Give your ideas for bringing in new singers
Date: October 17, 2010
Our chorus is getting older overall, and we have been having difficulty in the last few years bringing in new singers, especially men. The most often heard reason for not joining our chorus is that people are "too busy" and don't want to commit to another regular activity. Our chorus rehearses once a week on Monday evenings from September to December, and then again from January to March. Most of our members have been dedicated to the group for years, but we are slowly losing singers due to poor health or other family concerns.
For the last 3 years, I've sent letters/flyers around the August timeframe to the choir directors of the many churches in our area. A few of the church directors I spoke to said that their singers' typical response was "one night a week of choir is all I can fit into my schedule". I also asked our current choir members to give me names and contact information for people they know in the community who might be interested. We have 4 new members this fall, but I would like at least that many more to start with us in the spring. I asked the choral directors at three local colleges for the names of students who graduated this past May, but all those students had moved out of the area.
I hope you will all be willing to give me your best ideas on how to get the word out to bring in new singers. Our chorus is a very friendly and fun group of men and women from all walks of life.
Jane Polett, General Manager, Quincy Symphony Orchestra Association (Quincy Symphony Chorus)