Editor, Early Music America magazine
Artistic Director, San Francisco Bach Choir
The San Francisco Bach Choir [SFBC] is searching for a conductor and musical director to lead the choir beginning summer 2014.
Founded in 1937, the San Francisco Bach Choir is an auditioned volunteer choir providing the Bay Area with exceptional choral concerts, with an emphasis on the music of J. S. Bach, his contemporaries, and predecessors. SFBC is the oldest continually performing choir in the western United States. We use an historically informed approach, period instruments and professional instrumentalists and soloists. We have a particular interest in presenting rarely-heard music of the Renaissance and baroque periods, including polychoral works. The choir is building to its optimal size of 60–80 singers.
Our usual season consists of four programs with two performances each, in October, December, March, and May. The December concert features a variety of seasonal Renaissance and baroque music, including antiphonal works for multiple choirs staged in candlelight. In March we usually perform major works of Bach (passions, masses, motets, choral cantatas). October and May programming have been handled in a variety of ways.
Responsibilities of the Artistic Director
- Research and program the music for all concerts, within budgetary constraints
- Present annual and multi-year artistic plans for approval by the Board of Directors
- Conduct weekly rehearsals, 1–2 quarterly Saturday workshops, and dress rehearsals during the week before each concert (typically three with entire forces, and one with orchestra and soloists)
- Audition and select new choir members, and periodically re-audition returning members
- Work with our Managing Director and orchestra contractor to select appropriate instrumental personnel and soloists for each program
- Report to the Board at meetings generally held every 4–6 weeks
- Select and work with section leaders to address musical issues
- Work collaboratively and creatively with our Managing Director
- Commitment to fostering excellence within the choir, effectively teach choral vocal technique and musicianship, and develop a well-thought-out, strategic approach to building the choir's skill level
- Ability to attract, inspire, and retain a community of singers
- Expressive conducting style that communicates musical interpretation
- Knowledge and experience conducting singers and instrumentalists in choral repertoire, particularly early choral literature
- Experience with historically-informed performance practice
- Creative approach to programming, with coherent individual concert programs in the context of full seasons that engage both the choir and our audience
- Vision for building the choir's leadership in the Bay Area music scene and its impact with our community
- Collaborate well with the board of directors, our hired staff, and volunteers
- Effective choir ambassador to donors, funders, and supporters
- Strong ties to the Bay Area and its musical community
- Interest in finding music for the choir that is not commonly performed (or has not been performed at all) in recent times
- Interest in exploring late Renaissance and early baroque polychoral repertoire, and performing with choirs grouped in separate locations around the venue
The Artistic Director is hired on a contract basis, to be renewed annually after performance review and feedback. Salary in the range of $30,000–$35,000, commensurate with qualifications and experience. We regret we cannot offer reimbursement for transportation costs during the selection process, nor relocation costs after hiring.
Applicants must submit by November 1, 2013: letter of intent curriculum vitae 3 letters of reference with full title, email address and phone number Candidates are also encouraged to send a 10–20 minute video recording showing the candidate's conducting style.
Selected candidates will be invited to interview with the search committee during the month of January 2014.
Finalists will be asked to lead the choir in rehearsal on at least two occasions between March 18 and May 17, 2014. They will also be asked to provide a program for the 2014-15 season, within a budget to be determined by the board.
The final appointment will be announced in late May 2014. Download job description at www.sfbach.org
Please send application materials to Hannah Tandeta at firstname.lastname@example.org
posted September 6, 2013
Artistic Director, Toronto Chamber Choir
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Position to commence: September, 2014
Applications due by: September 30, 2013
The Toronto Chamber Choir is a 40 voice amateur, auditioned choir with a reputation for high quality and historically informed performances of Renaissance and Baroque music. The Artistic Director will develop a program of four concerts per season, and direct weekly rehearsals in preparation for concerts. The successful candidate will possess a deep knowledge of early music as well as choral and orchestral conducting experience, a flair for creative programming, and effective communication skills. An ability to establish a rapport with the choir and audience is essential.
Please send a résumé and covering letter to Toronto Chamber Choir Search Committee, email@example.com
For details please also visit http://www.torontochamberchoir.ca/concerts/index.php
posted August 8, 2013
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Jeanne Lamon, Music Director, announces the following audition: Viola (Core Position)
International auditions will be held on January 13, 2014. Position to commence: September 2014. The successful candidate may share section leadership responsibilities.
Candidates must have extensive experience performing on period instruments and excel in historical performance practice from the early baroque to romantic periods. It is expected that all candidates will use historically appropriate instruments and bows.
Highly qualified applicants should submit the following required materials to Stephanie Miletic, Operations Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org), no later than November 1, 2013. Click to view entire listing (PDF file).
posted May 16, 2013
American Recorder Society ARS 75! Composition Competition
Call for Compositions
The American Recorder Society (ARS) turns 75 next year! In celebration of its birthday, the ARS is holding a composition competition for original works for the recorder in the four categories below:
Quartet or quintet at the recorder chapter reading level
Duo or trio for the low intermediate recorder player
Solo (with or without keyboard accompaniment) for the advanced recorder player
Recorder orchestra piece at the upper intermediate level (This may be a new or newly arranged composition.)
Each winning composition will be published in print or as a PDF online (the recorder orchestra piece) as a special commemorative ARS is 75! Members’ Library Edition.
ARS is accepting submissions by young composers up to the age of 18. Those selected as winners will be recognized with a special ARS Young Composer Honorary Certificate.
Submission Deadline: October 15, 2013. For more details and submission form, please go to www.americanrecorder.org.
Be a part of ARS is 75! and enter this very special and unique ARS composition competition. Winning selections will greatly impact the large recorder community and will be played and celebrated by thousands!
Lisette Kielson, 309-828-1724, ARScontest@americanrecorder.org
Posted July 12, 2013