Support system from overall choral community - a study
Date: July 15, 2015
I am putting together a focus group in my city to chat about how we can enhance the support system in our choral community. We are facing challenges where it can be rare to see other members from other choirs at another choir concert (despite a well marketed media plan and reasonable ticket prices) and it often can result in our singers feeling discouraged that the outer choral community support barely exists. Our city has about 70 choirs of all levels and seems to be somewhat detrimental in maintaining a support system for each other because there are so many concerts happening at once.
It also seems to be a bit of a competition between choirs at times, especially between the more advanced choirs. My choir is an auditioned semi-professional chamber choir therefore we see much of this atttitude from others. I may be biased in saying this but our choir is very laid back and easy to work with...we are often praised for having a very drama-free environment.
When speaking with peers from other cities, few of them boast about how amazing their community is and I am curious to know what it is that seems to be working.
So my questions to you are -
1 - What is your choral community like in your city?
2 - What do you do to enhance the community as well as building that support system?
3 - Since research has been mainly aimed at the community within a choir, I seem to be having no luck in finding an in-depth study of the overall choral community and how to make it thrive. Any tips? Recommendations that I may have missed?
4 - Do age gaps play a role?
Note - I am keeping internal choral relations completely separate from this topic as it can open a can of worms where it would not be my place to try to resolve.
Thanks so much!
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