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Artistic Director Job Description

Name of Chorus

Job Description: ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Supervised by: Board of Directors
Purpose of Position: .75 FTE salaried position. Flexible hours, evenings and weekends.
Time Commitment: Approximately 5 hrs per week
Chorus Mission: ... Changing the world!

Responsibilities:

1. Promote the Chorus' focus on its mission

  • Work with the Chorus, the Board, and volunteers to promote a positive atmosphere of community within the organization.
  • Network with other arts organizations, music directors, and community groups to increase the visibility of the Chorus and to encourage collaboration.

2. Design, coordinate, and direct Chorus programming (40%)

  • Organize an annual performance schedule including subscription concerts, outreach concerts and tours.
  • Organize a rehearsal schedule at the beginning of each concert year.
  • Conduct auditions twice annually.
  • Design each concert performance including theme development and integration of guest artists, ensembles, soloists and visual elements.
  • Identify and hire workshop presenters for vocal clinics and other workshops.
  • Contract with technicians and musicians for each concert project.
  • Serve as staff contact to Production Committee ensuring that technical needs, venue contracts, blocking, costuming, and staging details run smoothly.
  • Audition, select and coach soloists and small group ensembles.

3. Manage administrative and artistic detail for outreach projects (25%)

  • Manage communication, logistics and planning details for metro-area community performances.
  • Manage planning, schedule, communication, host contacts and programming for Chorus outreach tours.
  • Supervise volunteers coordinating travel, food and housing detail for tours and school outreach concerts.
  • Network with metro area school administrators to promote Chorus school outreach.
  • Manage planning, communication and programming for school concerts.

4. Provide supervision for music-related staff and volunteers (15%)

  • Supervise the Accompanist.
  • Identify, coach, and supervise the activities of Chorus section leaders, Assistant Director, Assistant Accompanist.
  • Communicate regularly with section leaders regarding vocal issues, repertoire to cover in upcoming sectionals and other musical needs.

6. Facilitate the work of the Music Committee (10%)

  • Identify concert themes and collaborations that support the chorus mission. Research appropriate music for the upcoming season.
  • Ensure that current season music is selected and purchased with the assistance of committee members.
  • Coordinate the brailling of music with the assistance of committee members before the first rehearsal of the season.
  • Communicate with the Accompanist regarding the rehearsal list, tempos and other performance details for recording rehearsal tapes.
  • Secure new arrangements and performance rights where appropriate.

7. Development and Finances (5%)

  • Write narrative as needed for concert projects, work with development staff to position grant focus, prepare grant budgets.
  • Prepare annual budget in collaboration with the Board Treasurer.

8. Communicate regularly with the Chorus Board and other chorus leadership (5%)

  • Attend Board meetings and provide a monthly report to the Board.
  • Attend and provide input for the annual Leadership retreat.

9. Participate in professional development

  • Participate in professional organizations: American Choral Director's Association, GALA, Chorus America, etc.
  • Maintain and update professional competence by attending workshops, classes and conferences.
  • Review new choral works and recordings; read professional journals.
  • Attend concerts of other choral organizations.

Required Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • BA or Advanced Degree in Music with an emphasis in choral conducting or equivalent conducting experience (minimum 5-6 years).
  • Experience conducting or working with a community-based chorus and with singers of various musical skills and experience.
  • Interest in and commitment to embracing the mission the Chorus.
  • Ability to offer strong leadership skills as well as to balance work within a team setting.
  • Flexibility in working with a diverse group of volunteers and personalities.
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • An ability to work within electronic mediums: word processing, e-mail, internet and intranet.