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

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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.

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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

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!!




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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

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

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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


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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.


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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.

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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.

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A note from our directors, reflecting on 2017 and heading into 2018

The first half of the 2017-18 is behind us and what an amazing time we had with all of our singers. From our youngest Apprentice Choir singers through our High School singers in the Youth Chorale, FWCC members continued to learn about music theory, how to read music and sing in parts, and much more. Here’s a glimpse of what each ensemble worked on the past few months and what they have to look forward to in 2018.

Apprentice update from Mrs. LaCroix and Mrs. Coulter:

We have a LARGE, diverse, energetic, talented, and enthusiastic group of young singers. They are learning to read melodic notation, decode rhythms, comprehend musical form, and perform as young professionals. We could not be more proud of their progress. They have quickly become a cohesive choir of friends and we love them.

Much of the success of this year is due to our parents. From those who volunteer as rehearsal assistants, greeters, and secretaries, to those who have adapted to the challenges of picking their children at the close of rehearsal in our new location. It is a monumental challenge to move 60+ children efficiently, but it is working smoothly and our parents have been patient and gracious.

Early in 2018, we will start preparing for our spring performances, including our performance at Do Re Mi, which is always a highlight. As always, our goal is to keep our singers engaged and excited about singing together.

Lyric update from Mrs. Boester:

Our Lyric singers have really become a team—they are listening to each other and developing a nice blend. They are also becoming very proficient at hearing, reading, and singing the solfege pattern that I give to them in each song. I am so proud of them and you should be too!

Two highlights from the first half of the year for me were the performances at Festival of Trees and The Golden Years. The singers were awesome. They were very focused and enthusiastic about singing, and I love that.

In 2018, we will spend more time on theory and preparing for some upcoming performances, including FAME Fest, which is one of my favorites.

Whitley County Community Choir update from Mrs. Walter:

We have become a cohesive group of friends who love to sing together. I especially enjoyed watching our first year singers conquer their fears as they stepped on stage for the Harvest Concert. We were missing several singers, and there was a little discussion about what would we do if there were only six of us? One of our newest and youngest students looked me in the eye and said, “We’ll sing, that’s what!”

In 2018, we will continue to focus on solfege and spend time expanding into more sight reading and more difficult two-part singing.

Treble Choir update from Mrs. Pierson:

One of the highlights from the first half of the season was the Bach Collegium concert. The performance took place in the gorgeous Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, and it was wonderful for our singers to hear the musicianship of this ensemble. In addition, it was an honor to perform with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic at this year’s production of The Nutcracker. What an opportunity for our singers to perform with a live orchestra! Our singers approached their performance on stage with a tremendous amount of professionalism and poise.

We have had many successes this year, but I am most pleased with the improvement our singers have displayed in reading solfege. They are building their musical literacy skills and improving as independent musicians.

In 2018, we will start preparing for our Spring performances. I am especially looking forward to our trip to Chicago. It will be a fun time together.

Concert Choir update from Mr. Busarow:

We kicked things off with our fall retreat, and Concert Choir quickly became a note-reading machine, utilizing their solfege skills to learn some tough music. The Harvest Concert showcased their hard work, and we continued our tradition in November and December of performing at Holiday Pops with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. Our students are becoming quite the group of professionals.

The Concert Choir had a few solo opportunities this semester – and I was SHOCKED at how many students auditioned. Over half of the ensemble put themselves out in front of their peers and took a chance at it. While there are only a few solos so far, I can tell that the attitude and spirit of our singers is spot on. The Concert Choir has been incredible at encouraging one another this season.

The first thing we have in January is the Indiana Music Educator’s Association Convention. It is a big honor for us to perform in front of this audience of music teachers. After IMEA, we have a performance at FAME, the Young Artist Concert, and the Spring Concert, which will be here before we know it!

Youth Chorale update from Mr. Schlicker:

Our singers have consistently impressed me with their ability and willingness to handle new and varied musical challenges. We are singing in a mixed formation more than ever! Our new students have been welcomed into the group by the upper-class leaders and we seem to really enjoy being together and making great music!

There are lots of great stories to share. Our students are mature and developed musicians. Recently we were experimenting with some alternate scale possibilities and they handled the new ideas easily.

Coming up after the holiday break, we will begin preparing for Young Artists Concert and the Spring Concert. I love our concerts in the second semester. The Young Artists Concert is always a musical highlight and the Spring Concert is always so emotional as we say goodbye to our seniors.


  Amber Bouthot   Jan 11, 2018   Blog   Comments Off on A note from our directors, reflecting on 2017 and heading into 2018 Read More