The Board of Directors has embarked on a mission to identify and hire a new Artistic Director for the chorus. Below are the details. We look forward to reviewing all the wonderful submissions for this adventure.
Job Location: Tucson, AZ, USA
Closing Date: 03/01/20
Type of Position: Part-Time (⅓-½ time)
Anticipated Start Date: July 1st. 2020.
Salary and Benefits: This is a PT, Independent Contractor position. Compensation is negotiable within a defined range as set by the Board of Directors. No benefits are included.
Description of Position Duties:
Reveille Men’s Chorus is seeking an Artistic Director to work with one of Southern Arizona’s GALA Choruses. Duties include:
- Promote the Chorus' Mission of “Changing Lives Through Music”
Production Design and Implementation (50%)
- Provide vision and artistic leadership for each concert season for Reveille Men’s Chorus, including developing themes for a winter holiday concert and a spring concert, integrating outreach ensembles, soloists, ensembles, guest artists, musicians, and speakers as is appropriate to the theme.
- Design each concert performance, making musical selections, auditioning and coaching any solo or ensemble performances, and overseeing any non-musical thematic and technical elements (scripted scenes, personal testimonies, visual elements, sets design, blocking, costuming, etc.), all with an eye towards furthering the mission of the organization.
- Organize a rehearsal schedule at the beginning of each concert year based on the above concerts; the schedule also traditionally includes a fall Chorus retreat for each group
- Develop musical sets for outreach performances that utilize both chorus and small group ensembles as appropriate. Contact and supervise technicians and musicians for each concert project.
- Collaborate with the directors of Reverb (Reveille’s small community engagement ensemble) and THEM Youth Ensemble to ensure artistic quality and alignment with mission-related goals Lead weekly rehearsals and conduct the chorus for all performances.
Organizational Work and Leadership (35%)
- Work with the Chorus, the Board of Directors, and volunteers to promote a positive atmosphere of community within the organization and in the communities touched by the chorus
- Meet deadlines laid out by the Board for show concept and music licensing procurement to ensure successful marketing and legal compliance
- Serve as staff contact to the board in investigating and pursuing venue contracts, technical needs, and staging details
- Write narrative as needed for concert projects, work with development staff to position grant focus and prepare grant budgets
- Supervise the Accompanist
- Recruit, identify, coach, and supervise the activities of Chorus section leaders, Assistant Director, and any other music-related staff or volunteers
- Communicate regularly with section leaders regarding vocal issues, repertoire to cover in upcoming sectionals, and other musical needs
- Attend and participate in all Board meetings and retreats, and provide a monthly report to the Board
- Provide input to the Finance Committee to develop annual budgets
- Work with Chorus Council on issues related to membership and performances, as needed
Community Involvement (15%)
- Network with other arts organizations, music directors and community groups to increase the visibility of the Chorus and to encourage collaboration
- Manage planning, schedule, communication, host contacts and programming for Chorus outreach events
- Represent the chorus in professional organizations as deemed appropriate by the Board
- Maintain professional development and current musical trends.
- Attend concerts of other choral groups and musical events in the community
Description of Position Qualifications:
- BA or Advanced Degree in Music with an emphasis in choral conducting or equivalent conducting experience
- Broad knowledge of music, including traditional and vernacular styles, in-depth knowledge of musical theater, classical and modern vocal genres including queer music
- Knowledge of vocal training and technique, including the full breadth of vocal range, and ability to instruct and coach all voice types, including voices in transition.
- Experience and understanding of the LGBTQ community, including gender and trans competency Interest in and commitment to the mission of the Chorus
- Basic piano skills and foundation in music theory
- Understanding of music licensing, publishing and copyright
- The dynamic and positive personality, energy, sense of humor and musicianship essential for leading a 3-hour weekly rehearsal, developing themed performances
- Basic choreography skills
- Experience with community board of directors and volunteers
- Experience conducting or working with a community-based chorus and with singers of various musical skills, experiences, and learning styles, including singers without music literacy or formal training Information
Required to Apply:
Submit the following Application materials:
- Cover Letter with salary requirements ·
- Resume / Curriculum Vitae ·
- List of works that have been conducted in performance over the past 12 months and that are under preparation ·
- List of at least three references (2 professional, 1 community) that includes email addresses and phone numbers of people
At a future stage of the process, we will also request additional information from applicants, including:
- A DVD or link to a video that includes the applicant conducting a 10 - 15 minute segment of a recent rehearsal and a 10 - 15 minute segment of a recent performance with a choral ensemble
- Show concepts and some suggested pieces for the concert
Review of Applications will begin on March 1, 2020.
Reveille Men’s Chorus is an auditioned, 70+ member TTBB community chorus and has been singing continually for 25 years. We are a member of the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses (GALA), with members spanning a diversity of sexualities, genders, ethnicities, races, and ages. Our repertoire ranges from classical choral to jazz, Broadway and pop. We seek a dynamic, talented community builder who takes musicianship and fun equally seriously to encourage our growth and lead us to new heights. We rehearse Monday nights for 3 hours each rehearsal and have 2 concerts with several outreaches per season. The job is part-time, projected at 16-20 hours a week, including rehearsal time, concert research, production design, score and rehearsal preparation, supervision of small ensembles, and various community functions 12 months a year. Total time commitment is expected to be approximately ⅓ to ½ FTE.
Reveille Men’s Chorus PBS segment; https://youtu.be/tesPNiNoKrg
Reveille member intro; https://youtu.be/yoL5-rRWaOE
Tucson, AZ; https://youtu.be/op_MNBU7eBs and https://youtu.be/MS5_f0-8w5Q