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Call for Student Chapter Executive Committee

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About Choral Canada and the future of our programs and services
Choral Canada (CC) is the National Arts Service Organization for the choral and group singing arts sector and community in Canada. You can read more about Choral Canada here. Choral Canada is committed to evaluating, building on and enhancing its current programs and services to members, like our Student Chapter, ensuring that Accessibility, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Decoloniality, and Anti-Racism are a priority in order to increase our relevance, representation, and diversity for all our current and potential members.


About the Student Chapter
Student Members of Choral Canada automatically become part of the Choral Canada Student Chapter. Student membership is open to all full-time students or recent graduates (graduated two years or less from membership start date). You can read more about the Student Chapter here.

The Choral Canada Student Chapter (CCSC) exists to:

  • Cultivate and promote the work of students studying group singing in Canada by exhibiting their research, initiatives, performances, and compositions
  • Provide opportunities for the advancement and growth of students studying group singing in Canada
  • Facilitate communication amongst students studying group singing across Canada


About the Student Chapter Committee
The CCSC Committee will exist to support the goals and projects of the Student Chapter (SC) as well as support the SC Branches. SC Branches are organized and led by students and a Branch Advisor (academic director/professor) at a post-secondary institution. They set their own goals and activities.

Working closely with the Choral Canada staff, the CCSC is responsible for:

  • Membership and Branches cultivation and retention
  • Developing and managing SC programs and services
  • Communicating with the national SC membership and SC Branches
  • Bringing the voice of the members’ respective regions – and their respective places of learning - to the committee and, consequently, to the national association and its membership.


Important: This call for committee members is for the Student Chapter Executive Committee. There will be opportunities to join the Student Chapter Committee as a Member-At-Large in the near future.
 

Positions for Executive Committee
Choral Canada is seeking two (2) Co-Chairs and four (4) individuals to join the CCSC Executive Committee. These six (6) individuals are representative of the richly diverse group singing communities in which we participate and will help provide the CCSC committee with a multitude of perspectives and lived experiences. 

We are also looking for individuals who are interested in supporting Choral Canada’s Strategic Plan and developing the future of the Student Chapter program by reflecting upon, questioning, and building upon past and current practices.

Positions on the CCSC Executive Committee include:

- 2 Co-Chairs
- 1 Anacrusis Editorial Board Representative
- 1 Advocacy Committee Representative
- 1 Podium Committee Representative
- 1 Meeting Assistant and Communications

Some of these positions are already filled, but committee members can move to different positions, balancing the different interests and skill sets.


Information about each position:

1. Co-Chairs’ responsibilities:

  • Responsible for submitting annual report by June 1 to CC Board about SC progra
  • Responsible for planning and chairing meetings
  • Support/manage/delegate with CCSC Executive and full committee
  • Promote SC to post-secondary institutions
  • Ensure that the SC follows all Terms of Reference and protocols
  • Oversee all SC projects
  • Work closely with CC office

2. Anacrusis Editorial Board Representative:

  • Responsible for setting timeline and collecting column content from SC Branches and SC members at large
  • Option to write a column in each Anacrusis if no content from SC available
  • Responsible for encouraging SC members to submit to Anacrusis
  • Bring ideas/thoughts from SC Committee to Anacrusis Committee and vice versa

3. Advocacy Committee Representative:

  • Responsible for bringing Advocacy initiatives information to the SC Committee and encouraging their participation, if there is opportunity to do so
  • Responsible for bringing ideas/thoughts from SC Committee to Advocacy Committee

4. Podium Committee Representative:

  • Must live in upcoming Podium province/territory
  • Liaise between Podium Committee and SC Committee
  • Help organize, with Co-Chairs, the SC activities at Podium, such as Poster Session and networking event

5. Meeting Assistant & Communications:

  • Take minutes at each committee meeting (Executive and full SC Committee)
  • Manage the social media for the Student Chapter in both official languages


Language
The working language of the CCSC is English, but in order to widen the Committee’s perspectives, we will prioritize the inclusion of more members from the French-speaking and Indigenous languages communities of Canada.
 

Choral Canada’s Commitment
Choral Canada is committed to listening to the needs of all CCSC members and striving to create a committee environment where all members feel welcomed, included, and supported.


Term & Time Commitment

  • 2 year terms, renewable 2 times to a maximum of 6 years (3 terms)
  • 6 Executive Committee meetings per year, each 1.5 - 2 hours
  • 1-2 full CCSC Committee meetings per year, each 1.5 - 2 hours
  • time spent on position responsibilities 


Remuneration
Serving on the Student Chapter Committee is a volunteer position without any remuneration. You will be provided with administrative support from the Choral Canada staff.


How to send in your “Expression of Interest”
If you are interested in any of these positions, please email your “Expression of Interest” to [email protected] by May 12, 2023. Please provide a short paragraph describing why you would like to be on the CCSC Executive Committee, your student status (eg. full time student studying music education at UBC), the position(s) you are most interested in, and include any applicable experience and/or skillset(s) you would like to share.

If you need any support with this online process, please contact Meghan Hila (she/her), Executive Director, at 647-606-2467 or [email protected].


Selection
The Co-Chairs are selected by the Choral Canada Board of Directors. The other positions are selected by the Co-Chairs. Both the Board of Directors and CCSC Co-Chairs will select individuals based upon their expression of interest and the qualifications outlined above. All individuals who express interest in the positions will be contacted directly regarding the outcome of the process. We hope to fill these new positions by May 31, 2023. 


Third Party Recommendations
It is also possible to recommend people for any of these positions by emailing their names and contact information to the Choral Canada office at [email protected]. The Choral Canada staff will then contact these recommended individuals, encouraging them to submit their expressions of interest.


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If you have any questions regarding the positions, please contact Meghan Hila (she/her), Executive Director, at [email protected] or 647-606-2467.You are also welcome to reach out to any current director on the Choral Canada Board of Directors to discuss your possible interest and questions. The list of directors can be be found here.

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We thank you sincerely for your engagement and support!

 

 

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