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Gateway Men's Chorus


Artistic Director

Job Location: 

St. Louis, MO

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Salary and Benefits: 

Compensation is commensurate with experience; this is a non-benefits eligible position. Exempt.  Note: GMC anticipates that this position, which is currently half-time, will grow to a three-quarter time position under the leadership of this hire; exempt with pay based on 20 hours/week

Description of Position Duties: 

The Artistic Director is responsible for artistic operations of the Gateway Mens Chorus, a 501(c)(3)non-profit arts organization, ensuring the organization fulfills its mission to promote gay culture and acceptance through excellence in musical performance and education.  

Develops and communicates programmatic vision for each concert season, determining concert repertoire which best responds to the needs of GMCs organizational mission, budgetary scope, singer ability, singer development, and audience engagement.

Determines composition of GMC performance ensembles, guest artist line ups, soloists, section leaders, Harmonix (small group ensemble), Footnotes (dance team), and other small ensemble touring/community engagement groups.

Secures all necessary rights and licenses for music performed by GMC, and ensures the organization is in compliance with all copyright regulations, in performance or subsequent distribution of music.

In collaboration with the Operations & Development Directors, and Board of Directors, determines appropriate performance schedule for GMC, including venue and number of performances per concert.

Develops vision for the physical production of each concert in collaboration with the Production Committee, including but not limited to scenic design, projection design, lighting design, costume design, and use of choreography.

Develops strategy for singer retention and recruitment in collaboration with the Membership Committee.

Is responsible for public appearances on behalf of GMC, including but not limited to GMC-sponsored fundraising events and donor cultivation opportunities (in conjunction with the Development Director), other events in the St. Louis LGBT or arts communities, media interviews, singer recruitment events

Assist the Development Director in building relationships with corporations, foundations, or government agencies. 

Manages weekly full chorus and small ensemble rehearsals, in partnership with the rehearsal accompanist, ensuring a high level of singer engagement and education throughout the rehearsal process. 

Develops all external resources for singers, including rehearsal track recordings, listening tracks, and print and digital music distribution. Maintains archives of these resources utilizing the chorus librarian.

Develops and implements future touring initiatives, in collaboration with the Operations & Development Directors and Board of Directors, including but not limited to regional collaborations with other choruses, and local education initiatives for school-aged children in the St. Louis region.

Coordinates and manages musical aspects of all organizational events, aiding in developing project plans in conjunction with the Operations & Development Directors. 

Handles all aspects of human resource oversight for above-listed direct reports, including paid part-time artistic employees, contract musicians, and between 6 and 10 volunteers, including but not limited to, hiring and termination, developing position descriptions, and applying board-approved employee policies in accordance with federal and state requirements.

Builds and maintains relationships with other local and national LGBT and arts organizations, in particular: GALA Choruses, Chorus America, CHARIS, Band Together, The Muny, and Grand Center.

Represents GMC to GALA (the Gay And Lesbian Association of Choruses) along with the Operations & Development Directors, participating in the GALA leadership retreat and other GALA groups and activities.  

Assists in the development of current and long-term organizational goals and objectives, as well as policies and procedures for GMC artistic operations.   

Establishes plans to achieve goals set by the Board of Directors and implements policies, subject to approval by the Board of Directors.

Description of Position Qualifications: 

The AD understands the technical aspects of managing a company of singers and musicians, as well as working within a nonprofit organization. He or she has the musical background required to improve the quality of vocal production of individuals and ensembles. The AD is an excellent, accomplished choral conductor, adept at a wide variety of musical styles.  The AD understands the duties and responsibilities of the position, remains up-to-date with best practices, clearly understands the mission of the organization, and continuously works to promote GMC and achieve its goals.

Communication:  Strong written and oral communication skills are critical. The AD communicates effectively with multiple audiences using a variety of formats.  Examples of oral communication include working with singers who may have varying levels of pre-existing musical knowledge, inspiring audiences from the stage in performance or at special events, and communicating institutional vision to funders. Examples of written communication include program letters, a weekly column in GMCs internal singer e-newsletter, and concert descriptions for board, staff, and singers.

Charisma: As the primary face of GMC to the organizations many audiences, it is critical that a successful candidate can delight, entertain, and charm a wide range of constituents, from occasional ticket buyers to long-time supporters and from deeply committed members of the LGBT community to straight allies. The AD builds support and internal buy-in for GMC initiatives across the organization.

Management:  Successful candidates will have strong organizational and HR management skills. The AD will be comfortable in a hands-on role, willing to do the tasks necessary to execute the job successfully.  He or she will build solid rapport with his or her team of direct reports and assist in transition planning for specific positions as needs arise.  The AD will also be responsible for helping set the Production Budget each year and working within it.

Initiative:  The AD looks ahead to the future growth of GMC by developing strategies and visions that help build the companys existing resources so that it may continue to thrive, assessing opportunities for growth on an on-going basis. From interactions with GMCs members, donors, sponsors, grantors, audience, Board and staff, as well as others in the nonprofit sector, the AD recognizes and brings to the attention of the President of the Board challenges that may affect the organization.  The AD displays initiative in developing action plans and resolving problems as they occur, in consultation with the Operations & Development Directors, President, and other members of the Board.

Dependability:  The AD is relied upon to remain conscientious and thorough with respect to accurately achieving the organizations goals. He or she ensures each concert achieves the highest level of artistic excellence possible.  
Competencies: Due to heavy need for communication to many parties, the AD should be proficient in Microsoft Office (or similar) applications, including but not limited to: Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc. The AD will need a basic understanding of e-mail operation. It is strongly recommended that the AD also be proficient in music editing software (such as Finale, Sibelius, etc).

Education/Experience: A successful candidate will have strong training in choral conducting. An undergraduate degree is required, and the attainment of an advanced degree is preferred. The Artistic Director must possess the above skills, knowledge and qualities with at least three years experience successfully leading a choral ensemble. Background in education and existing relationships within the LGBT community and/or the St. Louis arts community is a plus. 

Information Required to Apply: 

Cover Letter
References (3) 

Other Information: 

The Gateway Men's Chorus (GMC) affirms and promotes gay culture and acceptance through excellence in musical performance and education. GMC has become one of the most successful choral arts organizations in St. Louis. The chorus has distinguished itself in both its breadth of musical repertoire and longevity. The 2018-19 Season marks the organizations 32nd season. GMC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, governed by a 13-member Board of Directors with an annual operating budget of roughly $200,000.

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