Music Director

POSITION OPPORTUNITY

 

Music Director

The Greenwich Choral Society

Greenwich, Connecticut

 

Application Deadline:

June 1, 2022

 

 

The Greenwich Choral Society (GCS) seeks an inspirational conductor, visionary leader, outstanding musician and talented teacher with exemplary communication and organization skills, to serve as its Music Director.   GCS is committed to a diverse, equitable and inclusive community, and is actively seeking to attract a pool of candidates with varied backgrounds. GCS will welcome the new Music Director in July of 2023, a year before GCS celebrates its Centennial season. 

 

The Greenwich Choral Society is an auditioned volunteer chorus of 100 dedicated singers who come largely from the counties of Fairfield (CT) and Westchester (NY).   The group performs sacred and secular music of all eras with professional orchestras and soloists, typically in a three-program season.  GCS has performed before diverse regional and international audiences and actively collaborates with local student groups and choruses.  GCS has commissioned numerous choral works over the years. 

 

Our Mission Statement:  The Greenwich Choral Society, a not-for-profit membership-based organization, is dedicated to excellence in the presentation of choral music.  Founded in 1924, GCS continues to consistently explore and interpret the beauty and influence of music. GCS strives to enrich our community's appreciation of music through performances of the highest quality and educational programs that seek to nurture future singers and audiences alike.

 

 

The Position

The Music Director provides musical leadership, creative vision, and artistic direction to the Greenwich Choral Society.  Working closely with a volunteer Board of Directors, the Music Director ensures that the chorus fulfills its mission and achieves its goals for artistic excellence with a diverse and challenging performance repertoire, quality educational programs and strong community outreach.

 

 

The Music Director:

  • selects appropriate repertoire and develops creative programs;

  • conducts all rehearsals and performances;

  • attracts and retains chorus members;

  • builds audiences through programming varied choral repertoire;

  • plans and develops a budget;

  • works with the Board of Directors to:

    • maintain the financial health of the GCS;

    • expand audience and community participation; and

    • promote and build financial support for GCS.

  • values a strong community spirit within the organization and with the community at large; and

  • sustains and enhances the excellent reputation of GCS.                   

 

Candidate Profile/Experience and Qualifications

The ideal candidate will combine a thorough knowledge of choral and vocal performance with experience conducting and leading volunteer and professional singers accompanied by professional instrumentalists in a broad range of repertoire and musical styles.  

The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to:

  • plan dynamic, creative, and exciting seasons;

  • rehearse and conduct concerts of exceptional quality;

  • inspire vocal and instrumental musicians to perform at a consistently high level;

  • engage/hire professional soloists and instrumentalists;

  • communicate effectively with all stakeholders;

  • teach vocal technique, musicianship and languages to choristers of varying skill levels and ages; and

  • drive audience expansion and energize new donors to invest in the chorus.

 

The successful candidate will also be flexible, patient, responsive, receptive to feedback and open to collaboration. 

 

The position is a part-time position.  The salary range is $35,000 - $40,000, based upon experience.  

 

Requirements

Applicants should have 5 years or more of experience as a professional choral conductor.  Experience working with volunteer choruses and professional orchestras is preferred.  Applicants need to hold a masters or doctoral degree in music, or equivalent professional credentials.

 

Applications

Nominations and expressions of interest from qualified candidates are enthusiastically welcomed.

 

Candidates should submit the following:

  • Cover letter (one page) describing interest, experience and qualifications;

  • Resume (not to exceed three pages);

  • Three professional references with contact information; and

  • Two video recordings with two sample programs.                                     

Note: video recordings are strongly preferred; however, an audio recording will be considered, if necessary.  Recordings may be submitted as links to downloadable and streamable files.  Links should be freely accessible and remain open for the duration of the application process.  Links to posted videos (e.g., YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) are also acceptable.                                                                     

 

Only applications submitted via email in Word or PDF by June 1, 2022, will be accepted.  Please limit the initial application material to no more than seven pages in total. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.                         

 

All applications will be treated as confidential. References will not be contacted until finalists have been notified.

 

The Search Committee will review credentials on a rolling basis as completed applications are received and plans to identify the new Music Director in March of 2023.                                     

 

Please e-mail application materials to Greenwich Choral Society Music Director Search at musdirapplications@greenwichchoralsociety.org

 

For more information, please call the

Greenwich Choral Society office at

(203) 622-5136.

 

 

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Greenwich Choral Society is committed to providing a safe environment in which all members of the community are valued and respected and can fulfill their enjoyment of music. We strive to cultivate a diverse, inclusive, and equitable community.