The Concord Chorale is searching for a Music Director beginning with the 2019-20 season. Applications will be received until October 10, 2018.
The Concord Chorale is an auditioned vocal ensemble of approximately 80 volunteer members in Concord, New Hampshire, dedicated to excellence in the performance of choral music for the cultural enrichment and enjoyment of its audience and members. Chorale members’ commitment to the pursuit of beautiful and meaningful choral music is matched by our commitment to each other as like minded musical friends. To that end, we are a very sociable group.
Choral beauty has many forms, ranging from Renaissance to contemporary music. We strongly believe in performance repertoire that balances traditional choral masterpieces with contemporary works. In recent years, the Chorale has commissioned major works by New Hampshire composers Kevin Siegfried and Nicolas White.
Founded in 1969, the Chorale regularly performs concerts in December or January and in the spring. The group frequently has additional performances, such as the Governor’s annual holiday tea for state employees and caroling at Midnight Merriment in downtown Concord. The group tours internationally every few years; destinations have included Austria, Canada, Croatia, Estonia, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Portugal, Russia, Spain and Switzerland. In addition to our regular concerts, the Chorale has performed at Canterbury Shaker Village, in Stars Wars in Concert, Video Games Live, and the Merrimack Holiday “Pops” concert with the New England Wind Symphony at the Capitol Center for the Arts.
- Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting
- Five years of experience with choral conducting
The Music Director of the Concord Chorale is responsible for articulating and carrying out the organization's artistic goals and making musical decisions concerning program and performance consistent with the strategic plan adopted in 2018. The Director is expected to maintain the quality of the Chorale's musical output while working within the budget approved by the Board of Directors and approved at our annual meeting. Duties include:
Planning Each Season
- Present to the Board of Directors by the end of February concert program proposals for the coming fiscal year including music programs, any instrumental accompaniment and vocal soloist requirements, program titles, and budgets. Each fiscal year's performance season will include a December or January concert and a spring concert. Over a three-year cycle, the concerts will include a diverse mix of works from all eras. (Please refer to our website for a list of works performed over the past eight years.)
- Arrange for the purchase of choral scores and rental or purchase of orchestra scores to be ready at the start of rehearsals for each concert program.
- Work with the Venues chairperson to anticipate space and equipment requirement for each concert.
Weekly Rehearsals and Concert Preparation
- Rehearse and prepare Chorale for performances through regularly-scheduled rehearsals and, if needed, special rehearsals.
- Audition new members. Work with the board to develop a program for re-hearing members.
- Manage and direct regular rehearsals, sectionals, and auditions in a professional, supportive and respectful manner with a collaborative approach that fosters our Chorale community.
Chamber Orchestra and Soloists
- Recruit, directly or through a contractor, local and regional professional musicians to accompany the Chorale in performance.
- Audition and select professional soloists and qualified musicians for major works; provide periodic opportunities for soloists or small groups from within the Chorale.
Promotion, Public Relations, Programs
- Participate in interviews and reviews with media representatives when called upon.
- Prepare program text, notes, and other material as needed for timely submission to the playbill coordinator and Chorale website.
- Continue the Chorale's participation in non-concert events that give back to the community, such as the Governor's holiday tea, downtown caroling, etc.
- Prepare and accompany the Chorale on its biennial tours (typically international travel).
- Direct the Chorale and supporting musicians in concert in a professional and artistic manner.
- Interact with the audience when appropriate.
- Attend board meetings as a non-voting member (ex officio) and attend specific committee meetings as requested by the Board.
- Assist the Board and ad hoc committees with fund-raising activities.
- Work within the budget developed by the Board with input from the director.
- Work with the Board to provide long-range concert program planning and commissioned pieces.
Desired Personal Attributes
- Strong interpersonal skills
- Well versed in vocal technique
- Demonstrated experience conducting a choral group, preferably adults
Please include the following materials with your application:
- Cover letter
- Sample of program notes you have written
- Three professional references with contact info
- Video (you may send DVD or provide link) that highlights your conducting. Ideally, the video will show you conducting at both a rehearsal and a concert, as well as leading a warm-up.
- Playbill of a choral concert you recently programmed and directed
- Your upcoming rehearsal and concert schedule through February 2019
Send all but the playbill and any DVD electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mail the playbill and any DVD to:
Attn: Search Committee
PO Box 160
Concord, NH 03302-0160
Application materials are due October 10, 2018.
- Candidates to be interviewed will be contacted by October 31, 2018
- Interview dates: November 3 (2-6pm) & November 6 (2-6pm), in Concord, NH
- IF YOU CANNOT MAKE ONE OF THESE TIMES, PLEASE SO INDICATE IN YOUR APPLICATION MATERIALS
- Semi-finalists notified by November 15, 2018. Committee members will visit a rehearsal and/or concert they are conducting.
- Finalists invited to conduct a Concord Chorale rehearsal in February, 2019 (Wednesday evenings in Concord, NH).
Questions may be addressed to email@example.com or by calling one of the Search Committee co-chairs:
Liz Durfee Hengen (603) 224-2616
Susan Youngs (603) 648-2562
For more information about the Concord Chorale, visit: www.concordchorale.org