Contemporary A Cappella Ensemble Director

Seattle Men's Chorus / Seattle Women's Chorus
Seattle, WA
Type of Position: 
Application Deadline: 
Friday, June 8, 2018

Contemporary A Cappella Ensemble Director
In September, 2018, Seattle Men’s Chorus and Seattle Women’s Chorus will launch a mixed-voice small ensemble dedicated primarily to the contemporary a cappella style.  The organization seeks a motivated and uniquely qualified musician to lead the ensemble. The successful candidate will contribute to the creation of a new musical brand, one which will significantly represent the values and mission of the Seattle Women’s Chorus and Seattle Men’s Chorus.
Together, the Seattle Women’s and Men’s Choruses comprise the nation’s largest community choral organization. They perform regularly in Seattle’s most prominent venues (Benaroya Hall, McCaw Hall, etc). As an LGBTQ-identified chorus, they strive to create artistic commentary and dialog about the importance of diversity and social justice.
Seattle Men’s Chorus and Seattle Women’s Chorus are led by Artistic Director Paul Caldwell. The successful candidate will, therefore, become a colleague and collaborator to a choral artist recognized nationwide as a leading composer and conductor.
Position Description:
The Ensemble Director will be responsible for the formation and direction of a new, auditioned group of SATB singers selected from members of Seattle Men’s Chorus and Seattle Women’s Chorus. The Ensemble Director will contribute to achieving a vision defined by the Artistic Director, which will support the organization’s Board-approved mission and strategic plan.
Qualifications and Attributes:
Preferably, a college/university degree in music. Outstanding and relevant professional experience may be considered in lieu of an educational requirement.
The successful Ensemble Director will have a broad knowledge of contemporary a cappella repertoire and techniques, as well as extensive experience leading stylistically similar ensembles. Experience with theater-style production values strongly encouraged. The candidate should have a demonstrated track record of effectively teaching and motivating volunteer singers. Experience conducting both men and women is desirable. The Ensemble Director will work efficiently and collaboratively with the Artistic Director and other staff. The ability to engage and inspire singers, audiences, and donors on and off the stage is important, as is comfort and confidence representing an LGBTQ-identified organization.
Reporting Structure:
The Ensemble Director is selected by and reports to the Artistic Director. The Ensemble Director is responsible for keeping the AD informed of relevant information regarding the operation and health of the ensemble.
Musical Leadership

  • In partnership with the Artistic and Executive Directors, contribute significantly to the development of a new SATB contemporary a cappella ensemble that will ultimately garner renown in Seattle’s musical community and beyond
  • With the Artistic Director, audition and select singing members of the ensemble annually
  • Lead efficient weekly rehearsals for the ensemble during the organization’s performing season (September through June)
  • Prepare and lead the ensemble for performances on two of the organization’s MainStage concerts each season
  • Prepare and lead the ensemble for contracted performances in the community. This schedule will be developed in partnership with the Artistic Director and other staff and will be designed to cultivate and support various mission-driven relationships
  • Ensure artistic excellence in every performance
  • Working collaboratively with the Artistic Director, choose repertoire to support themes and styles defined for MainStage concerts and community performances 
  • Assist in the development of a multi-year artistic vision for the ensemble in line with organizational strategic goals and Board approved budgets
  • Exhibit expertise in contemporary a cappella repertoire; develop professional connections to assure access to current trends in the genre
  • With the Artistic Director and other senior leadership, envision innovative strategies to make the ensemble an essential voice in the local community and in the evolving role of the LGBTQ choral movement

Musical Administration

  • Adhere to an annual artistic budget, created collaboratively with the Artistic Director and other staff
  • Enable timely and efficient ordering of music for the ensemble
  • In a timely manner, provide staff with information necessary to obtain arrangement rights and music licensing for public performances
  • Provide program notes and materials for publication as requested
  • Support Marketing and Development efforts with information and insight as needed
  • Attend periodic meetings with the production team and other staff as requested

Public Leadership

  • In collaboration with other staff, serve as a spokesperson for the organization when appropriate
  • Actively support donor and constituent cultivation efforts as requested by staff; attend major fundraising functions
  • Be a visible and active participant in the Seattle artistic and social justice communities
  • Participate in and, as appropriate, cultivate leadership roles in regional and national associations such as CASA, GALA Choruses, and ACDA
  • Assist in the development of strategic local and national collaborations with other artistic and community organizations, in conjunction with Artistic Director and other staff


Compensation and Benefits: 

While this is a part time position, it should be considered an important professional commitment. Compensation is hourly (an anticipated average of 8-10 hours weekly) and commensurate with experience.

Application Procedure: 

Interested candidates should submit their cover letters, resumes, and representative audio recordings or YouTube links via email to Artistic Director Paul Caldwell ( by midnight June 8, 2018. The cover letter should include a detailed description of your vision for a mixed-voice contemporary ensemble representing an LGBTQ-identified choral organization. Candidates of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Qualified candidates will be notified of their selection to a further round of the interview process within a week of the application deadline. Singers will be auditioned for the ensemble in September, 2018. The successful candidate must work collaboratively with the Artistic Director and other staff over the summer to prepare for the launching of the new group. 
Flying House Productions, the parent organization of Seattle Women’s Chorus and Seattle Men’s Chorus, is a Washington state nonprofit corporation qualified under Section 501(c)(3). Principals only please, no phone calls or recruiters. Flying House Productions is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Flying House Productions does not discriminate against individuals in hiring, employment or promotion on the basis of race, religion, color, sex/gender, gender identity and gender expression, age, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, citizenship, handicap or disability, veteran or military status, political belief, pregnancy, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by law.

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