Choral Director

La Jolla Symphony & Chorus
La Jolla, CA
Type of Position: 
Application Deadline: 
Monday, October 15, 2018


The La Jolla Symphony and Chorus (“LJS&C”) is a volunteer ensemble of gifted amateur and professional musicians (orchestra players and choristers) affiliated with—though independent from—the University of California, San Diego (“UC San Diego”). The LJS&C serves as an effective outreach vehicle between the university and the community, and, because of its high and exacting standards, as a de facto honors program for UC San Diego music students. The LJS&C provides talented community musicians a way to keep music in their lives, and serves its audience with adventurous new music and new interpretations of older music. The LJS&C also provides a platform for new and young composers.

The LJS&C typically presents a six-concert series (two weekend performances each) during the UC San Diego academic year. Not all concerts are with chorus. The chorus has weekly three-hour evening rehearsals during the season, with extra rehearsals during concert weeks.


In collaboration with the Music Director, the Choral Director shall:
Provide artistic vision and guidance for the chorus while honoring the 60+ years of the LJS&C traditions.
Maintain and develop the artistic quality of the chorus as required by the repertoire.
Audition, select, and develop choristers and soloists.
Collaborate effectively with the Music Director in developing the season’s concert program, and in preparing the chorus to the Music Director’s standards.
Rehearse and ready the chorus for approximately 3-5 concert programs with orchestra each year, and 1-2 stand-alone choral concerts on and off campus.
Conduct the orchestra and chorus at the annual “Christmas Messiah Community Sing.”
Otherwise conduct the orchestra as needed.
Coordinate chorus activities with the UC San Diego Music Department, in particular for the Thomas Nee Commission, Music 95D (“Symphonic Chorus”), and special department projects.
Participate in managing and hiring chorus staff.
As a member of the LJS&C Board of Directors, collaborate with the LJS&C Executive Director in cultivating and soliciting key donors and volunteers by attending meetings, receptions, special events, and other fundraising efforts.
Participate in various promotional and public relations activities of the LJS&C, including the Young Artists Competition.
Work with the LJS&C Executive Director and staff in audience development through community outreach, media relations, and social media; be an ambassador to the San Diego community.
Build connections/collaborate with other San Diego arts organizations and institutions.
Guide and help formulate educational outreach activities appropriate for K-12 students.
Contribute positively to the reputation of a highly respected community organization and a nationally renowned university.

Experience, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
BA (required) and advanced degree (preferred) in music, with an emphasis on choral conducting; vocal training preferred.
Dynamic and excellent musicianship. Technique-focused vocal pedagogy. Clean, accurate and expressive conducting. Organized and efficient rehearsal technique.
Bold interest in and familiarity with a wide range of traditional and contemporary classical repertoire for a large orchestra and chorus. Candidate should be comfortable taking musical risks.
Substantial choral conducting experience, including major orchestral and choral works. Ability to conduct an orchestra is preferred.
Ability to work with a large chorus of varying ages, expertise, experience and personalities.
Commitment to attracting and retaining choral talent, with special focus on increasing diversity and recruiting/nurturing UC San Diego students.
Leadership skills that inspire chorus members to work diligently toward new levels of artistic growth. Excellent communication skills that encourage mutual respect and motivate the ensemble to create a choral sound infused with joy.

Compensation and Benefits: 

A range of $18,000-$20,000 per year is offered for this independent contractor position. Salary will be based on candidate’s experience, but is not to exceed $20,000. This position is offered without benefits.

Application Procedure: 

Interested candidates for this position should submit a completed application and curriculum vitae in electronic format by October 15, 2018 to the attention of Executive Director Diane Salisbury via email:  The LJS&C is committed to excellence and diversity among its constituents, and encourages applications from a diverse pool of candidates.

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