For the first time in over 20 years, Rackham Choir--one of Michigan’s premiere performing arts organizations--is in search of a new leader to carry on our long, rich, history of high-quality performance and community outreach in Southeast Michigan.
We are seeking an Artistic Director who will build on our tradition of innovative programming and advance our mission to bring the joy and power of choral music to the community.
This paid, part-time position will begin by January 2021 (or sooner) and will both challenge and enrich a qualified, experienced choral director who wants to work with skilled and experienced singers in an atmosphere of creative collaboration and willingness to learn and grow.
Members of Rackham Choir come from all over the Detroit metropolitan area. We also sponsor high school vocal interns who sing with the choir and receive professional coaching and private voice lessons which are subsidized by the organization. Singers seeking membership and high school vocal internships are auditioned.
In normal circumstances, the choir rehearses on Tuesday evenings in Royal Oak from September through May and performs at least three major concerts per season. A fourth production, “Too Hot to Handel—The Jazz-Gospel Messiah,” which continues a nearly two-decades-long partnership with the Detroit Opera House, is rehearsed and conducted by the assistant music director and chorus master of the opera house. Currently the group is meeting remotely, preparing on-line offerings, and planning for future performances once normal operations can resume. The new Artistic Director would be expected to begin working with the group whether or not in-person rehearsal and performances are possible.
- Provide visionary leadership for the ensemble
- Search and select a wide, diverse, and varied repertoire
- Program concerts
- Develop collaborations
- Conduct rehearsals and concerts
- Promote excellence in the musical training and artistic development of Rackham Choir members
- Lead by example in regard to professionalism, punctuality, preparation, and positive attitude
- Assist in hiring accompanists
- Hold auditions for new members
- Identify and contract soloists and instrumentalists as needed
- Attend Rackham Board meetings as an Ex-Officio member
- Interact with community members and donors
- Support and supervise high school vocal interns’ participation in Rackham Choir
- Promote healthy vocal production in singers of diverse ages, experience, and technical/musical development
- Five years experience in choral conducting
- Bachelor’s degree in music (e.g., applied music voice or instrumental, music education)
- Diagnostic skills in listening and looking for vocal problems and devising effective solutions
- Familiarity with a diverse repertoire of choral music
- Graduate degree in music
- Instrumental conducting experience
- Experience in conducting singers with advanced skill levels
- Proficiency in accompanying singers on the piano
About Rackham Choir
Rackham Choir is a professional-level choir of more than 70 volunteer singers from across
southeast Michigan. With an innovative repertoire, high artistic standards, enduring history, and a strong commitment to community, Rackham has enriched the region’s cultural landscape as the heart of choral music in Detroit since 1949. Rackham Choir’s mission is “to bring to the community the power and energy of exciting choral works through quality concert performance. We strive to show artistic leadership by presenting innovative music of diverse cultures, styles and periods. Musical talent and contribution to the community is promoted through our music presentations, educational programs, and community benefit concerts.”
Rackham Choir has worked with internationally renowned composers and artists, such as Richard Einhorn, Gian Carlo Menotti, Luciano Pavarotti, and the original Three Mo’ Tenors. The choir has collaborated with Detroit art institutions such as Michigan Opera Theatre, Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the Eisenhower Dance Ensemble and performed in several of Detroit's most famous live-music venues including the Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Film Theatre, Dearborn Performing Arts Center, Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, the Fox Theatre, and the Detroit Opera House.
Independent contractor. Terms and compensation TBD and will vary based on qualifications and experience. Part-time.