Planned and executed two international tours for 100 singers of the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles, both of which were mission-focused with historical consequences. The 1999 Russian tour was unique because the Chorus was the first self-identified gay organization to perform in the country. Sold out Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow and the Glinka Kapella in St. Petersburg, with national and international television and print coverage. Highlights of the 2006 South American tour included the first-of-its-kind performance event in Santiago, performances for political dignitaries in Uruguay and the formation of a new chorus in Rio de Janeiro.
As Tour Chairman, I:
- Served as the liaison between the membership, staff and the Board of Directors;
- Led the membership through planning processes to determine the tour destinations that would appeal to the organization's mission and desire for a pioneering achievement;
- Helped the organizing committee develop a request for proposal (RFP) and vet tour management companies' responses to it, ultimately making a hiring recommendation to Board:
- Managed cash flows from participants and to the tour management company to avoid commingling these funds with the Chorus's general operating funds;
- Developed a scholarship underwriting committee charter, developed scholarship request materials and disseminated an $80,000 scholarship pool;
- Served on tour advance team, making decisions on performance venues, hotels, transportation alternatives, etc.; and
- Handled all day-to-day decisions during the tour, including media requests for live performances and interviews.