Building audience through a choir sampler concert?
Date: August 14, 2013
There are at least 20 active choirs in our rural area within an hour's drive of each other. The area is also served by a Choral Arts Foundation, whose "ultimate goal is to energize those who sing and those who listen to both formal and casual performances of community choruses, church choirs, and school music groups."
The Choral Arts Foundation is thinking about possibly hosting a Choral Sampler Concert in the spring, and I'm looking for feedback/thoughts that would improve such an event.
Early April 1.5-1.75 hour free concert given twice in one day (afternoon, evening) at the outer edges of the region.
1.25 hrs divided among participating choirs (15 choirs = 5 min/choir; 10=7.5; 20=3.5)
.25-.5 hrs for getting on/off stage + one or two audience sing-a-longs
Concert program with choir info including upcoming performances
Choirs would pay small fee ($25?) to participate which would contribute to covering:
Choral Arts Foundation (volunteer non-profit) would publicize event, print program & organize concert.
What do you all think? What would make it worth coming? Would this build audiences? Has anyone else participated in something like this? We will be contacting local choir directors about this as well, of course, but the more thinking we've done ahead of time, the better the proposal will be...
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