Choral Consortium of San Diego

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Choral Consortium of San Diego

EIN: 35-2489649


Our mission is to unite, support, and promote the vibrant choral community of the San Diego/Tijuana region through collaboration, inclusion, and performance.

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Executive Director

Carol Manifold

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Subject area info

Arts services

Vocal music

Population served info


NTEE code info

Arts Service Activities/Organizations (A90)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.


Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Choral singing has been shown by numerous studies to benefit cognitive, physical, and social function of individuals, and choral singers participate in their communities as volunteers and voters to a higher degree than the general public. One in six people in the U.S. sing in a choir. Despite these compelling facts, the general public in our region is unaware of the availability of a large number of choirs where they could sing. In addition, choirs are competing with many other options for audiences, and the choirs' resources are limited. In some cases their efforts are performed in a vacuum, without the benefit of communication with their choral colleagues regarding concert scheduling, borrowing of equipment or music, and other challenges.

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?

San Diego Sings! Choral Festival

On one day every two years, the Choral Consortium of San Diego brings together over 20 diverse choirs for a free public concert, featuring each choir individually and all of the singers massed together for a celebration of San Diego's vibrant choral community.

Population(s) Served

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 conferences held

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

Artists and performers, Teachers, Secular groups

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This metric measures the number of educational member meetings and additional conferences held on special topics.

Total number of paid choral memberships

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

Artists and performers, Secular groups

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success


Context Notes

The number of paid choral memberships reflects the growing number of choirs in our area and that they realize the benefits of joining our organization and the value of our 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.

The aim of the Choral Consortium of San Diego (CCSD) is to bring together the area's choral organizations to improve communication and collaboration, to collectively increase public awareness of the abundance of wonderful choirs and choral concerts, and to encourage choral development through CCSD-produced singing events. The CCSD's overall goal is to provide impactful programs and services that are beyond the capabilities of individual choirs.

The Choral Consortium of San Diego develops programs to address various target audiences:
1) choral leaders: a quarterly educational and networking member meeting
2) intermediate singers: an annual Summer Chorus
3) beginning singers: Beer Choir San Diego gatherings
4) general public: free large biennial choral festival; website; free monthly e-newsletter
5) member choirs: website including comprehensive choral concert calendar; platform for members-only communication; discounted access to non-profit management training programs.

The Choral Consortium of San Diego achieves its goals through the dedicated work of its volunteer Board and Executive Director. CCSD's members are passionate about the value of choral singing and are willing to serve voluntarily to the extent that they can (in addition to their work with their individual choirs). Technical expertise is hired when needed (e.g., website administration).

CCSD is working to build a reserve for hiring of a future part-time paid employee to handle administrative duties, so that the Board can transition from a working board to more of a governing board.

The Choral Consortium of San Diego is increasingly recognized as a leading choral arts service organization, as evidenced by invitations to participate in arts advocacy and organizational events from the local to national level. The CCSD is quoted in articles about choral consortia in the United States and is contacted by choral leaders locally as well as in other areas nationally for guidance and information.

The primary metric by which the Choral Consortium of San Diego measures its success is the number of member choirs. In the 10 years since its founding, membership has grown to over 60 choirs, as well as about a dozen member individuals.

Additional feedback is anecdotal. For example, one of the region's leading arts reviewers indicated that he uses the CCSD's e-newsletter to plan which concerts he will review for future publication. Others have indicated they joined a year-long choir because of their experience at a periodic Beer Choir San Diego gathering.

The Choral Consortium of San Diego is proud and thrilled to see more San Diego area residents participating as singers and supporters of the choral arts.


Choral Consortium of San Diego

Financial data

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Choral Consortium of San Diego

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: 2022

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Contributions, Grants, Gifts $28,957
Program Services $14,167
Membership Dues $3,950
Special Events $0
Other Revenue $10,217
Total Revenue $43,196
Program Services $18,203
Administration $2,970
Fundraising $0
Payments to Affiliates $0
Other Expenses $0
Total Expenses $21,173

Choral Consortium of San Diego

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: 2022

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Total Assets $23,766
Total Liabilities $1,803
Fund balance (EOY)
Net Assets $21,963


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Carol Manifold

Carol Manifold is the founder of the Choral Consortium of San Diego and an experienced choral volunteer, having served as the Board President for SACRA/PROFANA professional vocal ensemble and the San Diego Master Chorale. She is a past member of the La Jolla Presbyterian Church Concert Series Committee and sings in both the La Jolla Symphony Chorus and the Pacific Women’s Chorus. She received her B.A. in Biology (Music minor) from UCSD and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from UCSF. She is retired from a career in the biopharmaceutical industry and hospital pharmacy.

There are no officers, directors or key employees recorded for this organization

There are no highest paid employees recorded for this organization.

Choral Consortium of San Diego

Board of directors
as of 02/10/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Stephanie Weaver

La Jolla Symphony & Chorus

Term: 2021 - 2023

Kate Thickstun

Pacific Women's Chorus

Ibis Laurel

Centro de Artes Musicales

Arian Khaefi

San Diego State University

Sue Marberry

Retired Controller

Erin Gray

San Diego Saints Choir

Kristina Kim


Yewon Lee

San Diego Festival Chorus

Benjamin Thiele-Long


Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/23/2021

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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