Artistic Advising and Choral Conducting for Nai Children’s Choir

Posted 2 months ago
Application Deadline: September 28, 2018

The application comprises of six parts and three appendices. Please read all parts carefully on website before making a response

Application Guidelines

Independent Contractor Professional Services: Artistic Advising and Choral Conducting for Nai Children’s Choir

Terms: September 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019

Interested parties may respond to the RFP as soon as they are ready. We will start reviewing submission and interviewing contenders as we receive qualified responses. As well, if needed, we will continue accepting and reviewing applications until a contract is sealed satisfactorily.

The Nai Children’s Choir at CultureLink Settlement and Community Services (“the Choir” henceforth) is looking for an independent contractor who can be one individual or a company (henceforth will be referred to as “the Contractor”) to provide teaching and choral conducting services to our choirs in different locations, and to provide pertinent artistic advice to the internal musician team and the management on the Choir’s operation and development. Those applying must be available to teach between 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. and plan at least arrive half an hour earlier before the rehearsal for the preparation and check-in with the resident musician and other staff.

Schedule and Locations for Weekly Rehearsals and Practices (Note: over time the locations may change, but the new rehearsal space will be established in close proximity to the existing locations. The rehearsal dates and time may change in the future, but such changes will not happen without prior consultation with all musicians and support staff.)

  • Tuesdays 5-7 p.m. Youth Music Club 2340 Dundas Street West, Toronto
  • Wednesdays 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Choir East 2102 Lawrence Av E, Scarborough
  • Thursdays 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Choir West 4258 Bloor St W, Etobicoke, ON

Reporting to and working closely with the Manager of the Choir, the Contractor is accountable for the successful delivery of the 2018/19 season of Nai Choir’s regular rehearsals and performances. The Contractor’s objectives and main areas of responsibilities should be aligned well with the choir’s goals as outlined in 2.3 Program’s Goals. The Contractor helps the Choir attain the goals by delivering the following services:

  • Provide artistic leadership and general inspiration and enthusiasm for the Choir, leading the members rise to new challenges;
  • Be part of the decision making for a coherent and cohesive plan for the season’s rehearsals, performances and other music and social integration activities;
  • Develop the Choir’s repertoire in consultation with other musicians of the choir and choristers to reflect the choir’s diversity, members’ artistic aspiration and cultural sensitivity;
  • Lead the weekly 1.5 or 2 hour rehearsals at two locations (Choir East and Choir West) as the conductor from September to June, and direct added rehearsals towards scheduled performance commitments;
  • Oversee and assist with the development of the new youth-led music-making group;
  • Help develop the Choir’s artistry and prepare the choristers and musicians for up to ten (10) performances within the season which may fall on weekends and/or additional evenings;
  • Select performance music suitable for the levels of the choristers, including introducing new music into the repertoire and keeping the audience’s preference and the Choir’s public outreach goals in mind;
  • Assist in planning the Choir’s own concert and suggest to hire instrumentalists and other guest artists for specific pieces of music to enhance the performance when the budget allows;
  • Hold auditions for new accompanists and assist the manager with engaging and mentoring all regular musicians so that they are on track for producing outcomes in accordance to the Choir’s goals and objectives;
  • Support the research activities conducted by Nai’s research partner from York University;
  • Build and sustain partnerships that will help develop the Choir’s musicality and artistic growth.

Program Goals

  • Improve refugee children’s confidence, sense of belonging, language and other life skills through choral music training
  • Build the children’s musicianship and leadership qualities
  • Help the children gain appreciation of the western choral arts while connecting them to their own cultural heritage
  • Provide holistic programing to include the entire family of the choristers
  • Promote interaction and friendship between Choir members from different religious and ethnic backgrounds
  • Engage the community to help with the refugee families’ integration
  • Act as a small hub for Syrian refugee musicians to receive mentorship from local musicians while contributing to the choir.

The Contractor can be one individual artist or a company of artists (up to three) who possess the following qualifications and work together in a very coordinated manner to deliver services (2.2 Deliverables) consistently and successfully.

  • Master’s degree in music with special emphasis on choral conducting, music education or vocal studies is preferable. Special consideration will be extended to those who have at least three years of experience conducting a youth or children’s choir
  • Well-trained in the fundamentals of music, conducting, vocal and choral techniques;
  • Excellent teaching pedagogy and techniques;
  • Experience working with children and youth from underprivileged minority group is paramount;
  • Experience in advising on a strategic level and contributing significantly to the growth of an artistic organization;
  • Working knowledge of the piano and the ability to help the accompanist effectively accompany and support the Choir during rehearsals and performances;
  • Broad knowledge of the repertoire of classic, Middle-Easton traditional and contemporary music;
  • Familiarity with English diction and pronunciation of French language as it applies to choral music. Fluency in Arabic or strong willingness to learn Arabic is a huge asset;
  • Strong commitment to diversity, inclusion and social justices;
  • A keen desire to learn about the ethnic and religious diversity and group dynamics within the refugee populations that this Choir is set to help;
  • Being open-minded, nonjudgmental, caring and flexible towards vulnerable children and their families;
  • Strong collaborative and teamwork spirit;
  • Exceptional organizational and interpersonal skils.

All applications must:

  • Enclose a Curriculum Vitae (CV). If the applicant is a company of musicians, all members’ CVs are required.
  • Enclose a cover letter outlining the relevant qualifications and professional experiences
  • Provide a quote based on an hourly rate (only one flat rate will be accepted even if the applicant is a group of musicians with different individual rates) and an estimation of total billable hours of this season according to 2.2 Deliverables
  • Indicate the earliest possible starting date
  • Include a minimum of three professional references
  • Send your proposal via e-mail, please indicate the contract opportunity you are submitting for on the subject line
  • Must be available for a 30-minute in-person interview and a 30-minute trial lesson with one of our choirs if your application is selected for the second level evaluation.

Submit applications by Friday Sept 28, 2018 5pm via email to addressing:

The Selection Committee
Nai Children’s Choir
Re.: Artistic Advisor and Conductor for Nai Children’s Choir
CultureLink Settlement and Community Services
2340 Dundas Street West, Suite 301
Toronto, ON M6P 4A9

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