Today we’d like to introduce you to Kyrian Corona.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My passion for music began at age two when I began improvising on my grandparents’ piano. I started piano lessons in grade school. My early musical training included piano, voice, theater, and dance.
Flash forward, after majoring in philosophy and intellectual history at university, I began a 10-year professional career as a multi-keyboardist and vocalist. I continued my music education at Cal State Long Beach and UCLA Extension studying piano performance, film scoring and composition.
In 2001, I joined St. Francis de Sales choir under the direction of Jeannine Wagner, daughter of the legendary Roger Wagner, who founded the LA Master Chorale. I joined the Burbank Chorale in 2005 upon the recommendation of a friend, who spoke glowingly of the Chorale’s Artistic Director Mikhail Shtangrud. But what sealed the deal for me was that the Burbank Chorale was performing Carmina Burana, I first sang Carmina Burbank at when I was a student at Cal State Long Beach and always hoped to have a chance to do it again.
I was quickly tapped by the president of the Burbank Chorale to serve on the Executive Board as development director. When she stepped down in 2006, I became president, a position which I hold to this day.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
When I first joined the Burbank Chorale, I saw great potential in the organization.
Founded in 1920, the Burbank Chorale is the longest continuously performing arts organization in the San Fernando Valley and one of the oldest in the State of California.
The Chorale has won numerous awards and has performed at historic events including the Olympic Chorus during the 1932 Olympic games held in Los Angeles, and the World’s Fair expositions in San Diego (1935) and San Francisco (1939).
In 2007 and 2010, members of the Burbank Chorale (myself included) performed at Carnegie Hall under the baton of John Rutter. The Chorale also participated several times in the Los Angeles County Holiday Celebration at the Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. While so many other arts organizations have come and gone, the Burbank Chorale is getting ready to celebrate its Centennial in 2020!
The challenge when I joined the board was, despite its rich history, the Chorale was in need of funding. We had recently lost financial support from the City of Burbank and were relying on membership dues, ticket sales, and private donations. I set to work on a fundraising strategy, applying for grants and working with Chorale members to identify employers who had corporate giving programs.
As a result, we have enjoyed the support of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission for over a decade, along with donations from Capital Group, Medtronic Foundation, Warner Brothers, and Galpin Ford, to name a few, along with support from a private family foundation. Chorale members and friends of the Chorale have also made generous donations! Today the Burbank Chorale is financially solid.
Along the way, we have also built a very strong Board of Directors comprised of professionals with top skill sets.
Please tell us about your business.
I am a professional writer, specializing in corporate communications including public relations, social media, blogging, and business development, for urban development and lifestyle clients.
In addition to being president of the Burbank Chorale, I also sing with and serve on the board of Independent Opera Company and Wagner Ensemble. My positions at these performing arts organizations are all on a volunteer basis.
I treat my nonprofits as “clients,” in the sense that I schedule the work I do for them into my business routine. I believe the intersection of these worlds, and the cross-pollination of ideas, activities, and knowledge, gives me a unique perspective in the services I provide.
Having a home-based business gives me the flexibility to work just about anywhere in the world, and I have the freedom for rehearsal and performance schedules. I think that what sets me apart is that I can seamlessly integrate my business with my artistic endeavors and personal life.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
I don’t have a favorite memory. I had a very happy childhood and my memories, for the most part, are magical snapchats of a mythical past.
Here’s an anecdote: When I was two years old, I made my first record! My mother took me to a voice-o-graph, and I sang Sailing, Sailing over the Bounding Main. I remember mom proudly playing the record for friends and relatives.
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