After a yr of dormancy on account of COVID-19, members of 1 Aiken group choir are able to get again into the groove. However first, they want a director.
The Aiken Singers introduced that Diane Haslam, founder and longtime director of the group, has moved again to her house nation of England, leaving a emptiness for a brand new music director to steer the grownup refrain.
Haslam labored with the Aiken Singers from the start, rising the choir from a small after-dinner neighborhood membership to a 501(c)(3) nonprofit group with 50-60 members. Serving as each a music and creative director, Haslam was concerned in live performance programming, fundraising and serving to particular person members enhance.
Ken Hofstetter, president of the Aiken Singers board, stated the group is “searching for any person that may type of step into these footwear and preserve us on that observe.”
The position is a paid part-time place, with a wage supplied largely by membership charges.
With no audition required, members of the Aiken Singers be a part of to have enjoyable and share the enjoyment of singing, Hofstetter stated.
“We sing all the pieces from spirituals and church music, all the best way to rock ‘n’ roll and opera. We do the entire spectrum,” Hofstetter stated.
Earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic, the Aiken Singers met each week for 10 months out of the yr, with a two-month break in the summertime.
The group carried out two main performances yearly within the spring and winter, together with a number of outreach performances at retirement communities, nursing houses and different areas.
The Aiken Singers hope to return to that schedule by the tip of summer season or the early fall, stated soprano singer and former board president Judy Justice.
The Aiken Singers plan to supply extra particulars in regards to the music director position, together with an official place announcement and job description. For extra data, go to aikensingers.org.
Hofstetter and Justice emphasised that the choir isn’t a gaggle of educated professionals, so the brand new director will should be ready to work with adults in any respect ability ranges.
“We actually want somebody with some understanding of methods to take individuals who have little or no musical coaching, to have the ability to unite with different singers who’ve that capability, and to not really feel like they’re being left behind or something,” Justice stated.
Justice stated she hopes former members will return after a yr of pandemic shutdown. The Aiken Singers are additionally welcoming new members to the group.
“It is simply quite a lot of enjoyable,” Justice stated. “And we do see it as a group outreach service group that we’re offering a music service to others.”