Artistic Director And Conductor Position

 

Greenville Chorale – Artistic Director And Conductor   

Position Description and Responsibilities

The Greenville Chorale is a distinguished choral organization committed to presenting a wide array of choral music to the community. Founded in 1961, the Chorale has grown into one of the premier cultural institutions in the Upstate region, known for its high-quality performances and community engagement.

The Herring Chamber Ensemble, established by Bingham Vick, Jr. in 1997, is a professional vocal chamber group comprising select members of the Greenville Chorale. This ensemble specializes in performing intricate and diverse choral works, showcasing the versatility and skill of its singers.

APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED UNTIL CLOSE OF BUSINESS:

JULY 31ST, 2024

In addition to the Online Application, these are the additional required documents (PDF Preferred / DOC or DOCX acceptable)

  • We strongly recommend filling out the form on a computer, not a mobile device
  • Send the requested documents below via email to:: [email protected]

Here are the requested documents:

  • References
    • Please have the reference send directly to [email protected]
    • Please ask the reference to have the Subject Line as: Last Name of Applicant – Reference
      • Letter of reference from a respected choral conductor colleague
      • Letter of reference from a person of leadership from the ensemble that you currently conduct
      • Personal recommendation from a significant person in your life
  • Updated CV/Resumé
  • One page Cover Letter including a statement as to “why you want to be the conductor of the Greenville Chorale.”
  • List of Conducting Experience
    • Community chorus
    • Church choir
    • Collegiate choir
    • Select chamber choir
  • List of Choral repertoire conducted in concert:
    • Major choral-orchestral works not included above
    • Summary list of choral repertoire conducted from each historical period
  1. The Artistic Director and Conductor should have extensive experience with both singers and instrumentalists, so that an effective working knowledge of both repertoire and rehearsal technique can be successful.
  2. The Artistic Director and Conductor should have experience leading/conducting community choral ensembles and/or large church choirs and/or high school/collegiate choral ensembles.
  3. The Artistic Director and Conductor should have relevant academic degrees and musical training, with a minimum of a master’s degree. Advanced degrees and training are preferable.
  4. The Artistic Director and Conductor is responsible for all musical decisions related to the mission and goals of the Greenville Chorale. These include, but are not limited to the following:
    • selecting Chorale repertoire
    • conducting auditions and selecting singing members of the Chorale
    • selecting and supervising procurement (or loan) of music for concerts/performances
    • managing musical preparations (rehearsals) for all concerts
    • maintaining an ongoing long-range plan for concert repertoire
    • selecting soloists for all Chorale concerts
    • approving any loan/rent of Chorale music to other organizations
    • maintaining library catalogue of Greenville Chorale music holdings
  1. The Artistic Director and Conductor, with approval of the Board of Directors, appoints the Chorale Manager and the Chorale Accompanist.
  2. The Artistic Director and Conductor is a member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Board and should be prepared to make periodic reports to the Board and the Executive Committee.
  3. The Artistic Director and Conductor plans repertoire with consideration of the Chorale budget and the impact of programming on that annual budget process.
  4. The Artistic Director and Conductor participates in all negotiations for any event, concert, or agreement involving artistic Chorale performance, such as collaborative concerts, ongoing or one-time.
  5. The Artistic Director and Conductor serves as a primary public image and appearance of the organization to the community. This includes:
    • recorded announcements and other PR
    • periodic speaking engagements
    • interviews, news release quotes, white papers
    • promotional spot performances
    • written correspondence such as thank you notes and letter signatory
  1. The Artistic Director and Conductor works closely with:
    • the Board president in developing effective leadership decisions,
    • the Chorale Executive Director in solving day-to-day issues and opportunities,
    • the Chorale Marketing Coordinator in publicizing the Chorale throughout the community
    • the Treasurer and Budget preparation group in planning concert costs
    • the Chorale Singers president in maintaining communication with the singers
  1. The Artistic Director and Conductor:
    • oversees the attendance and work ethic of all Chorale singers
    • selects repertoire for both the Chorale and the Herring Chamber Ensemble
    • conducts and oversees all Chorale rehearsals, including standard Monday evening rehearsals and additional concert week rehearsals
    • typically conducts five concerts each season:
      • Fall (October or November)
      • Christmas (December)
      • February Chamber Ensemble
      • Spring (April or May)
      • Summer (June, Patriotic Furman Lakeside Concert)
    • when appropriate and musically feasible, conducts the Chorale and/or Chamber Ensemble in “special appearances” such as Artisphere, Spoleto, or other special occasions
    • makes final decision regarding any special performances, such as Brevard Music Center
    • coordinates and supervises all collaborations with Greenville Symphony, Hendersonville Symphony, and/or other instrumental ensembles including physical setups, placement of Chorale singers, pre-concert rehearsals, financial arrangements, publicity, etc.
    • coordinates and supervises any recordings of Chorale rehearsals and/or performances. Is responsible for “final product” of these recording sessions.
    • Serves as liaison with Furman University Music Department for storage of Chorale music and supplies and utilization of facilities
  1.  The compensation for this part-time position will be commensurate with experience.  The minimum consideration is $15,000 with annual assessment.

Desirable Attributes*

(from “THE CHORUS LEADERSHIP GUIDE by Matthew Sigman, page 31, Chorus America, 2009)

 

Musical

    • an experienced conductor with demonstrated mastery of various musical styles
    • effective communication with gestures, vocal instruction, and baton technique
    • comprehensive knowledge of voices and instruments
    • demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of musical scores in historical context
    • superior aural skills
    • command of languages and understanding of choral articulation and diction
    • works efficiently in rehearsals
    • inspires musicians to perform at the highest level

Personal

    • a visionary, motivator, creative thinker and hard worker
    • a person of integrity who engenders trust on and off the podium
    • a scholar who is passionate about the music and the process of learning
    • a teambuilder and diplomat who understands and is effective with group dynamics
    • a life-long learner who is disciplined and inquisitive and positive

Management

    • presents well thought out arguments when choices must be made
    • exhibits confidence and understanding to make difficult choices
    • works collaboratively and creatively with management and Board members
    • is committed to the musical, organizational, and civic advancement of the Chorale
    • is actively engaged in the community, and particularly the arts community of Greenville
    • is thoroughly grounded in professional ethics

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The Greenville Chorale is funded in part by:

Metropolitan Arts Council
SC Arts Commission