Encore Creativity for Older Adults, the nation’s largest choral program for adults 55+, is searching for conductors to lead various Encore choral ensembles. Conductors accompany their own rehearsals and lead from the piano. These programs consist of 15 weekly rehearsals throughout Fall and Spring semesters. There are no auditions for Encore programs, rehearsals occur during daytime hours, and singers are permitted to sit during rehearsal and performances according to their needs. Encore ensembles within each type below all learn the same repertoire, allowing for various different locations to combine for concerts and touring.
Currently, Encore has 23 ensembles throughout Maryland, Virginia, DC and New York City. Encore offers three different types of choral ensembles as follows:
Encore CHORALE: A more traditional SATB choral experience, with repertoire ranging from classical to spirituals to songs from Broadway and the Great American Songbook. All repertoire selections are made by Artistic Director and Founder, Jeanne Kelly. Repertoire suggestions from conductors are welcomed.
Encore ROCKS: As suggested in the title, these ensembles sing SATB arrangements of “rock-n-roll” repertoire that includes popular music from the 1950s through the 2000s. All repertoire selections are made by ROCKS Director, Jeffrey Dokken. Repertoire suggestions from conductors are welcomed.
Sentimental Journey Singers: Encore’s newest program is focused on providing our signature choral experience to those who suffer from early to early/moderate Alzheimer’s and other memory impairments, as well as their care partners. This will include a variety of standard repertoire, mostly arranged for three parts. All repertoire selections are made by the Director of the Sentimental Journey Singers program, Mary Ann East. Note that for this program a rehearsal accompanist will be provided. Candidates must have a basic understanding of dementia and how it can affect people; a basic understanding of how to interact with persons diagnosed with dementia; and preferably, experience working with people diagnosed with dementia. Repertoire suggestions from conductors are welcomed.
Expectations and qualifications of Encore Conductors include the following:
- 10+ years of choral conducting experience
- Strong and supportive piano skills for rehearsals
- Approach rehearsals with energy, enthusiasm, passion and respect for older singers
- Believe that older adult singers can achieve excellence and be able to recognize when they have reached their potential
- Deep understanding of vocal technique and the ability to solve problems in older adult voices
- Positive and patient personality and approach to conducting
- Excellent musicianship
- Ability to prepare singers with utmost precision and discipline and desire to avoid sloppiness
- Interpretive skills and the ability to draw passion and emotion from older adult singers
- Excellent sight-reading skills
- Team player with dedication to Encore program and singers
- Effective public speaking skills
- Ability to understand the difficulties of aging
Current conductor openings for the Fall Semester (September through December) and following include:
DC ROCKS: Currently scheduled for Thursday evening rehearsals in downtown Washington (DC).
MIDTOWN ENCORE CHORALE: Currently scheduled for Monday afternoon in Midtown Manhattan (NY), however day of week is subject to change.
MIDTOWN ROCKS: Currently scheduled on Monday afternoons in Midtown Manhattan (NY), however day of week is subject to change.
In addition, we anticipate offering a Sentimental Journey Singers and additional Chorales and ROCKS ensembles in New York City within the next 12-18 months.
As Encore continues to expand throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and nationally, we are developing our roster of Encore conductors. Specifically, we are eager to identify interested conductors in Maryland, Virginia, Washington DC, and New York City who are interested in joining the Encore team and conducting one or more of our ensembles.
- Conduct a minimum of fifteen 90-minute rehearsals from September through December and January through May
- Conductors are expected to lead from the piano, accompanying their own rehearsals
- Prepare music for rehearsals and performance venues including the Kennedy Center
- Conduct concerts of your ensembles and others when requested
- Help promote Encore’s mission, attract new participants and endorse fundraising efforts
- Facilitate social break (for Sentimental Journey Singers ONLY)
Conductors are independent contractors and compensation is consistent across all Encore conductors.
If you have the qualifications stated above, we would like to hear from you. Please forward a detailed cover letter stating your interest in these particular programs along with your resume to Robert Rund, Executive Director. ED@encorecreativity.org. To learn more about Encore, visit www.encorecreativity.org. Encore Creativity for Older Adults is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit organization. Encore Creativity does not discriminate against employees based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetic information.