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Keeping the Choral Singer Pipeline Flowing

Keeping the Choral Singer Pipeline Flowing

Mike Rowan | Adults/Seniors, Participation, Recruitment, Singing

Singers are the lifeblood of the choral field. Ensembles from coast to coast are anchored by veterans of school and youth choral programs who found the experience rewarding enough that they continued through adulthood. But as choral leaders know all too well, many choristers can’t or don’t stick with it; they drop out of choral singing when they hit significant life transitions. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Gretchen Kuhrmann

Member Spotlight: Gretchen Kuhrmann

How Choralis Attracts Young People

Michael Doan | Recruitment, Singing

Gretchen Kuhrmann is the director of Choralis, a Northern Virginia-based chorus that will perform Bob Chilcott’s Requiem at the Chorus America conference on June 12. Chorus America asked her about the concert and her program to train and recruit young singers. Read more

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Chorus America's Top 10 Most Viewed Web Articles

Chorus America's Top 10 Most Viewed Web Articles

Lauren Rosenthal | Performance, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Research/Data, Singing, Technique/Tool, Volunteer

The beginning of a new year is a time for reflections, resolutions—and top 10 lists. Here are 2012's most viewed articles from the Chorus America website. Read more

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Changing Your Chorus from Within

Changing Your Chorus from Within

David Costanza | Diversity, Innovation, Management/Leadership, Participation, Recruitment, Singing

How chorus leaders can use the principles of organizational culture to implement change and get the best results for their organizations Read more

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How To Maintain the Quality of Your Chorus from Year to Year

How To Maintain the Quality of Your Chorus from Year to Year

Kelsey Menehan | Conducting, Management/Leadership, Performance, Recruitment

Musical excellence attracts and retains excellent singers. If the choir never gets better, the best ones will find someplace else to sing. Here are seven strategies for maintaining and enhancing the quality of your chorus. Read more

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Getting on Board

Getting on Board

Kelsey Menehan | Governance, Recruitment

Some words to the wise for those who are new to a chorus board of directors. Read more

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Fresh Voices: Recruiting the Next Generation of Board Leaders

Fresh Voices: Recruiting the Next Generation of Board Leaders

David Styers | Diversity, Governance, Recruitment, Volunteer

Choruses are waking up to the fact that recruiting and nurturing young leaders may be critical to filling a growing nonprofit leadership shortage, especially at the board level. Here's how you can put the unique talents and perspectives of young professionals to work for your chorus—and keep the leadership pipeline full. Read more

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Recruitment Strategies for Children's Choruses

Recruitment Strategies for Children's Choruses

Jan-Marie Petersen | Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Recruitment, Schools, Social Media

Growing challenges in recruiting singers has led to creative tactics and new successes Read more

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Never Ask for Money!

Never Ask for Money!

Four Steps To Greater Fundraising Success

Kelly Ruggirello | Fundraising, Governance, Management/Leadership, Recruitment

A values-based strategy that aims to match donors with ways that they can give back to their communities—and removes the ego factor that can make fundraising scary. Read more

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The Singer's Responsibility for Artistic Excellence

The Singer's Responsibility for Artistic Excellence

Kelsey Menehan | Recruitment, Singing, Volunteer

Over 40 million people sing in choruses in the United States and countless more worldwide. But why don't choruses usually garner the prestige that, say, symphony orchestras do? Is it because we're just not measuring up? Read more

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Resources

Choral Conductors Today: An Updated Report

Choral Conductors Today: An Updated Report

A Comparison of 2017 and 2005 Findings

Roland Kushner | Careers, Conducting, Education, Management/Leadership, Recruitment, Research/Data

Understanding more about choral conducting as an occupation can help choral conductors plan their careers and choral leaders make better decisions. This report uses data drawn from the survey responses of more than 600 conductors to examine conductors' career paths, training, responsibilities, salaries, and more. The full report highlights both important challenges and reasons to feel confident about the health of the profession, as well as updating and tracking data from Chorus America's first choral conductor survey over a decade ago. Read more

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Choral Conductors Today: Key Findings from the 2017 Report

Choral Conductors Today: Key Findings from the 2017 Report

Roland Kushner | Careers, Conducting, Education, General, Management/Leadership, Recruitment, Research/Data

Understanding more about choral conducting as an occupation can help choral conductors plan their careers and choral leaders make better decisions. This report uses data drawn from the survey responses of more than 600 conductors to examine conductors' career paths, training, responsibilities, salaries, and more. These key findings provide an overview of both important challenges and reasons to feel confident about the health of the profession, as well as developments since Chorus America's first choral conductor survey over a decade ago. Access the full report, available to Chorus America members, here.  Read more

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Administrative Leader (Executive/Managing Director) Job Description

Administrative Leader (Executive/Managing Director) Job Description

Chorus America Staff | General, Governance, Management/Leadership, Operations, Recruitment, Sample/Template

This sample administrative job description can help you define a new or existing role for an executive or managing director. Read more

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Singer Information Form

Singer Information Form

Chorus America Staff | Operations, Recruitment, Sample/Template, Singing

Use this template as a guide for collecting useful information about new and returning singers during auditions. Read more

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Singer Evaluation Form

Singer Evaluation Form

Chorus America Staff | Evaluation, Operations, Recruitment, Sample/Template, Singing

Use this form to evaluate your singers during auditions. Includes range, sight-reading, and vocal quality measures. Read more

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Music Director Search Audition Evaluation Form

Music Director Search Audition Evaluation Form

A Sample from the Dessoff Choirs

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Evaluation, Management/Leadership, Operations, Recruitment, Sample/Template

A rating form for singers to use when evaluating all potential conductors during a search. Read more

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Music Director Search Audition Evaluation Form

Music Director Search Audition Evaluation Form

Template for Evaluating Finalists

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Evaluation, Management/Leadership, Operations, Recruitment, Sample/Template

A rating form for singers to use when evaluating conductors who have been identified as finalists during a music director search. Read more

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Choral Conductors Today: A Study

Choral Conductors Today: A Study

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Management/Leadership, Recruitment, Research/Data

Chorus America interviewed more than 700 conductors about their career paths, levels of education, salary, job satisfaction, and more in 2005. The resulting data provides a profile of the "typical" choral conductor that may be surprising. Read more

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Children's Chorus Recruitment Case Study

Children's Chorus Recruitment Case Study

Chorus America Staff | Children/Youth, Recruitment, Technique/Tool

Developed after in-depth interviews with 20 children's choruses, this case study attempts to address common barriers and pre-conceptions about the recruitment issue. Read more

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'Music Director Transition' Tool: 4 Tips for Building Your Board

'Music Director Transition' Tool: 4 Tips for Building Your Board

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Governance, Recruitment, Strategic Planning

A founder transition requires strong leadership from the board. Is your board ready? Read more

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Events

Sacred & Profane Chamber Chorus Auditions

Sacred & Profane Chamber Chorus Auditions

Berkeley, CA

Sacred and Profane | Performance, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Singing

East Bay a capella chamber chorus Sacred & Profane has openings! Audidtions for our 2017-2018 season are available this August for all voices (SATB), with room especially for Tenor, Bass/Baritone, and Soprano 1.  Read more

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Pacific Edge Voices Auditions

Pacific Edge Voices Auditions

Berkeley, CA

Pacific Edge Voices | Performance, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Singing, Volunteer

Wanted! Musically Omnivorous Singers interested in everything from Monteverdi to Meredith Monk. Read more

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Vermont jazz a cappella group seeks tenor and soprano

Vermont jazz a cappella group seeks tenor and soprano

Burlington, VT

Vikki Day | Recruitment

Do you have a passion for singing great harmony? Have you ever wondered how you can join a singing group like the ones you’ve seen on TV shows like The Sing-Off or in movies like Pitch Perfect? If so, please read on!   Read more

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Boston Choral Ensemble Auditions

Boston Choral Ensemble Auditions

Boston, MA

BCE President | Recruitment

Boston Choral Ensemble is an auditioned chamber choir of approximately 40 mixed voices under the direction of Andrew Shenton. Our mission is to preserve and promote engaging music, both time-honored and new. Read more

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Orange County Women's Chorus Auditions

Orange County Women's Chorus Auditions

Newport Beach, CA

Mary Langsdorf | Recruitment

The Orange County Women’s Chorus, one of the top amateur choruses in California, welcomes new singers in all voice parts for its 2017-18 20th Anniversary Season.   Read more

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Richmond Choral Society “Open Rehearsal”

Richmond Choral Society “Open Rehearsal”

Henrico, VA 23229

RCSVPD | Adults/Seniors, Community Outreach, Participation, Performance, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Singing, Volunteer

Come join the Richmond Choral Society for its first 'open rehearsal' of the 2017-2018 season.  Read more

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Pacific Edge Voices Auditions

Pacific Edge Voices Auditions

Berkeley, CA

Pacific Edge Voices | Recruitment, Singing

The Grammy-nominated Pacific Edge Voices is recruiting singers for its 2017-2018 season. All voice parts wanted, tenors especially wanted. Read more

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Susquehanna Chorale 2017-18 Auditions

Susquehanna Chorale 2017-18 Auditions

212 Cocoa Ave., Hershey, PA

Susquehanna Cho... | Recruitment

  The national award-winning Susquehanna Chorale, a 35-member adult chamber choir under the direction of Artistic Director Linda L. Tedford, invites interested adults to audition for its 2017-2018 season.             Read more

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San Francisco Lyric Chorus Summer 2017 Auditions:  Verdi, Whitacre, Gjeilo, Esenvalds

San Francisco Lyric Chorus Summer 2017 Auditions: Verdi, Whitacre, Gjeilo, Esenvalds

1620 Gough Street, San Francisco, between Austin and Bush Streets

Helene Whitson | Recruitment

The San Francisco Lyric Chorus, under the direction of Music Director, Robert Gurney, invites singers to join us for our Summer 2017 trimester.  Giuseppe Verdi:  Four Sacred Pieces:  Ave Maria, Stabat Mater, Laudi alla Vergine Maria, Te Deum Eric Whitacre:  Sainte-Chapelle  *  Glow  *  Lux Nova Ola Gjeilo:  Northern Lights  *  The Ground (from the Sunrise Mass) Eriks Esenvalds:  Stars We have openings in all parts.  We know Sopranos, Altos, Tenors and Basses will enjoy singing these expressive and powerful compositions. Read more

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