Rebuilding a Church Choir - Recruitment
Date: March 19, 2011
I am a co-director of an adult choir at a medium size church with a great tradition of singing. Within the past 15 years, the size of the choir has dwindled, and the average age has gone up, as any "younger" people invovled have opted to either discontinue singing in choir or sing with the contemporary choir.
I'm looking for suggestions on how to rebuild the choir - trying to appeal to younger people, and still retain our older members. One of the problems we run into is losing our warm-weather members who go to Florida for the winter (they miss more than half of the "singing season"). Another issue is that people have a hard time making comittments to being part of a group that has every-other-week rehearsals and scheduled performances. They don't like being tied down.
We have tried going in front of the congregation at all services one weekend in the late summer and making a plea, while expressing all of the positive reasons to participate. We also have tried putting notices in the church bulletin. In addition, we have tried to do a blend of music that would appeal to a wide variety of people.
So...I'm very interested in suggestions of ways to rebuild, or start over. Does anyone have any great ways to recruit?
Thank you ~
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