Artistic Director and Conductor

The Arlington Chorale
Arlington, VA
Type of Position: 
Application Deadline: 
Saturday, June 30, 2018

·         ·         The Arlington Chorale (TAC) seeks candidates for an Artistic Director and Conductor to lead the Chorale. Established in 1966, The Arlington Chorale (TAC), formerly The Metropolitan Chorus, is a nonprofit ensemble composed of chorus members from Northern Virginia, DC, and Maryland. The Chorale rehearses weekly on Monday evenings at 7:15 PM.
·         Position Summary
·         To direct a choir of adults including developing repertoire, conducting choir rehearsals, coordinating with an accompanist, and preparing participants for performances, the Artistic Director and Conductor will inspire participants and set a tone for fun and friendly engagement through music. The position reports to the Board of Directors and meets with the Board regularly throughout the year.
·         Responsibilities

  • Promote the Chorale and its mission. Work with the Chorale and the Board to promote and encourage fellowship in the learning, preparation, and performance of music.
  • Prepare for the upcoming season (20%)
    • Design each concert performance including theme development and integration of guest artists, ensembles, and soloists.
    • Organize performance schedule including public concert and education or outreach concerts.
    • Invite previous members to come sing for the next season. Hold auditions for new members at least twice a year, normally in August and January.
    • Plan and schedule rehearsals, including sectionals and dress rehearsals.
    • Plan the printed program and electronic publicity with the Board.
    • Work with the Board to select and order the music in time for first rehearsal.
  • Design, coordinate, and direct Chorale programming (60%)
    • Train, rehearse, and direct the Chorale including vocal/physical warm ups, learning music, and preparing for performances.
    • Email rehearsal reminders to Chorale members.
  • Instrumentalists (10%)
    • Contracts with musicians for each concert project
    • Rehearse musicians for each concert project.
    • Communicate with the accompanist regarding the rehearsal list, tempos, and other performance-related issues in preparation of the music.
  • Administrative (5%)
    •  Arrange for a substitute director in the event of absence during a performance season.
    • Prepare budget requests each season in collaboration with the board.
  • Communicate regularly with the Board (5%)
    • Attend Board meetings and provide a monthly report to the Board.
    • Work with Board members on individual items such as community outreach, program, publicity, etc.

·         Required Experience:

  • Experience conducting a chorus with singers of various musical skills and experience
  • Knowledge of choral music and experience with a variety of musical styles and traditions

·         Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
·         Strong leadership skills, particularly involving leadership of choral or other music organizations.
·         Strong oral and written communication skills that include a demonstrated ability to communicate (1) musical and artistic ideas and interpretations to a chorus or other music group; (2) organization strategies and goals with an oversight body, such as a board of directors or similar governing panel; and (3) music background and history to audiences.
·         Computer literacy, including familiarity with word processing, email, and internet applications.
·         Demonstrated ability to develop and adhere to a budget for a chorus or other music group.
·         In-depth knowledge of choral music and repertoire, and an ability to match such music and repertoire to the skills and experience of a given chorus.
·         Demonstrated ability to develop a strong working relationship with an accompanist.
·         Excellent problem-solving skills, including the ability to tactfully and firmly resolve conflicts.

Compensation and Benefits: 

Remuneration will be commensurate with skills and experience

Application Procedure: 

Qualified applicants should submit a resume and cover letter describing their interest by June 30, 2018 to
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