Artistic Director

North Mecklenburg Community Ch
Location: 
Cornelius, NC
Type of Position: 
Artistic
Application Deadline: 
Friday, June 14, 2019

Artistic Director Search

North Mecklenburg Community Chorus is looking for a dynamic, talented and energetic Artistic Director to continue our 10-year journey in giving back to our community through song. We perform a wide variety of music – from holiday to Broadway – that entertains our audiences, engages our chorus members, and promotes our mission. At any given time, our chorus is comprised of 35-50 non-auditioned participants, a contracted accompanist, and hired musicians. We hold two formal productions each year and many additional engagements where we connect and collaborate with our community.

Target Timeline

  • June 14, 2019 – deadline to submit cover letter and resume
  • June 28, 2019 – complete preliminary screening and interviews
  • July 26, 2019 – complete final interviews (including auditions leading chorus participants)
  • August 2, 2019 – complete final selection
  • August 19, 2019 – announcement of new Artistic Director

How to Apply

  • Submit Cover Letter and Resume to president@nmccsings.org no later than June 14, 2019.
  • Additional materials may be requested after initial reviews.

About North Mecklenburg Community Chorus

Established in 2010, North Mecklenburg Community Chorus, (NMCC) Inc., is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization that encourages community participation through live choral performances.

We are a vibrant organization that represents a passion for music and love of our community. We strive for music excellence through quality entertainment that engages, entertains, and enriches the lives of the residents of North Charlotte.

We cultivate an atmosphere that:

  • Encourages friendships and camaraderie.
  • Promotes skills development and a continuous striving for musical and artistic excellence through focused and well-organized rehearsals.
  • Encourages members to participate in activities driven by the Board of Directors or Director such as performance production, marketing and fundraising.

About the Position

  • Part-Time, contract position that includes Monday evening rehearsals, ad-hoc sectional and music theory courses, twice-yearly concerts and some community events (i.e., Huntersville Tree Lighting, Town of Huntersville Veterans’ Day Celebration, Breakfast with Santa, performances at nursing/assisted living facilities). Flexible hours, evening and weekends as required.
  • Rehearsal and Performance compensation based on education and experience.
  • It is expected that the Director will donate their time for directing two community events per year as part of community outreach.

Position Overview and Major Responsibilities

  • Promote the Chorus’ focus on its mission and ensure open communication (10%)
    • Work with the Chorus, the Board, and other volunteers to promote a positive atmosphere of community within the organization.
    • Network with other arts organizations, music directors, and community groups to increase the visibility of the Chorus and to encourage joint collaborations.
    • Attend Board meetings as requested and regularly report to Board on session/season activities.
  • Design, coordinate, and direct Chorus programming (50%)
    • In collaboration with the Board, organize an annual performance schedule including concerts and community outreach events – at least one year in advance – to align with the requirements of the ASC Grant Application process.
    • In collaboration with the Board, organize a rehearsal schedule at the beginning of each season/session.
    • Identify concert themes and collaborations (i.e., guest artists, ensembles, soloists and visual elements) that support the chorus mission.
    • Direct weekly rehearsals, ad-hoc sectional rehearsals, and all main chorus performances.
    • Serve as choral/music conductor at all main chorus performances.
    • Arrange music as required.
    • Work closely with the accompanist on music interpretation, changes to music, etc.
    • Lead basic music reading concepts and/or vocal clinics to provide skills development of chorus participants.
    • Contract with technicians and musicians for each concert project, ensuring budget guidelines are adhered to.
    • Work with the Show/Production Committee ensuring that technical needs, venue contracts, blocking, costuming, and staging details run smoothly. Ensure consistent communication with Committee on related activities.
    • Audition, select, and coach soloists and small groups for main chorus performances.
    • Work with graphic designer and Board to create season marketing and individual designs for each concert.
  • Facilitate Music Coordination (15%)
    •  Research and select appropriate music for the upcoming season.
    • Ensure that current season music is selected and purchased. Coordinate with music librarians to distribute and store music and with Treasurer on funding.
    • Coordinate the brailling and/or larger print of music before the first rehearsal of the session, if needed based on membership.
    • Secure new arrangements and performance rights where appropriate.
    • Score music for hired musicians as required.
    • Work with Board to secure sound files for rehearsal CDs and performance tracks, if needed.
  • Provide supervision for music-related staff and volunteers (10%)
    • Supervise and coach the Accompanist.
    • Work closely with Ensemble Leader for auditioned ensemble and coordinate yearly activities as needed.  The purpose of the Ensemble is to increase the visibility and reach of NMCC, performing when the larger chorus would not be available/appropriate.  The Ensemble Leader is a member of the chorus with choral conducting experience, who is volunteering to help oversee and lead the Ensemble.
  • Development and Finances (10%)
    • Write narrative as needed for concert projects, work with Development Chair and Treasurer to position grant focus and prepare grant budgets.
    • Provide input to Board and Treasurer in preparation of the annual budget to coordinate appropriate budget amounts.
  • Participate in professional development (5%)
    • Participate in professional organizations: American Choral Director’s Association, GALA, Chorus America, etc.
    • Attend concerts of other choral organizations.

Required Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • BA/BS or Advanced Degree in Music with collegiate-level training in choral conducting (minimum 5-6 years) is preferred.
  • Experience conducting or working with singers of various musical skills and experience.
  • Training and proficiency in music arranging.
  • Keyboard proficiency required.
  • Knowledge or familiarity of stage production.
  • Knowledge of vocal technique and pedagogy.
  • Interest in and commitment to embracing the mission of the Chorus.
  • Ability to offer strong leadership skills as well as to balance work within a team setting.
  • Flexibility in working with a diverse group of volunteers and personalities.
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • An ability to work within electronic mediums: word processing, e-mail, internet.
Compensation and Benefits: 

This is a contract position.  Pay is dependent on qualifications.

Application Procedure: 

Submit a resume, including a cover letter, to:  president@nmccsings.org by June 14, 2019.  

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