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Old 09.11.2013, 15:29
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Re: Choir director looking to start English-speaking choir

I do hope that this works out. As someone who has tried to organize many events via Englishforum or otherwise: The key issue is commitment. People do not like commitment. Typical numbers: I organized a group of people who wanted to do things together, just to meet others (this was preMeetup). 150 people signed up. When I organized, I received 20 "No", 40 "Maybe", 15 "Yes", and in the end, two people came. I now organize various things on Meetup, and things have become worse, I would say.

As mentioned before, I have been singing in a choir in Zurich for years, and we find it more and more difficult to find people who want to commit to weekly rehearsal, choir weekends, etc.

To meet this commitment issue, one idea could be to start not with a choir and commitment but rather with an open singing event, where people can come and sing together but do not have to commit. I only know of a handful of such events in Zurich, while there are dozens and dozens of choirs, already. And if some of the attendees want to take it to the next level and do a proper choir. Would also save you from disappointment.
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Old 09.11.2013, 15:47
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I organized a group of people who wanted to do things together, just to meet others (this was preMeetup). 150 people signed up. When I organized, I received 20 "No", 40 "Maybe", 15 "Yes", and in the end, two people came.
I once organised an EF event to which only one person turned up.

It worked out alright in the end, though: I married her!

Sorry... a bit off topic... back to choirs...
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Re: Choir director looking to start English-speaking choir

Hi
I would be really keen.
Please keep me posted if you get anything up and running
Many thanks
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Re: Choir director looking to start English-speaking choir

Hi I would love to join a choir like this and I have a few friends who might be interested too, we were just talking the other day at work about trying to set one up and looking for a choir director ourselves. I used to sing in a community choir in England, the kind of choir where everyone was welcome, a lot was learnt by ear so no pressure to read music, and there were no wrong notes, just alternative harmonies. We sang a lot of British and world folk and traditional music, some classical and some pop, a nice mix. I really miss singing, please do set this up!
I will pm you my e-mail address.
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My voice is pretty good. Singing is delightful.
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Re: Choir director looking to start English-speaking choir

I am very interested in something like this. I've recently moved to Switzerland from Russia where I participated in amateur music theatre (mostly consisting of students). Though I am a baritone, I can sometimes sing tenor parts in choirs.

P. S. Also your topic was the deciding fact for my registration on this forum.
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Old 25.11.2013, 23:43
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Re: Choir director looking to start English-speaking choir

There will be an "open singing" event in the St. Peter Church in Zurich city on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 4pm. A children's choir and a trumpet ensemble will be there to sing Christmas songs with. Maybe, this is a chance for your group to come together for the first time and just to sing together. Also, you could meet fellow choir leaders, maybe. Just a thought.

For more details: http://www.st-peter-zh.ch/kantorei/1...ntssingen.html
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Re: Choir director looking to start English-speaking choir

That's unfair! In my 5 years of Zürich I was desperately looking for a choir all the time, and now that I will leave Switzerland next summer here you are!!!!
Anyway, I can tell you this is really needed in here! I was part of a choir before but that was so stiff and serious that it was no fun to sing anymore (even though the quality was not very high...) so I quit... I wish you good luck for your project, I'm sure it will be a big success!!!
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Re: Choir director looking to start English-speaking choir

I currently sing with a ladies choir in Zug but would be very interested in joining a group in Zurich
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Re: Choir director looking to start English-speaking choir

I'm interested! Is this still on? I stay in Zurich (in Dietikon actually, but I spend the whole day in Zurich). I'll just need to see if the place and time work out (: I sing 2nd soprano
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Re: Choir director looking to start English-speaking choir

Whay...lovely topic! Any news?
Depending on timing and location I also might be interested in. I sang in a choir for a few years as a child, even had a few concerts abroad...singing is fun.
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Re: Choir director looking to start English-speaking choir

Yes, this is still on! We had our first singing event two weeks ago, and the next one is being organized. I am in the process of finding us some proper rehearsal space (i.e. not my living room). Please pm me with your email address if you are interested! English Forum is great for meeting people, but nothing beats email for actually organizing things.
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Re: Choir director looking to start English-speaking choir

Hello, I'm in exactly the same position but in Neuchatel, I have a masters in pedagogy and conducting, have run two choirs on the Isle of Man and I'm looking to set up an English choir in Neuchatel starting this September.
It should be a lot of fun! Maybe it would be a good idea to link the Swiss English chors together somehow and do a concert once a year. I'm working on a website and publicity now, should we link up?

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Re: Choir director looking to start English-speaking choir

Hi, I'm keen to join.

I have a musical background, but haven't sing in a choir for years, so this would be perfect for me!

I have also sent a PM. Please let me know if you are still running/when I can join you?

Thanks.
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Re: Choir director looking to start English-speaking choir

Did anything come of this?
I'm looking for a choir to join. Actually, I'm looking for a Savoy Opera Company kind of thing, but a choir would be fun as well
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Re: Choir director looking to start English-speaking choir

For those that cannot make it to Zurich: my hubby sings in a choir called Swing Voices in Langenthal (near Olten, 35 min from Berne). Their repertoire this year is entirely in English , there are a few English speakers in the choir, but most of them are Swiss, they have been very welcoming to hubby, who's German is still abismal.
http://www.swing-voices.ch
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