Singing to the Choir

The creation of the Charleston International Festival of Choirs was announced last month. The festival, which will consist of at least 20 choirs, will take place April 16-19 in venues around the city to be determined. Much of the line-up is yet to be announced. The hope is that the festival, led by Judith Wiloughby, a professor of music at Oklahoma City University, will add to the Holy City’s choral tradition and its reputation as a travel destination, according to the press release. —Myles Hutto

Elliot Phones Home

The Gibbes Museum of Art has hired Elliot DeMerell as the new director of institutional advancement. DeMerell, a Charleston native, was working as the senior development officer at the Children’s Home Society in St. Paul, Minn., before returning home to Charleston. DeMerell has experience in the arts field. He’s worked in development positions with St. Paul College of Visual Arts and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, as well as The Science Museum of Virginia and the S.C. State Museum. DeMerell says he grew up taking classes at the Gibbes and is ready to help advance the museum’s goal of supporting the arts in Chucktown. —Alison Sher

Dancing on East Bay Street

Charleston has a new dance ensemble called the Charleston Dance Project. It’s the performance wing of a new dance school called Dancefx. The dance group comprises young and aspiring jazz contemporary dancers ages 18 and older. Auditions for the ensemble will take place Sept. 14 at 4:30 p.m. at the dance school’s new location at 334 East Bay St. Classes at the school focus on adult dancers. Styles range from jazz to ballet, from ballroom to strip aerobics, from hip-hop to belly dancing. For more information, call (843) 469-1117. —Myles Hutto

Redux Needs a Boss

Redux is looking for a new executive director. A BS, BA, or BFA is required; an MA, MFA is preferred. Send a resume and cover letter to the Board of Directors at Redux Studios, 136 St. Philip St., Charleston, S.C. 29403 or For more about qualifications, go to Deadline is Oct. 1. —Alison Sher