Slavyanka Chorus Inc
Slavyanka Chorus Inc
The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.
Mr. Paul Andrews
In 1978, following the YRC’s twenty-fifth anniversary concert in Carnegie Hall, alumni John McCarthy, Paul Andrews, and Peter Gleick volunteered to help the YRC set up concerts in the San Francisco Bay Area for the following March. At those performances, they invited men interested in singing such music to an organizational meeting at St. Ignatius Church. Saint Ignatius’ musical director John Klobucar offered rehearsal space in exchange for an annual performance and encouraged Paul to try his hand at directing. A friend of John Klobucar, Blair Dean, suggested the name “Slavyanka,” the name that nineteenth century Russian explorers gave to what Californians now know as the Russian River. Slavyanka began rehearsing weekly, with a group of about fifteen men. Our first “public performance” came in July 1979, at a marriage celebration for charter member David Chaika and his wife Betty Lou.
Artistic Director and Conductor
Irina Shachneva, Artistic Director. For over 25 years, Irina has enlightened the world as a musician, director, and teacher. Since 2012, she has been the Artistic Director of the Slavyanka Russian Chorus. An alumna of the Glinka (Gorky) State Conservatory of Nizhnij Novgorod and the Penza Music School, Irina studied with professor E. Garkunov and pedagogue L. Osipova. Upon completing her studies, she was invited to serve as choirmaster and teacher in the famous Dubna children's choir studio. Within three years, she organized and led her own choir studio, Rhapsody, based out of Public School No. 6 in Dubna. Within a year of its founding, Rhapsody earned its first tour, performing in Poland and Bulgaria under Irina's direction. It was one of the first institutions to earn the status of Municipal Choral School and has continued to grow into one of the Outer Muscovy region's most prestigious choral schools.
Slavyanka Chorus IncOfficers, directors, trustees, and key employees
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Slavyanka Chorus IncBoard of directors
as of 08/12/2023
Board of directors data
Mr. Paul Andrews
Slavyanka Chorus, Inc.
Term: 2011 - 2026
Board leadership practices
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Board orientation and educationDoes 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 oversightHas the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
Ethics and transparencyHave the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
Board compositionDoes the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
Board performanceHas the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No
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Race & ethnicity
Equity strategiesLast updated: 02/09/2021
- 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.
- 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.