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2020 Virtual Leadership Symposium

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Join us for three days of virtual workshops, plenary presentations, singing, networking and just plain fun in a virtual setting that only our GALA choruses can create!  All sessions will be recorded so you can choose to attend certain sessions live and listen to the recordings of sessions you missed at your convenience.  These are tough times and we have difficult subjects to address but we will do it in the GALA way with a sassy twist!

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Schedule

· Sessions
The Welcome Table
Do you have questions? Come to the Welcome Table where GALA staff is here to help!
Paul Kruse (him/him/his) Sue Bell
· Sessions
Justice Choir Songbook Sing & Symposium Welcome
Artistic Directors from our Portland choruses lead us in some songs from the Justice Choir songbook. AND GALA welcomes you to Symposium!!
Robin Godfrey (she,her) Mary McCarty Stephanie  Smith (She/Her)
· Sessions
A New Harmony - An Intro to the Workbook
The New Harmony workbook guides choruses in addressing equity, access and belonging in our choirs. This session is an introduction.
William Southerland Maria-Elena Grant
· Sessions
Masked, Distanced & Singing
Are there ways to sing in public during a pandemic? We will review recent studies and one chorus' approach.
Jane Ramseyer Miller (she/her) (Jared) Brayton Bollenbacher
· Sessions
How Boards Can Lead Through COVID-19
GALA 411 Advisors will lead attendees through a discussion about the contingency planning and leadership challenges during the pandemic.
Eve Campbell Rick Jung
· Sessions
Monetizing Virtual Concerts
As many choruses will be performing virtually at least through the end of 2020 learning to monetize virtual concerts is key.
Tori Cook
· Sessions
Chorus Sexual Harassment Policies: An Ounce of Prevention...
Many choruses have or are looking to add policies on sexual harassment. This session will discuss one chorus' approach.
(Jared) Brayton Bollenbacher Doug Althauser
· Sessions
Creating Emotional Safety/Polyvagal Theory
Learn about what we can do as directors and leaders to create more emotional safety in our rehearsals and other chorus-related activities.
Kathleen Hansen (she, her)
· Sessions
Choruses That Are Of, By & For All
OBFA supports a community of action-oriented teams all working to become more inclusive, equitable, and relevant to their communities.
Nina Simon
· Sessions
Queer Beer Choir
Grab a beverage and sing along! Don't miss the final segment with the Artistic Director virtual choir.
Jim Tompkins-MacLaine Kathleen Hansen (she, her)
· Sessions
Roundtable: Religious Diversity in Choruses
(ZOOM SESSION) A round table exploring religious diversity in LGBTQ choruses.
Anthony Cabrera Maria-Elena Grant Reid Vanderburgh
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Roundtable: Singing in a Time of COVID: What Comes Next?
(ZOOM SESSION) Join us to explore the likely impact of a vaccine and what that might mean for our choruses over the next few years.
Tom Gabbard John Quillin
· Sessions
Roundtable: Chorus Committees focused on Racial Justice work
(ZOOM SESSION) This roundtable discussion is intended for committees or individuals who are invested in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion work in their choruses.
Erin Mathew Bernier Amir Shirazi (Ash) they/them
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Roundtable: Orientation for New ADs
(ZOOM SESSION) Are you an artistic director who is new to GALA since last Symposium? Join us for networking and an orientation to GALA Choruses.
Jane Ramseyer Miller (she/her) Kathleen Hansen (she, her)
· Sessions
GALA Poster Sessions
Choruses share their most creative fall ideas for thriving during the COVID-19 pandemic in 5-minute poster sessions.
Amir Shirazi (Ash) they/them Robert Glor Jane Ramseyer Miller (she/her)
· Sessions
Roundtable: A New Harmony - Training for Chorus Facilitators
(ZOOM SESSION) This session is intended for individuals serving as facilitators for their chorus' equity, access & belonging work.
Sam Bullington Reid Vanderburgh
· Sessions
Designing a Virtual Cabaret or Concert
Learn the basics, tips and tricks for designing a virtual cabaret or concert.
Kathleen Hansen (she, her) Thea Kano (she/her)
· Sessions
Sonic Integrity
This session will attempt to demystify the (sometimes intimidating) aspects of amplifying choral audio.
Lucio Maramba
· Sessions
Transformative Community Engagement
Through demonstration and case studies, this workshop explores steps for creating choral partnerships that are truly collaborative.
Jane Ramseyer Miller (she/her) Ahmed Anzaldua (he/him)
· Sessions
Repertoire Sessions: SSAA
Artistic directors will meet to discuss repertoire for SSAA choruses.
Kimberly Waigwa (they/them)
· Sessions
Repertoire Sessions: TTBB
Artistic directors will meet to discuss repertoire for TTBB choruses.
Steve Milloy
· Sessions
Mental Health for Chorus Leaders
Taking care of our own mental health through the pandemic requires our attention.
Bobby Kizer (they/them) Sam Bullington
· Sessions
Producing a Virtual Auction Fundraiser
Join us for a discussion of the considerations in producing a virtual auction fundraiser for a small to mid size chorus.
Drew Huggins John Quillin
· Sessions
Repertoire Sessions: SATB
Artistic directors will meet to discuss repertoire for SATB choruses.
Robert Glor
· Sessions
Usizi: A South African Choral Response to COVID
Mollie Stone will be teaching the song "Usizi"-- a powerful new composition by South African composer Bongani Magatyana.
Mollie Stone
· Sessions
Nightcap...A Virtual Celebration
Miss Richfield 1981 will drop her mask and raise her skirt to join us as our sassy and wisecracking guest host and entertainer.
Michael Tate
· Sessions
Roundtable: Maximum impact, minimal personnel
(ZOOM SESSION) A roundtable discussion on strategies for achieving maximum impact with limited resources.
Kathryn Davis Abby (They, Them, Theirs) Hall
· Sessions
Roundtable: New Harmony Check-in with choirs
(ZOOM SESSION) A roundtable discussion for chorus members working with the New Harmony workbook.
Anthony Cabrera
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Roundtable: Intergenerational Dynamics
(ZOOM SESSION) Let’s explore bringing in younger singers while keeping older singers on the risers rather than graduating them.
Joel Davis Sam Bullington
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Facilitated Open Space: Board Members
(ZOOM SESSION) This is your chance to connect with other GALA Board Members in a facilitated open conversation with the topics of your choice!
Eve Campbell
· Sessions
Facilitated Open Space: Singers
(ZOOM SESSION) This is your chance to connect with other GALA Singers in a facilitated open conversation with the topics of your choice!
Tim Blanchard-Modisette (he/him/his)
· Sessions
Facilitated Open Space: Chorus Managers
Steven Smith (he, him)
· Sessions
Facilitated Open Space: Artistic Directors
(ZOOM SESSION) This is your chance to connect with other GALA Artistic Directors in a facilitated open conversation with the topics of your choice!
Joe Nadeau
· Sessions
Beyond the Music: Keeping Singers Engaged
Discover a variety of approaches to keep singers engaged beyond singing.
Daniel Arredondo Amir Shirazi (Ash) they/them
· Sessions
My Choral Coach
My Choral Coach, an online choral solution for University, Community and Faith-Based choirs. Learn how My Choral Coach can work for you!
David Smolover
· Sessions
Copyright Considerations in a Virtual World
Learn about the copyright considerations specific to rehearsals and performances in a virtual setting.
Kathleen Hansen (she, her)
· Sessions
Training on Virtual Rehearsals
Explore the latest tips and tricks for virtual rehearsals in Zoom and other platforms.
Meagan Johnson (she/her) Abby (They, Them, Theirs) Hall
· Sessions
Working with Performance Venues Now
Explore the many challenges concert venues are currently facing and how they’re planning to move forward in the years ahead.
Tori Cook
· Sessions
Creating Choirs of Welcome for Trans & Nonbinary Singers
Explore how to make your choir a welcoming place for trans and nonbinary singers.
Reid Vanderburgh
· Sessions
Preparing Your Chorus to Succeed in A Changed World
Whenever we can resume singing in person, our organizations will be operating in a changed - and likely more difficult - environment.
Steven Smith (he, him)
· Sessions
Looking Forward: Festival 2020NE
Join us for an update on the plans for Festival 202ONE.
Jane Ramseyer Miller (she/her) Robin Godfrey (she,her)

Speakers

Tim Blanchard-Modisette (he/him/his)

Board Member, GALA Choruses

Joe Nadeau

Board Member, GALA Choruses

Jim Tompkins-MacLaine

Choral Conductor/Arranger

Paul Kruse (him/him/his)

GALA Communications Specialist

Sue Bell

GALA Member Services Director

Michael Tate

Auctioneer, raconteur

Kimberly Waigwa (they/them)

Artistic Director - Phoenix Women's Chorus & Desert Voices

Steve Milloy

Artistic Director - Cincinnati Men's Chorus

Robert Glor

Artistic Director

Daniel Arredondo

Artistic Director

Randy Kikukawa (he/him)

Artistic Director

Drew Huggins

Director

Erin Mathew Bernier

Director

Tom Gabbard

Director

Meagan Johnson (she/her)

Artistic Director

Mary McCarty

Artistic Director

Doug Althauser

Board Chair, Columbus Gay Men's Chorus

Joel Davis

Festival Liaison - Seattle Men's Chorus

Kathryn Davis

Executive Director, Trans Chorus LA

Bobby Kizer (they/them)

Artistic Director, Spectrum Singers

Amir Shirazi (Ash) they/them

Artistic Director, Transpose PDX

Nina Simon

Of, By, For All

William Southerland

GALA 411 Community Outreach Advisor / Director - Triad Pride

Stephanie Smith (She/Her)

Artistic Director, Northwest Queer Chorus

Robin Godfrey (she,her)

GALA Choruses Executive Director

Steven Smith (he, him)

Executive Director, Berkshire Choral International

David Smolover

My Choral Coach

Anthony Cabrera

Artistic Director, Miami Gay Men's Chorus

Abby (They, Them, Theirs) Hall

Artistic Director, Trans Chorus of LA

John Quillin

Director, Gay Men's Chorus of Charlotte

Mollie Stone

Village Harmony

Sam Bullington

New Harmony Task Force Member

Thea Kano (she/her)

Aristic Director, Gay Men's Chorus of Washington

Lucio Maramba

Sound Designer

Reid Vanderburgh

New Harmony Task Force Member

Miriam Davidson

Artistic Director, Anna Crusis Women's Choir

Kathleen Hansen (she, her)

Artistic Director - San Diego Women's Chorus

Tori Cook

Marketing Director, Chorus Connection

Maria-Elena Grant

New Harmony Task Force Chair

Ahmed Anzaldua (he/him)

Director of Border CrosSings

Jane Ramseyer Miller (she/her)

Artistic Director, GALA Choruses / One Voice Mixed Chorus

Rick Jung

GALA 411 Fundraising Advisor / Executive Director - Portland Gay Men's Chorus

Eve Campbell

GALA 411 Board Advisor / Executive Director - Voices of Note (Atlanta)

(Jared) Brayton Bollenbacher

Artistic Director - Columbus Gay Men's Chorus

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