Artistic Director

Portland Gay Men's Chorus
Portland, Oregon
Type of Position: 
Application Deadline: 
Monday, January 31, 2022

Portland Gay Men’s Chorus

Artistic Director

The Portland Gay Men’s Chorus (PGMC) is looking for an energetic, talented, and dynamic Artistic Director to continue our 42-year legacy as a preeminent choral arts organization. Our Artistic Director will create and implement an artistic vision for PGMC that is both aspirational and transformative.  This artistic vision will align with the mission, vision, and guiding principles of PGMC within the scope of its local, regional, national, and international programming.  The successful candidate is passionate about artistic excellence, collaborative, adaptive to change, and will energize chorus and audience members through their leadership and articulation of the program vision. The Artistic Director will be a leader who oversees the artistic activities of PGMC’s various performing groups (a cappella ensemble “Cascade” and dance troupe “Locomotions”) as well as working in tandem with the organization on numerous educational programs, outreach, and social justice efforts. 

To learn more about the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus history, visit our website at


The Portland Gay Men’s Chorus aspires to expand, redefine, and perfect the choral art through eclectic performances that honor and uplift our community and affirm the worth of all people.


The Portland Gay Men’s Chorus inspires leadership within the gay community and is an active partner in the regional arts.

The Chorus is financially and organizationally efficient.  It provides an open, supportive environment for a diverse and committed family of members and supporters.

The Chorus produces innovative and passionate programs that promote the mission to a varied and expanding audience.


Musical Excellence


Interpersonal Respect


Fiscal Integrity



We value & support the PGMC Mission, Vision & Artistic Guiding Principles

We treat each other with kindness, compassion & social empathy

We work to create an inclusive, judgement free Community environment

We strive for open, direct & honest communication

We accept & model responsibility, integrity & accountability

We honor & respect all differences



•Design, coordinate, and direct innovative and compelling artistic programming that appeals to a wide range of audience members, singers, and donors to retain and expand the PGMC audience.

•Develop overarching themes for each concert season that aligns with the mission, vision and guiding principles.

•Serve as the principal conductor of PGMC rehearsals and performances.

•Select repertoire for each concert, ensure music is ordered, coordinate completion of arrangements, orchestrations, practice tracks, and ensure compliance with all copyright laws.

•Select musicians adhering to American Federation of Musician (AFM) union rules.

•Select and supervise leads for vocal and dance ensembles.

•Oversee the audition, selection, and coaching of soloists and small group ensembles (vocal and dance).

•Engage with the Executive Director, Board Executive Committee, Board, Production Staff, relevant PGMC Committees, Chorus, and Staff in planning and communicating the artistic vision for concerts and events.


•Explore and initiate the commissioning of new works, foster relationships with composers and commission donors.

•Improve musicianship, technical proficiency, and performance capability of PGMC and its individual members by ensuring:

•Insure that singers and musicians in PGMC are energized and new and relevant musical skills are built and reinforced on a continual basis.

•New singers are auditioned at the beginning of each term.

•Criteria for the expected abilities of new singers and the method for demonstrating these skills in audition are established and maintained.

•Identify, plan, and coordinate touring and recording opportunities for PGMC.


•In conjunction with the Executive Director, serve as a public voice for PGMC as local, national, and international ambassadors.

•Assist in the development of strategic fundraising messages for the organization.

•Participate in fundraising and marketing activities, press events, and community relations opportunities as appropriate.

•Assist in the cultivation of major individual, corporate, and foundation gifts as appropriate.

•Participate, as needed, in public visibility and donor cultivation activities.

•Serve as a representative to GALA and other appropriate professional and/or community groups; attend meetings, workshops, and conferences.


•Attend Board meetings, retreats, and provide a monthly report to the Board.

•Attend Staff and Chorus committee meetings on a regular basis.

•Ensure consistent communication with Chorus and Board leadership and committee chairs, and the Executive Director on related activities.

•Work with Chorus Leadership in devising appropriate attendance requirements and behavior policies and addressing other membership issues.


•Anticipate and prepare for opportunities to positively impact the community on existing and emerging social justice challenges.

•Continue to engage in ongoing development of professional and interpersonal skills.

•Retain and grow PGMC audiences through the creativity of PGMC productions.

•Provide strong fiscal leadership in the development and adherence to production and artistic budgets.

Compensation and Benefits: 


•Bachelor’s Degree in Music (advanced degree preferred) or equivalent competency.

•Five years of experience with choral conducting and programming.

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

•Experience with stage production.

•Knowledge of vocal technique and pedagogy.

•Knowledge of and sensitivity to the LGBTQ community, choral movement, and musical/artistic community.

•Commitment to working with and in diverse communities

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

•Strong communication skills, both written and verbal.

•Experience with music arrangement or composition (preferred).

•Experience with non-profit budgets, financial and concert revenue planning.


•Full-time: Monday evening rehearsals with additional evenings and weekends as needed; flexibility in time commitment is required.

•Salary DOE; position includes dental and health insurance benefits.

•Reports to the Board of Directors through the Chair.

Application Procedure: 



•Submit Cover Letter and Resume (or Curriculum Vitae) to [email protected] no later than January 31,2022. 

•Please provide with your application a one-page diversity statement that answers the following questions 1) what do Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion mean to you, 2) how have you practiced these values in your previous relevant roles, and 3) how will you practice these values as Artistic Director for PGMC?

•Please provide with your application a description of how your experience prepares you to be PGMC’s Artistic Director and how you will use your skills and experience to support and expand our Mission and Values. 

•Samples of previous concert programs conducted including, if desired, a statement regarding this programming.

•Minimum 3 professional references, current contact information and their relationship to you.

•Additional materials may be requested after initial review.

Target Timeline:

•January 31,2022 – Deadline to submit cover letter and resume

•April 08, 2022 – Complete preliminary screening and initial slate of interviews

•May 01-05, 2022 - Finalist Interviews and auditions

•May 05, 2022 – Complete finalist audition/interview process

•June 18, 2022 – Introduction of new Artistic Director at PGMC’s Pride Concert

•July 01, 2022 – Official state date of new Artistic Director

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