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VocalEssence champions choral music of all genres, celebrating the vocal experience through innovative concerts, commissions and community engagement programs.

Mission Statement
Review Completed: 3/7/2014
1900 Nicollet Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Phone: (612)547-1451
Fax: (612)547-1484
Other Names Used Vocal Essence
EIN 41-1363849
Principal Staff Mary Ann Aufderheide,
General Information
Board Chair
Number of Board Members 19
Board meetings with quorum 4
Average Member Attendance at Board Meetings 17.25
Publicly Available Documents Most Recent 990
Most Recent Audit
#1: *Cultivated new relationships with world-renowned conductors, composers, and guest artists, regional collegiate ensembles *Reached new audiences at the American Choral Directors Association National Convention in Dallas, Texas #2: *Expanded audience demographics at our English Garden concert, Texas tour, and through Choral Pathways *Added a new venue for ¡Cantaré! in the west metro *Increased visibility of the VocalEssence Music Press #3: *Hired Assistant Artistic Director Tesfa Wondemagegnehu after an international search *Presented Essentially Choral, a training workshop for emerging composers *Provided artistic and professional development for singers, composers, and staff *First planning retreat formed to lay the foundations of Resonate, a young choral music professionals’ networking group #4: *Started a task force of board members and staff to determine new ways to increase our focus on advocacy *Created page in 45th season brochure dedicated to advocacy. #5: *Launched new plans to increase philanthropic giving, expanded our fundraising event efforts *Increased earned revenue through an increase in fee engagements for next season *New policy ensures that new projects and programs are fiscally responsible by requiring 50% of funding to be committed up front for new programs and projects. *Increased staffing to support new special events and expanded grant writing
Current Goals
VocalEssence is in the third year of a three-year strategic plan. Our goals align with the goals from our 2012-2013 season, but we are using different strategies to achieve them. 1. Present innovative, high quality choral music concerts in an array of venue sizes and locations in the Twin Cities, Minnesota, nationally, and internationally 2. Introduce choral music at its finest and most innovative to expanded audiences 3. Raise the visibility of VocalEssence nationally and internationally as a training ground for exceptional artistic directors, arts administrators and artists who become renowned for their own innovation and leadership in choral music 4. Expand the role of VocalEssence in advocating for the choral art form 5. Build on the organizational and financial strengths of VocalEssence
Community or Constituency Served
Children ages 0-5, Students ages 6-18, Adults, Older Adults in Minnesota
Geographic Area Served
Impact and Programs

3 Year Average Expenses

Program Services: $1,286,560 78.5%
Management: $155,842 9.5%
Fundraising: $196,985 12%

Unrestricted Net Assets

2013 2012 2011
End of Year: $1,849,858 $1,739,183 $1,686,702
Beginning of Year $1,739,183 $1,686,702 $1,381,747
Difference $110,675 $52,481 $304,955
Unrestricted Net Assets (End of Year), Current 990 $1,849,858
Based on information provided on 2011 to 2013
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