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Life Lessons from Choral Singers

Life Lessons from Choral Singers

Chorus America Staff | Adults/Seniors, Community Outreach, Impact/Value, Participation, Singing, Volunteer

In addition to enriching musical knowledge and enhancing vocal technique, singing in a chorus can also teach important lessons about life itself. We reached out to the growing network of choruses specifically for older adults, and asked longtime singers about the ways in which singing has informed other aspects of their lives. Read more

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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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Meet A Member: Linda Kiracibasi, North Shore Country Day School

Meet A Member: Linda Kiracibasi, North Shore Country Day School

Mike Rowan | Careers, Children/Youth, Education, Impact/Value, Profile, Schools

This month's 'Meet A Member' celebrates Music In Our Schools Month, which engages communities from around the country in promoting the benefits of high quality music education programs in schools. Read more

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Meet A Member: David Hagen, Alaska Chamber Singers

Meet A Member: David Hagen, Alaska Chamber Singers

Mike Rowan | Careers, Profile

David Hagen has a deep sense of belonging to the place he was raised. “I'm just an Alaska lover,” he says. “I love the wilderness, and it's something that's a critical part of my life.” Read more

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Meet A Member: Shira Cion, Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble

Meet A Member: Shira Cion, Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble

Mike Rowan | Careers, Governance, Innovation, Management/Leadership, Repertoire

When Shira Cion hunted down Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble in 1988, it was a different era. There were no websites with which small niche arts organizations could make themselves visible to the world. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Mimi Bornstein, Midcoast Community Chorus

Member Spotlight: Mimi Bornstein, Midcoast Community Chorus

Kelsey Menehan | Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Conducting, Impact/Value, Singing

Midcoast Community Chorus of Rockport, Maine was founded on the belief that everyone has a voice that deserves to be heard and that powerful things happen when we sing together in community. The group’s founder and artistic director Mimi Bornstein talks about the impact of that vision in the community. 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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Member Spotlight: Kathleen Fargnoli

Member Spotlight: Kathleen Fargnoli

An Unexpected Journey to Executive Director

Chorus America Staff | Management/Leadership, Operations, Singing, Volunteer

Kathleen Fargnoli didn't anticipate that her love for singing would lead her to putting together a board or applying for 501(c)(3) status. But that's exactly what happened when she ended up as the volunteer executive director of the Palisades Community Chorus in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. 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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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

New York City Master Chorale: Tenors Wanted

New York City Master Chorale: Tenors Wanted

New York, NY

elee | Diversity, General, Participation, Performance, Professional, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Singing, Symphonic, Volunteer

The New York City Master Chorale, a 70-member classical chorus, is auditioning tenors with significant choral experience and strong sight-reading skills. Auditions for the spring 2013 season will be held in January 2013. Rehearsals are held Wednesday evenings in Manhattan. Repertoire this spring will be Poulenc Gloria and Stabat Mater. Spring concerts include a spring concert and a March performance as part of Trinity Wall Street’s Concerts at One series. To schedule an audition please contact info@nycmasterchorale.org. For more information about the chorus and to listen to audio clips of the chorus, please see www.nycmasterchorale.org.   Read more

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Last Call for Auditions for Young Singers of the Palm Beaches 10th Anniversary Spring Season

Last Call for Auditions for Young Singers of the Palm Beaches 10th Anniversary Spring Season

West Palm Beach, FL

SlatkowandHusak | Children/Youth, Education, Participation, Recruitment, Singing

  Palm Beach County's premiere children's community choir, Young Singers of the Palm Beaches, is accepting audition appointments for singers age 8 - 18 years (3rd grade - 12th grade) for the 2013 season on Sunday, December 16, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Kravis Center, Cohen Pavilion, 2nd floor. Audition requirements and online sign up can be found on the website http://www.youngsingers.org/upcoming-auditions. For more information, call 561-659-2332.   Read more

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UNISONG Now Recruiting Canadian Choirs for 2013 and 2014!

UNISONG Now Recruiting Canadian Choirs for 2013 and 2014!

Ottawa, ON

MKI Travel | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Families, General, Performance, Recruitment, Schools, Singing, Volunteer

  Be some of the 300+ singers from across Canada performing at the UNISONG Canada Day concert with a well known Canadian choral conductor, in front of an audience of 1,000 or more on Canada Day at the Natioal Arts Centre in Ottawa!   Join us for singing, sightseeing and celebrating Canada as we unite the country through choral music June 28 - July 2, 2013 or 2014.   Read more

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New Jersey Chamber Singers Auditions

New Jersey Chamber Singers Auditions

6 Osborn Ave. Manasquan NJ 08736

New Jersey Cham... | Networking, Participation, Performance, Recruitment, Singing, Volunteer

The New Jersey Chamber Singers is holding auditions for all voice parts, and is in special need of mens' voices. Those who intend to audition are invited to participate in our first two rehearsals. Sight-reading skills are required. Dues are $160, or $0 for full-time university students. Read more

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CALL TO SINGERS! Handel Choir of Baltimore community singer auditions

CALL TO SINGERS! Handel Choir of Baltimore community singer auditions

Church of the Holy Comforter, 130 West Seminary Avenue, Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21093

Anne C.A. Wilson | Adults/Seniors, Community Outreach, General, Participation, Performance, Recruitment, Singing, Volunteer

CALL FOR SINGERS! Handel Choir of Baltimore is accepting NEW COMMUNITY SINGERS for the 2012-2013 concert season, with AUDITIONS Aug 31 and Sept 1, 4 & 5, Church of the Holy Comforter, 130 W. Seminary Ave., Lutherville, 21093. More information: www.handelchoir.org and http://handelchoir.org/Auditions.htm https://www.facebook.com/handelchoir Schedule an audition: 410.366.6544 or auditions@handelchoir.org Read more

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Call for Singers

Call for Singers

Trenton, Michigan (Downriver area)

seawaysinger | Recruitment

Entering it's 37th season, a call for singers is being extended to all in the metro Detroit area.  This SATB group of hardworking, talented, adult singers are welcoming to newcomers!  Our repertoire consists of light Classical (secular and sacred) works, Pop, Jazz, Spirituals, Broadway, Motown, Big Band, and light Rock. Seaway's active singing members number between 45 and 55 and we are looking to grow!   Read more

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Community Show Choir Auditioning for 80th Anniversary Season

Community Show Choir Auditioning for 80th Anniversary Season

3606 Beauchamp Street, Houston, TX 77009

Houston Show Choir | Adults/Seniors, Community Outreach, General, Participation, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Singing, Volunteer

Houston Choral Showcase is seeking men and women to audition for the Fall season. Try-outs will be August 20 and 27 at Zion Lutheran Church in The Heights. Houston Choral Showcase is Houston's only community adult show choir, singing arrangements in pop, jazz, swing, gospel, and Broadway styles. For more information, visit the web site at http://www.houstonchoralshowcase.org or call 281-346-0161. Read more

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Fresno Choral Artists Auditons

Fresno Choral Artists Auditons

Fresno, California

Barbara Volker | Recruitment

Fresno Choral Artists holding auditions for its 25th Season. Read more

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Auditions for Bloomington Chamber Singers

Auditions for Bloomington Chamber Singers

2120 North Fee Lane, Bloomington, IN 47408

BloomingtonCS | Adults/Seniors, Civic Engagement, Education, Participation, Performance, Recruitment, Singing

Community members seeking an opportunity to sing great choral music are invited to audition for the 43rd season of the Bloomington Chamber Singers a 70-voice chorus of dedicated individuals, from high school age to senior citizens. Read more

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