The virus may have temporarily taken away our ability to meet in-person and make music together, but we are resilient.
The singers, staff, volunteers, and board members at the Girl Choir of South Florida are as committed as ever to the ongoing music education of our choristers and to continuing the joys of creating beauty in the world.
Help us to continue this important work by making a donation today in any amount or by pledging your ongoing support by becoming a Fermata Sustaining Member.
Your contribution will make it possible for us to continue providing virtual rehearsals and programming, which are significant sources of stability, connection, and meaning during this time. Your support now will also ensure that GCSF emerges from this crisis stronger and ready to continue serving the community as we have for 15 years.
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Although we have been physically apart for the past two weeks, you all have remained in my daily thoughts and prayers. I have to tell you, being able to correspond with our choristers via our Google Classroom on rehearsal nights has delivered such sweet respite in these uncertain times.
I wanted to reach out to you today to give you some updates about our plans and share some of my thoughts during this Covid-19 health crisis:
Our community is still as vibrant as ever. Wow! It’s amazing to see what is possible with the current available technology, and we look forward to hearing from you. Thanks to everyone who has sent in pictures and video already. Please keep it coming. We love to hear you SING!
Poetry & Prose, the spring concert, will now be virtual. Our in-person rehearsals and concerts are cancelled through mid-May due to the Florida governor’s latest guidelines as of today to practice social distancing in South Florida. Instead, we are working together using both Google Classroom and Zoom to put together virtual GCSF performances. Here’s a lovely example from the Seattle Girls Choir: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSguUciSFf0
Tour decisions are being made. Our Mezzo Choir trip to Disney this April has been canceled. Our Concert/Chamber tour to Oregon this July is still on the schedule, but could be canceled. A final decision will be made by the end of April.
We will keep making music together. Our artistic staff and I are committed to the continued music education of our choristers and to continuing the joys of creating beauty in the world. We are excited to see how the Poetry & Prose (virtual edition) will be, and we absolutely cannot wait until we can be together in person again.
I feel so lucky to be a part of this incredible community of smart, sensible, and social people. Thank you as always for your love and support of the arts.
The Girl Choir of South Florida Playbill will be distributed at all of our 2019-2020 major performances, including concerts in December and May in the beautiful surroundings of the Rose & Alfried Miniaci Performing Arts Center, the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, and other venues around Fort Lauderdale, as well as performances with other distinguished musical organizations.
Your participation will help:
Fund our chorister scholarship program
Produce major concerts and performances
Purchase, replace, and take care of chorister uniforms
Cover considerable operating expenses
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We appreciate your support of our choral program and the performing arts in South Florida. We look forward to seeing you at our performances!
What lies Beyond the Mirror? Through their spring program, the Girl Choir of South Florida seeks to explore the deeper truth behind what we see reflected back at us. Pieces like “Reflection” from Mulan and “No Mirrors in My Nana’s House” by Ysaye M. Barnwell help us reflect on our own individual experience with the way the world sees us and the way we see ourselves. “Letter from a Girl to the World” by Andrea Ramsey and “We Are the Voices” by Jim Papoulis explore the way we serve as a mirror for society, seeing and shaping the world around us. To keep the energy flowing, each of GCSF’s ensembles will perform professionally choreographed pieces such as “Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson, “Born this Way” by Lady Gaga, and “This is Me” from the Greatest Showman. With the assistance of outstanding piano accompanists and instrumentalists, each choir will explore complex choral pieces and audience favorites that compel listeners to take a long look Beyond the Mirror.
Thank you for your consistent support, especially as we embark on another exciting semester!
You may have noticed a lot more mail from us, especially about our fundraising efforts, and we want to explain where we are clearly and transparently.
The GCSF board and staff’s first priority is our commitment to providing our community with the excellent, transformative programs that we know you value; and as a non-profit organization, fundraising is imperative to making that commitment a reality.
We aim to keep chorister tuition and fees as low as possible and provide financial aid to ensure that no girl is turned away for an inability to pay. However, the reality for our operations is that tuition and fees alone only cover about 40% of our total expenses and are not enough – and have never been enough – to cover GCSF’s total operating costs.
Additionally, we’re directly feeling the blow of severe statewide cuts to arts education funding, as our grant awards have been slashed – one by nearly 80%. The board is working diligently to increase our grant funding and sponsorship opportunities and to reshape our recruiting efforts. We’ve also had to discuss possible future cuts to artistic elements and weigh other cost saving measures if funding continues at present levels.
Especially as a relatively new board, we are constantly reflecting and working to improve our operations and find new ways to support our mission. So though it may feel like suddenly a lot right now, a significant piece of that re-working involved fine-tuning our development strategies and practices through new and increased fundraising efforts.
Fundraising has been a standard necessity since our founding and will always be necessary for GCSF – from gala events, raffle tickets, and playbill ads, to the coupon book, Panthers game, and matching campaign fundraisers now. The community’s and our families’ participation in and support of these fundraisers, along with the work that Girl Choir does, is and always has been essential as well.
It’s the power of the community and our families – the choir moms, theory graders, concert attendees, chaperones, envelope stuffers, donors, and so many more – that has made it possible for Girl Choir to operate and thrive for fourteen (going on fifteen!) years.
This is your organization, and we want and need your collaborative support to sustain it.
If you have questions or would like to receive more detailed information, we would love to hear from you! You can email email@example.com or call (954) 533-9227.
Thank you for your ongoing support of and participation in GCSF’s mission.
Board of Trustees The Girl Choir of South Florida Sadie Klein, President Emily Janas, Vice President Doug Klein , Treasurer Caroline Conkle, Trustee Gretchen Fasulo, Trustee Mary Manteiga, Trustee Valle Straussman, Trustee John Wien, Trustee
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We’re so glad that you’re interested in our programs. The Girl Choir of South Florida offers exceptional choral music training for girls, ages 6 to 18 years old. No experience is required, but a love of singing and enthusiasm for music is essential.
** COVID-19 AUDITION UPDATE **
Due to the restrictions on public gatherings and social distancing measures, the Girl Choir of South Florida is temporarily waiving auditions for new singers until further notice. New singers will be automatically placed into the entry-level division based on their current age. Once social distancing rules have been lifted, students may be asked to complete a ‘new singer assessment’, in addition to classroom observations, to ensure the best placement within our levels.
If your child is interested in joining the Girl Choir of South Florida 2020-21 season (August 2020 to May 2021) please complete and submit the form below.
Audition information – Auditions are temporarily waived until further notice.
The Girl Choir of South Florida hosts open auditions for new members in August, December, January, and May.
All girls ages 6 through 13 are welcome to audition. Once admitted, girls can progress in Girl Choir through Senior Year in High School.
No prior musical experience is necessary. You do not need to bring a prepared audition piece. Girls will be placed in the appropriate choir group based on their skills, vocal maturity and readiness.
No appointment is necessary for our Voicing Placement Auditions. The audition process will take approximately 30 minutes, including an overview presentation of the Girl Choir.
Auditions (and rehearsals) are at the Girl Choir office located at 3347 NW 55th St in Fort Lauderdale. We are conveniently located off Commercial Blvd, between I95 and the Turnpike, near the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport.