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New West Symphony & Chorus — Youth Ensemble Musical Director
New West Symphony & Chorus (NWSC) is accepting applications for the position of Youth Ensemble Musical Director commencing in spring or fall of 2021. This Musical Director will be responsible for the musical vision and guidance of NWSC’s Youth Ensemble, which includes choir and orchestra. This Musical Director will work closely with the Executive Director and the Adult Ensemble Musical Director to conduct all rehearsals and performances, and will report directly to the Executive Director for all administrative, organizational and outreach activities.
Conduct all performances of the Youth Ensemble and lead engagement with audiences
Prepare and lead all rehearsals for the Youth Ensemble – regular and any extra rehearsals
Select and learn all core and special repertoire that will be performed by the Youth Ensemble, including regular fall and spring semester concerts and any special themed concerts (i.e. Christmas and spring)
Provide vocal direction for the choir for each piece performed
Become familiar with the orchestral scores of each piece and provide musical direction for the orchestra
Assist in auditions for all potential new members and for vocal solos in concerts throughout the season
Collaborate with the Creative Director and Executive Director on artistic programming of all concerts
Participate as a member of the Executive Team and an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors
Qualifications The successful candidate will be a gifted and passionate conductor who is willing and eager to join in the vision and culture of NWSC to grow and move the group forward with musical excellence, and is:
Willing and able to work in Canada
Committed to bringing musical excellence to the community in Calgary and surrounding areas
Has experience and a passion for working with youth and young musicians
A post-secondary or preferably post-graduate degree in conducting, or equivalent experience
Experience in conducting both choral and orchestral scores
Fluency in both choral and orchestral score study
Ability to identify vocal and orchestral challenges and problem solve
A knowledge of new and fresh music being presented each year
A strong, engaging and uplifting charisma
Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills
Terms and Compensation This is a contract position initially for the spring or fall of 2021 with the intent of securing an outstanding candidate who would continue to lead the group beyond this in upcoming seasons under a renewed contract. Although NWSC is a volunteer organization, a paid honorarium will be considered for this Musical Director position following Board approval based on the individual situation, needs, and qualifications of the candidate. The Board is open to offering reasonable compensation to secure an outstanding candidate, and this will be assessed on an individual basis as part of the interview process.
Please apply with a cover letter, resume, letters of reference, and if possible, any video recordings of yourself conducting a choir or orchestra, and send all materials to Darryn Werth, the NWSC Executive Director, at email@example.com. Your cover letter should outline your personal and professional goals, how this position will align with those goals, and why you would like to work with New West Symphony & Chorus. For any inquiries, clarification or help related to your application, please contact Darryn via email or 403.830.9308.
Deadline: November 15 2020. Initial interviews and auditions for qualifying candidates will be held November through December.
New West Symphony & Chorus was founded in 2010 by Jonathan & Kristin Schorr. As a growing arts organization, New West has featured a performing Adult Ensemble for the past 10 years, which has gained recognition throughout Calgary and surrounding area, performs an average of 15 concerts a year, has recorded two full-length albums, and partners with other local performance groups. In September of 2020, New West added a Music Academy for instrumentalists and vocalists of all ages, and is now making plans for the addition of a performing Youth Ensemble in the spring or fall of 2021. New West exists to “Bless people of all ages, leading them to experience love through music, community and compassionate giving.” Established as a charitable organization, New West believes in helping better lives and humanity by partnering with charitable organizations that serve the local and global community.
The Lynne Singers — Music Director
THE LYNNE SINGERS is currently seeking a new music director. This is a great position for someone who embraces a fun and creative atmosphere, enjoys working with amateur musicians, and wants to hold a leadership role in the arts. The Lynne Singers is a non-auditioned chorus that has been entertaining audiences in Edmonton for over 40 years. Dedication, education and fun are the touchstones of our organization. Lynne Frances, our retiring music director and pianist, had an inclusive educational philosophy about singing which can be found at https://www.lynnesingers.ca/lynnes-message/
Duties and Responsibilities: Plan Performance Schedule
Coordinate and schedule all performances for The Lynne Singers choruses (men’s chorus, women’s chorus and mixed chorus) and ensembles
Develop calendar and coordinate with the appropriate contacts to plan and schedule performances
Audition and book musicians who will accompany the chorus in performances
Select music that will be a good fit for the musicians and offer a challenge, as well as appeal to the audience
Examine musical scores to develop an understanding of the piece before presenting it to group members
Work to fully utilize the talents and skills of all members of the group to best display their abilities
Rehearse and Train
Plan all rehearsals and develop rehearsal calendar
Work with the chorus(es) to improve skills and prepare for performances
Choose soloists for special events and coordinate rehearsals so soloists and groups can adequately prepare for concerts
Music director will provide a variety of methods for learning individual parts
Conduct all performances and be the public face of The Lynne Singers
Qualifications and Experience Required
We are looking for someone who is well organized and can provide strong leadership
The successful candidate should be creative, tenacious and dependable
Excellent interpersonal skills and comfort in front of a crowd
Several years of conducting experience
Experience programming and hosting music programs
Announcing experience, with clear annunciation
In-depth knowledge of music
Ability to use computers
Ability to effectively recruit, train and lead choir members and instrumentalists
Bachelor’s degree in a field related to music
Creative thinking to bring out the full potential of a piece and the performers
Familiarity with musical instrument digital interfaces and editing software
Please submit a cover letter and resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org Deadline: September 30, 2020. Anticipated start date is Fall 2021 (or as per government health directives).
The Lynne Singers choruses and ensembles have been entertaining audiences in Edmonton and surrounding communities for over 40 years. Further information can be found at https://www.lynnesingers.ca