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, 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 Foster   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 Foster   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!

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 www.broadviewflorist.net

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

Meet the Board- Nick Toney

This week’s featured board member is Nick Toney. Nick is a VP and commercial banking officer for Lake City Bank and has been with the bank for 11 years. He is currently in his second year on the board of FWCC and was recently appointed Treasurer. He has served on the board of the Euell A. Wilson Center for 4 years and has volunteered with Junior Achievement for the last 10 years. For the past few years, he has also been volunteering and mentoring at Smith Academy for Excellence. He and his family are actively involved in church at County Line Church of God. Nick grew up in Warsaw and attended Grace College, where he graduated in 2005 with a degree in Business Education. He met his wife, Kiley, at Grace and they’ve been married for 12 years and have two wonderful children, Emerlynn (8) and Jarick (5).

1- How did you become engaged with FWCC? I was approached by Jonathan and Carrie, the current board chair, about helping to fill a vacant spot on the board.  I definitely don’t have musical talent or a background in choir, so I was a little hesitant at first, but after talking with them and learning about the mission of the choir, I left extremely impressed and knew it was something I wanted to be a part of.

2- What were you most surprised to learn about FWCC after getting involved? Being new to any type of choir, just about everything was a surprise.  I think what surprised me the most though was the level of music education provided to the children. I’m also really impressed with how much the choir does throughout the year and the amount of work put in by Jonathan and his staff to prepare for everything.

3- Why do you think FWCC is important to our community? I think the FWCC fills a large void being left by many public schools today in educating in the arts.  I truly believe that this education is so important in the development of children and helps them to grow in creativity, gain self-esteem, become better leaders, and learn to interact with others and work together.

4- What is your favorite FWCC memory? My favorite memory thus far is attending my first Do-Re-Mi fundraiser last year.  It was the first time I’d seen many of the choirs perform, and it was great to see so much support from the community through the money that was raised.

  Amber Foster   Jan 25, 2018   Uncategorized   Comments Off on Meet the Board- Nick Toney Read More

Meet the Board- Justin Shurley

Meet Justin Shurley. Justin joined our board of directors in 2013. He is the Director of Development and External Affairs for IPFW Athletics. Prior to joining IPFW, he was with the TinCaps for 9 years. He also serves on the YLNI Foundation board, City of Fort Wayne Parks Board and Commissioners, Fort Wayne City Planning Commission, and Big Brothers Big Sisters Real Men Read. He and his family attend Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, where he sings in the festival choir. Originally from Paducah, KY, Justin grew up in choir. His mother was a high school choir director, as well as their church choir director and organist. He has been surrounded by music his entire life.

1- Why did you get involved with FWCC? I had helped FWCC put together a fundraiser with the TinCaps, singing the National Anthem before games. The director at the time knew I had a music background and talked to me about joining the board.  It seemed only fitting that I should support something that meant so much to me when I was growing up.

2- What were you most surprised to learn about FWCC after getting involved? I was surprised by how much the organization does– and with such a lean and dedicated staff. The staff does not get the credit they deserve for how hard they work.

3- Why do you think FWCC is important to the community? An education in the arts, and specifically in music, is extremely important in the development of a child– in the way they think, act, and problem solve. It opens up a mind to learn in different ways. With so much focus toward STEM, the arts are being forgotten about in public schools. Therefore, the FWCC is a vital part of this community, teaching children how to read music, music theory, and how to be part of something bigger than themselves.

4- What is your favorite FWCC memory? Our first Do Re Mi event. I got to see community members witnessing the FWCC and then reaching into their pockets to support the organization even though they had no direct tie to it.


  Amber Foster   Dec 07, 2017   Uncategorized   Comments Off on Meet the Board- Justin Shurley Read More

Meet the Board- Mitch McKinney

Meet Mitch McKinney, this week’s featured board member. Mitch is a sergeant with the Fort Wayne Police Department and President of the local Fraternal of Police. He was born and raised in Fort Wayne and graduated from Bishop Dwenger High School. He received his BA in Criminal Justice from Indiana Wesleyan University. He also serves as a state executive officer for the Indiana Fraternal Order of Police as a trustee for northeast Indiana. Mitch has served FWCC as a volunteer for 5 years. He also has a son who sings with Youth Chorale.

1- What were you most surprised to learn about FWCC after getting involved? I was most surprised at how professional the children were on and off stage. That is the sign of true leadership behind the scenes.

2- Why do you think FWCC is important to our community? There are not many organizations that offer such an opportunity for talent to be displayed like you can in the FWCC. By exposing these children to various events and performance opportunities it allows the community to see those kids that aren’t always featured in the paper for the ambassadors that they are. These children are the true ambassadors of Fort Wayne.

3- What is your favorite FWCC memory? I would have to say that my favorite memories were made on tour this summer when I was able to chaperone the trip to NYC and Washington DC. I had a picture taken of my son and I at our nation’s Capitol and I will cherish it forever. We had a great bonding trip and look forward to the next!

I look forward to many years of service to this organization. It is this kind of non traditional police work that helps mold our youngsters to have positive relationships with law enforcement. My son has only three years left in the organization and I plan on serving to the fullest!!!

  Amber Foster   Nov 16, 2017   Uncategorized   Comments Off on Meet the Board- Mitch McKinney Read More
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