Spotlight on Long Beach Camerata Singers

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Spotlight on Long Beach Camerata recently spoke with Eric Shin, Marketing Director of Long Beach Camerata Singers, via email. They talked about the inspirations and challenges of running a nonprofit organization in Long Beach.

How long has Long Beach Camerata Singers been around? Did it start in Long Beach?

38 years, since 1967. The organization was founded by Frank Allen as the Vocal Arts Ensemble, and served as the resident chorus for the Long Beach Bach Festival, which he founded in 1973.

Describe Long Beach Camerata Singers. Tell us a little about your nonprofit, your mission, the people you serve or your goals.

We are a 65-voice ensemble who produces the annual Long Beach Bach Festival, currently in its 38th season. The ensemble also performs a fall concert, a holiday performance of the Messiah , and a spring concert of lighter music. Repertoire encompasses a wide range of works from the Renaissance to the present, and includes many contemporary choral works.

Presenting classical, contemporary and original choral music to a broad spectrum of our community and beyond.

How is Long Beach Camerata Singers different from similar nonprofits?

We are similar in that we are a completely community-based performing arts organization.

We are different because we produce the annual Long Beach Bach Festival, the only organization to do so in Long Beach.

How is Long Beach Camerata Singers involved with the community?

We bring the Long Beach community an enriched musical experience through many different venues: churches, wine bars, art galleries, and more. We also deliver the works of classical and contemporary music through innovative repertoire and original works, featuring local composers, artists, and venues.

What are some of the biggest successes Long Beach Camerata Singers has had?

We have achieved the MOST successful season last year, in terms of revenue, audience, and choir members.

Successfully implemented a professional Board of Directors and strategic action plan (bringing about the best year yet).

The Long Beach Bach Festival is now in its 38th season.

What is the most rewarding part of running Long Beach Camerata Singers?

The performances. To sit back and watch the concert unfold, after having worked so hard to bring it to the audience. To share the emotion with the audience is truly a humbling and uplifting experience.

What are the challenges you face — as a nonprofit, as an advocacy group, or in your industry?

To maintain momentum in a very, very pluralized landscape. Particularly challenging for a classical/choral group to captivate a new audience.

What are the future plans for Long Beach Camerata Singers?

To continue to provide enriching musical experiences to the Long Beach community.

We plan to be THE PREMIER musical group in the community.

Do you have any special events or fundraisers you’d like to tell us about?

Long Beach Camerata Singers GO BROADWAY concert is one of the most exciting events in the city. This entertaining show features our singers in choruses and solos from best-loved musical theater shows of the past and present. A reception and silent auction precedes the concert, offering a wide variety of items for bidding.

How can people get involved with Long Beach Camerata Singers? What do you need — volunteers, donations, etc?

We’re open to new comers all the time – singers, musicians, board members, volunteers. If you’re passionate about choral music, and ready to roll up your sleeves and hit the ground running… we’re interested in you!

What is the most inspiring advice that you received and who did it come from?

From Kelly Ruggirello – Don’t ever ask for money. Your presence and enthusiasm should be what sells the organization.

One Last Thing:

Thank you for your consideration!

Long Beach Camerata Singers Details:

Address: PO Box 15073 Long Beach, CA 90815

Phone Number: (562) 522-1045


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