Choral Director

Mayflower Chorus/Mayflower Choral Society
Location: 
San Rafael, CA
Type of Position: 
Artistic
Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Mayflower Chorus (San Rafael, CA) seeks Choral Director

 

Mayflower Chorus, located in San Rafael California, is currently seeking a dynamic Choral Director to lead the chorus starting December 2021.  We are looking for a creative leader, with experience teaching and conducting a 60+ member, volunteer, nonprofit chorus.  The group is a non-auditioned community chorus pursuing the next level of excellence in the performance of a variety of music genres with imbedded show elements such as movement, dance, sketches and spoken word.

 About the Mayflower Chorus

Now in its 41st season, the Mayflower Chorus is the performing entity of the Mayflower Choral Society, a non-profit organization devoted to supporting the educational and cultural benefits of musical performance to its members, the North Bay Area community and its audiences.  

The chorus continued during the pandemic shutdown period with around half of its membership participating in Virtual Choral activities, and is currently in a re-building phase. We produced 7 music videos, a live-streamed Gala in the fall, and 6 additional music videos for a live-streamed show in the spring, available to view on our Youtube channel

The Mayflower Chorus is overseen by an active Board of Directors, with day-to-day activities coordinated by a volunteer Chorus Administrator.  The Choral Director works as a part of a collaborative, creative team which includes the Music Director, Show Director and possibly others depending on the requirements of the season.

Mayflower’s typical season includes three performances in Marin County each winter and spring. 

Performances are accompanied by keyboard, band, percussionists, and frequently include guest artists.

The Mayflower Chorus currently rehearses on Tuesday nights, 7:30-10:00 PM, in San Rafael.

We invite all candidates to become familiar with our organization and learn more about us by visiting our website at  https://www.mayflowerchorus.org   and attending a rehearsal.

 About the Position

This is a part-time position and the successful candidate will work with the Leadership Team, the Chorus Administrator, the Chorus, Section Leaders, the Board, and other related parties as an independent contractor.  Compensation range will be negotiated and based on level of experience and qualifications.

The Choral Director reports to the Mayflower Choral Society Board of Directors but, with the Leadership Team, provides overall artistic direction and leadership to the Mayflower Chorus and retains autonomy over artistic vision and direction.

Responsibilities include:

  • Long-range, collaborative planning and development of the shows for each season, including themes and appropriate repertoire
  • Leading Tuesday evening choral rehearsals starting in February for the May show, and September for the December show, as well as attending additional small group and blocking rehearsals as needed, and conducting during tech week and performances.
  • Providing forthright, honest and respectful feedback to singers (collectively and individually) to ensure preparation for high-quality performance  
  • Providing overall supervision and guidance for soloist and guest artist optimum performance
  • Supervising assistant choral director
  • Working closely with the chorus administrator to coordinate rehearsal schedules, select appropriate venues, and other combined artistic/administrative tasks
  • Recruiting and integrating new singers into the chorus in keeping with the artistic/musical vision for Mayflower’s size and desired sound
  • Occasional availability to direct the chorus in community outreach performances, events or fundraising activities
  • Openness to traveling with the chorus approximately every three years (e.g. Cuba, Croatia, next trip 2022)

The successful candidate will possess a combination of the following experience and skills: 

  • Experience and success conducting vocal ensembles and show choruses
  • Undergraduate degree in music/conducting, or equivalent experience with choral conducting and providing artistic direction for vocal ensembles and show choruses 
  • Experience teaching vocal technique and performance
  • Familiarity and experience with a wide variety of music:  Broadway, American songbook, classical, jazz, gospel, rock, pop and contemporary. 
  • Ability to collaboratively plan and execute a show, based on a theme
  • Ability to collaboratively develop innovative programming to suit the chorus and its audience
  • Ability to be creative within seasonal chorus budget
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills 
  • Ability to encourage musical excellence from differing levels of musicianship in a positive manner
  • Strong network of colleagues across the musical community
  • Live In the Bay Area

To Apply

Candidates are asked to submit a letter of interest and a resume via email, to Chorus Administrator Gretchen Klein at [email protected], no later than August 17, 2021.  Please reference Mayflower Director Position in email subject line.

Please submit questions or information requests to Gretchen Klein -  [email protected].  

The Mayflower Chorus sings to delight and inspire and to share the passion of music whether as a singer, musician or listener. We believe that in harmony ordinary people can do extraordinary things.

 

Compensation and Benefits: 

Current Choral Director Sslary:

$800 per month x 10 months

$400 x 2 months (JulyAugust)

Application Procedure: 

To Apply

Candidates are asked to submit a letter of interest and a resume via email, to Chorus Administrator Gretchen Klein at [email protected], no later than August 17, 2021.  Please reference Mayflower Director Position in email subject line.

Please submit questions or information requests to Gretchen Klein -  [email protected].  

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