Assistant Conductor

The Thirteen
Washington, DC
Type of Position: 
Application Deadline: 
Monday, July 1, 2019

The Washington, DC-based, all-star professional choir The Thirteenseeks an Assistant Conductor for the 2019-2020 season.


The responsibilities of the Assistant Conductor include:

  • attending all rehearsals and performances in the Washington, DC area
  • serving as cover conductor
  • assisting with rehearsals and performances at the direction of the Operations Manager
  • assisting in the preparation and dissemination of octavos, parts and scores
  • assisting with program content creation
  • assist with radio broadcast responsibilities
  • assist with video projection
  • serve as potential guest conductor for educational outreach engagements during the Artistic Director’s sabbatical (12/22/2019-2/24/2020)
  • ASCAP Licensing and Reporting
  • Potential to assist with programming
  • other duties as assigned




About The Thirteen:

Described as singing "...with striking color and richness..." (Anne Midgette, Washington Post), The Thirteen is an all-star professional choir known for inspired and powerful live performance. Since its founding in 2012, the choir has been at the forefront of bringing invigorating performances to the American choral community in repertoire ranging from the Renaissance to the Romantic, from Bach to Bruckner; and from Gregorian chant to the world premieres of new American composers. 


The Thirteen draws its artists from among the finest ensembles in the world, including Chanticleer, Seraphic Fire, Apollo’s Fire, Conspirare, I Fagiolini, Opera Philadelphia, Boston Early Music Festival and Trinity Wall Street. The choir’s peerless singers are best described by National Public Radio commentator M.D. Ridge: "to talk about the remarkable abilities and sound of the individual singers like trying to say which 

whitecaps on the ocean reflect the sun most beautifully, or which leaves on a tree dance most gracefully with the wind… I stand in awe.” 

The Thirteen’s growing discography includes "Voice Eternal," which was recently submitted for a Grammy® award, the critically-acclaimed Christmas album “Snow on Snow,” “RADIANT DARK,” which features the finest works of the late Tudor period and reached #28 on the iTunes Classical Charts, as well as The Thirteen’s debut recording “…to St. Cecilia."


In past seasons, The Thirteen has performed and been in residency at Yale University, Bowling Green State University, Eastern Illinois University, the University of Central Oklahoma, York College, The University of Tampa, Virginia Wesleyan University, St. Ambrose University, Southern Illinois University – Carbondale, Guilford College, as well as concerts throughout the United States. 


The Thirteen is committed to educating and inspiring the next generation of musicians, and frequently coaches students at the high school and collegiate levels in masterclass, workshop and collaborative performance sessions.

Compensation and Benefits: 

The Assistant Conductor will receive:

  • $2,000 stipend
  • potential to conduct during rehearsal and/or concerts
  • free tickets to all concerts and events of The Thirteen
  • an invitation to participate in at least one tour of The Thirteen
  • four 60-minute coachings with The Thirteen’s Artistic Director
  • potential to receive coachings with notable conductors in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
Application Procedure: 

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, contact information for three references, an original program note on Tallis’ Gaude gloriosa Dei mater(150 words or less), and link to recent conducting video to: 

Matthew Robertson

Artistic Director


Application Deadline: July 1, 2019



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