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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 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

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 fwcchoir@fwcchoir.org

  Amber Foster   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!

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 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

Summer Choir Camp returns

IPFW’s Community Arts Academy will host Summer Choir Camp again this summer. Join in the fun and learn more about the art of singing. Under the direction of Susan LaCroix of Fort Wayne Children’s Choir, singers will be introduced to basic music theory through musical games, instruction, and, of course, singing. The week culminates in a short program for parents and family members.

This camp is for students entering 1st-6th grade in fall 2018.

June 18-22, 2018

1pm to 4pm

A closing concert open to the public will take place Friday, June 22, at 4:15pm in Rhinehart Recital Hall.

Five 3-hour sessions: $99

Rhinehart Music Center

Registration will open in spring 2018. For more information, call 260-481-6059 or visit https://new.ipfw.edu/departments/cvpa/caa/fwcc-choral-camp.html.

 

  Amber Foster   Feb 14, 2018   Blog   Comments Off on Summer Choir Camp returns 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

New Director and Accompanist for Whitley Community Children’s Choir

Becky Walter

Since 2011, The Fort Wayne Children’s Choir has supported a regional children’s choir in Whitley County. Becky Walter, the director of the Whitley Community Children’s Choir since 2013, has retired. Walter joined the Whitley Community Children’s Choir first as an accompanist in 2011. During her tenure, not only has the choir grown in participation numbers, but in impact as well, earning the “Jewel of the Community” award from the Chamber of Commerce in 2016.

“The Whitley Community Children’s Choir and FWCC have been like a family to me,” says Walter. “I am retiring to spend more time with my own family—my adult children and 10 grandchildren.”

“Becky Walter has been, and will continue to be, an incredible resource for the Whitley Community Children’s Choir,” says Jonathan Busarow, Executive Artistic Director of the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir. “Her caring and musical guidance has helped bring the WCCC to where it is today and I am very thankful for her hard work for the organization. One year ago, Becky received the Heart of Gold from the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce, and there could be no one more fitting than her. Our students have been fortunate to work with such a fine person.”

Denise Gilliland

The FWCC is pleased to announce Denise Gilliland as our new Whitley Community Children’s Choir Director. Gilliland is the Artistic Director of the Children’s Choir of Huntington County and was previously the Artistic Director of the Lafayette Children’s Choir. In addition to her work in Huntington, she has been substitute teaching for area music teachers.

Gilliland began her teaching career in the Houston, Texas area in 1982, marking this, her thirty-fifth year teaching children and youth. Her earliest experiences were rich with multiethnic students who helped to shape her appreciation for the uniqueness of every child and culture. She is a frequent clinician for Circle the State with Song festivals and has presented at the Indiana Music Educator’s convention. She was recognized as “Most Outstanding Elementary Music Educator” by IMEA in 2011. Her arrangement of “And the Angels Sang” was published by Hal Leonard Corporation and premiered by the Indianapolis Children’s Choir.

Gilliland’s earned a master’s degree in choral conducting at Butler University. As a certified Kodaly music educator, she studied privately with renowned conductors Henry Leck and Eric Stark. She resides on her grandfather’s farm in Whitley County with her husband Mark, son Weaver, and grandson Matthias.

“We are excited to bring Denise on to help us continue to grow our presence in Whitley County,” says Busarow. “She brings a lot of experience to the table and we are looking forward to working with her. Denise’s love of children and music is evident in everything she does. The students in the entire Fort Wayne Children’s Choir organization will benefit from her addition to our staff.”

Matt Johnston

The Whitley Community Children’s Choir also has a new accompanist. Matt Johnston, a FWCC alumnus, has been active in choral music for over 20 years. After graduating from IPFW with a degree in Choral Music Education and majoring in organ, he has taught music in public, charter, and private schools in Fort Wayne and Kendallville. In addition, he has led church music ministries for 16 years and currently serves as the Minister of Music and Organist at Suburban Bethlehem Lutheran Church and School where he plays the organ, and directs 3 adult choirs, 2 handbell choirs, and 4 children’s and youth choirs.

  Amber Foster   Jan 29, 2018   Blog   Comments Off on New Director and Accompanist for Whitley Community Children’s Choir Read More
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