Music Director

William Ferris Chorale
Chicago, IL
Type of Position: 
Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

 The William Ferris Chorale, a 24-voice professional choral ensemble in Chicago, enters the 2019-2020 season seeking three candidates for consideration of the position of Music Director. Founded in 1972 by composer/conductor William Ferris and tenor John Vorrasi, this nationally renowned choir has presented nearly 200 world, American, and Chicago premieres of important choral literature, and boasts a rich legacy of programming the music of our age, advocating for composers and presenting concerts of seldom-performed works.

Building on our 48-year performance history, the Music Director position will commence with the 2020-2021 concert season.

Major works have been selected for each of the three series, and the Music Director candidates will select the remaining repertoire for each concert. 

About the William Ferris Chorale 

A Chicago musical landmark since 1972, the William Ferris Chorale is known for its "warm yet full-bodied choral tone and articulate, unaffected expressive gestures" ( and "knack for unearthing interesting, seldom-heard music" (Chicago Tribune). Throughout its history the Chorale has been at the forefront of offering engaging and invigorating performances to its audiences. 

Music Director Qualifications and Responsibilities:

Minimum of five years experience in choral conducting and some piano proficiency is desirable. Exceptional conductor who possesses an affinity for the repertoire of the 20th and 21st centuries and a dynamic understanding of the voice, language, diction, and diverse musical periods and styles. Works collaboratively with the Executive Director to facilitate the effective and efficient operation of the ensemble. Oversees the professional roster of singers and accompanists to ensure artistry is consistently maintained. Possesses the ability to attract, inspire and retain gifted, committed singers to consistently achieve professional-level performances. Guides the organization in shaping the artistic and educational vision, and with the Executive Director, Board of Directors and Advisory Board, determines the strategic direction to achieve organizational goals and build season programs that articulate the mission. In partnership with the Board of Directors, develops and cultivates partnerships and new sources of funding to maintain a structure that can support future growth. Explores new artistic collaborations and performance opportunities for the ensemble.  

Education requirements:

Master’s degree or equivalent experience 

Compensation and Benefits: 

Music Director candidates will receive a stipend for their services.

Compensation for the Music Director is negotiable depending upon qualifications and experience.

Application Procedure: 

Please submit cover letter, resume, and a portfolio of audio and video representation of work, sample programs, highlights from repertoire, and references.

Materials should be submitted electronically to Executive Director, Kathleen Pacyna, at

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