Artistic Director

Northern Virginia Chorale
Location: 
Northern Virginia
Type of Position: 
Artistic
Application Deadline: 
Saturday, December 10, 2022

The Northern Virginia Chorale, a 40-member community chorus founded in 1975 as the Springfield Chorale, is seeking a replacement for its retiring Artistic Director.  The Director is responsible for planning and implementing an annual program of at least three concerts of various genres (including classical, folk, spiritual, and popular), along with directing weekly rehearsals for singers from September through May.  Rehearsals and performances are held at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Springfield, Virginia.  Specific responsibilities of the Artistic Director are listed in the Position Description below.

 

  • Minimum Requirements.  Degree in music or equivalent education/experience, as well as significant choral and instrumental conducting experience.

 

  • Selection Process.  Review of applications and qualifications, along with interviews of selected candidates.  Finalists will have an opportunity to conduct a portion of a Chorale rehearsal.

 

  • Part-Time Position.  Position is part-time and does not include any fringe benefits beyond annual stipend.

 

  • Compensation.  Negotiable, based on qualifications.  Include salary requirements in the cover letter.

 

  • Assume Duties.  July 2023

 

  • Application:  Submit résumé and cover letter not later than December 10, 2022, to Acting Board Chair Robert Bell, either by mail at 7701 Carrleigh Parkway, Springfield, Virginia 22152, or by email at [email protected]    

 

 

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Position Description – Artistic Director

 

The Artistic Director provides the artistic vision of the Northern Virginia Chorale and is responsible for the leadership and direction of every aspect of the rehearsals of, and performances by, the Chorale and its instrumentalists.  The Artistic Director reports to the Board of Directors and works in conjunction and in consultation with both the President of the Chorale and Chairman of the Board.

 

Artistic Management

 

  • Provides overall artistic leadership and direction to the Chorale and its instrumentalists
  • Auditions new members of Chorale
  • Supervises all artistic aspects in the choice of repertoire
  • Selects all artistic personnel (soloists and instrumentalists)
  • Supervises all rehearsals and concerts
  • Prepares scores for Chorale and instrumentalists
  • Assists in the production of concert program book, including providing program notes on the pieces being presented
  • Negotiates fees for soloists and instrumentalists
  • Coordinates scheduling of venue for concerts and rehearsals

 

Board Relations

 

  • Serves as ex-officio member of the Board
  • Presents periodic reports to the Board, as requested, regarding the status of the artistic programs and projects
  • Attends Board meetings
  • Supports fundraising activities
  • Reviews and makes recommendations to the Board regarding Chorale activities

 

Public Relations

 

  • Serves as the chief spokesperson for the Chorale
  • Develops and participates in community activities that further the name recognition and reputation of the Chorale
  • Collaborates with the Board and the Chorale officers in developing marketing campaigns and publicity for the Chorale

 

Financial Management

 

  • Develops annually a comprehensive artistic plan, including expenses, for approval by the Board, which provides the basis for the annual budget
  • Adheres to the approved annual budget for the programs and activities
  • Assists in the preparation of grant applications
Compensation and Benefits: 

Position is part-time and does not include any fringe benefits beyond annual stipend.

 

Compensation is negotiable, based on qualifications.  Include salary requirements in the cover letter.

Application Procedure: 

Application:  Submit résumé and cover letter not later than December 10, 2022, to Acting Board Chair Robert Bell, either by mail at 7701 Carrleigh Parkway, Springfield, Virginia 22152, or by email at [email protected]    

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