Assistant Conductor

Colorado Children's Chorale
Denver, Colorado
Type of Position: 
Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, June 15, 2021

The Colorado Children’s Chorale, independently and in collaboration with other performing arts institutions, presents professional choral concerts and educational programs that entertain, inspire, and bring joy to audiences and communities. Children of all ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds thrive in an engaging, disciplined, and nurturing environment in which they receive outstanding performance and music training, as well as the skills, experiences, and confidence to succeed wherever their lives may take them. Since 1974 the Colorado Children’s Chorale has brought its artistry and charm to audiences throughout the world. With a diverse repertoire ranging from fully-staged opera and musical theater to choral compositions in classical, folk, and contemporary/popular traditions, the Chorale performs with an innovative stage presentation and a unique theatrical spirit. 


The Performance Program consists of a series of self-produced concerts, hired presentations, numerous performances with other arts organizations including the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Aspen Music Festival, Central City Opera and Opera Colorado, and performance tours, by invitation, across Colorado, nationally and internationally. In addition, the Chorale’s mission includes its multi-faceted Education Programs with weekly choral music and performance training opportunities in schools, led by the Chorale conducting staff.  The Education Program also includes a series of school performances and workshops. This unique program was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts grant and received an Education/Outreach Award from Chorus America. The Artistic staff consists of four full-time conductors, as well as a large staff of part-time pianists, choreographers, and music assistants.


Over the past year, the Children’s Chorale thrived through virtual rehearsals, a virtual concert, hybrid rehearsals, and an end-of-season outdoor concert. We expect to fully reopen for the 2021-2022 season.


As a member of a collaborative artistic team, the Assistant Conductor directs an intermediate-level treble choir, assists performance and training choirs, implements education programs as assigned, manages artistic contract staff including budgeting, hiring, scheduling, and maintaining payroll, and manages concert program and music licensing requirements.


This position begins August 2021.


Responsibilities include:

  • Direct an intermediate-level treble choir in weekly rehearsals and all performances;
  • Direct school partnerships, community choir programs, and special projects as assigned
  • Manage artistic contract musicians including budgeting, hiring, scheduling, and payroll;
  • Coordinate with Wardrobe Manager for wardrobe distribution;
  • Prepare program information for concerts, quarterly ASCAP & BMI reports, and oversee production of annual archival recordings;
  • Assist with all aspects of artistic activities including conducting performing choirs, performance camps and touring, preparing small ensembles or soloists to perform with other arts organizations, recruitment, and auditions;
  • Assist with music library including music ordering, preparation, filing, and maintenance, as needed;
  • Maintain attendance records and parent communications for assigned choir.


  • Strong choral music educator and conductor capable of teaching diverse music through culturally responsive methodologies;
  • Dedication to anti-racism and equity;
  • Bachelor’s degree in music or equivalent knowledge, skills, experience, and abilities in choral music are required;
  • Passion for, and experience working with, children from diverse backgrounds;
  • Strong belief in/understanding of the benefits of a performance-based choral program;
  • Strong knowledge of vocal production and choral technique;
  • Competence in, and commitment to, a variety of musical styles;
  • Able to multi-task and work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment;

  • Full-time position, with ability and desire for extended travel.
Compensation and Benefits: 

Compensation:  This is a full-time position with benefits. Annual Salary Range $55,000-$60,000.


Benefits: Health, dental, vision, life insurance available; 401k; paid vacation; professional conference opportunities.

Application Procedure: 

Candidates must submit the following materials electronically in PDF format:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Three professional references


Email application materials to the Colorado Children’s Chorale (include “Assistant Conductor Application” in subject line) no later than June 15, 2021 to:  e[email protected].  No phone calls, please.    

If needed:  Colorado Children’s Chorale, 2420 W. 26th Ave., Suite 350-D, Denver, CO  80211.



The Colorado Children’s Chorale is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We believe that having a board and staff with diverse personal and professional backgrounds enhances our ability to meet our mission and creates an environment where all members of our community can thrive. The Chorale does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status. We are committed to providing a work environment free from discrimination and harassment. We support our community inside and outside our walls.

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