Canterbury Voices
424 Colcord Dr., Ste. D
Oklahoma City OK 73102-2500
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Mission Statement
Canterbury Voices' mission is to transform lives, educate the future and inspire communities through great choral music. Canterbury's vision is to continually offer artistic and educational experiences of the highest quality each year to the broadest and most diverse audience possible in the Central Oklahoma region.
2017 Bluegrass and Blue Jeans concert featuring Kyle Dillingham and Horseshoe Road, Lucas Ross, Matt Denman, and the Mustang Varsity Choir
Contact Information
Contact Name Pam Mowry
Contact email sing@canterburyokc.com
Address 424 Colcord Dr., Ste. D
Oklahoma City, OK 73102 2500
Phone (405) 232-7464
Fax 405-232-7465
County Oklahoma County
How to Give
Donate with Credit Card http://canterburyokc.com/txpmid.php
Donate to Endowment http://occf.org/ccs/
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer Interested in supporting Canterbury? You can make a secure, online donation by visiting Canterbury's website, mail a check made out to "Canterbury Voices" to the address above - or give us a call at (405) 232-7464. For information about volunteer opportunities call our office at (405) 232-7464. 
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $585,120.00
Projected Expenses $583,340.00
History and Background
Former Names
NameYear
Canterbury Choral Society2016
Year Founded 1969
IRS Ruling Year 1973
State Registration Expiration Mar 2018
Statements
Mission
Canterbury Voices' mission is to transform lives, educate the future and inspire communities through great choral music. Canterbury's vision is to continually offer artistic and educational experiences of the highest quality each year to the broadest and most diverse audience possible in the Central Oklahoma region.
Background

Canterbury Voices was founded in May 1969 as Canterbury Choral Society with 60 singers and now performs in Oklahoma City’s premier performance venue, Civic Center Music Hall. The 125-member Adult Chorus is the flagship program of the organization and the largest of its kind in the state of Oklahoma. All singers are auditioned-volunteers, most with extensive musical and stage experience, and come from all over Oklahoma. The Adult Chorus routinely collaborates with sister arts agencies like the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and Oklahoma City Ballet.

Canterbury Voices and the Oklahoma City University Wanda L. Bass School of Music share a unique partnership through the creation of a joint artistic position and through their vision of forming a center for choral excellence. Other collaborations include a shared choral music library, students performing with the adult chorus on selected concerts and student participation in Canterbury adult and youth programs as conducting and staff assistants.

For 20 years, the Canterbury Youth Voices music education program has provided young singers in grades 2-12 the opportunity to develop and enhance life skills through musical development. CYV has four choruses, rehearsing weekly in Moore and in Central Oklahoma City. CYV's education season is September through April.

Canterbury hosts an annual summer camp, Camp Canterbury, for children in grades 2-8. Camp Canterbury is a week-long camp for children who love to sing, children do not have to audition to attend Camp Canterbury. This summer camp is located at Oklahoma City University and is Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, then finishes with a gala performance for family and friends.

Canterbury also offers high school and college choirs the opportunity to rehearse with Canterbury Voices’ artistic director, Dr. Randi Von Ellefson, and to perform alongside Canterbury Voices’ adult chorus on Civic Center stage through the Side-by-Side program.

Impact

Accomplishments:

  • Canterbury continues to provide diversified programming to Oklahoma audiences. In 2015, Canterbury commissioned Oklahoma native and Chickasaw classical composer, Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate. Tate's oratorio, "Misha' Sipokni'" (MEE-sha sih-POK-nee), is composed for chorus, orchestra, 3 soloists, and children's chorus. Canterbury's world premiere of "Misha' Sipokni'" was on October 7, 2016.
  • Community Outreach continues to be of importance as the organization spreads its mission within the state and beyond. Through our CYV Satellite Program in Moore, regional performances, national tours of the Canterbury Youth Voices and international performances of the Adult Chorus, Canterbury represents the state of Oklahoma as musical ambassadors.
  • Canterbury has announced a new look, a new vision, and new voice in 2016 that coincides with the office move to the Arts District Parking Garage.

Goals:

  • Evaluation of marketing and fundraising efforts by staff and the Board of Directors will continue to strengthen Canterbury's fiscal position and develop new donors and patrons for the organization.
  • Innovation and collaboration continue to be a priority for the organization's performances. Each season, artistic and executive staff evaluate strategic partnerships with local artists and organizations to bring the most diversified and informative performances to Canterbury's audience. Recent highlights include Broadway star and Tony Award Nominees Kelli O'Hara and Ron Raines; local musicians Kyle Dillingham and Edgar Cruz; and other sister arts organizations such as the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Oklahoma City Ballet and Oklahoma Youth Orchestras.
Needs
  1. Individual donors are the backbone of any non-profit organization providing regular and increased unrestricted support while serving as ambassadors for the arts.
  2. Volunteers provide administrative assistance in the Canterbury office, assist with Camp Canterbury, CYV rehearsals, and special events.
  3. In-kind goods and services for special events from local businesses help Canterbury in fundraising efforts through friend-raising events, donor appreciation gatherings, and auctions.
  4. Corporate and Foundation partners provide large-scale support. These mutually-beneficial relationships assist Canterbury with funding Civic Center performances and children's programming. Corporate partners are provided with ticket benefits, community investment visibility, and special added-value services for their employees and customers.
CEO/Executive Director Statement
  • Canterbury challenges itself to "make a difference" in the lives of people in its community outreach. By layering performance with education, diverse programming, and interesting collaborations/themes: more meaningful experiences can happen.
  • State, regional and national touring allows Canterbury to serve as ambassadors to wider audiences.
  • Expansion and deepening of Canterbury’s education programs increase access and diversity of populations served.
  • Focusing on the growth of donors and patrons and improvement in their stewardship is of the highest importance.
  • Improving the board’s operation and increasing recruitment is necessary for robustness and undergirding the organization.
Board Chair Statement

Letter from the President

As President of the Board of Directors of Canterbury Voices, allow me to personally thank you for joining us for another exciting season of world-class choral music. Whether you have been a faithful supporter of Canterbury Voices or are excited to experience this amazing choir for the first time, we welcome you to our forty-eighth year of performances! Throughout the decades Canterbury, and the Oklahoma City community, has gone through many changes. Through it all, we remain dedicated to enhancing the artistic culture of Oklahoma City and beyond through the collective sounds of chorus and accompaniment, and hope to bring musical excitement to you and your family this year.

Wonderful things are in store for Canterbury this year, as we first bring you Bluegrass and Blue Jeans. This delightful concert will feature some of Oklahoma’s best musicians, and showcase the depth of talent that our singers possess. For the Holiday season, please join us for Handel’s Messiah. For years families have included Canterbury as part of their holiday tradition, and we are pleased to bring you a lesser-performed setting of this classic work, which includes a tremendous orchestra. This concert will provide a unique twist to a holiday standard. To conclude our 2017-2018 season, Canterbury will be the featured performance group of the American Choral Directors Association’s Southwest Regional Conference, in a concert we have titled Mosaic. We are pleased to collaborate, for the first time, with the Tulsa Oratorio Chorus, and the Southwest ACDA Collegiate Honor Choir. Under the direction of the famed Venezuelan conductor Maria Guinand, Mosaic proves yet again that fantastic results can be achieved when arts organizations work together.

From all of us on the Board of Directors, the Staff, and most importantly our terrific Singers, please enjoy each of the exciting offerings we bring to you this year. With your sustained support and patronage, we sincerely hope to continue performing the highest caliber of choral music to our terrific audiences for years to come.

All the best,

Blake Lawrence

President, Board of Directors

 
Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Oklahoma City Metropolitan Statistical Area (all 7 counties)
Based on concert attendance, special events, on-air broadcasts, volunteer opportunities and community outreach, Canterbury impacts approximately 66,000 people per year.
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Arts,Culture & Humanities/Arts Education
Programs
Description

In 2019, Canterbury Voices will celebrate its 50th year as one of the largest volunteer choral organizations in the United States! The singers of Canterbury are auditioned-volunteers, most of whom have extensive musical and stage experience. These dedicated musicians hail from all over the state of Oklahoma to share their love of singing and the art of choral music with the greater Oklahoma City area.

Throughout the past 49 years, Canterbury's Civic Center season has become a celebrated tradition for families throughout Oklahoma. The Adult Chorus routinely collaborates with sister arts agencies like the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and Oklahoma City Ballet. Canterbury's unique partnership with Oklahoma City University promotes a shared interest in our civic arts community by providing a joint artistic director, podium time for graduate conducting students and assistantship opportunities for music education candidates.

Strategy
Population Served Adults Families
Description

For over 21 years the Canterbury Youth Voices (CYV) has been celebrating children's love of singing by enhancing and cultivating singing skills and musical literacy. Through the art of choral singing, CYV strives to deepen each child's understanding of life, culture and the world around us. The CYV curriculum is designed to explore the world through classical music and the music of other cultures. Children attending public and private schools, as well as those who are home-schooled, make new friends while experiencing the joy of music in a supportive and nurturing environment.

Strategy
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Success MonitoringHelpDescription of the tools used to measure or track program impact.

The success of Canterbury Youth Voices (CYV) is measured based upon the number of students enrolled and providing an evaluation form for students, parents, and CYV staff at the end of the education season. In the evaluation form, participants may rate CYV on a scale of 1 to 5. The following are examples of questions on the evaluation:

  • Instructional content
  • Length of rehearsals
  • CYV communications
  • Program price compared to value
Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success.
  • The Central Apprentice Choir and Chorale performed as Honor Choir at the 2015 Oklahoma Music Educators Association in Tulsa, OK
  • The CYV Central Chorale was chosen to perform as Honor Choir at the American Choral Directors Association Southwest Regional Conference in 2016
  • Moore and Central choirs occasionally perform the National Anthem for Thunder and Dodger games
  • On October 7, 2016 the CYV Central Chorale performed alongside Canterbury's adult chorus, the OKC Philharmonic, and soloists for the world premiere of "Misha' Sipokni'" by Chickasaw classical composer, Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate. This piece is sung in the Chickasaw language.

Description

Designed specifically for children in grades 2 through 8, Camp Canterbury is an exciting week full of singing, moving, learning, performing and making new friends! Children do not have to audition to participate in Camp Canterbury. Camp Canterbury teaches children good choral techniques, vocal and musical artistry, and also offers children an option for additional classes such as Ukulele, Music Theater, Drama, and Creative Dance.

As schools are continually being forced to eliminate their fine arts programs due to budget concerns, Camp Canterbury is one way in which Canterbury is seeking to reach the children of our community through arts education. Camp Canterbury reaches nearly 60 students each year through a fun education environment preparing them for their school music programs or membership in the Canterbury Youth Voices.

Strategy
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Success MonitoringHelpDescription of the tools used to measure or track program impact.

The success of Camp Canterbury will be measured based upon the number of students enrolled and providing an evaluation form for students, parents, camp instructors and staff at the end of the week. In the evaluation form, participants may rate Camp Canterbury on a scale of 1 to 5. The following are examples of questions on the evaluation:

  • Instructional content
  • Length of camp
  • Camp Canterbury communications
  • Program price compared to value
Description

This program is an exciting invitation to a local high school or university choir to participate in a "Side-by-Side" performance with Canterbury Voices. This provides students with the opportunity to perform a choral masterwork in a professional venue with experienced musicians. Students also receive FREE instruction in their classroom with Artistic Director, Dr. Randi Von Ellefson. Complimentary tickets are made available to the students through the generosity of our supporters to share their once-in-a-lifetime experience. Recent participants include Norman North High School and Edmond North.

Strategy
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Adults
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Pam Mowry
Start Date July 2016
Email pam@canterburyokc.com
Experience

Pam Mowry is excited to become the new Executive Director of Canterbury Voices. She has more than eighteen years of nonprofit management experience, primarily in the areas of fundraising, board development and event management. Mowry’s career began at the Oklahoma Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain in 1998. In 2005, she joined the staff of Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma just as their capital campaign was getting underway to renovate and endow three properties on NW 16th Street in Oklahoma City, known as the Plaza District. Lyric was successful in reaching its goal to double their artistic programming and expand their community outreach when the historic Plaza Theatre opened in December 2007. Mowry left Lyric in 2012 to become the Executive Director of Oklahoma AIDS Care Fund, and coordinated three Red Tie Night events before joining the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County staff.

During her career, Mowry has served as Chairman of the 2012 Oklahoma Arts Conference in Oklahoma City and served on the Oklahoma State University College of Arts & Sciences Alumni Board. Mowry has served as a guest speaker and panelist on various fundraising topics, including capital campaigns, corporate sponsorships, and creative fundraising ideas.

Pam Mowry earned a Bachelor of Music with Elected Studies in Business degree from Oklahoma State University. During her time at OSU, she had the honor and privilege of studying choral music with Dr. Jerry McCoy. Performing in Concert Chorale, the group toured Europe and performed at numerous American Choral Director’s Association Leadership Conferences across the United States. “It was one of the best times in my life,” said Mowry, “performing choral music is a spiritually uplifting experience, and I enjoy it immensely.” Mowry has also sung with Stillwater Chamber Singers and Windsong ensembles.

Pam and her husband Mike have two daughters who attend Oklahoma State University and Edmond Memorial High School. In her spare time, Pam serves as Vice President of Edmond’s Bulldog Band Boosters.

Senior Staff
NameTitle
Pam MowryExecutive Director
Staff
Number of Full-time Staff 4
Number of Part-time Staff 10
Number of Contract Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 550
Staff Retention Rate 100
Are professional development opportunities provided? Yes
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? Yes
Management reports to board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 11
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Yes
Policy against commission-based compensation for fundraising consultant No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Yes
Number of Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Apr 2014
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policies and Procedures Yes
Collaborations
The Adult Chorus routinely collaborates with sister arts agencies like the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and Oklahoma City Ballet. Canterbury's unique partnership with Oklahoma City University promotes a shared interest in our civic arts community by providing a joint artistic director, podium time for graduate conducting students and assistantship opportunities for music education candidates. Collaborations with other organizations have increased Canterbury's community outreach including raising Haitian Relief funds with the American Red Cross and raising hearing awareness with International Hearing Organization, Phonak.
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Allied Arts member agency1991
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government (federal, state and/or local)? No
Board Chair
Name Mr. Blake Lawrence
Company Affiliation Helmerich & Payne, Inc.
Term July 2017 to July 2019
Board of Directors
List Current as of Feb 08, 2018
Board of Directors List
NameAffiliationStatus
Mr. Dan Boren The Chickasaw NationVoting
Mr. Bob Brearton American FidelityVoting
Mr. James W. Bruce American Banking SystemsVoting
Mr. Scott Davis Magic Linen ServicesVoting
Mr. Blake Lawrence Hall Estill Attorneys at LawVoting
Mrs. Lisa Reagan Love Voting
Mr. Grant Moak State of OklahomaVoting
Mrs. Saundra Naifeh FKG ConsultingVoting
Mrs. Mary Nichols Community VolunteerHonorary
Dr. Joseph H. Phillips Vision SourceVoting
Mrs. Karen Rieger Crowe & DunlevyVoting
Dr. Chris Sholer Private PracticeVoting
Mr. Doug Sorocco Dunlap CoddingVoting
Mr. Arthur Thompson Stroud National Bank, PresidentVoting
Dr. Clark Ward ConsultantVoting
Mrs. Melissa Yeargain Bank of OklahomaVoting
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 11
Female 4
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2 years
Percentage of Board Making Monetary Contributions to the Organization 100 %
Percentage of Board Making In-Kind Contributions to the Organization 55 %
Board Orientation Yes
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Standing Committees
Finance
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018-Dec 31, 2018
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $585,120
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $583,340
IRS Letter of Determination
Prior Three Years' Financial History
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Contributions$349,749$287,168$181,129
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
------
Government Contributions$0$42,628$46,196
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified--$42,628$46,196
Individual Contributions------
--$84,416$81,606
$116,469$142,417$232,826
Investment Income, Net of Losses$192$412$9,947
Unrealized Gain/Loss($2,630)$1,915--
Membership Dues--$7,143$5,797
Special Events$30,558$20,597$100,339
Revenue In-Kind------
Other$4,627$70,860$11,482
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$381,063$276,018$389,537
Administration Expense$78,896$394,726$178,254
Fundraising Expense$84,210--$63,485
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.920.981.06
Program Expense/Total Expenses70%41%62%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue276%0%28%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$142,401$170,233$252,593
Current Assets$33,777$93,874$174,256
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$17,372--$69,172
Total Net Assets$125,029$170,233$183,421
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.94--2.52
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions $349,749Contributions $287,168Earned Revenue $232,826
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $116,469Earned Revenue $142,417Contributions $181,129
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountSpecial Events $30,558Indirect Public Support $84,416Special Events $100,339
Endowment? Yes
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage (if selected) 5 %
Credit Line? Yes
Reserve Fund? Yes
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next Five Years? No
Comments on Financials
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
Variances in expenses and associated income occur year-to-year due to changes in concert programming.
 
 
 
 
Foundation Staff Comments
All prior year financial information is from the IRS Form 990s.
 
Contributions may include foundations and corporations when the breakout was not available.
 
Note: Fundraising revenue is shown as net when using the Form 990 compared to using the Audited Financials.  Therefore, you will not see any fundraising expense in FY2015.

The financial information presented is obtained from the following sources: IRS Form 990, independent audit reports, financial statements – board approved when available, and supplemental information from the organization. We do not warrant or guarantee the timeliness, errors or inaccuracies. With respect to information regarding financial performance, nothing on this website should be interpreted as a statement or interpretation by OCCF staff.

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Address 424 Colcord Dr., Ste. D
Oklahoma City, OK 73102 2500
Primary Phone 405 232-7464
Contact Email sing@canterburyokc.com
Give with Credit Card http://canterburyokc.com/txpmid.php
Give to Endowment http://occf.org/ccs/
CEO/Executive Director Pam Mowry
Board Chair Mr. Blake Lawrence
Board Chair Company Affiliation Helmerich & Payne, Inc.

 

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