JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Music Director

 Andover Choral Society (ACS) seeks an experienced, visionary, and collaborative music director with a deep knowledge of classical choral music to lead, inspire, and grow the organization. Founded in 1929, Andover Choral Society is a non-auditioned 60-80 member SATB community chorus located in Andover, MA. Our membership draws from towns throughout northeastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. Rehearsals are held on Monday nights, with two choral concerts per season.

OVERVIEW                 

Reporting to the board of directors, the music director is responsible for helping Andover Choral Society fulfill its mission to present exceptional performances, connect to the larger community, and foster an appreciation of choral music. Requirements include:

  • Prepare for and conduct weekly rehearsals
  • Prepare for and conduct at least two choral concerts per season
  • Participate in community outreach 
  • Work closely with the volunteer board of directors
  • Nurture the membership’s love of choral singing 

DUTIES                                     

Preparation for Choral Performances

  • Conduct engaging weekly rehearsals that are supportive of a wide variety of musical abilities, that adequately prepare chorus members for each concert, and that include vocal warm-ups and sectionals as needed
  • Select concert programs that are suitable for the ability and size of the chorus and that reflect ACS’s commitment to attracting diverse members, growing and diversifying its audience, and bringing exceptional classical choral music performances to the Merrimack Valley
  • Submit proposed concert programs and corresponding budgets to the board 
  • Hire orchestra members and soloists and provide them with music scores
  • Work with the board treasurer and ACS librarian to procure musical scores
  • Supervise the accompanist
  • Arrange for substitute conductors in the music director’s absence
  • Arrange for substitute accompanist as needed
  • Work with the board to coordinate details for public performances, including selecting performance venues
  • Notify the board’s facilities manager of concert needs
  • Provide information for the concert program.
  • For each performance, conduct an additional rehearsal during concert week, a dress rehearsal with orchestra and soloists, and the concert                                                          

Community Outreach

  • Periodically participate in media events to promote the chorus 
  • Collaborate with area performing arts groups and local organizations as opportunities arise
  • Develop a core repertoire of short-length choral pieces for community outreach performances
  • Represent Andover Choral Society in the choral arts community

  Administration

  • Develop and maintain positive, professional relationships with the board and the membership through collaborative, timely, and effective oral and written communication
  • Work with the board to prepare annual budgets 
  • Work with the board to facilitate donor relations, including identifying funding opportunities 
  • Work with the board on long-range strategic planning

QUALIFICATIONS      

  • Degree in music with special emphasis on choral conducting, vocal pedagogy, or music education 
  • A minimum of three years of experience in conducting and instructing amateur adult singers and conducting professional orchestras 
  • Ability to work effectively with a volunteer board and a diverse group of singers
  • Ability to develop a strong working relationship with an accompanist
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Working knowledge of basic vocal fundamentals and choral techniques 
  • Ability to provide positive reinforcement and constructive criticism through instruction
  • Comfortable with use of the internet, email, social networking, and virtual conferencing
  • Proficiency in music-related technology and online resources to support music learning
  • Track record of collaborative and diplomatic problem-solving and conflict-resolution skills.

Note:  This posting includes key elements of the music director position but is not an all-inclusive description of the position responsibilities.  The music director is a part-time independent contractor and receives no benefits. Compensation will be commensurate with experience.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Interested applicants should email a resume, cover letter, salary requirements, and two references to apply@andoverchoralsociety.org by July 5, 2022. Audio or video recordings of rehearsals or performances are encouraged but not required. Interviews will begin in July and each finalist for the position will be asked to conduct a rehearsal with members of the chorus.  We hope to make a final selection by mid to late August. Rehearsals begin on September 19, 2022.