Meritáge Vocal Arts Ensemble 174 W. Lincoln Ave. Suite 200, Anaheim CA 92805
IRC 501 (c)(3), Tax Id 95-4584695 (714) 519-6370 info@Meritage-VocalArts.org
DOES MERITÁGE HAVE A REOPENING PLAN?
HOW IS THE ORGANIZATION TAKING CARE OF ITS ARTISTS AND STAFF?
Meritáge Vocal Arts Ensemble has a Board-approved interim strategy designed to weather this crisis through drastically reduced operational expenses, a robust fundraising program, as well as exploring grant opportunities. As an additional security measure, the organization has approved the use of limited cash reserves, with a firm floor, to continue to provide artistic content while also ensuring the viability of future seasons.
Patrons are encouraged to continue supporting the organization through regular donations with confidence that Meritáge Vocal Arts Ensemble is taking the necessary steps to preserve the institution. Once it is safe to do so, Meritáge Vocal Arts Ensemble will continue stronger and more vibrant than ever as a result of this groundwork.
As of December 2020, Meritáge Vocal Arts Ensemble has met all its financial benchmarks and is on target to end the fiscal year in the summer of 2021 with a balanced budget.
The Board of Directors endorsed an Interim Strategy to guide us through the completion of this pandemic. Our priorities during this period are financial stewardship to survive the crisis, purchasing technology enhancements, and forging more community partnerships.
To that end, we are taking the following steps:
1. Raising funds for more appropriate (fair market) pay for additional audio and video engineering required for virtual presentations.
2. Building a technology plan to guide purchases/rentals of audio and video equipment to allow for a wider audience for our performances.
3. Meeting and discussing future plans with artists and organizations that would partner well with us. If you know of someone we should get to know, please let us know. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; Steve.Schulist@pimco.com
HOW CAN I HEAR MERITÁGE IN 2020 AND 2021?
Yes! The Board of Directors recently approved a robust reopening plan that includes three phases. This plan outlines the internal and external conditions necessary for Meritáge to present live performance activities and details the various operational modifications that staff and artists will implement.
Phase I – modified artistic product and an entirely virtual concert experience
Phase II – modified artistic product and modified concert experience
Phase III – return to normal concert operations
Meritáge is currently in Phase I of this plan. All artistic presentations are modified and there are no performances with an audience. This will hold through the 2020-2021 season. It is likely that we will see the first iteration of Phase II in December of 2021. We anticipate Phase III (back to normal) by the completion of the 2021-22 Season.
All phases will be dictated by strict adherence to Orange County Health Department guidelines, Board consensus, and personnel participation.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
HOW IS THE ORGANIZATION FARING FINANCIALLY?
As was done with the final two concerts of 2019-20, all original 2020-21 programs of Meritáge will be rescheduled into a future season. These consist of the following concerts:
Meritáge Vocal Arts Ensemble was able to continue all salaries for artistic and support staff at 100%. We have not, however, been able to compensate performers (orchestra, guest soloists, etc.) for other missed performances during this pandemic. We take our responsibility to invigorate and support performing artists through our concerts, so this has been the largest disappointment. However, we did hire student and professional instrumentalists for our “How Can I Keep from Singing” and “Stay Home for the Holidays” projects. We anticipate utilizing a full professional orchestra for our May “Survival” Concert. We will also have paid video engineers as we produce these projects.
All musical and administrative positions have been preserved, so when we are able to continue traditional musical performances, they will be filled by local artists and supporters again.
As was seen in our Christmas program, we are committed to continuing pour student outreach. All in-school education programs are being transitioned to an online format. For our 2020 concert, the choral program at Magnolia High School was invited to join us for Christmas. We followed up their performance with a financial gift to the program. We anticipate finding another school to join with in May of 2021. We also are taking this time to create a new concept—a festival and sight-reading competition in 2022. Our vision is to take this time to create something new for the educational landscape here in Southern California. With help from a few specific donors and supporting companies, we look forward to making this happen.
HELP OUR INTERIM STRATEGY:
WHAT IS THE STATUS OF THIS SEASON’S PROGRAMS?
How Can I Keep from Singing
A concert of beautiful melodies, rousing and reflective spirituals, and profound hymn tunes brought to you along with wonderful solos from members of the group.
A monumental concert featuring four masterpieces inspired by the ancient Te Deum text. Settings by Mozart, Bruckner, Britten, and Dan Forrest accompanied by full orchestra, professional soloists, and organ.
A performance of the magnum opus of Maurice Duruflé in the full orchestral version with guests Meistersingers and Corona Del Sol High School.
Meritáge at the Movies
Meritáge doing what Meritáge does best—entertain! This concert sees the group presenting the best melodies from the big screen from the silver age to today.
Snow, Sleep, and Santa!
A Christmas concert centered around the beauty of the season—falling snow, children snuggled all warm in their beds, and Santa’s favorite melodies.
Meritáge Vocal Arts Ensemble is presenting a modified season with virtual offerings consisting of solo releases as well as the complete group in the “virtual choir” format. Our first such presentation, in August 2020, was the tune How Can I Keep from Singing. Christmas saw us presenting “Stay Home for the Holidays.” This concert focused on fun songs and pieces that translated well to all of us enjoying the season from home. There was fun editing and lots of wonderful solos. We foresee doing a very different program in May of 2021—a program entitled Survival, including songs of both ordeal and hope created through historical pandemics and resulting in hope for the future.
HAS THIS SEASON CHANGED AND WHAT HAPPENED TO LAST SEASON’S CONCERTS?
WHAT IS THE STATUS OF THE STUDENT OUTREACH PROGRAM?
Meritáge Vocal Arts Ensemble and our long-term survival is not in question. Our fiscal and musical plans are tailored to the current situation with an eye to the future. Our operating and emergency resources, however, are finite. Furthermore, we would like to take this opportunity to fulfill our vision for the future. If you’re able to support us, there are two ways you can do so today:
Contribute to our wish list:
Infrastructure spending is one of the least “sexy” parts of fundraising. However, anything we can do now to allow for community offerings is imperative so long as it also satisfies our long-term goals. We are committed to never paying for a “quick fix.” We have need for the following: We still need Wish List items.
$20,000 Artistic Director Chair
$5,000 Orchestra Sponsor (x4)
$2,000 Section Lead Sponsor (x8)