Artistic Director

Young Professionals Choral Collective
Location: 
Cincinnati, OH
Type of Position: 
Artistic
Application Deadline: 
Sunday, September 15, 2019

 

The Young Professionals Choral Collective (YPCC), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is searching for a dynamic, collaborative, and engaging new Artistic Director (half-time) who is connected to the ethos and experience of the young professional demographic to begin in July 2020.

 

ABOUT YPCC

The Young Professionals Choral Collective of Cincinnati (YPCC) believes in creating connections through choral music. YPCC was formed in Cincinnati in November 2011 and has a roster of over 1200 volunteer singers ranging in age from 21 - 45 who live and work throughout Greater Cincinnati.  Singers of all experience levels participate in accessible, non-auditioned, 8-week concert cycles with multiple entry points throughout the year; each cycle averages between 150-200 singers. YPCC attracts an elusive age demographic in the arts, presenting high-quality and collaborative performances to large audiences comprised of our arts partners, colleagues, parents, grandparents, friends, and various community members from the greater Cincinnati tri-state area. YPCC fosters an inclusive environment that celebrates the uniqueness and diversity of its members.

 

YPCC’s singers live and work throughout greater Cincinnati and our programming occurs in spaces that highlight the uniqueness of the city’s urban core. The organization, with support from local funding organizations such as ArtsWave Cincinnati, the Ohio Arts Council, and the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce, is a key anchor for attracting and retaining young professional talent, contracting over 50 gigs a year in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. YPCC maintains a growing number of important artistic partnerships, including projects with The Cincinnati Opera, The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Madcap Puppet Theater, the Classical Roots choir from the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Elementz, and the Contemporary Arts Center. YPCC is receiving national attention for this unique model, which has already inspired one sister choir in another city.

 

Our singers enjoy performing a wide variety of high-quality music reflecting a spectrum of musical genres varying from classical to contemporary works to Broadway arrangements to gospel and spiritual pieces. Concert repertoire ranges from predominantly a capella choirs to ensembles of varying sizes and instrumentation.

YPCC features an additional “On Call” group that rehearses every other month in casual community spaces including breweries or bars in order to prepare standard on-going repertoire for singers that may be contracted through the organization by local partners for small private events, such as cocktail parties, art galas/showcases, weddings, etc. YPCC also features an auditioned Chamber Choir led by an Associate Director.

MISSION STATEMENT

Through the powerful act of singing together, YPCC creates a high quality, joyful, and approachable artistic community of passionate young professionals.

 

  • We are innately accessible, yet immensely adept, talented, and engaged.

  • We are authentic. We are “free to be you and me.”

  • We are a synergistic community who share a passion for music and performance.

 

POSITION OVERVIEW AND MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES (Half-time position; average of 20-24 hours weekly)

  • Plan, prepare, and conduct four concert cycles (Fall, Winter, Gala, & Spring) that include pieces that match and grow the skillset of the chorus.

  • Create, present, and manage season production calendar.

  • Foster an uplifting and joyful atmosphere during rehearsals and performances.

  • Plan overarching artistic themes for each season and collaborate with Associate Artistic Director to link themes to YPCC’s Chamber Choir programming. Work with Associate Artistic Director and staff to implement special projects and collaborations that come to YPCC, ensuring alignment of thematic elements for the season.

  • Plan, prepare, and conduct On-Call Sing-Ins.

  • Seek and create artistic partnerships, projects, and collaborations that fulfill YPCC’s mission.

  • Serve as the local artistic face of the organization in communication with local collaborative partners while storytelling beyond Cincinnati.

  • Explore opportunities for partnerships and collaborations that raise the artistry, profile, budget, and experience factors for the organization and its singers with a commitment to diversity and inclusion.

  • Manage and evaluate Artistic Staff and Support Staff Volunteers.

  • Co-report (with Executive Director) to Board of Directors.

  • Collaborate with Executive Director and Finance Committee to create annual budget.

  • Coordinate with Development Associate to create and direct content toward diverse forms of funding.

  • Work with PR Associate and Designer to clearly share stories, events, and organization brand internally, locally, and beyond the city.

  • Work with development team to foster relationships with community and business partners to sustain/grow existing support and explore new sources of funding.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree in Music and five years of experience with choral conducting and programming.

  • Experience conducting or working with a community-based chorus comprised of singers with various levels of musical skills and training.

  • Knowledge of vocal technique and pedagogy.

  • Commitment to working with and in diverse communities while fostering an inclusive chorus.

  • Ability to provide strong leadership as well as balance work requirements within a team setting.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

  • Outstanding artistic accomplishments as a choral conductor and concert programmer.

  • Ability to attract, inspire, and retain gifted, committed singers of varying ages and experience through the presentation of a bold artistic vision and consistent high-quality performances.

 

PREFERRED EXPERIENCE

  • Advanced music or conducting degree.

  • Experience with budgets, finances, and concert revenue planning.

 

YPCC seeks to attract a diverse pool of candidates and is an equal-opportunity employer.

Compensation and Benefits: 

COMPENSATION

Half-time position; expectation of 20-24 hours per week, on average, in rehearsals (including Tuesday evenings), concerts, meetings, office work, and preparation.

 

Employment with YPCC is through an annual contract, subject to renewal. Pay is competitive based on qualifications.

Application Procedure: 

TARGET TIMELINE

September 15:

Application Deadline, Candidate Review Begins.

October 15:

Candidate Phone Interviews Begin.

November 15:

Semi-Finalists Notified; Candidate Visits Scheduled.

January-February:

Candidate Visits, including in-person interviews, tour of Cincinnati, and leading a choral rehearsal.

March/April:    

Announcement of New Artistic Director.

July 1:   

Start Date.

 

       

HOW TO APPLY

Please submit the following items to boardchair@ypccsing.org by September 15, 2019:

  • Cover letter including a short description of how your experience prepares you to be YPCC’s Artistic Director and how you will use your skills and experience to support and expand our mission statement

  • Resumé or curriculum vitae

  • List of 3 (minimum) professional references, contact information, and their relationship to you

  • Samples of previous concert programs including a statement regarding this programming and how/why it was chosen (approx. 250 words).

  • Additional materials may be requested after initial interview.

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