Slavyanka Chorus Inc

aka Slavyanka   |   San Francisco, CA   |  http://www.slavyankachorus.org

Mission

Our Vision Slavyanka is an a cappella choir based in San Francisco, CA. It consists of a men's choir, a women's choir and a mixed choir. Its vision is to sustain Slavyanka as an enduring musical enterprise excelling in the highest standards of choral singing. Our Mission • Perform music from the varied choral traditions of Russia and Eastern Europe and America. • Understand and share the cultural history behind these traditions, and • Contribute to international and intercultural understanding between East and West through the special language of a cappella choral music.

Ruling year info

1984

President

Mr. Paul Andrews

Artistic Director and Conductor

Irina Shachneva

Main address

1592 Union Street Suite 417

San Francisco, CA 94123 USA

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Formerly known as

Slavyanka Men's Russian Chorus

Slavyanka Russian Chorus

EIN

94-2886637

NTEE code info

Performing Arts (A60)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

Single Organization Support (Q11)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Russia's extraordinary 1000 year old choral tradition is virtually unknown in America, and with few exceptions, almost entirely unheard by American audiences. The large Russian and Eastern European immigrant community in the Bay Area longs for the songs of their heritage and culture. There is a need for greater cultural awareness and understanding between our communities.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Concerts

Slavyanka is an a cappella choir based in San Francisco, CA. It consists of a men's choir, a women's choir and a mixed choir. Its vision is to sustain Slavyanka as an enduring musical enterprise excelling in the highest standards of choral singing.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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.

Average number of dollars received per donor

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People of Central Asian descent, People of European descent, Orthodox Christians, Jewish people, Adults

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Individual and corporate donations, not grants or member dues

Number of new donors

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Population(s) Served

Adults, Christians, Jewish people

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of donor-advised funds

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Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total Contributed Income

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Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We intend to bring that rich and extensive repertoire in all its diversity to American audiences, and to increase its performance by other choirs. We also intend to use that music as a bridge to create deeper cross-cultural understanding and appreciation between the peoples of Russia and the United States.

Our key strategies are as follows:

Concerts. As one of the very few choirs in America to focus on this extraordinary and compelling repertoire, we give concerts to a wide variety of audiences, primarily in the San Francisco Bay Area, but also with concert tours domestically and internationally. At these concerts, we make special efforts not only to provide translations of the texts, but to use each piece as a window into Russian culture and Russian life for our audience.

Recordings. We have produced 11 recordings which we distribute at our concerts and also through conventional music distribution channels.

Tours. The chorus has toured five times to Russia and Eastern Europe, each time performing to highly enthusiastic Russian and Easter European audiences. These tours generate major publicity in Russia - including such publicity as a major story in Pravda and a stint on Russia's equivalent of Good Morning America - reaching tens of millions of people all over Russia, more than a few of whom wrote to us saying how much it meant to them to see Americans singing the deep music of their country.

Special events. The Chorus has sponsored and executed a number of special choral events. These have included two international festivals of Russian choral music involving extensive collaboration with orchestras, eight different choral ensembles, and soloists from the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The Chorus also sponsored a musical tribute to the Alexandrov Ensemble, a well known Russian choir decimated by an airline crash in the Black Sea in 2016. Over 800 people attended this concert, and the video of this concert was widely circulated in Russia and deeply appreciated by viewers there.

Cross cultural events. The Chorus has for many years performed as a special and key guest at the Fort Ross Living History Day. Fort Ross, the site of a Russian colony in early 19th century California, is still preserved as a State Park, and every summer plays host to some 15,000 people who come to reenact life in that settlement some 200 years ago. The Chorus is also a yearly presence at San Francisco's Russian Festival, an annual celebration focused on preserving the best of Russian culture for the next generation.

Lectures, articles, etc. Various leaders of Slavyanka have given talks about Russian music and related themes to university groups, schools, all manner of civic groups and mass media. We are also regularly asked to write program notes for other choirs performing music from the Russian choral repertoire.

Sharing music with other choirs. We have helped other choirs prepare Russian choral repertoire for performance by coaching their singers and directors on language, performance practices, cultural background, and occasionally by sharing the podium.

We have a paid Artistic Director who trained as a choral conductor and singer in one of Russia's finest conservatories. We also have an assistant conductor who has been a music professional teacher, singer and conductor all her life, and who has special skills as voice teacher.

We have a volunteer Board of Directors who meet each month, working in partnership with the Artistic Director to oversee the affairs of the Chorus. The Board has committees to delegate significant portions of its work – ongoing Fundraising and Music Committees, and other committees from time to time as the need arises.

We have had 501c3 nonprofit status since 1984.

We have a large network of supporters and musical colleagues developed over the forty years of our choir who offer many forms of support to the organization.

We have a body of singers who continue to grow in vocal ability, correct pronunciation, and familiarity with Russian repertoire. It's a significant testament to their commitment that our tours abroad have been largely self-funded.

We have excellent relations and a stellar reputation with the very diverse Russian community in the Bay Area and in other parts of the country.

We have developed a very good relations with key leaders at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow and with a number of other musical leaders in Russia. We regularly work with them in planning our concerts and repertoire.

We now have a large body of repertoire that represents the full range of this 1000 year old musical tradition.

As one of the very few American choirs devoted to this repertoire, we have developed an international reputation out of proportion to our size and our budget.

Musical Accomplishments
As noted above, musically we have given hundreds of concerts over our 42 year history, produced 11 CD's, and toured five times to Russia and Eastern Europe, singing in Russia's finest and most prestigious concert halls. One of our tours was actually the subject of a lengthy feature article in the bulletin of the International Federation of Choral Music, focusing on the power of music to bring peoples from different cultures together.

The Chorus has performed the American and West Coast premieres of a dozen or more Russian choral pieces. The Chorus has also twice been invited to perform at the highly competitive Western Regional Convention of the American Choral Directors Association, where it received a standing ovation from 500 choral directors.

In 2016, the Chorus had the great honor of being the only American choir invited to come to Russia and participate in the celebrations honoring the 150th anniversary of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Russia's premier and most highly regarded musical institution.

We have sold many of our recordings, further expanding our audience. One of these recordings alone, produced by Harmonia Mundi (one of the most highly regarded labels in the world, has been distributed world wide and has sold over 50,000 copies.

Cross Cultural Accomplishments
From its earliest days in the latter part of the Cold War, Slavyanka has been part of a larger movement for cross cultural understanding. At the San Francisco Mayor's request, Slavyanka participated in efforts to create a San Francisco Leningrad Sister City relationship and we performed for President Mikhail Gorbachev during his visit to San Francisco in 1990. Slavyanka helped to arrange the visit to San Francisco of the Pakrovsky Ensemble, one of Russia's most widely celebrated choral ensembles, and participated in joint performances with them. Slavyanka also sponsored and arranged the visit to San Francisco of the Vladimir Chamber Choir and has been host to other smaller Russian choirs and ensembles as well.

What’s Next
During the current COVID pandemic, we have continued to rehearse online and musically prepare the chorus for our next concert series – a concert which will introduce our American audience to the songs that were popular and beloved to the postwar generation in Russia. We are also beginning to plan for another concert series devoted to composers who in the twentieth century wrote music of great spiritual depth at a time when overtly religious composition was difficult if not impossible. On the cross-cultural side of our mission, we believe that even as our governments continue to be at odds, it’s all the more important to keep alive the kind of people to people connections that music can help sustain. San Francisco has in the past been an epicenter for that kind of cross cultural work in the past, and we intend to be part of continuing that tradition.

How we listen

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

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person),

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

    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,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our board,

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is hard to come up with good questions to ask people, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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Slavyanka Chorus Inc

Board of directors
as of 10/7/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Paul Andrews

Slavyanka Chorus, Inc.

Term: 2011 -

Tom Warrington

Katherine Gundling

Ron Cohen

Anna Danich

Ken Mitchell

Bettina Gray

Paul Andrews

Board leadership practices

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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 ? 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/7/2021,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/09/2021

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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 have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • 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.