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Executive Director’s 2017-2018 annual report
Executive Director’s report covering the internal business affairs of the Corporation having to do with property acquisitions, productions, trips, workshops and like matters along with any other relevant data deemed necessary or proper for presentation.
JLO kicked off the FY18 season with the popular Who’s Your Diva sing-off at Centennial Hall. Eight divas – three returning divas, and five new divas, including two women new to JLO programming, sang to a sold-out crowd for a chance to win the crown. We utilized the MobileCause software to collect donations in the form of votes, and Juneau’s own Gigi Monroe (James Hoagland), a professional female impersonator, served as our emcee for the evening.
In October we presented Operatoberfest, an Oktoberfest-inspired interactive concert featuring opera’s most bawdy and rambunctious songs, at the Rockwell Ballroom. The sold-out 21+ crowd played bar games, sang along to sea shanties, saloon and folk songs, and enjoyed cold beverages provided by the generosity of Alaskan Brewery.
Byron McGilvray and Janis Capelle returned once more to lead our 29th annual MidWinter Vocal Festival in December. We saw an increase in total participants, particularly more families. We were more diligent in advertising the festival and scholarship offerings to the high schools through the music teachers, which helped boost our participation numbers.
In February, we partnered with the Juneau Douglas High School and the Alaska Youth Choir in producing Sondheim’s Into the Woods. More than 30 students (K-12) and adults were cast, and worked side by side on stage as well as off – building and painting the set and scenery, and sewing costumes. The group, led by director Michela Moore, participated in self-esteem boosting, improvisatory, and community bonding exercises – often singing in circles as a warm-up before each rehearsal and performance.
We were extremely honored to be invited as the sole performers for the Governor’s Awards, and we took the opportunity to feature 25 Into the Woods cast members performing the opening number from the show.
In March, JLO was pleased to sponsor the recital of Jay Query and Sue Kazama at Northern Light United Church. Jay and Sue performed classic English, Italian, Spanish, and American Folk songs for more than 100 people in attendance. The recital was admission by donation.
In April, we welcomed internationally-renowned conductor and pianist, Timothy Long, to lead chorus and soloists in workshops in preparation for our Gala-Extravaganza. One-on-one coachings were offered to singers, as well as a solo and ensemble masterclass open to the public – all free of charge. Mr. Long was well received by all who had the opportunity to work with him and we plan to offer similar opportunities to Juneau’s singer community in the future. The chorus and singers presented their hard work with high acclaim to a sold out gala audience at the Rockwell Ballroom at the end of April.
In May, we rounded out the season with our third Afternoon of Ave Marias to two sold out and enthusiastic audiences at the Shrine of St. Therese. The performance featured a 21-voice women’s chorus (ages 16- retired seniors) along with the JSO’s harpist, Candace Livolsi, french horn, and flute. The concert also featured the arranging talents of Juneau’s own Kristina Paulick.
In all, FY2018 was a full, successful season that explored new ideas, engaged new patrons and focused on our local talent and resources. We feel we were true to our mission to provide singing, theatrical and choral opportunities and education for the people of our community.
Number of participants/audience served:
Our programming served roughly 2,487 participants and audience members. We featured 192 local artists and 12 guest artists.
|Who’s Your Diva||9||3||11||425|
|Into the Woods||65||12||14||1050|
|Aves at the Shrine||26||1||5||200|
Major Accomplishments of FY2018
Governor’s Awards Invitation:
JLO had the honor of being invited as the sole performance for the Governor’s Awards. We took the opportunity to feature 25 Into the Woods cast members performing the opening number from the show.
Greater Youth Impact:
Due to our efforts to collaborate with JDHS and Orpheus Project, we saw a greater youth impact reflected in both our participants and audience. Into the Woods engaged more than 400 youth ages 6-18, and the Princess Sophia outreach performances engaged roughly 150 students at two elementary schools (including 1 Title 1 school). This aligns with our strategic plan to increase youth engagement in our programming goals.
Strategic Plan: JLO updated and adopted a five-year Strategic Plan to align with medium and long range organizational goals set at our February 2017 retreat.
Season Planning: The JLO Board was able to solidify the FY2019 season prior to the season starting. This advanced planning has allowed JLO staff to develop a season poster, give advanced notice to performers and audiences, as well as secure performance venues for all events.