Despite the many unknowns around the immediate and long-term future for arts organization due to the Covid-19 pandemic, choral music continues to play an important role in our communities: 1 in 10 people in the United States sings in a choir, making choral music our nation’s most participatory art form. When the pandemic ends, there is every expectation that this level of participation will continue.
When the Covid-19 pandemic shut down the regular operations of the Cathedral Choral Society in March 2020, the organization took steps to fundamentally reexamine the business model of the organization, with particular attention paid to the impact and reach of the chorus across many communities.
Time away from rehearsals and performances also provided space for the development of a reinvigorated vision and mission that reflect new leadership and evolving community priorities while not losing sight of the impressive history that still defines the Cathedral Choral Society as one of the musical pillars of the Washington, DC region.
This plan is a reflection of all of these things: a closer look at the chorus’s community impact, the changing business model of arts organizations nationwide, and a renewal of the chorus’s nearly 80-year commitment to musical excellence are all present herein. And, while the plan detail includes a number of tactical decisions, it is the overarching initiatives of inviting, elevating, and stewarding that will serve as the cornerstones of CCS’s operations in the years to come.
As the Covid-19 pandemic plays out and, hopefully, soon draws to an end, this plan will empower the Cathedral Choral Society to explore new channels, work towards equity in the sector, build educational programming, and identify new ways of creating a positive impact in our local, national, and worldwide communities. It is intentionally a fluid guide that allows for adaptation to what is a rapidly changing world while adhering to a clear set of core goals and values.