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Windy City Performing Arts

Position: 

Artistic Director

Job Location: 

Chicago, IL
USA

Closing Date: 
05/31/2020
Type of Position: 

Part Time

Salary and Benefits: 

The artistic director position is that of an independent contractor. Payment is negotiable based on experience. The compensation range is $20k-$35k for part time.

Description of Position Duties: 

WCPA seeks an artistic director to lead Windy City Gay Chorus and Windy City Treble Quire beginning August 2020.

WCPA is a community chorus that comprises a diverse collection of singers from across the Chicagoland community. The choruses are committed to performance excellence and represent a significant social outlet for members to share their love of music and performing. WCPA is a community of people, of which the artistic director is a significant member.

The successful candidate will identify themes and concert programming that resonates with the WCPA community and its audiences. Additionally, they will lead the rehearsals for both groups, which typically culminates in three seasonal concerts each year, as well as a limited number of additional performances by invitation.

The choruses rehearse both separately and together during the course of each preparatory session (Fall, Winter and Spring). The Windy City Treble Quire rehearses on Monday nights from 7:30-10 p.m. and the Windy City Gay Chorus rehearses on Wednesday nights from 7:30 -10 p.m.

This position is a part-time, contractual position.

Position Duties

  • Direct and prepare three concerts per annual season (early December, March, June), as well as ad hoc preparation for limited additional engagements / performances as necessary
  • Lead the musical selection, as well as the artistic and technical development of the organization in preparation for performances
  • Conduct one weekly rehearsal for each ensemble and one combined all-day rehearsal per preparatory period with optional additional rehearsals as needed
  • Coach and educate the choruses on vocal sound, including proper vocal technique
  • Conduct auditions for prospective members
  • Work collaboratively with the day-to-day operations of the chorus, board of directors, and general manager as it relates to budgeting, membership, development and community engagement
  • Attend board of directors monthly meetings and contribute a monthly board report as head of the artistic committee
  • Promote WCPAs mission while representing the organization in public.
  • Assist WCPA leadership in facilitating a welcoming, respectful and safe environment for all members and audience participants during rehearsals and performances.
Description of Position Qualifications: 

Ability to select programming, conduct successful rehearsals, and prepare the choruses for concerts is the prime responsibility of the artistic director.

Additionally, the successful candidate should have:

  • Minimum of five years of progressive choral experience with appropriate musical education formal training and/or equivalent experience considered
  • Ability to lead rehearsals on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 7:30-10 p.m.
  • Outstanding musicianship
  • Broad knowledge of choral repertoire
  • Understanding of a diverse range of gender identities and voices
  • Experience and willingness to work with LGBTQ+ community in a safe environment for all
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to positively motivate and lead individuals and large groups is essential
  • A good sense of humor is a plus
Information Required to Apply: 

The position will remain open until filled. For immediate consideration, please send a cover letter, CV/resume, and example of previous programming to ADsearch [at] windycitysings.org. Candidates should feel free to submit videos/recordings, original compositions and/or arrangements along with any other materials that they feel may support their application.

Select candidates will be asked to lead a rehearsal with the choruses.

Other Information: 

Windy City Performing Arts (WCPA), a 501(c)3 organization, sings to inspire change, celebrate diversity and honor the dignity of the LGBTQ+ community. Founded in 1979, WCPA is one of the oldest LGBTQ+ musical organizations in the country and currently comprises two choruses:  Windy City Gay Chorus and Windy City Treble Quire.  Each performs a variety of musical styles from classical to pop, striving for musical excellence in everything they perform. The choruses have a history of performing major choral works, a broad range of styles and commissioned original works. Most recently, the choruses have been invited to perform with Marin Alsop and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Hugh Jackman in concert and for Considering Matthew Sheperd at Ravinia.

Submit Information to: 

For immediate consideration, please send a cover letter, CV/resume, and example of previous programming to ADsearch [at] windycitysings.org.