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One Voice Chorus Society

Position:  Artistic Director

Location: Calgary, Alberta Canada

Closing Date: June 30, 2021

Organization Website: Website

Type of Position:  Interim

Salary and Benefits:

$15,000-$16,000 CAD

Description of Position Duties:

About Us:
One Voice Chorus (OVC) is an SATB choir for LGBTQ2+ singers and allies. We are an auditioned choir, just completing our
10th season, with a wide-ranging repertoire from classical to jazz, madrigals to show tunes, and more! OVC has a diverse
membership of approximately 35 active singing members (grouped by vocal range, not gender).
OVC has an annual operating budget of approximately $90K, with a dedicated General Manager, Financial Administrator and
Accompanist. OVC was founded in September 2011, and our aim is to create a queer-friendly space to sing a wide variety of
music, to aim for excellence in our singing, to build bridges with our community, and to have fun! We are a vibrant component of
Calgary’s LGBTQ2+ community and our musicality and performance is supported by our commitment to creating a welcoming,
inclusive environment for singers, staff, volunteers, and audience members.
In recent years, OVC has made strides to centre our artistic efforts on telling stories that have not always been included in the
choral community. These include a Bridges concert in collaboration with local Indigenous communities, a performance of The
Watershed Stories (including the commission of an additional story about trans experiences), and a retrospective about Club
Carousel (Calgary’s first gay club) in collaboration with a local historian.

Our Mission:
One Voice Chorus Society provides a supportive environment for LGBTQ2+ singers and allies to sing, learn, perform, and share
within an artistic, community-focused organization.

Our Vision:
One Voice Chorus makes a meaningful contribution to the greater community through musical excellence and serves as a beacon
for the LGBTQ2+ community.

For more information about One Voice Chorus, visit our website: https://www.onevoicechorus.ca

Summary Job Description:
The Interim Artistic Director (AD) leads the choir, both musically and in terms of maintaining an inclusive choral community,
and is supported by the Board of Directors, Staff, Ombudsperson to the Choir and Section Leaders. The AD will exemplify
artistic leadership and support the OVC Mission and Vision. The role of the AD is to oversee all artistic matters, auditions,
rehearsals, retreats, sectionals, smaller group performances, concerts, and programming for OVC. The AD reports to the OVC
Board of Directors (including attending a monthly 2-hour Board meeting) and collaborates with the OVC membership to
embrace a diversity of perspectives, musical talent, musical ideas, and community outreach. OVC weekly rehearsals are Monday
evenings from 7:15-9:15 pm including a social snack break. Additional rehearsals include bimonthly sectionals for each section
and dress rehearsals. The annual concert schedule typically includes two concerts (December and June), one major fundraising
event, and occasional smaller group performances. OVC aims to perform at Unison Festival Unisson (June 30-July 3, 2022) in
Halifax, Nova Scotia, with the Interim AD conducting. Subject to COVID-19 restrictions, the AD should be prepared to adapt to
a virtual choral environment. Technical aspects of the virtual choral environment will not be the AD’s responsibility, but they
will work in collaboration with the General Manager and occasional outside production teams.

The Interim AD’s focus will be to maintain the integrity of the OVC community and supporting preparation for a successful
2021-2022 season. The Interim position is posted for 12 months with the possibility of extension.

Description of Position Qualifications:

Qualifications and Experience:
Music:
● previous experience as a choral conductor
● strong understanding of pedagogy and vocal technique
● knowledge and comfort with a diversity of musical genres
● experience adapting teaching style, vocal technique, and technologies to meet a diversity of needs and range of musical
talent
● ability to inspire creativity and growth in singers
● experience supporting singers undergoing vocal transition would be an asset
● experience working in a virtual choir environment would be an asset
● formal musical education and additional musical training and musical experience beyond conducting would be an asset
but is not a requirement
Bridges:
● ability to outline and communicate artistic vision for welcoming community events
● experience producing concerts or community-oriented events in a collaborative environment
● interest in programming material that broadens the horizons of choristers, performers, and audience members would be
an asset
● experience planning inclusive choral or community events, including experience working with an event planner or
event coordinator, would be an asset
● knowledge of and experience working with not-for-profit and community arts groups would be an asset
Community:
● strong commitment to fostering a diverse choral community, and a commitment to learn about the intersectionality of
LGBTQ2+ identities with other experiences including race, Indigenous identity, ability, age, and income
● ability to create and manage a rehearsal environment that is inclusive, fun and educational
● willingness to understand and support diverse chorister needs in the OVC community, including arranging
accommodations one-on-one with choristers
● Make reasonable efforts to attend the non-singing aspects of maintaining an inclusive OVC community as they occur,
including educational workshops, cultural events and social gatherings
● experience facilitating social connection among choristers or communities would be an asset
The successful candidate will:
● have experience with choral conducting
● have ability to sing and/or play all parts (SATB)
● demonstrate excellent leadership skills
● demonstrate excellent communication skills
● bring out the best in each singer and section
● demonstrate willingness to work in both online and in-person environments

Information Required to Apply:

Applications should include the following:
● Cover letter, including a brief outline of artistic vision 2021-22 OVC season
● Resume of relevant experience
● Samples of past concert programs that exemplify your work
● Optional: Video sample(s) demonstrating directing style in concert and/or rehearsal settings

Submit Information To:

All interested applicants should apply by email no later than June 30, 2021 to generalmanager@onevoicechorus.ca Please
also email with any questions regarding this posting.

Other Information: