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Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus

Position:  Artistic Director

Location: Sacramento, CA USA

Closing Date: May 28, 2021

Organization Website: Website

Type of Position:  PT

Salary and Benefits:

Salary dependent upon experience

Description of Position Duties:

ARTISTIC VISION and PERFORMANCES
Design, coordinate, and direct innovative and compelling artistic programming that appeals to a wide range of audience members, singers, and donors to retain and expand the SGMC audience.
Serve as the principal conductor of SGMC rehearsals and performances.
Select repertoire for each concert, ensure music is ordered, coordinate completion of arrangements, orchestrations, practice tracks, and ensure compliance with all copyright laws.
Select and supervise artistic contract employees.
Oversee the audition, selection, and coaching of singers, soloists and small group ensembles (vocal and dance).
Engage the Executive Director, Board, Production Staff, relevant SGMC Committees, Chorus, and Staff in planning and communicating the artistic vision for concerts and events.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Improve musicianship, technical proficiency, and performance capability of SGMC and its individual members.
Audition new singers at the beginning of each concert cycle.
Establish and maintain criteria for the abilities expected of new singers and establish the method for demonstrating these abilities in the audition.
Identify, plan, and coordinate performance opportunities outside the regular concert cycle.

DONOR CULTIVATION and PUBLIC OUTREACH
In conjunction with the Executive Director, serve as a public voice for SGMC as local, national, and international ambassadors.
Assist in the development of strategic fundraising messages for the organization.
Participate in fundraising and marketing activities, press events, and community relations opportunities as appropriate.
Assist in the cultivation of major individual, corporate, and foundation gifts as appropriate.
Participate, as needed, in public visibility and donor cultivation activities.
Serve as a representative to GALA and other appropriate professional and/or community groups; attend meetings, workshops, and conferences.

COMMUNICATION AND INVOLVEMENT
Attend Board meetings and retreats and provide a monthly report to the Board.
Attend Staff and Chorus committee meetings as needed.
Ensure consistent communication with Chorus leadership and committee chairs, the Executive Director and Board on related activities.

LEADERSHIP
Anticipate and prepare for opportunities to positively impact the community on existing and emerging social justice challenges.
Continue to engage in ongoing development of professional and interpersonal skills.
Retain and grow SGMC audiences through the creativity of SGMC productions and outreaches.
Provide strong fiscal leadership in the development and adherence to production and artistic budgets.

Description of Position Qualifications:

DESCRIPTION OF POSITION MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Bachelor’s Degree in Music or equivalent competency.
Three years of experience with choral conducting and programming.
Experience conducting or working with a community-based chorus and with singers of various musical skills and experience.
Knowledge of vocal technique and pedagogy.
Passionate in supporting the LGBTQIA+ community.
Knowledge of current trends within the choral and musical/artistic community.
Commitment to working with and in diverse communities
Ability to provide strong leadership skills as well as balance work requirements within a team setting.
Strong communication skills, both written and verbal.

DESCRIPTION OF POSITION PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
Master’s or Doctorate Degree in Music or equivalent competency.
Eight years of experience with choral conducting and programming.
Experience with music arrangement or composition.
Experience with staging musical productions.
Experience with non-profit budgets, financial and concert revenue planning.

Information Required to Apply:

INFORMATION REQUIRED TO APPLY: Submit to ADSearch@sacgaymenschorus.org no later than May 28, 2021
Submit Cover Letter and Resume (or Curriculum Vitae).
Please provide samples of previous concert programs conducted including, if desired, a statement regarding this programming.
Minimum 3 professional references, current contact information and their relationship to you.
Optional – submit a video recording of no more than five minutes of a past performance demonstrating your conducting technique and style.
Additional materials may be requested after initial review.

Submit Information To:

ADSearch@sacgaymenschorus.org

Other Information:

BE PREPARED TO DISCUSS:
What do Diversity, Equity, Equality, and Inclusion mean to you?
How have you practiced these values in your previous relevant roles?
How will you practice these values as Artistic Director for SGMC?
How your experience prepares you to be SGMC’s Artistic Director and how you will use your skills and experience to support and expand our Mission and Values.