INFORMATION FOR APPLICANTS
Chordiality Inc is a community choir, SATB, which was established in 2008. Our goals are to develop, support and encourage a friendly and co-operative environment for members to enjoy choral singing and to pursue excellence in choral singing.
Chordiality is a non-audition choir, but in practice new members tend to self-audition; not all prospective members are comfortable with the pace, or standard, of rehearsals. Many of our members are local, but we also draw members from all over the wider Brisbane area. Rehearsals are held at St Andrew’s Hall, Indooroopilly on Thursday nights from 7.00 to 9.30 pm with an average attendance of 65.
The position will become vacant mid November, 2014; however a transition period is planned. The appointee is likely to be involved in preparing the choir and conducting one or two pieces at our 9th November concert. The transition period will be further discussed at the interview.
How to apply
Please send a covering letter briefly addressing the selection criteria with Curriculum Vitae attached by close of business on 25 August, 2014. Please include examples of programmes prepared and performed by choirs you have directed, along with the names and contact details of two referees to: firstname.lastname@example.org
or by mail to:
The President, Chordiality Inc,
882 Underwood Rd
Rochedale South, QLD 4123
Applications close on Monday, 25 August, 2014
It is planned that interviews of candidates who have been short listed will take place in the 2 weeks commencing Monday, 15th September, 2014. Following these interviews, applicants may be invited to conduct a segment of the choir’s rehearsal from Thursday, 9th October, 2014.
The duties and time requirements have been delineated in the Position Description. Please note that there is an expectation the Music Director, although not a member of the management committee will attend meetings of the committee (approximately 6 – 8 per year). Attendance at committee meetings is an unpaid part of the position. There is also an expectation that the Music Director will collaborate with committee members in the preparation of grant submissions. These administrative tasks form an unpaid part of the position.
A repertoire policy was developed by the management committee, in consultation with the Music Director in 2010. This followed a survey of members in 2009 regarding repertoire preferences and personal/choir skills development. The survey was repeated in 2012 with no material change to the outcomes. The repertoire policy is available to download. A list of repertoire performed by Chordiality is also available to download at our website: www.chordiality.org
POSITION DESCRIPTION and SELECTION CRITERIA
The Music Director provides artistic vision for Chordiality and is responsible for the leadership and direction of every aspect of the choir’s preparation and performance. The Music Director reports to the Management Committee and works in conjunction and consultation with the Committee.
1. Musical Direction
The Music Director is the official conductor of Chordiality and will be responsible for carrying out all musical duties associated with rehearsing for and conducting concerts; and developing a well trained and disciplined choir, as follows:
-give strong artistic, musical and vocal direction to the Choir
-encourage choristers in the development of vocal production, rhythm, timing and overall choral production skills
-organise and conduct all rehearsals (full and some sectional) of Chordiality
-conduct all concerts produced by Chordiality
-organise and conduct all rehearsals with soloists and other musicians prior to concerts
-act as Chorus Master of Chordiality in the event of collaborations with other conductors and choirs, and/or orchestras
-conduct no fewer than 40 Chordiality rehearsals per year, including four (4) one-day workshops, usually one (1) per term.
-be actively involved in the development and provision of part recordings for all sections of the choir, to be used to supplement learning during the rehearsals
2. Artistic Management
The following shall be conducted in consultation with the President and other members, as appropriate, of the Management Committee of Chordiality:
-select music of suitable genres, standard and quality for the choir within the framework of Chordiality’s repertoire policy and in consultation with the repertoire sub-committee
-plan a balanced and interesting musical programme to include at least 2 concerts a year
-prepare a schedule of rehearsals appropriate to each performance
-on behalf of Chordiality, source and hire orchestral players and vocal soloists as required
-assist in selecting appropriate venues for concerts
-assist in the selection of the Choir accompanist as required
-collaborate with the Music Librarian to source music
There is an expectation that the Music Director, although not a member of the Management Committee, will attend meetings as set out below. These administrative duties form an unpaid part of the position.
-attend meetings of the Management Committee except for discussion of his or her own personnel matters
-collaborate in the preparation of grant submissions
4. Time Requirements
- regularly scheduled Thursday evening rehearsals of 2½ hours duration
- a one-day workshop each term, usually on a Saturday.
- additional or extended rehearsals as necessary at the discretion of the Music Director and the Management Committee
- at least 2 primary concerts per year
- additional choral and/or community performances as required
- participation in the making of any recordings
- attendance at committee meetings (unpaid); 6 – 8 per year
-Demonstrated knowledge of choral music, across a variety of genres and periods
-Appropriate tertiary qualifications in music
-Experience in choral conducting of adult choirs
-Experience in programming for choral concerts across a variety of genres
-Ability and skills to encourage choir members to develop their musical and vocal ability
-Well developed communication and interpersonal skills
-Demonstrated efficient and varied rehearsal techniques
-Ability to foster a friendly and co-operative spirit within the choir, which seeks to be a “choral community” as much as a community choir
-Ability to work collaboratively with a professional accompanist and volunteer management committee
-Proven commitment to continued learning and professional development of conducting