Lexington Chamber Chorale Inc
LEXINGTON KY 40507-1125
Contact Information
Nonprofit Lexington Chamber Chorale Inc
Address 161 N MILL ST
LEXINGTON , KY 40507 1125
Phone (859) 317-3353
Contact Name Gary Anderson
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The talented members of Lexington Chamber Chorale
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 1994
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer Other ways to donate: Contributors may mail donations to Lexington Chamber Chorale, 161 N. Mill Street, Lexington, KY 40507.  Donations may also be made at our website: http://www.lexingtonchamberchorale.org/support.  Inquiries about other types of donations such as in-kind donations or volunteer opportunities may be emailed to our organization.  We appreciate your generosity and we hope to see you at our next concert.
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement To enhance the arts in Lexington and the Bluegrass Region through outreach and a rich and varied choral repertoire presented by professional singers to an appreciative and diverse audience.
Background Statement Born as the Sine Nomine Singers, the first concert was held in October, 1990.  We soon grew beyond this designation, "without a name," into the Lexington Chamber Chorale, a title that describes our home and the chamber music size of our ensemble.  Dr. Gary L. Anderson, founding artistic director, continues to lead the chorus.  Dr. Anderson is Professor Emeritus of Music at Transylvania University.  In addition to leading the Chorale, he is Director of Music at Second Presbyterian Church.  He was educated at Millikin University with graduate degrees from the University of Illinois.
Impact Statement LCC was honored to receive a grant from LexArts for the 2018-19 season which continues a successful record in receiving LexArts grants.  We are also honored to have received a grant from the Kentucky Arts Council.  In recognition of our Silver Anniversary, we produced a CD, Kentucky Bred.  We regularly receive positive press coverage in the Lexington Herald Leader, Smiley Pete publications, and others.  For the 2018/19 season, our theme was "A Season for Singing." Each concert explores some aspect of that theme, including music of the four seasons, songs of celebration and joy, heart and inspiration, and new once, now forever.  Our theme for 2019/20 will be "Sing Community," a celebration of what it means to be part of the local and global community.  We are confident in our ability to appeal to a variety of audiences through that theme and we will continue to focus on similarly important themes in the future.  Thanks to the generous support of our patrons, we know we will continue to bring meaning to the arts through choral music.
Needs Statement
1.  Provide more competitive stipends for performers to ensure that high quality musicians can be recruited and retained.  Currently, amounts per concert are: Director $600, Singers $100 each, Accompanist $200.
2.  Increase funding for guest artists/composers.  Currently $3,000 per year.
3.  Increase opportunities for outreach.  We are especially interested in reaching out to school audiences.
4.  Increase funding for music (scores, etc.) to ensure a rich and varied choral repertoire.  Currently $1,000
5.  Seek opportunities to increase the diversity of audiences. 
CEO/Executive Director Statement The arts community in Lexington and the Bluegrass Region has a responsibility to ensure that audiences have outstanding opportunities to hear a variety of performances.  LCC provides an element of rich and varied choral music that is not available from other performing groups.
Board Chair Statement

One of my earliest memories is of sitting under the piano bench on which my mother was seated as she practiced the piano lessons she had begun in her thirties. She sang while doing almost any task--the drone of the vacuum cleaner (in D) would accompany "Rock of Ages" and other hymns, and folk songs would speed up chopping vegetables or washing dishes in the kitchen sink. She tuned the radio to classical music programs when they were available and, when they were not but she had access to a record player, she worked her way through the public library's collection of music recordings. My father began concertina lessons in his fifties and took great pleasure in practicing even the scales in his spare time. My two siblings and I were encouraged to sing, to take music lessons and play music, to listen to music, to attend concerts, and to join choirs and musical ensembles. In short, music was a cornerstone of my upbringing and family life, and we learned early to work with others to make and share music. We do that as adults and, I hope, will as long as we are able.

Lexington is rich in music-making and sharing opportunities, but even here, opportunities to hear choral music performed at the professional level are limited. The Lexington Chamber Chorale is one of the local organizations that helps remedy that lack but it’s relatively unknown. Although the Chorale has made magnificent contributions over its nearly 30 years of concerts to enrich our city’s musical life, I was only vaguely aware of its existence until a Board member invited me to a concert a decade ago and I fell in love with the amazing sound of the Chorale. Although it worked with me, approaching one Lexington resident at a time is not an efficient way to help our audiences grow, and the Board knows the Chorale needs to reach into the Bluegrass community to expand its audience.

To better promote the Chorale, our Board recently revised its strategic plan. It now includes strategies such as increasing social media activity and making presentations to local civic, business and neighborhood groups. We plan to renew our focus on advertising and partner with other arts organizations by offering combined performances. Our 29th season’s theme revolves around the concept of community, and we use that theme to promote the Chorale as an enriching part of the Bluegrass region, and one that attracts more people to hear and enjoy our music.

The Chorale has experience in using its music to encourage a sense of community. A few years ago, composer-conductor Gary Graden came to Lexington to work with the Chorale on a concert focused on Scandinavian repertoire. Mr. Graden included a work that needed the audience—urged onto its feet—to both sing and clap along with the Chorale. By the time we had finished, the entire space and everyone in it were filled with the sounds and movements we were making, and we were all smiling and laughing, exhilarated by the sheer fun of performing together. The Chorale’s conductor, Gary Anderson, knows how powerful music’s effects can be, and how it can bring people together as both listeners and participants – one community – one family.

Geographic Areas Served
Fayette County
Jessamine County
Scott County
Woodford County
Bourbon County
Clark County
Central Kentucky
Our subscribers, donors, sponsors and audience primarily come from the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky.
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact.
1.   Enhance the marketing of Lexington Chamber Chorale and its events.  Groups Assisted: Bluegrass community  Needs Addressing: Broadening base of concert attendees  Expected Outcome: Through enhanced marketing, increase the size and diversity of concert audiences.
2.   Grow a more diverse audience base through a diversity of exceptional performances.  Group Assisted: Members of Bluegrass community who are underrepresented in terms of the performing arts  Needs Addressing: Lack of diversity in existing audiences  Expected Outcome: Increased diversity in LCC audiences
3.   Establish a sustainable financial base to support current and growing future activities.  Group Assisted: Bluegrass area residents who would have greater access to performances due to enhanced funding to market and offer quality performances.  Needs Addressing: Need for more predictable and sustained funding  Expected Outcome:  Larger base of funding that is more stable over time.
4   Enhance the structure and functioning of the Board.  Groups Assisted: Bluegrass area residents who would benefit from activities in which Board members are engaged.  Needs Addressing: Improve business and administrative functions of the Board with clear expectations and increase opportunities for singers and Board members to interact.   Expected Outcomes: Develop or enhance the roles for marketing, business, administration, and social media and increase opportunities for interaction between singers and Board members.
StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals?
Strategies for Goal 1: (A) Hire a marketing director (initially part-time).  (B) Develop content plan for use in marketing materials and communications.  (C) Broaden and deepen the value attached to LCC as a community asset.  (D) Enhance use of social media to market LCC.  (E) Increase use of traditional media.  (F) Use information networks of neighborhood associations.  (G) Develop visual marketing items for sale and/or give-away.
Strategies for Goal 2: (A) Track changes in size and composition of audiences.  (B) Offer UK and other employer groups employee discounts accessed through a promo code.  (C) Attract guest performers with an existing following for special appearances.  (D) Vary venues for performances.  (E) Vary scale of performances.  (F) Connect with potential community partners to determine interest in either full or smaller LCC performances.  (G) Increase interaction with youth in the community and region.
Strategies for Goal 3: (A) Develop an analysis of current and future sources of income and expenditure purposes. (B) Identify new sources of income.  (C) Increase current sources of income.  (D) Evaluate ticket policy and fee structure to assure adequate space at the venue.  (E) Define the distribution of current expenses by purpose.  (F) Establish criteria for use of comp tickets such that comp tickets are linked tightly to sponsorships and other priority areas.  (G) Identify new expense purposes in the future.  (H) Evaluate the pros and cons of establishing an endowment fund.
Strategies for Goal 4: (A) Develop a plan for growing the professional staff over a designated period of time.  (B) Strengthen the relationship between the Board and singers.  (C) Evaluate the skills, knowledge and relationships needed on the Board to fulfill the mission and use this knowledge  to strategically recruit new Board members.  (D) Use working committees to achieve LCC 's mission and vision. (E) Enhance LCC processes to more effectively achieve goals.  (F) Review and update as needed the bylaws every 18-24 months. (G) Every 12 months, review the strategic plan to assess progress and consider the effect of new condition on the goals and strategies.
These methods will benefit our target audience by strengthening the structure of the LCC and providing resources to continue and increases performances for a widening diversity of audience. 
CapabilitiesHelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals?
Internal Resources
Our budget is right-sized to meet the current needs of LCC.  As of the first 3 months of the current fiscal year (25% into the fiscal year), we have already received 46% of our projected income.  However, we recognize that the income is only sufficient to meet current needs and we plan to seek additional funds to undertake the activities that we have identified to meet our goals.  We have taken on new board members with expertise to address some of our identified needs and have sharpened our focus on activities that returning board members engage in to ensure they address identified needs. 
External Strengths
The Board has received the assistance of a development specialist and we are making plans to implement suggestions that person provided. We held an event at Ward Hall in Scott County in the spring, in conjunction with the Art Society of Scott County and plans are in the works for one or more future fund-raising events. We are set up for fund raisers through Amazon and Kroger.
Future Resources
Some of the external resources sited above are new for LCC, indicating we are actively seeking external resources for the future. We expect to seek collaborative grant opportunities with external entities (e.g., school districts or universities). We expect to begin making revisions to our 2015 strategic plan soon and the expected changes will include suggestions for additional internal and external resources. 
IndicatorsHelpHow will the organization know if it is making progress? What are the key qualitative and quantitative indicators against which the organization assesses its progress toward its intended impact? The LCC Board monitors progress on the current strategic plan.  For example, one strategy called for hiring a part-time marketing director, and that has recently been accomplished.  Additional progress will be monitored based on concert attendance numbers, diversity of attendees, tickets sold, filling roles identified in the strategic plan and monitoring tasks completed by people in those roles, and external partnerships.  When the strategic plan is revised, additional qualitative and quantitative indicators will be identified.
Board Chair
Board Chair Carolyn McKeehan
Company Affiliation Adjunct Faculty - Georgetown College
Term July 2017 to June 2019
Board Members
Dr. Gary L. AndersonLexington Chamber Chorale & Second Presbyterian ChurchExofficio
Dr. Kathy BlomquistRetiredVoting
Ms. Linda CrawfordCommunity VolunteerVoting
Mr. David CuppsCupps Creative ConsultingVoting
Mr. Gregory A. DrakeRetired/Educational ConsultantVoting
Mrs. Gwen FikeRetired accountantVoting
Ms. Bertha GralheerCommunity VolunteerVoting
Mr. Eric HowardLFUCGVoting
Mr. Jeffrey Jonesretired educatorVoting
Ms. Carolyn McKeehanGeorgetown College - Adjunct FacultyVoting
Mr. Kim RepassRetiredVoting
Ms. Kathleen E. RichardsonCommunity VolunteerVoting
Mr. Philip E. Shepherdretired educator/educational consultantVoting
Mrs. Jacqueline ShuklaRegistered NurseVoting
Ms. Barbara B. SleddRetired/Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Ann StatonSmiley Pete PublishingVoting
Mr. Barry TurnerRetiredVoting
Mrs. Barbara YoungRetiredVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity. Add number
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 16
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 11
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 6
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Dr. Gary Anderson
Term Start July 1990
Email chamberchorale@gmail.com
Experience Dr. Gary L. Anderson is the Lexington Chamber Chorale’s founding conductor and musical director. He is Professor Emeritus of Music at Transylvania University where he was honored as a Bingham Fellow for Excellence in Teaching. He is an active church choir director, guest conductor and clinician. He has conducted his collegiate choirs throughout Europe during six international tours. He is currently Director of Music at Second Presbyterian Church in Lexington. Dr. Anderson is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, for which he was President of the Kentucky Chapter for two terms. During his tenure as president he received the Robert Barr Award for excellence in the choral art and support for the profession. He is also past president of the Kentucky Association of College Music Departments and holds memberships in the International Federation for Choral Music, Music Educators National Conference and the Presbyterian Association of Musicians. He has served on the boards of LexArts and the Youth Music Society of Central Kentucky.
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 0
Contractors 36
Retention Rate 100%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 36
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 18
Female 18
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
NonManagement Formal Evaluation N/A
Description Currently, 100% of our efforts go toward providing concert performances. We offer four performances per concert season.
Budget 36865
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music
Population Served Adults, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Short Term Success
Incremental steps toward increases in attendance and diversity.
Program Long term Success We track attendance at concerts and diversity of attendees.  Ultimately, we expect attendance and diversity to increase.
Program Success Monitored By Tickets sold and demographics from surveys
Examples of Program Success
1. There have been 114 artists performing with us this season, including the conductor, accompanists, singers, and guests.
2. Approximately 1,000 people have attended our performances this season.
3. Additional people have benefited listened to one of our concerts which was broadcast over radio.
4. Board members have provided professional development to arts teachers in Fayette County schools and the University of Kentucky.
5. We have a loyal base of regular supporters, as demonstrated by audience surveys in which repeat attenders have ranged from 50% to 83% of respondents.  We also have a goal in our strategic plan of increasing new attendees, especially a more diverse audience in terms of age and ethnicity.
6. Our efforts to increase diversity are beginning with our own board, which has experienced a 15% increase in ethnic diversity (African American and Latino) among membership in the past year.
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted May 2019
Management Succession Plan? Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
LCC has collaborated with the Lexington Philharmonic on several Christmas concerts at the Cathedral of Christ the King.  In Coordination with Fayette County Public Schools, we have sponsored professional development training for arts teachers in Fayette County and the Bluegrass Region.  We frequently collaborate with guest artists at our concerts.  For example, at our April 21, 2018 performance, we featured the St. Andrews Orthodox Church Byzantine Choir and the Kentuckians Chorus.  At our October 13 performance, we featured Father Walter Bado, reading seasonal poetry that he wrote. For the 2019/20 season, we will collaborate with the Paul Laurence Dunbar HS Chamber Chorale, a church choir, and a visiting performer from Sweden.  We have other collaborations planned for 2019/20 which are not finalized yet.
LexArts Agency0
Chorus America0
Kentucky Arts Council0
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2019
Projected Revenue $38,675.00
Projected Expenses $38,675.00
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201820172016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$5,875$5,750$3,750
Individual Contributions$500$1,332$780
Investment Income, Net of Losses------
Membership Dues$6,923$7,047$7,006
Special Events--$6,495$10,891
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$23,302$25,384$22,208
Administration Expense$4,632$1,961$2,180
Fundraising Expense$7,712$8,401$8,034
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.000.941.14
Program Expense/Total Expenses65%71%68%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets--$2,051$2,050
Current Assets--$2,051$2,050
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets--$2,051$2,050
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Foundation Staff Comments This organization files the 990N postcard, which contains no financial information. Financials were provided by the organization. 
Address 161 N MILL ST
LEXINGTON , KY 405071125
Primary Phone 859 317-3353
Contact Email chamberchorale@gmail.com
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Gary Anderson
Board Chair Carolyn McKeehan
Board Chair Company Affiliation Adjunct Faculty - Georgetown College