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How to Break in as youth choir director-community oriented?

Hello,
 
I am eager, passionette and feeling ready to persue my drean of leading a children's choir within the confines of
A. strating my own organizaiotn
B. Working as a youth choir director at a church
C.  WOrking for an alreday established organiztion
 
I have some expeiernce with starting and conducting small groups for 1 or two years..
 
My question is, does anyone have any reccomendations for resources, or people I should talk to
I have an MA in Music Ed and a BM in voice, I have toyed with Kodaly certifcation.
 
Should I persue a degree in conducitng? What else should I do?
 
Thanks!
 
Mara
Replies (5): Threaded | Chronological
on September 13, 2012 4:02am
Hi Mara -
 
It sounds like you have sufficient education to tackle the items you listed. A degree in conducting probably isn't necessary!
 
My advice would be to start seeking out opportunities to do what you want to do. For example, research churches in your area. If they have an existing program, contact the Director of Music and let him/her know of your interest. Ask if there are any opportunities available. If no program exists, you may want to explore whether the church would be interested in having you start one. Churches sometimes lack programs because they lack directors.
 
It sounds like you have the training and the passion -- get out there, make contacts, talk to people, and pursue opportunities for music-making.
 
All the best,
Holly
 
Holly Reynolds Lee
Director, Voices In Praise
Friendship United Methodist Church
VoicesInPraise.org
on September 19, 2012 8:51am
Dear Holly,
 
Thank you for your encouraging message.
 
This gives me a direction to follow.  I have since contacted one church in my area (right by NYC).  So we will see what happens!
 
Best,
 
Mara
on September 13, 2012 4:36am
Hi Mara,
I applaud your enthusiasm!  Where are you located?  Where do you want to work?
Eileen Finley,
Pennsylvania Youth Chorale
on September 19, 2012 8:49am
Hi Eileen,
 
Thanks for your encouraging response.
 
I live in Hoboken NJ, right near New York.  At this point, I have a car and easy access to trasnportation, so I haven't given myself a limit as to where geopraphically I would like work, if I can get there by car/train/bus.  If once or twice a week, I'd be excited for a nice drive or train ride.  I think at this point it is better to be open..
 
I was an 11 year singerr and later intern at the San Francisco Girls Chorus so therefore my top choice is a top-choral organization such as thiers.
Second, a chuch program
Third, a school setting..
 
Do you work with the Pensylvania Youth Chorale, I went to the website, I loved the sound(reminded me of the girls chorus). I'd love to visit someday if ever possible.
 
Do you think there are other options out there, I' be curious to know.
 
Best,
 
Mara
 
 
on July 1, 2014 6:52pm
Since Posting this, I have landed two jobs as a youth choir director, and a third teaching voice in a program under the RCIM program.  Some have been succesfful, some not as much, but i still feel I'm learning.  Right now I am staring a program in Irvington( inner-city) NJ. Which is a drean come true, we'll see where it leads.
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