Karyn E.

Chief Member Officer, Tessitura

Find connection in the Tessitura community


6 min

When you’re a Tessitura member, the community is an invaluable resource.

This community, the largest and most active of its kind, gives members the chance to learn from one another in an environment that fosters collaboration, not competition.

Whether you’re a new user or a seasoned expert, it’s never a bad time to get involved. You’re able to connect with peers, build your professional network and learn from others’ career journeys. You get the chance to acquire new skills and make a difference in your organization and your broader community. You can share your expertise and advance your career. 

But what if you don’t know where to start? Here are some potential first steps to consider.

The Tessitura community, the largest and most active of its kind, gives members the chance to learn from one another in an environment that fosters collaboration, not competition.

How to get involved in the Tessitura community:


1. Find your people

Begin by browsing the more than 70 community groups, organized by region, topic or identity. Use our website to explore groups that match your interests. Tessitura community groups meet both in-person and virtually, and you’re welcome just to dip your toe in the water. Choose any online group and follow along as the conversation unfolds.

2. Join the conversation

Did you find a topic interesting? You don’t have to be an expert to add to the conversation. Go ahead — dive in and answer a question in the community forums. Your experience can go a long way in inspiring a peer.

3. Attend a meeting

As you watch the online groups take shape, you’ll be invited to participate in both virtual and in-person gatherings. Give it a try. Many meetings will have a set topic of discussion. Whether you choose a feature you want to learn more about or your area of expertise, add an upcoming meeting to your calendar.

4. Share an idea or present a success story

Community groups thrive with member-led content. Some of the smallest wins can make the biggest difference. If something has helped you in your job, share it with your peers. You never know how valuable your story could be to someone else.

5. Invite others to attend with you

Share the fun! Encourage your colleagues to connect, too. Healthy and resilient organizations have staff across functions and organizational levels involved. We make each other stronger together.

We make each other stronger together.

6. Volunteer to host a meeting or lead a discussion

Who doesn’t love a backstage tour or an insider’s peek at an operation? Invite your Tessitura community to take a closer look at your organization to learn from a recent success or new initiative.

7. Consider a leadership position

More than 150 chairs across nine countries lead our community groups. We’re always looking to fill opportunities — view our current openings here. By volunteering, you can deepen your connection with Tessitura and our members by building groups and hosting meetups.

Participating in the Tessitura community doesn’t need to be daunting. You can choose your level of involvement and work at your pace. No matter what you decide, the time you invest will be worth it. At the very least, you’ll have a network of peers to call your arts and culture family.

Visit our community hub ›

View upcoming meetups ›

Volunteer as a Community Chair ›

Karyn E.

Karyn Elliott

Chief Member Officer

Karyn Elliott, Chief Member Officer, has been with Tessitura since 2011.

Overseeing support, learning, and the overall member experience, Karyn is responsible for ensuring that all members of the community get the most out of Tessitura. Prior to this role, Karyn helped deliver Tessitura’s e-commerce platform (TN Express Web) to over 400 organizations worldwide and subsequently created the Member Services team.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in theater arts with an emphasis in arts administration, and a graduate certificate in nonprofit management from the Helen Bader Institute. Previously, Karyn was the General Manager at First Stage Children’s Theater in Milwaukee, WI.


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