Music Director

Takoma Park, MD/Washington, DC

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Posted date:

01 Sep 2017

Chorus/organization name:

Cantate Chamber Singers

Application Deadline:

16 Oct 2017

Cantate Chamber Singers announces its search for a new Music Director, effective as of the 2019-2020 season. Founded in 1984, Maryland-based Cantate is one of the Washington, D.C., area’s premier chamber choral ensembles, dedicated to presenting artistically exciting, inspiring performances of newly commissioned and rarely heard choral works, as well as celebrated classics from the traditional repertoire. 
Consisting of around 30 auditioned, experienced choral singers, Cantate fosters a tradition of innovative programming, creative outreach and collaborative performances with such ensembles as Bowen-McCauley Dance Company, Afro Blue, the Maryland State Boychoir, Folger Consort and Eclipse Chamber Orchestra. A two-time recipient of the Choralis Foundation’s Ovation Award for Innovative Programming, Cantate is committed to the creation and dissemination of new choral music through its biennial Young Composers’ Contest, commercial recording projects, and the recent establishment of the Guenther Fund for commissioning new works.  More information at
The successful applicant should have a record of proven accomplishment as a choral conductor, as well as experience conducting professional orchestras and instrumental ensembles.
Cantate presents an annual subscription season of four concerts between September and June. The Music Director’s principal responsibilities are to conduct Cantate’s weekly rehearsals and performances; program repertoire and submit a program budget for each concert; and identify vocal soloists and instrumentalists to perform with Cantate. The Music Director is also responsible for organizing auditions for new and/or continuing members of the chorus, and serves as a voting member of the Cantate Executive Board.
The Music Director is expected to assist the Board in its development activities, engage in audience outreach and education, and possess a genuine openness to creative collaborations with a variety of artists and ensembles.

Compensation and Benefits:

The minimum starting salary for this part-time position is $30,000.

Application Procedure:

To apply, please submit a letter of application and CV (PDF format) to Andrew Simpson, Chair, Cantate Music Director Search Committee, at Receipt deadline for applications: Monday, October 16. Please do not send recordings, letters of reference or other supporting materials at this time. Selected applicants will be contacted separately for additional materials. 
Please note that the extended period of this search has been chosen to allow the new music director to program his/her inaugural 2019-2020 season. Application materials will be reviewed in fall 2017, and finalists will be identified by the end of the calendar year. In winter-spring 2018, finalists will be invited to conduct a regular weekly Cantate rehearsal and meet with the Executive Board. The successful applicant will be announced in summer 2018.
Applicants should contact Steve Honley, Cantate Executive Board Chair, at, with any questions.

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