Join the Board

VocalEssence is a 501(c)(3) organization governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors.

VocalEssence Board members represent a range of backgrounds from throughout our community. Click here to see a list of our current board members. VocalEssence actively seeks and welcomes members representative of all race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status, national origin or with a disability.

What does the Board of Directors do?

The VocalEssence Board of Directors leads and supports the organization in three key areas: Governance, Ambassador, Financial.

Governance Role

Board members are asked to actively participate in all major policy decisions, and carry out duties of the board with the highest degree of ethics. In addition to attending board meetings, they are asked to actively serve on one of our four committees.

    • Board Affairs Committee nominates new directors, oversees board governance, and monitors the strategic plan.
    • Finance Committee develops financial policies, oversees the audit and budget processes, and ensures the viability of the organization’s financial operations.
    • Development Committee works with the staff to set contributed income goals and see that they are met.
    • Learning and Engagement Committee works with the staff to develop educational partnerships and provide opportunities for adult audiences, students, and the greater community to learn through our musical performances and other interactions.

Ambassador Role

Board members are asked to serve as an ambassador for VocalEssence in the community, attend our events, and bring others to events.

Financial Role

Board members are asked to ensure and oversee the financial health of VocalEssence, and contribute a personal gift that reflects VocalEssence as a priority in their charitable giving.

What kind of a time commitment do board members make?

The VocalEssence Board currently meets quarterly, with each board member expected to also serve on one committee that meets between two and four times between September and May. Meetings occur at Plymouth Congregational Church (1919 LaSalle Avenue, Minneapolis) that is located near Lyndale Avenue and Interstate 94 in Minneapolis.

How long is a term on the board?

Board terms are three years long, and members have the option to serve up to two terms consecutively.

What skills are you looking for in a board member?

We are looking for board members from a variety of backgrounds.

Why should I consider joining the board?

There are many opportunities for professional growth when serving on the VocalEssence Board of Directors. You could network with professionals representing a range of professions, develop leadership skills through committee and full board work, hone strategic thinking skills applicable to other aspects of your professional life, explore and immerse yourself in Inclusion, Access, and Equity work, and have your voice included in critical decision making.

How can I learn more?

Please contact VocalEssence Director of Finance and Operations Jeff Bina to receive an information packet and learn more about the organization. Email: jeff@vocalessence.org.