Artistic Director and Conductor

Williamsburg Choral Guild
Location: 
Williamsburg, VA
Type of Position: 
Artistic
Application Deadline: 
Friday, January 6, 2023

 

The Artistic Director and Conductor (“Director") is the artistic and creative leader of the Williamsburg Choral Guild ("Guild"). As such, the Director plans, develops and executes the artistic repertoire of the Guild taking into consideration the goals of the Guild with regard to our community, our audiences and our membership. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Director also serves as a non-voting member of the Board. 

Duties and Responsibilities 

Program

  • Plans, develops, and executes the artistic program for the annual concert year, which runs from July to June and includes a minimum of three concerts.

  • Provides the Board each November with a proposed musical program for the following concert year.

  • Conducts auditions for potential new members and, as needed, for continuing members.

  • Conducts all performances and rehearsals.

  • Engages soloists, instrumentalists, and lecturers.

  • Establishes repertoire and engages guest conductors, accompanists, and guest soloists.

  • Works with WCG Librarian in the acquisition of music.

  • Works with Concert Coordinator in the acquisition of venues.

  • In the event of a needed absence from a scheduled rehearsal or concert performance, secures a competent substitute director for approval by the Board.

Budget

  • Presents a preliminary artistic program budget proposal to the Board for the upcoming concert season no later than Nov. 15 of the current season. The proposal includes cost estimates for each concert related to:

    • music acquisition

    • engagement of vocal soloists, instrumentalists, and lecturers

    • potential performance sites

    • accompanists

    • instrument rental

    • other pertinent costs

  • After consultation with the Board, presents a final budget proposal for the following concert season. Receives an approved artistic program budget for the following concert season no later than May 15 of the current season.

  • With support of the treasurer, monitors current year budget and expenses and makes changes, as needed, within the budget provided. May exceed the total budget provided only with express permission of the Board.

Advancement

  • Assists with development, fundraising, and publicity efforts of the Guild.

  • In consultation with the Board, is available for interviews and other media opportunities.

  • In consultation with the Board, is available for meetings and events related to promotion and fundraising.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Attends all Board meetings.

  • Actively recruits new members for the Guild.

  • Provides developmental opportunities to strengthen the musical skills and abilities of the members and the overall quality and tone of the chorus.

  • Participates in the preparation of materials for the concert program.

Minimum Requirements 

  • Master’s degree in music. 

  • Three years’ experience in conducting college/university, community, and/or religious vocal ensembles.

  • Ability to communicate principles of musicianship, vocal techniques, and diction.

  • Ability to motivate and inspire singers.

Preferred Experience 

  • Orchestral experience with choral-orchestral repertoire. 

  • Master’s or Doctorate in Choral Conducting.

Compensation and Benefits: 

 Compensation is commensurate with experience. 

Application Procedure: 

Prospective candidates should submit a letter of interest, a curriculum vita, a list of relevant works conducted in the past three years, video (preferred) or audio of a work performed within the last three years, and three references (with full title, email address and phone number) to [email protected].

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