Singing people are great people, so for nine years we have had a truly wonderful community of users - people who are dedicated to making their choirs and choruses work better, because singing is so important in their lives.
Recently a few of those loyal users created their own user group on Facebook, with the stated goal to help each other out and "stop bothering Sharlene so much." Now Sharlene enjoys helping our users be successful, but I understand where they are coming from - Shar is only one woman after all, and as we've grown, the sheer number of questions has grown along with us. A user group is a great way to get questions answered quickly, share tips and tricks, and generally create a happier, healthier situation. I love it!
Originally the "Choir Geniuses" group was only for our customers in one region of one singing organization, but the leaders of the group have agreed that opening it up to the rest of the world would be a fantastic idea. And we at #CG HQ have decided to spend some of our support time participating in the group as well. We've already been members of the group for a few weeks, and it has been great to help people in this way. It's just one step in our overall plan to open up and be more transparent and collaborative - look for more announcements on this theme in the near future.
So this is your official invitation to head over to Facebook and get involved in the Choir Geniuses user group! We'll see you there.
Technology is rapidly changing from one generation to the next and many choirs are wondering how to get the younger generations involved in the rewarding experience of being part of a choir. In fact, I recently had a musical director specifically ask me how she can attract Millennials to her choir. Like many people, she felt she didn’t have the right skills to create and maintain a savvy website that would get their attention.
Then I told her about our “Smart Site.” It is a public-facing website designed just for choirs that’s ready right out of the box - choir leaders and their teams can publish their content right away, without going through a webmaster. You don’t need any HTML knowledge to build a Smart Site, or to keep it up to date.
There are several attractive themes to choose from where you can upload your logo, pick a color scheme, and make the website unique to your choir brand. From here you can create and edit content such as choir members’ biographies, upcoming events, and more to complete your website. We also offer affordable, professional web design services if you’d like Groupanizer to build the site for you.
When you are designing your site, it is important to keep in mind the audience you want to attract. If that audience is made up of mostly Millennials, our Smart Site is a great option because Millennials are much more likely to use mobile phones and tablets, rather than a desktop computer. For that reason, we have made all of our Smart Site themes “responsive” which means they look great on devices of all sizes. Everyone who views your website will have a excellent experience whether they view your choir website on a desktop, iPad, or mobile phone because the site automatically sizes itself to whatever screen you are using. To take it a step further, there’s also a real, easy-to-use mobile app for the tech-connected younger audience you want to attract.
To learn more about our Smart Sites, visit us at https://www.choirgenius.com and request a free trial or free demonstration. Take a look around our site to see what others are saying about Choir Genius and how we have revolutionized the way people manage their choirs.
As our everyday lives become more and more digitized isn’t it time to start digitizing some things we’ve collected over the past? One choir in London, England that has a huge library of sheet music seems to think so. This choir recently contacted me because they found themselves spending a lot of money on storing an enormous amount of sheet music. They would have switched over sooner, they said, but their loyal librarian liked everything the way it was. They even referred to her as “change-resistant”.
Since she has retired, however, the choir is excited to switch everything over to the digital world. This means they will be able to organize, find, edit, and share a piece of music quickly and efficiently in its digitized form! Not only that, they will save money with every click because digitized sheet music is cheaper to store. It’s that simple.
The Value and Ease of Digitizing Your Choir’s Sheet Music
While the value of paper sheet music will never die, we hope, digitizing just makes sense whenever and wherever it is available. For starters, digitized sheet music is easily portable. The members of this London choir can literally walk around with their entire library of digitized sheet music under their arm. They can access it no matter where they are - singing in London, Paris or Greece.
Uploading sheet music is simple. Whether you have a vast library like the London Choir or you’re a small church, all you have to do is scan your sheet music into the software and presto, it literally comes alive. You can now easily play around with the music, editing it and fine-tuning it to perfection.
Once your sheet music is scanned, you can assign specific songs to specific singers with our software. Choir Genius is packed full of features that will save you money and time while keeping your choir organized. From Communication tools such as email lists to attendance tracking and reporting, Choir Genius is more than just digitized sheet music storage. It’s also and easy and convenient place to store sheet music, PDF files, video resources, learning tracks and more.
The way the world stores information has changed and the choir industry needs to catch up. With sheet music susceptible to fire, aging, pests, and water damage, doesn’t it make sense to replace it or at the very least back it up? To find out more, visit our features page and have a look around.