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Steel City Men's Chorus


Artistic Director

Job Location: 

Birmingham, AL

Closing Date: 
Type of Position: 


Salary and Benefits: 

This position is expected to require approximately 20 hours a week, which includes weekly meetings and evening rehearsals.

Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

Description of Position Duties: 

Steel City Men's Chorus is a growing, not-for-profit gay men's adult community chorus in Birmingham, Alabama currently with 25-40 singers. We are searching for a paid part-time Artistic Director responsible for the creation and presentation of Broadway-style choral productions and various community outreach programs. The chorus' mission is: "To create community, to educate, and to give voice to LGBT issues through music and service."

The Artistic Director's primary job functions are the creation and production of a two- to three-show annual season and management of the Chorus' paid and volunteer staff. This requires outstanding skills in choral direction, musicianship, and pedagogy; strong leadership, organization, budgeting and management skills; demonstrated ability to motivate, inspire and grow an all-volunteer chorus; theatrical production knowledge (staging, choreography, lighting, sound, etc.); and willingness to recruit and manage Fifth Section volunteers. Additional valued skills include an ability to create custom arrangements and working knowledge of issues involving legal licensing and rights.

Focus on Chorus mission

  • Work with the Chorus, the Board, and volunteers to promote a positive atmosphere of community within the organization.
  • Network with other music directors, arts organizations, and community groups to increase the visibility of the Chorus and to encourage collaboration.
  • Work closely with the Board of Directors in all aspects of strategic planning and budgeting for the organization.
  • Attend and provide input for an annual Leadership retreat.
  • Communicate with the Chorus Board and other Chorus leadership including attendance of monthly Board meetings and a monthly written report.
  • Promote the role that culture plays in social change.
  • Demonstrate commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Design, coordinate and direct Chorus programming

  • Organize and pre-plan annual performance schedules including subscription concerts and outreach concerts.
  • Organize and maintain a rehearsal schedule at the beginning of each concert season.
  • Lead rehearsals
  • Ensure adequate Chorus membership to support performances
  • Design each concert performance including theme development and integration of guest artists, ensembles, soloists and theatrical elements.
  • Source technicians and musicians for each concert project.
  • Manage Production Committee to ensure technical needs, venue contracts, blocking, costuming, and staging details run smoothly.

Provide supervision for staff and volunteers

  • Recommend to the Board the hiring, supervising, and dismissal of all artistic personnel, both contracted and volunteer.
  • Assign duties, manage quality control, and evaluate staff.
  • Identify, coach, and supervise the activities of Chorus section leaders, Assistant Director, Accompanist and Chorus Members.
  • Communicate with section leaders regarding vocal issues, repertoire to cover in upcoming sectionals and other musical needs.
  • Work to improve the musicianship, technical proficiency, and performance capability of the Chorus and its individual members.

Chair the Music Committee

  • Identify concert themes and collaborations that support the chorus mission.
  • Research appropriate music for the upcoming season.
  • Ensure that current season music is selected, licensed and purchased in accordance with Chorus policy.
  • Ensure Chorus members have adequate learning materials (rehearsal tracks, sheet music, recordings, etc.).

Development Activities

  • Actively engage with donors and identify new donors.
  • Develop proposals as needed for concert projects and grant applications.

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.
Description of Position Qualifications: 

Minimum of a Bachelor's Degree in Music. A combination of education and/or comparable work experience may be considered in lieu of educational requirements. Advanced degree in music or choral direction preferred.

Experience in conducting and working with a community-based chorus and with singers of various musical skills and experience.

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 common computer applications and social media platforms: word processing, e-mail, internet and intranet.

Information Required to Apply: 

Resume and references required upon submission

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