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2018 Angels Sing Performances

The months of November and December find all of the performance ensembles singing at various venues. Starting with the Harvest Concert, the singers will perform on their own or in collaboration with another arts organization. The FWCC places all of the events under one heading: Angels Sing.


18Visiting Nurse Hospice Memorial Tree Lighting: Chamber Singers; 5:00 pm, Baker Street Train Station, Free to the public

21Cocoa & Carols: Concert Choir, Youth Chorale, and Chamber Singers; Allen County Courthouse Rotunda,                   6:30-7:30 pm, Free to the public

23Santa Parade: Whitley Community Children’s Choir; 6:30 pm downtown Columbia City, Free to the public

26Festival of Trees Holiday Sing-Along: Apprentice Choir, Lyric Choir, and Youth Chorale; 6:30-7:30 pm Embassy Theatre, Tickets available through the Embassy Theatre Box Office, 260.424.5665

30The Nutcracker: Treble Choir with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and Fort Wayne Ballet; 7:30 pm, Arts United Center, Tickets – prices vary, 26o.422.4226



1 – The Nutcracker: Treble Choir with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and Fort Wayne Ballet; 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm, Arts United Center, Tickets – prices vary, 26o.422.4226

7Holiday Pops: Concert Choir with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic; 7:30 pm, Embassy Theatre, Tickets available through the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, 260.481.0777

8 Christmas at the Courthouse: Whitley Community Choir; 6:30-7:30 pm, Whitley County Courthouse, Free to the public

8Holiday Pops (Matinee): Concert Choir with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic; 2:00 pm, Embassy Theatre, Tickets available through the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, 260.481.0777

8Holiday Pops: Concert Choir with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic; 7:30 pm, Embassy Theatre, Tickets available through the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, 260.481.0777

15Holiday Pops (Matinee): Concert Choir with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic; 2:00 pm, Embassy Theatre, Tickets available through the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, 260.481.0777

15Holiday Pops: Concert Choir with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic; 7:30 pm, Embassy Theatre, Tickets available through the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, 260.481.0777

16Fort Wayne Youtheatre: A Charlie Brown Christmas; Chamber Singers with Fort Wayne Youtheatre; First Presbyterian Theatre, 300 W. Wayne, Tickets available through ArtsTix, 260.422.4226

16Holiday Pops in Whitley County: Whitley Community Choir with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic; 7:00 pm, First Church of God, Columbia City; Tickets available through the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Box Office, 260.481.0777


The Fort Wayne Children’s Choir ensembles will perform a holiday program at five different assisted living residences, in addition to private holiday engagements. We hope you join us at one of the above performances! Happy holidays!

  Amber Bouthot   Nov 05, 2018   Blog   Comments Off on 2018 Angels Sing Performances Read More

Preparatory Program- registration open

The Preparatory Program is designed for younger students, 6-7 years old, with little to no choral experience. Directed by a master music educator, children learn the basics of being in a choir without the pressure of performance. Singers learn rehearsal etiquette and the foundations of singing in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. No placement session is required.

WHEN: All classes are on Mondays during the school year. 4:45-5:30 pm.

WHERE: Holy Cross Lutheran School, 3425 Crescent Avenue.

WHO: The Prep Class is under the direction of Mrs. Susan LaCroix, who also directs the Apprentice Choir. Mrs. LaCroix teaches at Holy Cross Lutheran School.

HOW: Register through the FWCC office, (260) 481-0481. No audition is needed for the Preparatory Program.

PERFORMANCES: Singers in the program give an informal concert for parents at the end of the 8-week session.

COST: $99/8-week session; Payment plans are available.

  Amber Bouthot   Oct 29, 2018   Blog   Comments Off on Preparatory Program- registration open Read More

Harvest Concert- November 3

The Fort Wayne Children’s Choir (FWCC) will host its annual Harvest Concert on Saturday, November 3 at Pilgrim Baptist Church, 1331 Gay Street, Fort Wayne. This is the first formal concert of the 2018-19 season. The 2:30 PM performance will feature Apprentice Choir, Whitley Community Choir, Treble Choir, Concert Choir, Youth Chorale and the Chamber Singers. The 6 PM performance will feature Chorister, Boychoir, Concert Choir, Youth Chorale and the Chamber Singers. Both performances will explore the theme of “Hear America Sing.”

What: Annual Harvest Concert- Hear American Sing

When: Saturday, November 3 at 2:30 PM and 6 PM

Where: Pilgrim Baptist Church, 1331 Gay Street, Fort Wayne

Tickets: No tickets are required for these performances, but donations will be accepted during the concert.

  Amber Bouthot   Oct 23, 2018   Uncategorized   Comments Off on Harvest Concert- November 3 Read More

Music Educator’s Workshop- October 16

Each fall, we host the Music Educator’s Workshop for teachers from Northeast Indiana and Northwest Ohio. This program brings dozens of educators together to learn a variety of music education methods from well-known clinicians. The workshop is held in the Rhinehart Music Center on the campus of Purdue University Fort Wayne and music students are invited to participate, as well.

This year, we welcome Henry Leck, Founder & Conductor Laureate of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir, to Fort Wayne on Tuesday, October 16, 2018. Mr. Leck will present the workshop, “The Boy’s Changing Voice: Take the High Road.” The workshop begins at 4:30pm and will conclude with a reading session from 6:45-7:30pm. A boxed dinner is provided.

To register, visit

  Amber Bouthot   Sep 04, 2018   Blog   Comments Off on Music Educator’s Workshop- October 16 Read More

Introducing our new logo!

2018 marks our 45th season. This new logo is a nod to the past and our original logo, with a look to an exciting and vibrant future.

Special thanks to American Advertising Federation Fort Wayne and the winning Pitch team who created this logo and all of our marketing materials. Thank you to our marketing team volunteers for helping us implement this change and our board of directors for supporting this new marketing direction.

  Amber Bouthot   Aug 15, 2018   Blog   Comments Off on Introducing our new logo! Read More

First Steps in Music returns- Dates in August

First Steps in Music returns for some select dates in August and throughout the Fall. First Steps in for children 0-3 and will help them become tuneful, artful, and beatful.

All “teaser” classes and fall classes are free and open to the public. Children 0-3 years old, accompanied by an adult, are welcome to attend any, or all, of the sessions. 

Hessen Cassel  —Wed 8/22 10:30

Waynedale – Thursday 8/23 10:30

Aboite – Friday 8/24 10:30

Tecumseh – Tuesday 8/28 10:30

Downtown, Main –  8/29 10:00

Shawnee – Thursday 8/30 10:30

The goal of First Steps in Music is to enable all participants to reach their full potential in singing, vocabulary, and movement skills, with an emphasis on developing sensitivity to the expressive qualities in music. Each class is  designed to be playful and enjoyable to children, while providing a carefully planned curriculum that includes developmentally appropriate activities. Children are not taught formally about the specifics of music, but rather they play with music through a series of eight well-rounded activities based on the First Steps in Music curriculum.

The Fort Wayne Children’s Choir offers First Steps in Music classes to children ages 0 to 3 years old in coordination with the Allen County Public Library.

Through the 8 basic activities included in classes based on the First Steps in Music curriculum, children and their parents/caregiver experience singing, creative movement, simple instruments, finger-plays and more with the help of the rich collection of traditional songs and rhymes from past generations.

Example activities for First Steps in Music:

  • Pitch exploration
  • Song fragments
  • Simple songs
  • Arioso (Child-centered tunes)
  • Song tales
  • Movement exploration
  • Movement for from and expression
  • Movement with the beat
  Amber Bouthot   Aug 08, 2018   Blog   Comments Off on First Steps in Music returns- Dates in August Read More

We are hiring!


The Fort Wayne Children’s Choir (FWCC) seeks a Development Director to contribute to the vision of the organization. The FWCC is searching for a highly organized, talented, energetic individual committed to supporting the mission of the organization.

The Fort Wayne Children’s Choir has been a vibrant part of the Northeast Indiana community for 45 years and strives to provide a choral program exemplifying artistic and educational excellence for children from diverse backgrounds.

Position profile:

The successful candidate must be a strong leader who is an outstanding communicator and demonstrates strong motivation and organizational skills and exhibits passion for working with children. She/he will invest time both in and out of the office and be visible in the community.

Job Summary:

Responsible for creating and overseeing the implementation of strategic approach to fundraising, including donor cultivation, major gifts, corporate sponsorships, and event coordination. Hours are flexible. The Development Director will work 24 hours per week, with the understanding that the position has the potential to grow with the successful candidate. Meeting times with donors, concert performances, and Board and Committee work may occur outside of regular business hours.

Duties include:

  • Oversee the fund development plan while promoting the artistic and educational goals and guidelines set forth by the Executive Artistic Director and the Board of Directors
  • Support the Board of Directors by preparing board materials as directed and participate in board meetings as needed
  • Work closely with Development Committee to achieve fundraising goals
  • Develop Alumni Relations Program
  • Oversee the planning and execution of special fundraising events as specified in the fund development plan to generate funds for the organization
  • May be asked to participate in organizational strategic planning
  • Other duties as assigned

Compensation and Benefits:

Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience and negotiated number of hours


  • Bachelor’s degree in related field
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, networking, administrative, and collaboration skills
  • Willingness to work as a member of a team
  • Knowledge of the Greater Fort Wayne community
  • Experience in multiple software platforms (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.)
  • Experience in the non-profit sector (preferred)

Application procedure:

Deadline for all application materials is July 20, 2018.

Candidates must submit the following materials electronically in PDF format:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Resume
  3. Three references

Email to: Jonathan Busarow, Executive Artistic Director,
Please state Development Director Search in subject line of the email.

Questions may be directed to Jonathan Busarow, Executive Artistic Director, at 260.481.0481 or via email at


  Amber Bouthot   Jun 24, 2018   Uncategorized   Comments Off on We are hiring! Read More

Honoring our Seniors

Each year, it is bittersweet to see our seniors graduate. This year, we are saying good-bye to 13 singers, one of the largest senior classes we have had. These 13 singers represent 100 years of membership in the FWCC. We have watched many of them grow up in the choir, starting with Apprentice Choir, and now graduating as members of the Youth Chorale. We are honored to know them and wish them the best of luck.

Photo: Andy Pauquette

Rachel Counterman- 9 year member, Snider, Ivy Tech, Mortuary Sciences

Kyle Downing- 5 year member, Northrop, Undecided

 Katy Feneley- 6 year member, Homestead, Purdue University, Management and Administration

 Moriah Fritz- 10 year member, Blackhawk Christian, Purdue University, Nursing

Emily Johnson- 10 year member, Northrop, Harding University in Searcy Arkansas, Public Administration and Communication 

Rachelle Ladig- 2 year member, Homestead, Purdue University Fort Wayne, Nursing and Spanish

 Christopher Lutz- 9 year member, Homestead, Major in computer science

 Emma St. Peters- 10 year member, Blackhawk Christian, Huntington University, Occupational Therapy

 Luke Sarrazine- 9 year member, Bishop Dwenger, Miami University of Ohio, Music Education

 Kenny Thompson, 7 year member, Northrop, Ball State, Business Management

 Kate Toenges- 10 year member, Bishop Dwenger, Florida State University, Music Education

 Samantha Tyndall- 4 year member, Snider, Undecided

 Colleen Wilsey- 10 year member, Bishop Luers, Full Sail University, Computer Animation

  Amber Bouthot   May 14, 2018   Blog, Uncategorized   Comments Off on Honoring our Seniors Read More

2018-19 Auditions

We invite youth in grades 3-12 to participate in our open auditions for the 2018-19 season. Auditions are free and open to any singer interested in pursuing their love for singing and passion for choral excellence. All ensembles of the FWCC sing at season concerts, community festivals, and civic events, and collaborate with many other arts organizations, such as the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Fort Wayne Ballet, Heartland Sings, and others.

Students will be placed in the choir that best suits their needs. FWCC offers participation assistance for qualifying families.

The Audition: Potential FWCC members are tested on pitch matching, rhythmic skills, and music theory. The audition session is meant to be relaxed, fun, and non-intimidating. An audition takes approximately 30 minutes and usually includes 4-6 children of the same age. A parent information session is conducted at the same time. Following the session, the level of choir is determined for which the singer is ready. The child/parents/guardian is contacted with more information following the audition decision process. Singers may participate in a Fort Wayne or Whitley Community audition and designate at that time where they want to participate.

AUDITION DATES for 2018-19:

In Fort Wayne: Monday, May 21 –  Thursday, May 24 AND Monday, June 4 – Thursday, June 7

4:30 – 6:00 pm: 30-minute sessions
IPFW, Rhinehart Music Center
In Whitley County: Monday, May 14, AND Tuesday, May 15, 3:30-5:30 pm

30-minute sessions
Peabody Public Library

To register, or for more information, please call the FWCC office, 260.481.0481, or email

  Amber Bouthot   Mar 28, 2018   Blog   Comments Off on 2018-19 Auditions Read More

Annual Plant Sale

What an unusual winter! Mother Nature couldn’t seem to make up her mind as we experienced both extreme cold and Spring-like temperatures, often within a two-week span. As we get closer to Spring, we hope you are thinking about your gardening projects–flower beds, vegetable gardens–or perhaps gifts for Mother’s Day.  The FWCC plant sale is a perfect way to begin planning! Continuing our partnership with Broadview Florists and Greenhouse, 5409 Winchester Road, owners Mike and Catherine Waters guarantee great service and the finest variety of plants and flowers.

We are selling coupons below retail for the following items. A portion of the proceeds benefits our programs.

4 1/2” POTS ~ $4.00 EACH
(4 ½ refers to size of pot not height of plant – Sold individually only – not by the flat)
geraniums, New Guinea impatiens, begonias, spike, wave petunias, coleus, grasses, basil, thyme, oregano, and many more!

5 1/2” PERENNIAL POTS ~ $6.00 EACH
(5 ½ refers to size of pot not height of plant – Sold individually only – not by the flat)
artemesia, aster, astilbe, campanula, coreopsis, delphinium, dianthus, digitalis, hosta, iberis, iris, phlox, rudbeckia, viola, and many more!

petunias, marigolds, snapdragons, impatiens, begonias.
peppers, zucchini, tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, watermelon, and more!
(Approximately 48 starts per flat)

New Guinea Impatiens, Vining Geraniums, Chenille, Streptocarpella, Ivy Geraniums, Torena, Bacopa, Wave Petunias, Mixed Baskets, Double Impatiens, Verbena, Boston Fern, Black-Eyed Susan, Million Bells Petunia, Moss Rose, Fuchsia

Roses include knockouts, hybrid tea, grandaflora, floribunda and climbers
12” Hanging Baskets include same plants as 10” Hanging Baskets

Hibiscus, Mandevilla & Gardenia ~ pink, red, yellow, and more
Geraniums – pink, red, fuchsia, lavender, and many more!

Broadview Florists carries many “Proven Winners”. For the best selection, early pick up is recommended. Check out Broadview’s website at

  Amber Bouthot   Mar 22, 2018   Uncategorized   Comments Off on Annual Plant Sale Read More