Accompanist Chorus Niagara Children’s Training and Intermediate Choirs

St. Catharines
Posted 6 months ago
Application Deadline: March 8, 2019

Accompanist Chorus Niagara Children’s Training and Intermediate Choirs / Contract
Salary: $4,000.00 /year
Provide piano accompaniment for Training Choir (age 5-7) and Intermediate Choir (age 8-10) for rehearsals, concerts, and other events as required for CNCC, Niagara’s premier children’s choir.

The Accompanist is responsible for the following duties:

Accompany all CNCC rehearsals.
Wednesday evening rehearsals in St. Catharines which are scheduled from 5:30 pm – 6 pm (Training Choir) and 6 pm – 7:15 pm (Intermediate Choir) from September to the end of May. **The Training Choir and Intermediate Choir are combined for 15 minutes.

Two Saturday morning rehearsals each year
One choral retreat (full day)
Two seasonal concerts each year, with one dress rehearsal before each concert.
Accompany and lead sectionals as needed
Provide accompaniment for auditions and vocal placements
Accompany/play for additional concerts and events as outlined in the schedule

Skills needed.
Excellent musicianship and playing ability
Strong sight-reading and transposition skills
Knowledge of stylistic features, traditions and performance practice of music including classical, jazz, popular, world music an asset
Ability to take sectional rehearsals on occasion
Independent worker
Knowledge of choral repertoire for children
A comfort with, and an ability to accompany soloists
A comfort with, and an ability to act as a member of a small instrumental ensemble
Ability to play from piano scores as well as the ability to reduce choral parts and play from the open score as needed for rehearsals
Ability to understand and follow oral and written directions
Belief in high standards
The ability to work with young singers from a wide variety of backgrounds and skill in a kind and nurturing way
A resident of Niagara Region preferred

Qualities and communication
Pleasant interpersonal skills, commitment to professional courtesy, able to work cooperatively with others
Ability to share musical ideas in rehearsals in a way that promotes good singing and music-making
Needs to be organized and able to keep track of rehearsal schedules, repertoire and staff meetings (as needed)
Be in regular communication with the Artistic Director and Training and Intermediate Choir Conductor to make sure plans and rehearsals run smoothly

Education and qualifications
Bachelor’s degree in music minimum (Masters preferred)
Successful record of professional experience in collaborative accompaniment is preferred

Please include in your application a covering letter; curriculum vitae; and where possible, links to video recordings of you accompanying a choir, or audio files of the performance.

Application deadline is Friday, March 8th. Please send materials electronically to Diana McAdorey indicating CNCC ACCOMPANIST in the subject line. Chorus Niagara will review the applicants immediately and will continue only until an appointment is made. The position may be filled before the closing date. Successful candidates must provide a current police check, including vulnerable sector screening before a contract will be offered. All applicants must be currently qualified to work in Canada.

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