Artistic Director

Master Singers of Virginia
Location: 
Ashburn, VA
Type of Position: 
Artistic
Application Deadline: 
Sunday, February 20, 2022

The Master Singers of Virginia (MSVA), based in Ashburn VA, is seeking a dynamic and experienced artistic director to lead the ensemble beginning in its 2023-2024 season.  “Modern choral music... masterfully,” has served as the motto, and mission, throughout this ensemble’s twenty-seven year musical journey which has positioned the ensemble as the premier a cappella choir in Northern Virginia.  Traditionally, the MSVA has had a particular focus on 20th/21st century choral music in a variety of traditional and specialized settings.  In addition, the ensemble has collaborated with the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Greater Washington, and smaller ensembles of professional musicians to occasionally present larger works.  Currently, the group is comprised of thirty-two volunteer singers who join through an audition process. Many of the current singers have studied music at the collegiate level and hold music education or performance degrees.  The ensemble rehearses from 7-9:30pm on Sunday evenings in Ashburn from September to mid-May and concert sets are presented in December, March, and May.

 

Responsibilities include:

  • Setting the vision for the ensemble.
  • Selecting repertoire for in-person concerts as well as any music that may be shared virtually.
  • Leading weekly rehearsals in preparation for in-person concerts or virtual presentations.
  • Adjudicating all auditions.
  • Building and maintaining relationships with other local arts and other non-profit organizations so that MSVA’s visibility is raised, and the ensemble is included in new artistic collaborations as well as important local programs.

 

Compensation and Benefits: 

Compensation: $12,000/year

Application Procedure: 

Application Process/Timetable: Application materials including resume, artistic credentials, and links to performance videos should be sent to search chair Rebecca Takemoto at [email protected] by February 20, 2022.  Candidate interviews will be conducted in March and top three candidates will be invited to audition with the ensemble by planning, conducting, and rehearsing half of a concert program during the 2022-2023 season.  Candidates invited to conduct a concert portion will be compensated. The director will be named in May 2023.

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