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September 30, 2016 -

GRAMMY-award-winning conductor and professional listener Craig Hella Johnson joins me for an interview on presence, honesty, and realizing the music with your choir. This is an audio podcast. LISTEN HERE Biography Renowned as one of today’s most influential voices in choral conducting, Craig Hella Johnson brings unparalleled depth of knowledge, artistic

I'm educating my administration about finances needed to hire an accompanist for dress rehearsals and concerts. I have asked them to provide $100/dress rehearsal and $150/concert (each event about 3 hours long). This is likely on the low side of going rates, and of course, this feels high to my administration. Can anyone point me to resources about going rates that I could share with my administration? Our school is located near a major northeastern city. Thank you! ... See MoreSee Less

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22 hours ago   ·  2

Betsy Baeskens GiriSnarky and not too helpful probably, but can't resist: what do they pay their football staff that serves in an accompanying role?

22 hours ago   ·  5

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Sarah Hanson BaileyI can't direct you to a resource but can share that I'm in suburban Maine (just north of Portland), and we pay $50/hr.

21 hours ago   ·  1

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Lucyanne Georger GordonCheck the local musician's Union.

21 hours ago   ·  6

Judith HirschI second Lucyanne. The union and also AGO (American Guild of Organists) can give you and idea of appropriate rates.

21 hours ago   ·  5

Jayne BorrasThanks, everyone!

20 hours ago

Jim LoefflerThe Children's Chorus of Greater Dallas pays $40/hr.

16 hours ago   ·  1

Chris KnightContact church service accompanists. They are usually lovely to work with and are reasonable

15 hours ago   ·  2

Hannah Wunsch RyanWhere are you located? That varies the pay drastically, in my experience

15 hours ago   ·  1

Karla Melissa$45-50 per "service" in my school in Ct.

15 hours ago   ·  1

Philip BrownYou get what you pay for - are they willing to invest a little more for a better quality experience for be students? Or are they ok with paying less for someone who might not be as skilled?

14 hours ago   ·  1

Erick J. FiguerasThose are the rates we pay in my area of SC for dress and concert. Daily rehearsals are $25/hr. When I taught in NY 13 years ago it was higher.

14 hours ago   ·  2

Ann DuBoseI fought this battle and lost. I got a little money to pay a very talented former student to play for the first year at my new school. $100 for dress rehearsal and concert. (This is a true bargain in my DC suburb. I got quotes from other former students for 3X as much and the school contracted accompanist's charge $35/hour.) This year I was asked to use volunteers or make a trade for another teacher's services. Only two problems making a trade...I'm a vocalist so I have very little of useful value to trade, and other teachers aren't available for daytime rehearsals/assemblies, which is all I can have at my elementary school. The problem with volunteers, you get what you pay for. If you're successful, I would love for you to share your tactics and research.

11 hours ago   ·  1

Casey FuessIn Chicago, I pay $30/hr (typically for college students) to $40/hr (typically more seasoned pros)

10 hours ago   ·  1

Judy DuBoseAre other teachers allowed to collect fees for materials, like for labs? Would admin allow a fee to hire accompanist's? Depending on the size of the chorus it could be as little as $2-5. Or could you have a parent booster organization that could do one or two fundraisers? Maybe piano teachers who want to expand their student base would write it off as advertising.

2 hours ago

Cari Weil KassebaumWe pay $40 an hour is a SMALL community in NY state

2 hours ago

Trey MillerGoing rate in Louisiana is 40-50 and hour.

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Manchester Magnificat with piano and organ accompaniment
Here is the recent performance of my Manchester Magnificat with piano and organ accompaniment.
For full details of the work (including the original version with orchestra) please visit
Manchster Magnificat Page

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