Music Director

The Cantata Singers
Boston, MA
Type of Position: 
Application Deadline: 
Friday, January 15, 2021

Cantata Singers, established in 1965, seeks an innovative Conductor, Collaborator, Leader, Teacher, and Visionary to serve as its Music Director, guiding the organization’s outstanding talent, comprehensive musicianship, and refreshed vision. Cantata Singers will welcome its next Music Director in the summer of 2022.

Cantata Singers is a Boston-based professional-calibre chorus and orchestra inspired by the musical genius of Johann Sebastian Bach. The ensemble’s main season and chamber concerts now explore a wide range of music that reaches from the 17th century to the present, including numerous commissions of new works.

Each Cantata Singers concert is often surprising, sometimes thought-provoking, always beautiful, and ultimately inspiring. For nearly six decades, Cantata Singers audiences have returned to hear fresh visions of iconic music and intriguing unfamiliar works, including repertoire which explores current social and political experiences.

Our education program, Classroom Cantatas, teaches songwriting and choral singing to underrepresented Boston schoolchildren, guided by the belief that all children deserve the means to express their creative voices.

Music Director Position Description

Conductor. Collaborator. Leader. Teacher. Visionary.

The Music Director provides musical leadership, creative vision, and artistic direction to Cantata Singers. Working closely with the Executive Director and the Board of Trustees, the Music Director ensures that CS fulfills its mission and achieves its goals of musical excellence, education, and robust, diverse community engagement.

The Music Director attracts, inspires, and retains high caliber chorus members; programs, conducts, and helps build audiences for innovative and diverse choral repertoire; builds and nurtures musical community (chorus, orchestra, guest artists, collaborators) and instills joy within the organization and in the greater Boston area; and enhances the stature and reputation of Cantata Singers.

The Music Director positions Cantata Singers at the cutting edge of choral music performance locally and nationally, combining a knowledge and respect for established choral masterpieces with an adventurous spirit and interest in reaching new audiences through innovative programming, outreach, collaboration, and digital tools.

The Music Director will work to identify, influence, and act on strategic opportunities to make the organization welcoming and accessible to musicians, audience members, educational partners, donors, staff members, and communities of diverse experiences.

The Music Director works with the Board of Trustees, the Executive Director and Staff to maintain the financial health of the organization and to expand audience and philanthropic support for Cantata Singers.

Candidate Profile / Experience and Qualifications

The ideal candidate will combine a thorough knowledge of choral, instrumental, symphonic, and vocal performance with significant experience conducting and leading singers and instrumentalists in a broad range of repertoire and musical styles.

The successful candidate will have the proven ability to:

  • plan a dynamic, creative, and exciting season;

  • rehearse and conduct concerts of excellent quality;

  • inspire vocal and instrumental musicians to a consistently excellent level of performance;

  • assemble, manage, and cultivate artistic staff;

  • identify and coach highly gifted vocal soloists;

  • collaborate within the active and diverse Boston arts community;

  • nurture and maintain a sense of instrumental community with the orchestra players;

  • support the organization’s accessibility and diversity goals in all aspects of the music director’s role, including auditions, commissions, and programming;

  • embrace and formulate programming that can be delivered in digital or non-traditional forums to reach new audiences;

  • build and sustain an enthusiastic audience.

The ideal candidate will be committed to expanding the reach, impact, and integration of Cantata Singers’ spectrum of programs. These include Classroom Cantatas, a songwriting residency in Boston Public Schools, and others as developed. These programs bring people of all ages, backgrounds, and beliefs together to share the transformative power of choral singing.

The ideal candidate will be flexible, responsive, emotionally intelligent, receptive to new ideas and technologies, and will actively seek and reciprocate collaboration and feedback. She/he/they will oversee any artistic staff, including the staff accompanist. She/he/they will work in close partnership with the Executive Director in developing performance opportunities, expanding audiences, and attracting philanthropic support for CS throughout New England and beyond. She/he/they will relish the opportunity to maximize the substantial but bounded financial resources of Cantata Singers to formulate innovative programs delivered at the highest level.

The Music Director will consider Cantata Singers a priority among their conducting and other professional commitments. In addition to artistic and other duties, the Music Director will dedicate significant time to collaborating closely with CS’s Board and management in areas such as planning, fundraising, and strengthening ties between CS and the communities supporting it and served by it.

Advanced degree or equivalent experience in Music and/or Conducting is required.

Compensation and Benefits: 

This is a 1099 position, and the salary range, commensurate with experience, is $55,000 - $65,000.

Application Procedure: 

Applications and expressions of interest from any and all qualified candidates are enthusiastically welcome. As an equal opportunity employer, Cantata Singers actively seeks to attract a diverse pool of candidates.   

Please submit a cover letter describing interest and qualifications, a written reflection on the current/future mission of Cantata Singers, a résumé, and contact information for at least three professional references (résumé and references not to exceed three pages). Please limit total initial application material to no more than five pages. Please do not include any additional materials at this time. Only applications submitted via email in Word or PDF will be accepted.

All applications will be treated as strictly confidential; references will not be contacted without the candidate’s prior knowledge and agreement.

The Search Committee will begin to review credentials in early 2021, and each application will receive a response. The search will remain open until the position is filled.

Please email materials by January 15, 2021, using the subject format below, to:

Michelle Rush - Director of Artistic Planning and Community Engagement
Subject: Last name, First name, Date of application (mm/dd/yy)

For more information, please visit the Music Director Search FAQs page.

Cantata Singers is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

Get News