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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

A Downton Abbey Christmas

A Downton Abbey Christmas

Minneapolis, MN

dhcfielding | Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Education, Families, General, History, Impact/Value, Innovation, Marketing/Public Relations, Performance, Professional, Recruitment, Repertoire, Research/Data, Singing

  Inspired by the overwhelming popularity of last season’s "Music of Downton Abbey" concert and anticipating Season 5 of the PBS television drama, we return to the Gothic splendor of Saint. Mark’s Cathedral for a program of post-Edwardian English choral and orchestral music for Christmas. "Lady Alice - Duchess of Kirkwood"  returns to provide the history of each piece and pair each selection with memorable events from the story line of the "Downton Abbey" series. We invite you to come and "Celebrate the Seasons" with us! Read more

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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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