PO Box 23002
Lexington KY 40523
Contact Information
Address PO Box 23002
Lexington, KY 40523
Phone (859) 3389888
Contact Name Whit Whitaker
At A Glance
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Donations- Both in-kind and financial donations are warmly accepted! Donations can be mailed to The Singers or made via credit card over the phone and through The Singers' website at www.lexsing.org. In-kind donations such as office supplies and furniture are also gladly accepted. Call 859-338-9888 if you have anything that you are willing to donate.
Volunteers- Volunteers are needed to act as ushers at concerts, pass out promotional material and programs, help with grant research and writing, assist with product development and marketing, and to help with resource development. Skilled and non-skilled volunteers alike are welcome at The Lexington Singers! 
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement The Lexington Singers, Inc. is a non-profit corporation formed to provide opportunities for the citizens of Lexington and the surrounding communities to participate in he performance and enjoyment of good choral music, and to further understanding among all peoples through the medium of music.
Background Statement

The Lexington Signers is one of the longest continuously performing independent community choral groups in America. Based in Lexington, Kentucky, The Singers currently comprises approximately 300 adult and children voices. Since its founding in 1959, the group has entertained hundreds of audiences throughout Kentucky, the United States, and the world.

Recent performances have included, among other works, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Mozart’s Requiem, Brahms’German Requieum, Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky, and Verdi’s Requiem. There are eight performances in the concert season, including concerts with The Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, and annual performance of Handel’s Messiah, and a very popular Spring Pops concert. Tour concerts have included performances at St. Peter’s basilica at the Vatican, St. Mark’s basilica in Venice, Vienna’s Hofburg Palace, the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, and three concerts at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Impact Statement

In the past year, The Lexington Singers have seen success in many of our key focus areas – our children’s outreach, our community outreach, and our commitment to quality choral music.

The Lexington Singers Children’s Choir serves more than 140 youth, providing enrichment and education opportunities. Scholarship assistance for children in need has more than doubled due to a renewed focus on outreach to underserved youth, and our completely free summer camp.

The Lexington Singers has partnered with God’s Pantry Food Bank and The Hope Center in order to raise awareness and funds to fight hunger and poverty in Central Kentucky.

Both the Lexington Singers Children’s Choir and the adult choir have been recognized for their quality musicianship through invitational performances at some of the most prestigious venues in the United States. The Children’s Choir was one of only two children’s choirs in the nation invited to perform at the American Choral Directors Association Southern Division Convention in Jacksonville, Florida and The Lexington Singers closed their 2014 concert season with a performance at Carnegie Hall. In 2016, The Children's Choir performed at the Choirs of America Nationals at Carnegie Hall and the adult choir is preparing for a summer tour of Spain.

Needs Statement
The Lexington Singers are in need of sponsors in order to produce each of the scheduled performances. Sponsorship levels are:
Concert Sponsor: $4,000
Masestro Level Sponsor: $1,000-$3,999
Overture Level Sponsor: $500-$999
Madrigal Level Sponsor: $200-$499
A Capella Level Sponsor: $100-$199
Allegro Level Sponsor: <$100
All sponsors have their name listed in the programs and are listed on The Lexington Singers website. Concert sponsors receive preferred seats, a public statement of appreciation from The Singers at the concert and inclusion in all program related marketing material, and a full-page program advertisement.
The Lexington Singers' Children's Choirs are also in need of sponsors. Children's Choir Angel Scholarships pay for tuition assistance to needy children so that they may participate in one of the choirs. Each Angel scholarship is $120.
In-kind donations of services are also extremely needed. Individuals willing to assist with graphic design and marketing may contact Jessi Jump, Business Director to The Singers at 859-338-9888 or business@lexsing.org. Printing and other marketing expenses comprise approximately 23% of the organization's annual budget and businesses willing to assist The Singers with low-cost printing are greatly needed.
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Performing Arts
Tertiary Organization Category Youth Development /
Geographic Areas Served
Fayette County

While our performances are primarily in Lexington, Kentucky, our patrons come from all over the state to see our performances. Our own membership consists of singers from as near as Georgetown and Nicholasville, and as far as Morehead, Somerset, and Danville.


Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact.
The Lexington Singers maintains a dynamic and active Strategic Plan that determines the focus of the organization. Plan progress is a part of the monthly meetings of the Board of Directors. Current strategies include:
  • Expand outreach and service activities to more segments of the community and enhance the diversity of the audience, membership and Board;
  • Enhance programming opportunities and continue efforts to strengthen the artistic development of the choir; and 
  • Develop and implement structures and practices that enhance continuity and increase administrative effectiveness. 
StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals? Each year, at our leadership retreat, the Board of Directors and staff analyze the strategic plan and develop tactics and activities to help meet the goals. At each month's Board of Director's meeting these activities are discussed. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Katie Owen
Company Affiliation Lexington Catholic High School
Term July 2014 to June 2016
Board Members
Mrs. Cathy AndersonCommunity VolunteerVoting
Mr. David CuppsCupps Creative ConsultingVoting
Ms. Katie OwenTeacher, Lexington CatholicVoting
Mr. Jeff SingerIndependent Landscape ContractorVoting
Mrs. Deborah SlaughterRetiredVoting
Mrs. Margie WilsonRetiredVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity. Add number
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 77
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 54
Female 46
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 79%
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 13
Standing Committees
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Human Resources / Personnel
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Dr. Jefferson Johnson
Term Start Dec 1997
Email jeff.johnson@uky.edu
Jefferson Johnson is Director of Choral Activities at the University of Kentucky where he conducts the University Chorale and Men's Chorus. He also teaches advanced choral conducting, choral methods and literature, and directs the graduate program (MM and DMA degrees) in choral music. A native of Atlanta, Johnson received the Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Georgia (magna cum laude, 1978), the Master of Music from the University of Tennessee (1981), and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Colorado (1992). While living in Atlanta, Johnson was also a member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Chorus conducted by Robert Shaw. 
Dr. Johnson is currently in his 16th year as Music Director of The Lexington Singers. Under his direction The Singers have toured internationally, most recently to Brazil, France, Italy, and Austria. In 2000 the chorus performed Mozart’s Requiem with the Vienna Mozart Orchestra in the famous Hofburg Palace and sang the evening mass at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris. In 2003 the chorus performed in St. Marks Cathedral in Venice and sang mass at St. Peters Basilica in Vatican City. In 1999 the Lexington Singers celebrated its 40th anniversary with a performance in New York City as Johnson made his Carnegie Hall debut conducting The Singers and orchestra in Faure’s Requiem.
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 10
Volunteers 120
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 82%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 100
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 55
Female 45
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Title Assistant Accompanist

Johnie Dean joined The Lexington Singers during the 2002-2003 season as Assistant Accompanist.


Dr. Dean received his Bachelor of Music from Campbellsville College, his Masters in Church Music from Southern Seminary in Louisville, and his Doctorate in Music from the University of Kentucky. He is currently Adjunct Professor of Music theory at the University of Kentucky.


A Kentucky native, he has been composing and arranging church music for over 20 years. He has had more than 200 works published in the areas of handbell music, choral and keyboard literature, children's choir works, and instrumental music. Companies publishing his work include Lillenas, Genevox/LiveWay, Hope/Agape, Light of the World, Candela Music, Carol, Doxology, Lorenz, and NextSunday.com.
Title Artistic Director of Children's Choirs

Dr. Lori Hetzel started her relationship with The Lexington Singers as the Assistant Director in 1997, and was appointed the Artistic Director of The Lexington Singers Children's Choir and Director of the Children's Chamber Choir in 2003.


Dr. Hetzel is the Associate Director of Choral Activities and professor of Choral Music Education at the University of Kentucky where she conducts the Women's Choir and the a cappella group "Paws and Listen." She also teaches graduate and undergraduate secondary methods courses and undergraduate conducting. In conjunction with the undergraduate choral methods courses, she has pioneered a unique partnership program with a local high school. As a result of this program the choral music education students at the University of Kentucky are receiving hands on experience and immediate feedback early in their curriculum. Among her many accomplishments, she was the recipient of the University of Kentucky award "Great Teacher of the Year" in 2000 and has published articles in College Music Symposium and Southeastern Music Education Journal. The UK Women's Choir has been invited to perform at both MENC and ACDA Southern Division Conventions, and in 2003 were featured at the ACDA National Convention in New York City.


A native of Wisconsin, Dr. Hetzel received her B.A. degree in Music Education, Summa cum laude, from the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay. She received her M.M. degree from the University of Missouri - Kansas City Conservatory, where she studied conducting with Eph Ehly. Her D.M.A. degree is in Choral Conducting from Michigan State University with Charles K. Smith. An active clinician and guest conductor, Dr. Hetzel has most recently appeared at music conferences in Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Montana, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, and Virginia.

Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation No
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation No
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation No
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually

The Lexington Singers Children’s Choir (LSCC) was formed to provide opportunities for the children of Lexington and the surrounding communities to participate in a quality choral music education program and to further musical understanding among all peoples regardless of religious, racial, cultural or economic background. LSCC consists of four choirs- Preparatory, Intermediate, Advanced, and Chamber.

Budget 48099
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music Instruction
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years)
Program Short Term Success As a result of participation in LSCC, current students learn performance etiquette; concert procedures; singing games; and the basic elements of music such as beat, tempo, and dynamics. As children progress through the four choirs, they learn music theory, singing in parts, sight reading, blending, solfege, and singing in foreign languages. LSCC develops its students as they age, empowering them with leadership skills and self-discipline. Through  LSCC’s music education, children in Lexington that might otherwise have few enrichment opportunities after school are able to learn leadership, self-discipline, and vocal development while simultaneously preparing themselves for academic and social success.
Program Long term Success The long-term goal of The Lexington Singers Children’s Choir (LSCC) is to further musical understanding among all peoples regardless of religious, racial, cultural, or economic background. 
Program Success Monitored By Program success is monitored by LSCC’s current enrollment (number of children served, number of children receiving scholarships, etc.) as well as by following our students’ successes after they graduate from LSCC.
Examples of Program Success

Children that have graduated from our choirs have seen enormous success in their academic and personal lives. Several of our past choir members have gone on to study music professionally and credit LSCC for their early music education. LSCC currently has alumni studying music at Samford University, University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, and St. Olaf College. Our alumni have gone on to do vocal performance, music therapy, and education. One of our most recent successes is Catherine Wright, a vocal performance major at UK and recent first place winner of an Alltech Vocal Scholarship. Catherine vied for the scholarship in Alltech’s largest ever vocal competition, competing against more than 200 other vocalists for the award.


Festival of Choirs is an annual collaborative concert performed by The Lexington Singers with local African American church choirs. The concert is an intercultural celebration of gospel music that allows each of the choirs to showcase their own local talent. The performance was most recently held at Shiloh Baptist Church in Lexington, Kentucky on March 9, 2012. This event is offered free to the public and was attended by approximately 600 people.


The Lexington Singers has organized Festival of Choirs for each of the past nine years in an effort to engage diverse members of the Central Kentucky community while also attempting to address improve issues of race and equality in our neighborhoods. The event is both a physical and spiritual coming together of voices, celebrating our common humanity and rejoicing in our love for music and our community. In year’s past, the show has featured such choirs as First Baptist Church of Bracktown, Bethsaida Baptist Church, Mount Calvary Baptist Church, Jimtown Baptist Church, Wesley United Methodist Church, Total Grace Baptist, Imani Baptist Church, First African Baptist Church, East Second Street Christian Church, and many others. Over the years, The Singers have partnered with over 20 local African American church choirs for the event.

Budget 1500
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music Festivals
Population Served General/Unspecified, Families
Program Short Term Success

By holding the event at Shiloh Baptist Church, located in a predominantly African American neighborhood, the Festival of Choirs is promoted to and attended by an incredibly diverse audience. As the only free gospel concert publicized to the general population in Lexington, it incorporates a wide variety of participants that vary in age, races, ethnicity, and religious affiliations. The concert provides a unique opportunity for audience members and participants alike to have intercultural communication and interaction that is not possible in any other venue.

Program Long term Success

The Lexington Singers’ Festival of Choirs is aimed to engage people of all ages, cultures, races, and religions with an emphasis on African-American and gospel style music. The concert’s long-term aim is to encourage the enjoyment and diversification of gospel music to members of the general public through collaborations with local gospel music performers.The concert will provide enrichment and education for all cultures and musical interest groups and will allow those that traditionally do not have regular access to live gospel music an opportunity to engage with the genre. Minority groups that have historically been underrepresented in The Singers’ membership will engage with the organization in a way that encourages future collaboration and partnership.

Program Success Monitored By Program success is monitored by concert attendance, sponsorship interest, crowd diversity and informal evaluation by the Lexington Singers' Board of Directors. 
Examples of Program Success This year's Festival of Choirs drew a crowd of approximately 600 people to enjoy the free concert. Crowd diversity was higher at this concert than at any other Lexington Singers concert this year. Since starting Festival of Choirs, minority membership in The Lexington Singers has increased substantially.

Each season, The Lexington Singers present the best of traditional and modern classics throughout the year. The classics concert series typically includes a fall and spring concert as well as the annual performance of Handel's Messiah. Concerts for the 2014-2015 season include a Jazz concert highlighting the musicianship of Jay Flippin and the expressive artistry of dancers. The Spring concert will include a world premiere of Dr. Rollo Dilworth's work commemorating the 150th anniversary of the ending of the Civil War. The concert will feature both adult and children voices and the commissioned work will take center stage.

Budget 42101
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Musical Performances
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program Short Term Success This year, over 4,700 people were exposed to quality choral music during The Lexington Singers' classics concerts. Audience members developed a new appreciation for pieces not yet known to them or will strengthen their esteem for pieces of which they are familiar. The Singers' Spring Concert was used as a preview performance before The Singers' took the work to New York City to perform it at Carnegie Hall. That concert raised over $3,500 to fight hunger in Central Kentucky.
Program Long term Success The classic concerts are one of the key ways in which The Singers fulfill its mission of providing quality choral music to further understanding among all peoples through the medium of music. The goal of these concerts is to promote traditional and modern choral music to a broad audience. Through these concerts, the musical landscape of Central Kentucky is enriched and individuals and families in Lexington and surrounding communities are exposed to new works as well as old favorites. 
Program Success Monitored By Program success is monitored by concert attendance, sponsorship interest, crowd diversity and informal evaluation by The Lexington Singers' Board of Directors. 
Examples of Program Success
In the past several years, The Singers' classics have become well known for their artistic and technical quality. Below are some quotes from recent reviews of our shows:

“The Messiah season ended in Lexington on Sunday afternoon with the biggest and best performance of all those that have graced our city in the last month. The Lexington Singers, under the expert direction of Jefferson Johnson, filled the Singletary Center for the Arts Concert Hall not only with the beautiful music of this oratorio, but also with an infectious enthusiasm for it.”


Linsday, T. B. (2011, Dec. 20).  Lexington singers ‘Messiah’.The Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved from http://www.kentucky.com/2011/12/20/1999743/review-lexington-singers-messiah.html


 “By pairing Achambeault’s images with Dean’s sumptuous arrangement and the musicians’ sensitive performance, The Lexington Singers have created an iconic Kentucky work that out to be committed to video and packaged as something choral groups around the Commonwealth can present."


Copley, R. (2009, Nov. 22). Lexington singers inspired performance.Copious Notes. Retrieved from http://copiousnotes.bloginky.com/2009/11/22/review-lexington-singers-bluegrass-tapestry/


 “The Singers’ sensitivity to the text and music of Papa Haydn’s ninth mass was as strong as its precision, making for a highly textured performance.”


Copley, R. (2007, Nov. 11). Spectacular, sensitive singing.Copious Notes. Retrieved from http://copiousnotes.bloginky.com/2007/11/11/spectacular-sensitive-singing/

Description The Lexington Singers' performance of POPS is an annual crowd-pleaser. This performance presents popular music and is performed at the Lexington Opera House. POPS includes both adult and children singers in intergenerational performances. 
Budget 11050
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Musical Performances
Population Served General/Unspecified, Families
Program Short Term Success No other major choral group in Lexington dedicates a yearly performance to popular music and, consequently, POPS has become a beloved community event. This year's POPS will highlight the best of Broadway and will include medley's from Kentucky's 2006 "Artist of the Year", Jay Flippin. The program is expected to reach an audience of at least 750.
Program Long term Success Because of its popular appeal, this concert draws new audience members to The Singers. This will both broaden the base of The Lexington Singers' support and allow new audience members to become exposed to other works performed by The Singers. 
Program Success Monitored By Program success is monitored by concert attendance, sponsorship interest, crowd diversity and informal evaluation by The Lexington Singers' Board of Directors. 
Examples of Program Success Due to its popularity, POPS has traditionally been a source of revenue for THe Singers. In recent years the concert has netted the group between three and four thousand dollars in profits. POPS has also been successful in attracting a broader age range of attendees as the music presented tends to appeal to young and old audiences alike.
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted July 2013
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No

The Singers adult and children’s choirs have enjoyed an abundance of collaborations over the past year. Key partnerships over the past year have included performances and programs with the UK Opera Theatre, UK Chorale, UK Symphony Orchestra, Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, God’s Pantry Food Bank, and others. Several of the events of the past year were put on by the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government such as the annual Christmas Tree Lighting and the July 4th Patriotic Concert. Additionally, The Singers coordinated a free gospel music concert called Festival of Choirs in which we partnered with three African American churches hosted the event the program was supported by both Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Kentucky and Dupree Financial Services, Inc.

LexArts Agency2012
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2015
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2016
Projected Revenue $209,833.00
Projected Expenses $210,024.00
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 Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$12,863$13,873
Individual Contributions$26,844$45,102$40,518
Investment Income, Net of Losses$2,748$3,219--
Membership Dues$67,872$56,241$59,929
Special Events--$0--
Revenue In-Kind--$6,000--
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$205,590$169,319$182,224
Administration Expense$42,080$52,263$31,553
Fundraising Expense--$0--
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.860.861.09
Program Expense/Total Expenses83%76%85%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$76,178$111,497$155,583
Current Assets$38,536$49,062$96,802
Long-Term Liabilities--$0$19,475
Current Liabilities$2,320$5,789--
Total Net Assets$73,858$105,708$136,108
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Registration Yes
Foundation Staff Comments Expense breakdowns were provided  by the organization.
Address PO Box 23002
Lexington, KY 40523
Primary Phone 859 3389888
Contact Email business@lexsing.org
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Jefferson Johnson
Board Chair Ms. Katie Owen
Board Chair Company Affiliation Lexington Catholic High School