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Project Details by Fiscal Year
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Buffalo Ridge Chorale
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
March 2018
End Date
December 2018
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Lac qui Parle
Lac qui Parle
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2017 Regular Session, chapter 91, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Our goal is to bring together singers from many communities to produce a quality concert that will be affordable and available to the three-county area. Because we have a highly trained professional as a director, the singers will learn college-level singing techniques. The audiences will continue to learn not only from our musical performances but also from the narrative and program notes that go with the performances. Our quantifiable goals are to maintain a Chorale of 30 or more and audiences of 150 or more. We have tried many different evaluation methods in the past--surveys, questionnaires, professional critiques, etc.--and all have been useful, but ultimately each method's answers become predictable. This time we will ask the section leaders to fill out a questionnaire. In addition we will continue to dissect the recording of the concert to look for strengths and weaknesses. The quantifiable goals are simply a matter of counting.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Our quantifiable goals were to maintain a Chorale of 30 or more and audiences of 150 or more. We surpassed both of those goals with Chorale members of 44 and audiences of 166 and 190. The questionnaire responses from the section leaders reported that in the last two concerts, we have been tackling too much music. However, they all felt that the Chorale is, in general, improving, and they affirmed that the singers experience joy in the process.

Proposed Outcomes Achieved
Achieved proposed outcomes.
Source of Additional Funds

Other,local or private

Recipient Board Members
Donna Kurth, Nancy Sandro, Roberta Trooien, Dana Crooks, David Pollard, Rusty Nelson, Barb Nelson
Project Overview

Art Project

Project Details

2018 Concert Series.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Buffalo Ridge Chorale
Street Address
48542 197th St
Zip Code
(605) 832-2651
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications

John White: writer, photographer, retired journalist; Georgette Jones: literature teacher, theatre actor, director, teacher; Marilee Strom: musician, former art teacher, business owner; Kathy Fransen: musician, theatre, Rhythm of the River coordinator; Janet Olney: visual artist, Willmar Area Arts Council coordinator; Joyce Meyer: photographer, retired art teacher, Canby Arts Council; Pam Blake: retired art educator, visual artist, Tyler Arts Council, Lincoln County Art Fair, Southwest Minnesota Weaver's Guild; Michele Knife Sterner: theatre actor, SMSU Associate director for Access Opportunity Success program; Tom Wirt: artist, owner Clay Coyote Gallery, Hutchinson Center for the Arts, past member Hutchinson Public Arts Commission; Joyce Aakre: visual arts, writing, Discover Dassel committee, Board member for Litchfield Community Education, Exhibit committee for Dassel Area Historical Society; Emily Petersen: visual artist, art teacher; David KelseyBassett: visual artist, musician; Anne O'Keefe-Jackson: human resources director, bead and quill work; Cindy Reverts: visual artist, Rock County Fine Arts Association treasurer, Council for Arts in Humanities in Rock County; Brett Lehman: Worthington International Festival, Worthington City Band, Worthington Concert Association; Erica Volkir: performing arts, Director of Pipestone Area Chamber of Commerce and CVB; Claire Swanson: visual arts, arts teacher, Meander Art Crawl Committee.

Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

Joyce Aakre: visual art, writing; Mark Brodin: music, theatre, film; Maureen Keimig: theatre; Kristine Leuze: visual art; Joyce Meyer: visual art, education; Kathy Schaefer: music, visual art; John Voit: music, theatre.

Conflict of Interest Disclosed