Careers

DC's "dean" of choral conductors steps down and reflects on a career that spanned a half century in the U.S. capital

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Early- and mid-career learning for choral conductors is hard to find and requires a public process that demands courage and stamina.

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An Online Seminar

Responding to survey data that revealed that 33% of responding conductors were founding directors that anticipated retiring from their ensembles within 5-10 years, Chorus America created this online seminar, Navigating a Music Director Transition. The 4-part seminar is a vital resource for any choruses anticipating an artistic change.

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As the profession of chorus management matures, managers are finding new ways into their careers.

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Template for Evaluating Finalists

A rating form for singers to use when evaluating conductors who have been identified as finalists during a music director search.

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Chorus America interviewed more than 700 conductors about their career paths, levels of education, salary, job satisfaction, and more in 2005. The resulting data provides a profile of the "typical" choral conductor that may be surprising.

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A Sample from the Dessoff Choirs

A rating form for singers to use when evaluating all potential conductors during a search.

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A sample timeline to help with music director search planning.

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