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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

OSQ Begins Rehearsals for a New Season!

OSQ Begins Rehearsals for a New Season!

171-39 Northern Blvd, Queens, NY 11358

LeeAnn Close | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, CA News, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Diversity, Education, Families, General, Participation, Performance, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Singing

Oratorio Society of Queens Fall Rehearsal Season Rehearsals start for Handel’s "Messiah" Auditions are at 7:00 pm on Mondays, September 14 and 21   The Oratorio Society of Queens (OSQ), under the artistic direction of Maestro David Close, is coming together to prepare for their new singing season. You know you love to sing…we know you sing in the shower…so, come on! Join OSQ as a member and also join them onstage and look out at a packed house and exuberant audience at our concerts! Make plans now to register for an audition! Reservations are required. If you pass the audition, you go directly into rehearsals that night! The OSQ rehearses every Monday evening (Fall and Spring), from 7:45 to 10:00 pm in Temple Beth Sholom (in the FSG Hall) at 172nd Street and Northern Blvd. in Flushing. Read more

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SF BACH CHOIR AUDITIONS

SF BACH CHOIR AUDITIONS

San Francisco, CA

kgc | Participation, Recruitment, Volunteer

San Francisco Bach Choir Magen Solomon, Director AUDITIONS FOR the 2015-2016 SEASON Read more

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SF BACH CHOIR AUDITIONS

SF BACH CHOIR AUDITIONS

San Francisco, CA

kgc | Participation, Recruitment, Volunteer

San Francisco Bach Choir Magen Solomon, Director AUDITIONS FOR the 2015-2016 SEASON Read more

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SF BACH CHOIR AUDITIONS

SF BACH CHOIR AUDITIONS

Please inquire for more information

kgc | Participation, Recruitment, Volunteer

San Francisco Bach Choir Magen Solomon, Director AUDITIONS FOR the 2015-2016 SEASON Read more

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Come sing with Diablo Choral Artists!

Come sing with Diablo Choral Artists!

1924 Trinity Avenue, Walnut Creek, CA

DiabloChoralArtists | Adults/Seniors, General, Performance, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Singing

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Enroll with Children's Chorus of Washington for its 20th Anniversary Season

Enroll with Children's Chorus of Washington for its 20th Anniversary Season

Washington, DC

Children's Chor... | Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Education, Families, General, Participation, Performance, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Schools, Singing

Join the premier Children's Chorus in the Nation's Capital in celebrating 20 years of Harmony. Audition on selected dates in August and September for placement in one of its five ensembles, and for younger singers ages 6-9, register directly for its PREP classes. Read more

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Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus Open Rehearsal - SEEKING NEW SINGERS!

Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus Open Rehearsal - SEEKING NEW SINGERS!

Hadley, MA

J Harvey | Adults/Seniors, General, Participation, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Symphonic, Volunteer

The Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus is seeking new singers of all voice parts! Join our dedicated and friendly ensemble of singers from throughout western Massachusetts and southern Vermont, as we perform great choral-orchestral music together with the Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra. Our 2015-16 season begins with a free open rehearsal on Tuesday September 1, 7-9pm at Most Holy Redeemer Church in Hadley, MA (120 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035). At the open rehearsal, we’ll sing excerpts from every piece we’re performing this season, have some tasty snacks, and enjoy each other’s company – come check us out!    Read more

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Monmouth Civic Chorus 2015-2016 Auditions

Monmouth Civic Chorus 2015-2016 Auditions

Red Bank, NJ

Susan Metz | Recruitment

Auditions to join the Monmouth Civic Chorus for its 2015-2016 season start on Wed., September 9. Read more

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Auditions for Singers - Los Robles Master Chorale

Auditions for Singers - Los Robles Master Chorale

Oak Park, CA

Lesley Leighton | Participation, Recruitment, Volunteer

Los Robles Master Chorale is a 90-voice SATB volunteer chorus serving southern California.  We present 4-5 concerts per season of varied repertoire from around the world, and partner with New West Symphony in presenting many great masterworks with orchestra. Read more

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AUDITIONS - Volunteer Singers, Sangre De Cristo Chorale

AUDITIONS - Volunteer Singers, Sangre De Cristo Chorale

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Andrew Schmidt | Participation, Recruitment, Volunteer

Join the Sangre de Cristo Chorale for the 2015-2016 season! New Singers are invited to audition on August 24th at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Santa Fe. Please bring a short piece, preferably classical, and expect to do some sight singing and brief vocalizations. Read more

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