As a long-time VOCA singer, I know how valuable our section leads are. As mentors they guide and support us musically to develop technique, intonation and interpretation. Many of our leads have gone on to achieve considerable distinction in both the choral field and as soloists, and they have all been incredibly generous in sharing their substantial musical training, experience, and their beautiful voices. They help us all to sing to our highest potential by setting an example of the best in the field. For several seasons, they’ve also generously donated to some of our fundraising efforts, including performing at our Cabaret and offering items for our Silent Auction.
As you know, these artists deserve fair compensation for the important role that they play in helping us all to be our musical best, so our Board of Directors recently approved a campaign to raise additional funds to help us recruit, compensate and retain professional section leads.
To meet our goal, we are asking for assistance from both choir members and our loyal audiences. We have set a target of $5,000 for this campaign. It will allow us to provide a modest increase in compensation for our leads, to have them available for our sectionals and retreats, and to provide our Artistic Director Jenny Crober with the flexibility to add additional guest singers as required for artistic reasons.Your participation in this campaign will be greatly appreciated, and I hope that you will join us to ensure the continuation of the leads program.
Mark Gold, Treasurer, VOCA Chorus of Toronto