Please help shape our future!
At this time of year, I usually write and ask for fiscal year support as the season comes to a close. But this letter comes to you with a different request – we need your financial support to ensure the successful and bold re-launch of The Singers following the pandemic pause that affected us all. Though we have been kept offstage and apart since March 2019, The Singers’ organization has been working incredibly hard on all fronts. These efforts by our artists, staff, and board have readied us to return to the world so vastly changed then the one in which we left 16 months ago.
On the artistic front, I hope you were on of the thousands who enjoyed our digital concert season and our new podcast, The Singers’ Vault. Season 1 of the podcast had listeners from 37 states and countries all over the globe! Our Concert Video Library was utilized by music educators who needed new content more than ever while distance learning was underway. Most recently, a number of our artists represented The Singers in the powerful collaborative concert “Voices Rising: A Choral Affirmation of Black Lives,” shared live from Orchestra Hall this past month.
On the administrative side, I presented the board of directors with a new Artistic Vision that focuses on artistic quality, equity, and new collaborations in the years ahead. In turn, the board underwent strategic planning work that led to a new mission and vision statement (both are seen above) as well as the codifying of our five principal organizational values. Most significantly, a national search process was held to hire a new Executive Director, and we are thrilled to announce that Janette Davis will begin in this position on July 19. We can’t wait to introduce her to you in the coming weeks!
Making the decision to offer our art while also examining our work through a clearer lens of diversity, equity, inclusion, and access has been formative and revealing. The courage of our board of directors, staff, and artists to continue forward through the pandemic in these ways has set the course for a meaningful return to music making in the fall. Our 18th Season includes the following: FREE Welcome Back concerts in the parks (October 2, 3), What Sweeter Music: Christmas with The Singers (Dec 4, 5, 12), Dale Warland at 90: A Legacy Celebration (March 13), and Considering Matthew Shepard by Craig Hella Johnson (May 7, 8, 14).
On behalf of all of us with The Singers, we are thrilled to return to our music making for you soon!
With your generous support, we are coming back stronger and more vital than ever!
Matthew Culloton, Artistic & Managing Director
How to Contribute to The Singers:
1. DONATE TO THE SINGERS using our online store.
2. If you would like to become a monthly sustaining donor, please visit our GiveMN page and select the MONTHLY DONATION option.
3. NEW! TEXT-TO-GIVE: Simply text “smca” to phone number 56651. Follow the prompts to make and pay for your donation.
4. Mail your contribution directly to us, making your check payable to The Singers. Our address is: 797 Summit Ave, Suite B, St. Paul MN 55105.
5. Give us a call at 651-917-1948, ext. 3. We’ll be happy to help you over the phone.
The Singers—Minnesota Choral Artists is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Contributions to The Singers are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.