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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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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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When Only Some Singers Are Paid

When Only Some Singers Are Paid

Don Lee | Management/Leadership, Performance, Professional, Singing, Volunteer

The experience of several professional core choruses demonstrates there are ways to gracefully handle the inherent tension that arises when paid singers are brought on board in a mostly volunteer ensemble. Here are eight tips from managers, conductors, and volunteer singers who have been through this process. Read more

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Transitioning to a Professional Core Chorus

Transitioning to a Professional Core Chorus

Don Lee | Management/Leadership, Performance, Professional, Singing, Volunteer

Adding paid professional singers to a volunteer chorus raises issues of fairness, finances, artistic prowess, and culture. We offer advice for managing the process from those who've been through it. 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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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

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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Auditions - Bucks County Choral Society

Auditions - Bucks County Choral Society

New Britain, PA

Leland Felt | Participation, Performance, Recruitment, Singing

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Southern Arizona Women's Chorus Call for Members

Southern Arizona Women's Chorus Call for Members

1220 W. Magee Road (just east of LaCanada), Tucson, Arizona 85704

SAWCsings | Adults/Seniors, Community Outreach, Diversity, Education, General, Participation, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Volunteer

The Southern Arizona Women’s Chorus (SAWC) is a premier women’s community chorus of Tucson Arizona.  Members meet to provide an avenue for women ages 18 years and older a way to join together and experience a vast and varied repertoire of music from classical, jazz, swing , internal fold songs and much more to  entertain the communities of Southern Arizona.   Read more

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Auditions - New Jersey Chamber Singers

Auditions - New Jersey Chamber Singers

Manasquan, NJ

New Jersey Cham... | Adults/Seniors, Participation, Recruitment, Singing

The New Jersey Chamber Singers is a mixed ensemble never exceeding 32 members. We are looking for new members. Email membership@NJChamberSingers.org for info. Read more

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Auditions & PREP class registration - Children's Chorus of Washington

Auditions & PREP class registration - Children's Chorus of Washington

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

Start Your Journey Today with Children's Chorus of Washington (CCW) - Call now (202) 237-1005. No preparation or experience needed, just the love of singing! Read more

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Auditions & PREP Class registration - Start Your Journey Today with Children's Chorus of Washington (CCW) -

Auditions & PREP Class registration - Start Your Journey Today with Children's Chorus of Washington (CCW) -

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

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One Voice Chorus (Richmond, VA) Present's Vivaldi's Gloria

One Voice Chorus (Richmond, VA) Present's Vivaldi's Gloria

Richmond, VA

Lynn G. Atkins | Diversity, General, Performance, Recruitment, Singing, Symphonic

One Voice Chorus Presents Vivaldi’s Gloria and More for the Holidays Read more

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2014 Octavo Series

2014 Octavo Series

New York City, Washington, D.C., and Chicago

cpapania | Conducting, Participation, Performance, Professional, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Schools, Singing, Venue

The Octavo Series is Manhattan Concert Productions' most popular event for high schools. Qualified ensembles will collaborate with other high school choirs from across the United States to perform exciting repertoire - a distinctive variety of six shorter works carefully chosen for effective performance at home preceding an excellent artistic experience in New York City, Chicago or Washington, D.C. http://mcp.us/octavo-series/page/3/ Read more

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New York City Jazz Festival 2014

New York City Jazz Festival 2014

Broadway & West 60th Street, New York, NY 10023

cpapania | Education, Impact/Value, Participation, Performance, Professional, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Schools, Singing, Venue

Join Manhattan Concert Productions for their New York City Jazz Festival 2014, live from the world-renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center this Spring. http://mcp.us/new-york-city-jazz-festival/ Read more

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