Artistic Director

The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay, Florida
Type of Position: 
Application Deadline: 
Friday, June 3, 2022

Praised by music critics from the Tampa Bay Times and other local media as "one of the country's finest choirs,"  “an amazing instrument,” and a “cultural treasure,” The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay has consistently delivered some of the most profoundly moving music performances in the Tampa Bay area. 


The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay (MCTB) is an auditioned, highly-select volunteer chorus embracing a broad representation of singers from the entire Tampa Bay area.  With a decades-long tradition of elevating the cultural experience of the Tampa Bay community, MCTB traditionally maintains a roster of 150+ voices, performs 20 - 25 concerts a year, has internationally distributed recordings, commissions important contemporary choral composers, and presents engaging community-singing events, and inspiring music education programs locally and online. Committed to the health and safety of audiences and singers, MCTB successfully performed online through the challenges of the pandemic and transitioned to in-person settings with regular guidance from world-class public health experts. MCTB remains in strong financial health through dedicated teamwork, careful cost control, and strong support from the community.


MCTB seeks an exceptionally talented choral conductor to serve as Artistic Director beginning in July, 2022, which kicks off MCTB’s 44th season.  Reporting to the Board of Trustees, this part-time position will have duties concentrated between August 1st and June 30th with a one-day summer community choral event typically held in mid-late July, plus a strong potential of a courtesy appointment (unpaid) within the University of South Florida’s School of Music vocal ensemble area. 


The Artistic Director, as chief artistic officer of MCTB: 

  • Works closely with the Managing Director to fulfill MCTB’s vision, mission, programmatic and artistic goals as articulated by the Board

  • Leads MCTB’s artistic endeavors with energy, and artistic and entrepreneurial vision 

  • Works with MCTB professional staff and Board to implement strategies for MCTB’s member recruitment and auditions, audience development, and financial support

  • Prepares MCTB to perform with The Florida Orchestra

  • Plans, develops, and conducts self-produced performances by MCTB, as well as recording projects, in line with artistic goals 

  • Manages artistic staff with support from the Managing Director

  • Oversees Education and Outreach programs

  • Maintains a high profile and good standing in the local cultural arts community as a representative of MCTB



  • Doctorate preferred or an advanced music degree from an accredited program with equivalent years of choral conducting experience

  • Demonstrated success in directing a chorus of similar size with similar artistic goals 

  • Experience in planning and executing concert programs

  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills with ability to meet schedules, time-lines and budgets


Location: Tampa Bay, Florida.  



The Master Chorale primarily serves Tampa Bay and west central Florida with a mission to advance the art of choral music by performing great works of the past, commissioning and performing new literature and sharing the joy and power of choral music with new and existing audiences and singers. MCTB is the Principal Chorus for The Florida Orchestra and Artist-In-Residence at the University of South Florida College of the Arts School of Music.


From The Master Chorale’s inception in 1979, founded by Dr. Robert Summer, its performances have been consistently and critically recognized for excellence. In addition to the numerous traditional concerts performed annually, MCTB presents a variety of special appearance concerts and outreach and education activities in the Tampa Bay area and beyond. MCTB’s distinguished history includes international tours and performances and premiers of many major symphonic choral works under the outstanding direction of conductors including Michael Francis, Jahja Ling, Robert Shaw, John Nelson, Julius Rudel, Sir Colin Davis, and Sir David Willcocks. 


Our Core Values

The Master Chorale is committed to upholding the following core values:

  • Artistic Excellence: Achieving the highest standards for both repertoire and performance.

  • Dedication: Sharing the joy of choral music through a community of dedicated singers, staff and volunteers.

  • Collaboration: Fostering rewarding partnerships with individual artists, artistic and educational organizations, and businesses.  

  • Education: Pursuing the highest artistic standards through ongoing learning and teaching.

  • Diversity: Celebrating the diversity of our music, singers, audiences and community. 

    • We celebrate our diversity through inclusion of all people regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, ethnicity, or status as a covered veteran. 

    • We respect and value the diverse life experiences and heritages that each person brings to The Master Chorale.

    • We strive, within our organization, to ensure that all voices are valued and heard.

  • Community Service: Enriching the world in which we live through music outreach and service.

  • Integrity: Operating an effective and trustworthy organization as stewards for the resources provided to us.

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Compensation and Benefits: 

Compensation: $40,000 – $45,000

Application Procedure: 

To Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to Kara Dwyer, Managing Director at [email protected].

Application deadline: June 3, 2022

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