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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 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/music-educators-workshop-tickets-49606522444

  Amber Foster   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 Foster   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 Foster   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

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