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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

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS - 12th International Festival of University Choirs UNIVERSITAS CANTAT 2015, Poznań, POLAND, June 24-27, 2015

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS - 12th International Festival of University Choirs UNIVERSITAS CANTAT 2015, Poznań, POLAND, June 24-27, 2015

ul. Wieniawskiego 1, 61-712 Poznań POLAND

Universitas Cantat | Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, General, Networking, Participation, Performance, Professional, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Singing, Social Media, Venue, Volunteer

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: deadline December 15, 2014!! please apply here http://cantat.amu.edu.pl/en/universitas-cantat-2015/application-form Read more

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12th International Festival of University Choirs UNIVERSITAS CANTAT 2015, Poznań, POLAND, June 24-27, 2015

12th International Festival of University Choirs UNIVERSITAS CANTAT 2015, Poznań, POLAND, June 24-27, 2015

ul. Wieniawskiego 1, 61-712 Poznań POLAND

Universitas Cantat | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, General, Networking, Participation, Performance, Professional, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Singing, Symphonic, Venue, Volunteer

University choirs and vocal ensembles! Come to Poznań POLAND and have an unforgettible singing adventure! CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: deadline December 15, 2014!! please apply here http://cantat.amu.edu.pl/en/universitas-cantat-2015/application-form Read more

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Enrolling with Children's Chorus of Washington

Enrolling with Children's Chorus of Washington

Children's Chor... | Children/Youth, Education, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Schools, Singing

Chorus auditions for singers ages 9 to 18, including placement in Young Men's Ensemble for boys with changing voice,  call now 202 237 1005. For younger singers ages 6-9, register for Prep Class directly online at http://www.childrenschorus.com/programs/prep-class/   Read more

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Capital Singers of Trenton Welcomes New Members

Capital Singers of Trenton Welcomes New Members

Trenton, NJ

Suzanne Kazi | Recruitment

Capital Singers of Trenton/ Trenton Community Singers is a 100 voice choir founded in 2006 by Artistic Director Richard M. Loatman.  Composed of amateur and semi professional singers of all ages, our repertoire includes an eclectic mix of musical genres and styles, both sacred and secular.  Read more

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Sing, Dance, Sparkle! Community Show Choir Looking for New Recruits

Sing, Dance, Sparkle! Community Show Choir Looking for New Recruits

Houston, TX

Houston Show Choir | Adults/Seniors, Civic Engagement, Diversity, General, Participation, Performance, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Singing, Volunteer

Houston Choral Showcase seeks men and women to audition for the 2014 Fall Season. Try-outs will be August 18 and 25 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. Read more

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Summer Sing-In-Mozart's Requiem

Summer Sing-In-Mozart's Requiem

St Paschal's Church 3700 Dorisa Avenue, Oakland

Oakland Symphon... | Community Outreach, Education, Recruitment, Repertoire, Singing

Come out for a night of community singing of one of the core pieces in symphonic choral repertoire, Mozart's Requiem!  Spend the night rehearsing with Lynne Morrow and members of the Oakland Symphony Chorus.  It is a great night of celebrating music and community.   7:00pm-9:30pm  Music is provided   $15 per evening / $75 series pass Payment accepted at the door, cash or check only Read more

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OCWC Auditions for 2014-15 and International Tour

OCWC Auditions for 2014-15 and International Tour

Newport Beach, CA

Mary Langsdorf | Recruitment

Orange County Women’s Chorus Holds Auditions: Top local chorus seeks extraordinary women for 2014-15 Season and international tour! Read more

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I Believe…..Remembering the Holocaust

I Believe…..Remembering the Holocaust

1941 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

iris@DCINY.org | Adults/Seniors, Careers, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, General, Health, History, Impact/Value, Innovation, Marketing/Public Relations, Networking, Operations, Participation, Profile, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Schools, Singing, Social Media, Symphonic, Technology, Volunteer

Based on original music sung by incarcerated inmates in Holocaust concentration camps, Holocaust Cantata: Songs from the Camps is an emotional, musical journey through one of the bleakest episodes in human history. Read more

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GREAT RIVER CHORALE  AUDITIONS for the 2014-15 Concert Season

GREAT RIVER CHORALE AUDITIONS for the 2014-15 Concert Season

St. Cloud, Minnesota

Great River Chorale | Adults/Seniors, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Performance, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Singing, Symphonic

ALL VOICE PARTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO AUDITION! 4:30-7:30 pm Wednesday, May 28 Thursday, May 29 Wednesday, June 4 Thursday, June 5 Read more

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Auditions - Bucks County Choral Society

Auditions - Bucks County Choral Society

New Britain, PA

Leland Felt | Participation, Performance, Recruitment, Singing

BCCS is currently holding auditions for the 2014-2015 season.  Please call 215-230-3836 or visit our website at www.buckschoral.org to request an audition. Read more

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