Canterbury Voices
424 Colcord Dr., Ste. D
Oklahoma City OK 73102-2500
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Mission Statement
Canterbury Voices' 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.
Contact Information
Contact Name Pam Mowry
Contact email
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
Donate to Endowment
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer Interested in supporting Canterbury? You may 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. Volunteers are the base of all that Canterbury does. For information about volunteer opportunities throughout the year including assisting with Camp Canterbury, CYV rehearsals or Adult Chorus concerts, call our Office Manager at (405) 232-7464. 
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $579,711.00
Projected Expenses $580,606.00
History and Background
Former Names
Canterbury Choral Society2016
Year Founded 1969
IRS Ruling Year 1973
State Registration Expiration Apr 2017
Canterbury Voices' 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.

Canterbury Voices was founded in May 1969 as Canterbury Choral Society at All Souls Episcopal Church 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.

In August of 2017, Canterbury Youth Voices (CYV) enters its twentieth year! Canterbury’s goal with the CYV education program is to provide opportunities for young singers in grades 2-12 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 August through May.

Canterbury hosts an annual summer camp, Camp Canterbury, for children in grades 2-10. 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 on Saturday 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.



  • 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.


  • 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.
  1. Marketing partners can significantly impact Canterbury's earned revenue by providing free graphic designing and advertising opportunities to promote concerts. In return, Canterbury offers benefits for this in-kind contribution.
  2. Individual Donors are the backbone of any non-profit organization provided regular and increased unrestricted support while serving as ambassadors for the arts.
  3. Volunteers provide administrative assistance in the Canterbury office, assist with Camp Canterbury, CYV rehearsals, and special events.
  4. 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.
  5. Corporate partners provide large-scale support through Concert Sponsorships. These mutually-beneficial relationships assist Canterbury with funding Civic Center performances while corporate partners are provided with ticket benefits, community investment visibility, and special added-value services for their employees and customers. Corporate partnerships are tailored to reflect the needs of both Canterbury and the Sponsor.
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

Canterbury has many new, exciting plans ahead as we prepare for our 2016-2017 season, and I am humbled and honored to be the new Board President of an organization that has provided choral music to Oklahoma for 48 years. Although a non-singer, I had attended Canterbury concerts many times since moving to Oklahoma City in 1996. While I appreciated the music and professionalism of the singers, I wasn’t truly aware of the special nature of Canterbury until more recently. Our firm was honored to host Canterbury’s 45th anniversary celebration in 2013 following their opening concert of Carmina Burana. The planning and execution of this celebration provided me with a first-hand opportunity to witness the passion, dedication, and musicality each performer brings to such an undertaking. I was intrigued by the idea that these performers were volunteers—giving of their time and talents for the pure joy of singing and performing.

Coming from almost every corner of Oklahoma to join voice and heart, the Canterbury singers embody—to me—the essence of why the arts are so very necessary: community. The Canterbury community is a place of joy, music, laughter, and very hard work. After witnessing these qualities, I had to be a part of such an organization and was honored, and a bit humbled, to be asked to lead Canterbury over the next two years. To me, Canterbury embodies the very best of the spirit of Oklahoma—hard work, selflessness, perseverance, and a drive to create something a little bit unique and thereby make things a little brighter. Canterbury weaves each volunteer’s voice with their neighbor’s achieving a certain moment of grace through music. These are the reasons why I became a part of Canterbury and support it with my time, my financial resources, and the resources of my firm and our employees.

The volunteer singers of Canterbury are what make our organization truly unique. While other organizations pay their artists, our singers do what they love to do, not for the money, but for their passion of choral music. Many of them have been singing with Canterbury from the very beginning, have traveled near and far each week to attend rehearsals, and have reached beyond Oklahoma with trips to China and France to share their love of choral music. They are the single most important factor for the reason Canterbury has thrived for nearly half a century.

In addition, our youth choruses continue to supplement the lives of students by providing a solid music education and curriculum. As we continue to branch out with our satellite programs, we hope to reach more youth who are eager to learn the art of singing in a group, building friendships, and improving their overall academic experiences.

At the end of every concert this season, I hope you come away with a greater appreciation of choral music. And if choral music is just outside of your comfort zone, get ready to be inspired and leave with a spirit of joy and wonder.

Douglas Sorocco

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

Starting fall 2017, Canterbury Voices will celebrate its 49th season 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.

Population Served Adults Families

For over 20 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.

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.


Designed specifically for children in grades 2 through 10, 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.

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

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.

Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Adults
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Pam Mowry
Start Date July 2016

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
Pam MowryExecutive Director
Number of Full-time Staff 3
Number of Part-time Staff 11
Number of Contract Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 393
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 2
Female 10
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 Under Development
Organization Policies and Procedures Yes
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.
Allied Arts member agency1991
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government (federal, state and/or local)? No
Board Chair
Name Mr. Doug Sorocco
Company Affiliation Dunlap Codding
Term July 2015 to July 2017
Board of Directors
List Current as of Feb 01, 2017
Board of Directors List
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. John David Stinson ProprietorVoting
Mr. Arthur Thompson Stroud National Bank, PresidentVoting
Dr. Clark Ward ConsultantVoting
Mrs. Melissa Yeargain Bank of OklahomaVoting
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 12
Female 4
Board Term Lengths 2 years
Percentage of Board Making Monetary Contributions to the Organization 98 %
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
Board Governance
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017-Dec 31, 2017
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $579,711
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $580,606
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 Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$42,628$0$0
Individual Contributions$287,168$82,708$85,678
Investment Income, Net of Losses$412$232$177
Unrealized Gain/Loss--$4,578$2,456
Membership Dues$7,143$5,797$7,125
Special Events$20,597$104,847$17,306
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$276,018$150,209$226,231
Administration Expense$394,726$370,218$349,276
Fundraising Expense--$66,565$9,594
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.871.170.99
Program Expense/Total Expenses41%26%39%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%18%3%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$170,233$255,146$153,152
Current Assets$93,874$174,256$71,276
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities--$1,360$300
Total Net Assets$170,233$253,786$152,852
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities--128.13237.59
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividuals $287,168Earned Revenue $300,121Earned Revenue $251,393
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $142,417Foundations & Corporations $182,946Foundations & Corporations $212,027
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndirect Public Support $84,416Individuals $82,708Individuals $85,678
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
Current year financial summary data in charts and graphs are per the organization's IRS Form 990.  All prior year financial information is from audited financial statements. Therefore, you may see some discrepancies in the breakout of revenue, expenses, totals assets and/or net assets going from the audited financials to the Form 990s.
Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals 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
Give with Credit Card
Give to Endowment
CEO/Executive Director Pam Mowry
Board Chair Mr. Doug Sorocco
Board Chair Company Affiliation Dunlap Codding


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