In addition to singing beautiful music, members of The Cecilia Chorus of New York volunteer their time, talents, and expertise to making sure the Chorus functions perfectly and its concerts go off without a hitch. In this newsletter, board members Uschi Niethammer and Linda Cox lift the curtain just a little to reveal some of the many ways in which they make things happen behind the scenes.
Uschi Niethammer’s “day job” is as program officer at the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). As a board member and volunteer for the Cecilia Chorus of New York, she has served this past season as ad interim publicity co-chair, responsible for the production of print and online promotional materials. For several seasons, she has coordinated the work of a three-person social media team and kept the board informed about the Chorus’s social media activities.
“What I enjoy best is the chance to work with a team of professional and creative chorus members and seeing the number of followers on our social media channels grow. It’s very fulfilling when people actively engage with us and support our work by liking, sharing, and commenting on our posts!”
For 15 years, Linda Cox ran an organization called the Bronx River Alliance, dedicated to reclaiming the Bronx River as a community and natural resource. “When I gave that up a year ago, it gave me some time that I could plow into volunteering, and I decided to put some of that time into serving as membership co-chair for the Chorus.”
In this capacity, Linda greets each new member, supplies a copy of the member handbook, works with the section coordinators and others to keep track of members, and helps members get answers to their questions. She collects dues and serves on the board, and scouts for talent and interest among members in volunteering for the Chorus.
“I love to help people feel welcome—that's basically what motivates me. And I like learning who's who. I'm terrible at names, so if I didn't have the responsibility of entering people's contact info into our database and greeting members, I would never know most of our members. And I do enjoy connecting people with volunteer opportunities they would like to take on; when you get a good match, it's such a win-win.”