To use Gospel music to inspire audiences with a message of hope, joy, and harmony.
To serve and uplift communities through the power of Gospel music.
TCCGC’s Mission is to use Gospel music to inspire audiences with a message of hope, joy, and harmony. TCCGC endeavors to offer a soulful interpretation of the African American Gospel music tradition and create community across racial, cultural and economic boundaries.
This is a part-time, contracted position. The Artistic Director reports to the Executive Director.
a. Negotiable, commensurate with experience.
b. Eligible for bonus payments.
Summary: The artistic director is responsible for conceiving, developing, and implementing the artistic vision and focus of the organization. The primary objective of this position is to be responsible for the musical quality and artistry of rehearsals and concerts, promoting excellence in the performance of the choir.
Provide artistic leadership for the choir and organization:
(a) Teach and promote the tradition of Gospel music to choir members and the community.
(b) Be responsible for the musical quality and artistry of rehearsals and concerts and promote excellence in the performance of the choir. Attend and conduct all rehearsals and concerts, or occasionally and only as necessary, arrange for a substitute.
(c) Retain the services of an accompanist or musicians for rehearsals and performances who shall serve at the discretion of the Artistic Director in consultation with the Executive Director. Retain the services of concert guest artists as necessary and within the approved budget. Supervise allmusicians/artists.
(d) Appoint soloists, section leaders and small ensemble members as desired.
(e) Work with the Executive Director to determine musical selections.
(f) Work with the Executive Director on business matters, including such things as contracts, equipment, technical aspects and budgets.
(g) Work with the Executive Director to set goals for program development for the organization and evaluate the success of the choir and organization on an ongoing basis.
Represent the organization in the community:
(h) Promote the choir in the community.
(i) Cultivate relationships within the broader community to further program goals, increase the choir’s visibility and encourage collaboration.
(j) Work with the Executive Director to develop a full schedule of concerts and outreach/service events to broaden the organization’s impact in the community.
(k) Perform such other duties as may be prescribed from time to time by the Executive Director.
• Possesses in-depth knowledge and understanding of the African American Gospel music
• Demonstrates a track record of success in developing and leading music programs.
• Works with, engages and motivates people of diverse backgrounds and personalities.
• Demonstrates strong leadership skills, and a collaborative, team-based work style.
• Demonstrates proficiency in voice and piano.
• Possesses a solid knowledge of the local music scene as it pertains to furthering the choir’smission and community outreach.
• Communicates effectively and appropriately, both verbally and in writing.
• Multitasks: works on multiple projects simultaneously and is a problem-solver.
• Uses electronic media including internet, email and social media.
• Understands and works within a budget.
• Possesses the qualities of integrity, credibility, passion for and commitment to the mission.
• Demonstrates competency in reading musical scores.
• Completed a degree in music or music education or has commensurate experience.
• 3+ years’ experience conducting a diverse, community-based choir with various skill levels and experience.
Pam Kreuger, Choir Manager
Pam has been a choir member of TCCGC since 2004. Currently, she is a soprano as well as our choir manager, making sure the choir is up to date on singing engagements and other important news. Married with two children and one beautiful granddaughter, Pam enjoys spending time with family and friends, sharing God’s word through song, and helping the choir be as successful as it can be.
Garland King is the choir's accompanist, setting the sound and feel of the performances. When the choir performs, Garland is often accompanied by some of the best gospel musicians in the city, providing the energy and groove behind the choir.
Just four months after its first rehearsal in 1990, this community-based, multi-cultural choir swept the competition to win first place in the prestigious Amateur Talent Contest at the Minnesota State Fair.
Amateur no more, the Choir returned to the State Fair a year later to present 13 concerts -- and completed its first professional studio recording that same summer. Since then, the choir has thrilled audiences at hundreds of events in venues as varied as the Historic State Theater, Central Baptist Church in St. Paul, the Ordway Theater, Red Wing Correctional Facility, and the Governor's Mansion.
Since its inception the choir has maintained its commitment to be a community resource, bringing its music and message to urban, suburban and rural communities.
President: Jason Kapel
Jason brings a combination of a passion for music and professional experience in marketing, business and communication to the board. He currently is Director of Customer Experience at Prudential. He is also a musician and is proficient on guitar, bass guitar, piano and drums. He performs in an indie-rock band that has released its first album and performs locally and elsewhere in the U.S. Jason believes in the power of music to positively affect people's lives.
Vice President: Kim Snyder Smith
Kimberly is a member of the choir and joined the board this year. She works at Woodlane Family and Cosmetic Dentistry and owns a home staging company. Kimberly is passionate about our choir and works to ensure more people can be uplifted by the gospel music we perform.
Treasurer: Sandy Famodu
Sandy is a self-employed Certified Public Accountant providing tax and accounting services to individuals, small businesses, and non-profits. She has over 25 years of experience as a CPA, including senior manager positions with Ernst & Young, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, and Global Tax Network. Sandy is actively involved as a community volunteer, serving as board member for Global Minnesota as well as TCCGC. She joined TCCGC in 2016 as an alto. As Treasurer, she oversees all financial aspects of the choir's operations. Sandy enjoys building strong relationships and working collaboratively to achieve shared goals.
Secretary: Elisabeth Teichroew
Elisabeth brings experience and passion to the choir and board as the current Executive Director of the Twin Cities Youth Chorale. Her non-profit experience and social media expertise has already had an impact as she has worked to extend and modernize our choir's social media strategy.
Members at Large
David is a long time choir member and recently joined the board of directors. He has been an IT professional for more than 20 years, which came after about 20 years in engineering. He is passionate about our choir helping us achieve our mission.
Keith joined the choir in 2019 and quickly offered to be part of the board. With 35 years of diverse professional experience in everything from sales and marketing to architectural designer to ministry to graphic design and media productions, Keith draws on all of it to help promote the choir to the community.
Grace has a passion for singing which started when she was a child in her dad’s church. That passion led her on a search for a choir, which landed her with TCCGC in April 2019 as a soprano. She is a member of several professional organizations, having served in a leadership capacity in many organizations over the years. In addition, Grace has experience as a public speaker and brings her organizational and creative skills, as well as her experience as an educator to the TCCGC board.
Katrina is a member of the choir, and brings her excitement and creative ideas to the board, as well as experience in administration and recruiting. She wants to use that recruiting experience to bring more singers into the choir, allowing us to grow and succeed.
Executive Director: Jack Perkins
Jack is a retired educator, having served 25 years in both secondary and higher education. He has also spent the last ten years serving in multiple roles for various non-profits. He has also worked as a consultant to help individuals and organizations understand and cope with the effects of stress and trauma. Jack lives in the Twin Cities with his wife, Karina, and their cat, Gus. They are the proud parents of four amazing children who live, work, and attend school in Georgia and Oklahoma.
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