Date: December 30, 2011
I am interested to know what you find to be the most helpful strategies for recruiting choral singers. I am looking for a sort of "top 10" list--nothing too scientific. I'm wondering if I've overlooked some important activity.
I teach at a small university with a young program. When I started in 2009 most of our students (and the area HS students) didn't know we had a choir. That is no longer a problem, but while the quality of the program has improved dramatically, the numbers are increasing more slowly than I had hoped.
I do what I feel are standard recruiting things: visiting the area high schools (most of which have strong, well supported music programs), regional touring, attending high school choral festivals, meeting with HS choral directors, directing a summer HS choral camp, involving our choir in on-campus events, attending events held by the admissions office, posting signs all over campus, etc. I've asked my students what they think and they've come up empty.
Thanks for your help!
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