Join the Arizona Girlchoir Board of Directors!

Thank you for your interest in applying to join our Board of Directors!

 

Joining the AZGC board means you will be assisting in the vision creation, planning, and decision-making for the choir in addition to helping represent us within the community. 

The board provides governance for the Arizona Girlchoir Association, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. AZGC board members include parents, singers, and local business leaders who generously give their time and expertise to support our mission as it is carried out by our artistic staff (all musical activities and programming) and administrative staff (operations, production, development, marketing, communications).

​Our vision is "community through music," and for almost ten years the AZGC has striven to give a voice to young women and our community. Our mission is to serve our community through excellence in singing, music education, and the choral arts, provided across generational, cultural, and economic boundaries. Led by Artistic Director Topher Keene, Grammy Award quarterfinalist for Music Educator of the Year in 2020, our choir focuses on artistic excellence in musicianship, exceptional music instruction, and a wide variety of performance opportunities.

We hope you will consider joining us! Following is some information that may help you make this important decision.

 

Benefits

Serving on the board of a nonprofit organization returns many intangible benefits to you! It provides a great opportunity to give back to your community. For instance, our organization prioritizes making singing available to lower socioeconomic families by keeping our tuition extremely low and offering scholarship funds to an increasing number of girls each year. You can serve your community in this way with us, while also building your personal network, expanding your professional skills, and enhancing your résumé. Many board members find that serving gives them the chance to grow in leadership and communication skills.

 

Note that we do carry insurance to indemnify all staff, board members, and officers of the organization.

 

Board Activities

Board members actively engage and participate in strategic planning, decision-making, fundraising, marketing and communications, and financial oversight of the organization. Members also serve on working committees and support teams, based on their specific areas of interest and expertise, including:

  • Development (fundraising, grants, community outreach)

  • Administration & planning

  • Finance & governance

  • Media & marketing

  • Artistic development

  • Many other areas

While we are accepting nominations for board members with a variety of skills in all areas, please note that we are particularly in need of individuals skilled in fundraising, development, and grants, and with the community connections necessary to foster growth in those areas.

Time & Term Commitment 

Our board currently meets monthly for about two hours, with longer planning meetings once or twice a year (in summer and again in January), and one annual meeting for all choir members at the close of each season. Typically, monthly meetings are held the first Monday of each month at 6:30, at the home of our Executive Director; meetings may be in-person, virtual, or hybrid, with some members coming in person and others choosing to connect virtually. (Meeting day is negotiable if Monday does not work for new board members.)

Additionally, board members are asked to serve on a committee or support team, which typically meets once every 1 to 3 months depending on the team. 

 

A board term is three years, but we can accommodate a shorter term if necessary. Members may serve consecutive terms.

 

Financial Commitment 

We do require a financial contribution, but the amount is determined by each individual and can be any amount that is meaningful and significant to the board member. A good yardstick to assess the amount of a contribution is the board member’s other charitable giving: AZGC should be among the top three nonprofits to which a board member makes annual contributions.

 

In addition, we request that each member be responsible for soliciting a minimum of $500 in direct or indirect funds, goods, or services for the choir. 

 

Join Us!

Our next two board meetings are scheduled on November 2 and December 7 (both Mondays). We would love for you to sit in, either in person or via Zoom, to get a better idea of how our organization operates.

  • Please contact us for details on sitting in on an upcoming board meeting. 

  • Please read our Introduction to the Board of Directors for more detailed information about working on the board and links to other important documents!

  • When you’re ready to apply, head straight to our Board of Directors online application

Of course, feel free to contact the Board with any questions you may have. Thank you for your serious consideration in this important matter!

Sincerely,

Charlene Shenk

Executive Director

Kayla Oswald

Board President

Caridad Legere

Board Treasurer

Carma Paden

Board Secretary

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Arizona Girlchoir is a 501©3 nonprofit organization.
All donations are tax-deductible. 
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Arizona Girlchoir is an SA choir (soprano-alto).

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