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2019-2020 Auditions

The Fort Wayne Children’s Choir (FWCC) is holding Auditions on July 10, 2019 for the 2019-2020 season.

Youth in grades 3-12 should schedule an audition by calling the FWCC office at (260) 481-0481. 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.

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 placement decision process.

The mission of the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir is to provide a choral program exemplifying artistic and educational excellence for children from diverse backgrounds. The FWCC is proud to represent eighty-seven different schools in addition to twenty-seven home school groups from nine different northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio counties. For more information visit fwcchoir.org.

  Lindsay Platt   Jun 17, 2019   Uncategorized   Comments Off on 2019-2020 Auditions Read More

We are hiring!

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

The successful candidate must be, first and foremost, a strong musician and educator. Strengths as a communicator, organizational skills, and exhibiting a passion for working with children are a must. She/he will invest time both in and out of the office and be visible in the community.

Visit Employment Opportunities for the full job description.

  Lindsay Platt   May 23, 2019   Uncategorized   Comments Off on We are hiring! 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

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

Qualifications:

  • 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, jbusarow@fwcchoir.org
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 jbusarow@fwcchoir.org.

 

  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

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!

BEDDING FLATS ~ $15.50 PER FLAT
petunias, marigolds, snapdragons, impatiens, begonias.
peppers, zucchini, tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, watermelon, and more!
(Approximately 48 starts per flat)

10” HANGING BASKETS ~ $20.00 EACH
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

12” HANGING BASKETS or ROSE BUSHES ~ $24.00 EACH
Roses include knockouts, hybrid tea, grandaflora, floribunda and climbers
12” Hanging Baskets include same plants as 10” Hanging Baskets

10” POTTED TROPICALS or 12” POTTED ANNUALS AND GERANIUM TREES ~ $35.00 EACH
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 www.broadviewflorist.net

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

Treble Trip to Chicago

On March 2 and 3, our Treble Choir took a trip to Chicago via South Bend. 30 singers and 8 chaperones joined Mrs. Pierson, Mr. Busarow, and Mrs. Hartleroad for a jam-packed weekend that included a clinic with Notre Dame Children’s Choir Director, Dr. Mark Doerries, an overnight stay at the University of Notre Dame, and a musical exchange with Anima (the Glen Ellyn Children’s Choir) and Youth Chorus of the North Shore. Our singers also had an opportunity for some sightseeing, including a visit to the Skydeck at Willis Tower and dinner at Navy Pier.

These experiences are so valuable for our singers– not just for the music education component, but for the life experience, as well: traveling with friends, staying overnight and visiting new places.

  Amber Bouthot   Mar 12, 2018   Uncategorized   Comments Off on Treble Trip to Chicago Read More

Come Try Us – For interested singers

We will host “Come Try Us,” an opportunity for interested singers to attend a rehearsal and see what FWCC is all about. Interested singers in the 3rd grade and above are invited to this free, no obligation opportunity. Children will experience a FWCC rehearsal, full of learning, music and fun.

Choose from one of the following dates/times to join a rehearsal. Suggested grade levels are indicated.

Monday, March 26, 5:00 – 6:30 pm

Rehearse with the Lyric Choir (Grades 3-4)

Fort Wayne Philharmonic, 4901 Fuller Drive, Ivy Tech North Campus

Tuesday, March 27, 5:00 – 6:15 pm

Rehearse with the Apprentice Choir (Grades 2-5)

Holy Cross Lutheran School, 3425 Crescent Avenue

Thursday, March 29, 5:00 – 6:30 pm

Rehearse with the Treble Choir (Grades 4-7)

IPFW Rhinehart Music Center

Please register with the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir by calling (260) 481-0481 or emailing info@fwcchoir.org.

TOP 10 Reasons to join FWCC:

10. FWCC takes your music education to the next level
9. Learn to read music
8. Sing and perform in incredible places
7. Meet cool composers
6. Make long-lasting friendships
5. Grow your self-confidence
4. Express yourself
3. Sing music from all over the world
2. Judgment-free zone…everyone is welcome
1. It’s fun!!

 

 

 

  Amber Bouthot   Feb 26, 2018   Uncategorized   Comments Off on Come Try Us – For interested singers Read More

Companion Tour to Ireland, Summer 2019

In Summer of 2019, our Concert Choir and Youth Chorale singers are traveling to Ireland for a 10-day tour through Dublin, Kilkenny, Waterford, Cork, Ballyvourney, and more. This will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our singers and we are excited to announce a companion tour opportunity.

Friends and family of FWCC are invited to participate in the companion tour to Ireland. You’ll get to tour the country with a personal tour guide and watch our singers perform in some breathtaking venues. If interested in more information, please email info@fwcchoir.org.

Dates for the tour are Friday, June 21- Sunday, June 30, 2019.

You can view the Itinerary or download the commitment form by following the links below.

Ireland Companion Tour Itinerary

Ireland Companion Tour Info Sheet and Commitment Form

  Amber Bouthot   Feb 22, 2018   Uncategorized   Comments Off on Companion Tour to Ireland, Summer 2019 Read More

Meet the Board- Alex Platte

Meet Alex Platte, this week’s featured board member. Alex is a business and estate planning attorney with Rothberg Logan & Warsco in Fort Wayne. He is a Fort Wayne native and graduate of South Side High School. He attended college and law school at IU Bloomingon. He is very active in his church and also serves on the board of directors for Mustard Seed Furniture Bank. Alex just joined the board in late 2017.

1- What first got you engaged with FWCC? I was never a member of FWCC, but I enjoyed attending the Fort Wayne Fine Arts camp put on by the FWCC when I was young. My parents taught at the camps, too, and I have a lot of fun family memories. Recently, becoming a parent and sharing music with my children has made me want to help and support musical opportunities for children in our community.

2- What were you most surprised to learn about FWCC after getting involved? Attending last fall’s Harvest Concert, I was extremely impressed both with the size and quality of the choral program. As a musician myself, the performances made me even more excited to support such a high-quality opportunity for children.

3- Why do you think FWCC is important to our community? Singing with a choir is fun! Beyond that, choral training inspires creativity, emotion, professionalism, and confidence, and choir members form relationships that may last a lifetime. Musical literacy provides an intellectual backbone for a host of other fields of study. Involvement with FWCC will provide all sorts of benefits to singers who take it seriously, and we are lucky to have the opportunity available in our community.

4- What is your favorite FWCC memory? One year at FWCC summer camp at Manchester College, we got to spend a few days working with Malcolm Dalglish. Not only is Mr. Dalglish an internationally respected hammer dulcimer artist, but he was wonderful with the choir and he opened my eyes to a world of folk music I hadn’t experienced before.

 

  Amber Bouthot   Feb 08, 2018   Uncategorized   Comments Off on Meet the Board- Alex Platte Read More