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HOUSTON MASTERWORKS CHORUS INC

Houston's Chorus

Houston, TX   |  www.houstonmasterworks.org

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HOUSTON MASTERWORKS CHORUS INC

EIN: 76-0182765


Mission

Mission: Houston Masterworks Chorus: Celebrating and connecting Houston through powerful innovative music that uplifts and educates.

Ruling year info

1986

Artistic & Music Director - Conductor

Dr. Paulo Gomes

Main address

1415 S Voss Road Ste 110, #132

Houston, TX 77057 USA

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EIN

76-0182765

Subject area info

Painting

Modern dance

Music

Performing arts education

Population served info

Adults

Self-employed people

Students

Artists and performers

NTEE code info

Singing Choral (A6B)

Music Groups, Bands, Ensembles (A6C)

Music (A68)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

To increase diversity: board of directors, singers, programming, venues, audiences. HMC Board of Directors - More representative of Houston community. Singers - Broaden age, ethnicity, skill level. Programming - Revisit masterworks, introduce new music, new commissions, new partnerships. Venues - Full chorus and small chamber ensembles, enables nimble options for alternatively sized spaces Audiences - Perform in underserved areas to access the cultural diversity of Houston.

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?

Production of Innovative Musical Performances and Partnerships

Music productions in Houston, TX, USA.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Students

The HMC Young Singer Competition, now in its fourth year, is a testament to our commitment to nurturing young talent. This event gives Houston area high school students a platform to display their success in vocal performance, and encourages them in further study. We believe in the power of music to transform lives, and this competition is one way we put that belief into action.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Houston Arts Connect 2024

Texans for the Arts 2024

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 free performances given

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

Adults, Multiracial people, People of Latin American descent, Work status and occupations

Related Program

Production of Innovative Musical Performances and Partnerships

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Houston Public Library, Senior Living communities, Chapelwood United Methodist Church, Brookwood Community.

Median grant amount

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Totals By Year
Related Program

Production of Innovative Musical Performances and Partnerships

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of free admissions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Free admission to charities, free live streams

Total number of paid seats filled for performances

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Production of Innovative Musical Performances and Partnerships

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Average price for admission to exhibits (in dollars)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Production of Innovative Musical Performances and Partnerships

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Average dollar price for performance tickets

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Production of Innovative Musical Performances and Partnerships

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

Reflect the City of Houston in our programming, singer, and board recruiting.

Remove financial barriers to live concert attendance and singer participation. Make all concerts accessible to those who are unable to attend live events through live streaming or bringing the concerts to their neighborhoods.

Continue to create innovative partnerships with other Houston arts organizations.

Update (2024) Strategic Plan

Singer recruitment - vocal training offered , annual auditions, target local colleges/high schools.

Partnerships - 2022-24 programming includes partnerships with Houston Arts Connect, Houston modern dance groups, community orchestras and choruses, college and high school choral groups. Community and religious performance arenas, restaurants, and hospitals.

Fundraising:
Grants - Federal, state and local
Foundations, corporations
Annual year-end campaign - Funds solicited from chorus, board, general public.
Ticket Sales, Program advertising
Corporate Matching

Marketing: consistently executes a well-developed marketing plan consisting of a content plan and editorial calendar including LinkedIn and YouTube, Instagram and Facebook.

Digital ads placed through Facebook.

Reasonably priced tickets range from free to $25, discounts for military, season subscribers, seniors, students, and groups.

EXEC SUMMARY
HMC commits to developing greater inclusion and expanding diversity in who it attracts as chorus members, audience participants, key partnerships, and new board members. Historically, the masterworks genre has a relatively small circle of participants. HMC wants to connect with a broader audience who will come to appreciate the healing power of music.
With a fresh HMC vision and mission that supports our expanded direction, HMC hired Artistic Director and Conductor, Dr. Paulo Gomes, in 2019. Dr. Gomes brings a broad perspective and Latin influence to our programming. The chorus will perform in new concert venues, including virtual, with plans to take smaller ensembles to events and to expand community outreach and give-back, to include: high schools and colleges perform with the chorus, , TX Children’s Hospital, etc. New music in new venues builds community awareness and assists in recruiting a diverse chorus and board of directors.
Vocal quality is improved through annual audition standards, investment in vocal workshops. Processes, organizational structure, and duties and responsibilities have been fine-tuned.

Membership in Houston Arts Connect builds partnerships within the arts community and supports HISD music programs.

All chorus members and the board of directors have the responsibility to represent the organization, actively advocate for its vision and mission, identify and help build partnerships, and provide creative input. HMC will fund its programs through grants, fundraising campaigns, member dues, ticket sales, and donations. All chorus members, employees, and the board of directors play a role in finding ways to financially support the organization.

HMC is a resilient, fiscally responsible, 39-year-old nonprofit organization:

Active Board of Directors with 100% attendance and giving.
Active volunteer committees: nominating, development, marketing, and finance.

2021 Strategic Plan execution
2021 Board of Director Training
2023 Strategic Plan Review
2024 Strategic Plan Review/Board Training

Artistic Director/Conductor developed three year programming to include new partnerships.
Expanding singer participation and skill level.

Continues successful fundraising through 2025
Grants - State and local
Foundations, corporations
Annual year-end campaign - Funds solicited from chorus, board, general public.
Ticket Sales in person/digital
Program advertising
Corporate Matching

Successful Accomplishments so far:

2022-24 Grants awarded
Completed 2024 Annual Campaign - Board, Chorus, General Audience, Individual
Free outreach concerts offered
Positive 2024 (June 30) Year end financial projection
Commissioned Mariachi Choral composition in partnership with the UH Mariachi Pumas
Celebrating 4 years of the HMC Young Singer Competition

What's next?
Continue to acquire new partners to share the cost
Research new sources of funding and recruit volunteer development team to sustain the project
Continue the HMC Young Singer Competition held in October annually
Grow the Board of Directors to reflect the City.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • 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 make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
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Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

HOUSTON MASTERWORKS CHORUS INC

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Operations

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

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Artistic & Music Director - Conductor

Dr. Paulo Gomes

HMC is an integral community to cosmopolitan Houston. Now, in our 39th year, we explore music from the Renaissance through Contemporary eras, introducing citywide audiences to both new and hidden choral gems. We are dedicated to inspiring and challenging singers and patrons to think deeply as we weave music, dance, and art together. From the great concert halls to neighborhood venues, HMC showcases the City's cultural richness. Our partnerships and ability to remove participation barriers for both singers and patrons encourages multigenerational engagement and extends our reach into new communities. We regularly offer free and discounted tickets to students, seniors, veterans, and music educators. HMC sings together and travels together. Whether we're performing in famous venues like Carnegie Hall, New York, or St. Peter's Basilica, Rome, we enjoy being together. In 2025 we'll sing in Spain and Portugal.

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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Board of directors
as of 07/01/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Vicki Merwin

Bank of America, Merrill Lynch

Term: 2023 - 2025

Bruce Sealy

Comcast

Vicki Merwin

Merill Lynch

Karen Burgos

First Tire and Automotive

David Stix

Captrust

Emily Batchelor

Emily Schulz

Tim Sesby

Merill Lynch

Kathleen Mensing

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? Yes
  • 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/1/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/01/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • 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 disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
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 have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • 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.