Artistic Director and Conductor

Posted 3 months ago
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Reports to: President of the Board of Directors
Purpose of Position: To develop and carry out artistic programming, collaborations and concerts that enhance the mission of the organization
Time Commitment: Flexible hours, evenings and weekends, regular rehearsal/concert schedule
Remuneration: Negotiable, depending on experience and education
Start Date: July 2019


Canada’s Amadeus Choir is a community of singers, volunteers and supporters who seek to communi-cate the power of choral music, creating inspiring, uplifting and profound choral experiences for the choir members and its audiences through performances and recordings.

The Choir seeks to achieve excellence in its performance, and to commission, première, perform and rec-ord works of both emerging and established Canadian and international composers.

The Amadeus Choir works in the spirit of creativity and endeavours to treat all within its sphere with respect and integrity.


1. Promote the Choir’s focus on its mission
· Work with the Choir, its board of directors and volunteers to promote a positive atmosphere of community within the organization
· Network with other arts organizations, music directors, and community groups to increase the visibility of the Choir and to encourage collaboration

2. Lead the artistic team to design, coordinate, and direct Choir’s programming in collaboration with choir management, board and lead volunteers
· Organize an annual performance schedule including subscription concerts, outreach concerts and decide, in conjunction with the administrative team and board what guest appearance opportuni-ties to accept
· Collaborate with administrative team to create a rehearsal schedule at the beginning of each con-cert year
· Conduct auditions annually (or as required)
· Design each concert performance, including theme development and integration of guest artists, ensembles, soloists and visual elements
· Identify and hire workshop presenters for vocal clinics and other workshops
· Recommend preferred technicians (recording and others as needed) and musicians to be con-tracted for each concert project
· Serve as staff contact to Production Committee ensuring that technical needs, venue contracts, blocking, and staging details run smoothly
· Recommend section leads and extra professional singers to be hired as needed
· Be conductor for all series concerts, unless hiring out for specific purpose

3. Manage administrative and artistic detail for outreach projects
· Manage communication, logistics and planning details for metro-area community performances
· Manage planning, schedule, communication, host contacts and programming for Choir’s outreach tours
· Work closely with administrative team and volunteers coordinating travel, food and housing de-tail for tours and school outreach concerts
· Assist in networking with GTA area school administrators to promote Choir’s educational outreach program
· Manage planning, communication and programming for school concerts

4. Provide supervision for music-related staff and volunteers
· Supervise the accompanist
· Identify, coach and supervise the activities of the Choir’s associate director(s) and section leaders
· Communicate with section leaders regarding vocal issues within the choir, etc. as needed

5. Facilitate the work of the Artistic Committee
· Identify concert themes and collaborations that support the choir’s mission. Research appropriate music for the upcoming seasons (as required by government granting bodies)
· Ensure that current season music is selected and purchased in a timely manner, in collaboration with the choir’s librarian
· Coordinate the preparation of music with the librarian before the first rehearsal of the season
· Communicate with the accompanist regarding the rehearsal material in a timely manner
· Secure new arrangements/commissions and performance rights where appropriate

6. Development and Finances
· Write narrative as needed for concert projects, work with development staff to position grant fo-cus and to prepare grant budgets
· Prepare annual budget in collaboration with the board treasurer

7. Communicate regularly with the Choir’s board and other choir leadership
· Attend board meetings and provide a monthly report to the board
· Serve as an ex official member of the board
· Help to develop the choir’s strategic plan

8. Participate in professional development
· Participate in professional organizations (Choirs Ontario, ACCC, etc.)
· Maintain and update professional competence by attending appropriate workshops, and confer-ences
· Review new choral works and recordings; read professional journals


• Advanced Degree in Music with an emphasis in choral conducting or equivalent conducting experi-ence (minimum 5-6 years)
• Experience conducting or working with an adult community-based chorus.
• Interest in and commitment to embracing the mission of the Choir
• Ability to offer strong leadership skills as well as to balance work within a team setting
• Flexibility in working with a diverse group of volunteers and personalities
• Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
• Computer proficiency (word processing, e-mail, online research)
• Ability to conduct all rehearsals with a highly positive and respectful approach to all choir members.

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