DC's "dean" of choral conductors steps down and reflects on a career that spanned a half century in the U.S. capital
Many young professionals lose the choral experience they loved in school. KellyAnn Nelson and Christopher Eanes hit on a surefire draw: Invite 20- and 30-somethings to rehearse and perform in a local bar.
Early- and mid-career learning for choral conductors is hard to find and requires a public process that demands courage and stamina.
Anne Sears, director of external affairs at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, tells Chorus America's president & CEO Ann Meier Baker about a special audience participation project during this year’s choir tour.
Responding to survey data that revealed that 33% of responding conductors were founding directors that anticipated retiring from their ensembles within 5-10 years, Chorus America created this online seminar, Navigating a Music Director Transition. The 4-part seminar is a vital resource for any choruses anticipating an artistic change.
As the profession of chorus management matures, managers are finding new ways into their careers.
A rating form for singers to use when evaluating conductors who have been identified as finalists during a music director search.
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.
A rating form for singers to use when evaluating all potential conductors during a search.
A sample timeline to help with music director search planning.