the country and viewed by an estimated 2.5 million people. Seattle Men’s Chorus’ 1990 Radio Craze telecast on KCTS generated the most pledges and had the second highest ratings of any locally produced show in their history. One out of every six households in Western Washington and British Columbia was tuned in to the broadcast.

Statewide tours are a standard feature of both Seattle Men’s Chorus and Seattle Women’s Chorus performance seasons and have included performances in cities such as Bellingham, Bremerton, Coupeville, Everett, Olympia, Spokane, Tacoma, and Walla Walla.

National tours have included performances in some of the nation’s most prestigious halls including New York’s Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Symphony Hall in Boston, Meyerson Symphony Hall in Dallas, Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, and Boettcher Hall in Denver. More recently, in the summer of 2012 both Choruses toured performed in Denver during the GALA Choruses Festival.

Seattle Men’s Chorus has also toured internationally. In August, 1998, SMC traveled to Europe, where they performed in Barcelona, at the Gay Games’ closing ceremony and two other concerts in Amsterdam, and in London. In March of 2003 SMC traveled to New Zealand and Australia, performing in Auckland, Melbourne, and Sydney, as well as marching in the 25th anniversary of Sydney’s internally renowned Gay Mardi Gras Parade. In June of 2014, SMC toured throughout Germany and participated in the Pride Festival in Berlin.

External Reviews

Affiliations & Memberships

Chorus America

American Choral Directors Association

Financials

FLYING HOUSE PRODUCTIONS

Fiscal year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

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Operations

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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

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Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Yes