More about starting your own group to gain experience (since we learn by doing!):
First, I would check out Chorus America
. It's an organization dedicated to the independent chorus--one that has its own board, leadership, etc., rather than being attached to an institution (church, school, etc.). They publish a Chorus Leadership Guide,
which gives you an enormous amount of information about the details of starting and running an organization. Check out this preview
to see what it offers.
I had a conversation with a young colleague who wanted to start a choir where he'd just moved. These are some of the things I said:
- What's your passion? What gets you excited musically is more likely to excite the singers you hope to attract! Whether it's renaissance music, barbershop, or gospel, you will have a better chance of success if you choose something you love.
- You always have to decide if you want a group that specializes (see the examples above) or which does a variety of