Artistic Director

Gateway Men's Chorus
Saint Louis, MO
Type of Position: 
Application Deadline: 
Saturday, June 30, 2018

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 2017-18 Season marks the organization’s 31st 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.

GMC has an opening for a part-time position of Artistic Director (AD).  With oversight from the Board, the AD is responsible for developing and executing the artistic vision of the Gateway Men’s Chorus through program development, creating a positive and professional work and rehearsal environment, and generating community engagement. He or she will oversee the development of the artistic and production components of the budget and, in partnership with the Operations & Development Directors and board leadership, serve as a public face for the organization. The AD is an ex officio member of the Board of Directors. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The Artistic Director is responsible for artistic operations of the Gateway Men’s 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 GMC’s 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.


Core Competencies

To perform effectively in this position, the individual should demonstrate the following competencies.  These core competencies represent effective administration of GMC and its programs, fulfilling GMC’s mission.


Job Knowledge:  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 GMC’s internal singer e-newsletter, and concert descriptions for board, staff, and singers.

Charisma: As the primary face of GMC to the organization’s 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 company’s existing resources so that it may continue to thrive, assessing opportunities for growth on an on-going basis. From interactions with GMC’s 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 organization’s goals. He or she ensures each concert achieves the highest level of artistic excellence possible.  


Education and/or 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. 

Work Schedule / Travel

The production-centered nature of the AD’s role makes many of the position’s responsibilities cyclical. With a fiscal year of August 1-July 31, GMC produces three major concerts, typically in December, March, and June.  GMC also produce at least three other fundraising events per year, participates in community events (e.g. Pride), and a series of member recruitment events.  The Chorus holds rehearsal every Monday night during the season, as well as one full-day intensive rehearsal on a Saturday each concert cycle. The Board meets on a monthly basis, one evening each month.  Board Committees meet one to two times per month, typically in the evenings.  While some of the work of the AD must be accomplished during rehearsals, the Artistic Director will work with the President and Operations & Development Directors to determine regular “in office” hours. Working hours may flex as activities demand (e.g., more during the lead up to concerts and events, fewer in weeks / months between concert cycles).  The AD must be able to travel to attend occasional conferences, training, and other events as required to fulfill the responsibilities of the position.

Physical Demands

While performing these duties, the Artistic Director is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, speak, and hear.  The position requires occasional computer use so the employee must have sufficient hand dexterity to use a computer keyboard and be capable of reading a computer screen.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable otherwise qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Compensation and Benefits: 

Compensation is commensurate with experience; this is a non-benefits eligible 

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

Application Procedure: 

If you are interested in the position, please submit your resume and cover letter to recruiter@gmcstl.orgResume submissions close on June 30th, 2018.

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