GATEWAY MEN’S CHORUS SEEKING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR To apply, please send a letter of interest, resume and video/audio clip of a recent performance to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for application is 5:00 pm on Tuesday, April 30, 2019.
Founded in 1987, Gateway Men's Chorus (GMC) affirms and promotes gay culture and acceptance through excellence in musical performance and education. The chorus has distinguished itself in both its breadth of musical repertoire and longevity. GMC is open to anyone, 18 years of age and over, of all backgrounds, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, financial status and levels of musical experience, who sing in the tenor/bass vocal range. GMC annually presents a 3-concert season in St. Louis, and has performed in Atlanta, Denver, Kansas City, Miami, Montreal, New Orleans, San Jose, Tampa, and even auditioned for America’s Got Talent. In 2012, GMC won FOCUS St. Louis “What’s Right with the Region” Award for improving social justice. GMC is a 501(c)(3) organization, governed by a Board of Directors.
JOB DESCRIPTION SUMMARY
With direct supervision from the GMC Board President, the Artistic Director (AD) is responsible for artistic operations including:
Developing and executing GMC’s artistic vision.
Creating a positive professional environment.
Generating community engagement.
Overseeing artistic and production budget.
Serve as a public face for the organization.
Fulfilling GMC’s mission to promote gay culture and acceptance through excellence in musical performance and education.
Supervising accompanist, pit band, sign language interpreter, dance captain, and section leaders.
Minimum (3) three years of experience leading a choral ensemble.
Strong conducting skills.
Reliable mode of transportation.
Competent computer skills: sufficient hand dexterity to use a keyboard and capable of reading a computer screen.
Ability to sit, stand, walk, speak, hear and occasionally lifting/moving up to 30 pounds Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable otherwise qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Background in education.
Music major degree.
Existing relationships within the LGBTQIA+ community and/or St. Louis music/arts.
Duties and Responsibilities
Developing and communicating the programmatic vision for each concert season and determining concert repertoire that best responds to GMC’s mission, budgetary scope, singer ability, singer development, and audience engagement.
Determining composition of GMC performance ensembles, guest artists, soloists, section leaders, Harmonix (small group ensemble), Footnotes (dance team), and other small ensemble touring/community engagement groups.
Securing all necessary rights and licenses for music performed by GMC, and ensuring the organization is in compliance with all copyright regulations, in performance or subsequent distribution of music.
In partnership with the GMC leadership and staff, finalize appropriate performance schedule for GMC, including venue and number of performances per concert.
Developing the vision for each concert in collaboration with the Production Committee, including but not limited to scenic design, projection design, lighting design, costume design, and use of choreography.
Managing weekly full chorus and small ensemble rehearsals, in partnership with the rehearsal accompanist, ensuring a high level of singer engagement and education throughout the rehearsal process.
Organizing external resources for singers, including rehearsal track recordings, listening tracks, and print and digital music distribution in collaboration with the chorus librarian.
Coordinating and managing musical aspects of all GMC events; developing and implementing touring initiatives, including regional collaborations with other choruses, and local education initiatives for school-aged children in the St. Louis region.
Developing strategies for singer retention and recruitment in collaboration with the Membership Committee.
Public appearances, including but not limited to GMC-sponsored fundraising events and donor cultivation opportunities, other events in the St. Louis LGBTQIA+ or arts communities, media interviews, and singer recruitment events.
Building and maintaining relationships with local and national LGBT and arts organizations (i.e., GALA Choruses [Gay And Lesbian Association of Choruses], Chorus America, CHARIS, Band Together, The Muny, and Grand Center).
Representing GMC to GALA, participating in the GALA leadership retreat and other GALA groups and activities.
Supervising part-time artistic employees, contract musicians, and volunteers, including, but not limited to, developing job descriptions, and applying GMC employee policies in accordance with federal and state requirements.
Assisting in development and implementation of goals and objectives, policies and procedures for GMC artistic operations, and the annual production budget, and staying within the set budget.
Job Knowledge: Experience managing a company of singers and musicians and working within a not-for-profit organization. Musical technical background required to improve quality of vocal production of individuals and ensembles. Excellent, accomplished choral conductor, adept at a wide variety of musical styles. Remains up-to-date with choral best practices.
Communication: Communicates effectively verbally with multiple audiences using a variety of methods, i.e., encouraging singers with varying levels of pre-existing musical knowledge; inspiring audiences from the stage in performance or at special events, or communicating the GMC vision to funders. Communicates effectively in writing including concert descriptions.
Charisma: Ability to delight, entertain, and attract a wide range of constituents, from occasional ticket buyers to long-time supporters and from deeply committed members of the LGBT community to straight allies. Builds internal support and buy-in for GMC initiatives, and assists in building external relationships with corporations, foundations, and agencies.
Management: Strong organizational and HR management skills. He or she will build solid rapport with the team of direct reports and assist in transition planning for specific positions as needs arise.
Initiative: Looks ahead to the future growth of GMC by developing strategies, building existing resources and assessing opportunities for growth that helps GMC to thrive. Proactive in resolving problems as they occur, in consultation with GMC leadership and staff. Bringing to the attention of GMC President external challenges that may affect the organization.
Time Commitment - Work Schedule and Travel
The successful candidate will:
Lead all rehearsals held Monday nights during the season (including one full-day intensive rehearsal on a weekend) and performances for three major concerts, typically in December, March and June.
Participate in all GMC fundraising events (minimum three per year), community events, and member recruitment events.
Attend GMC Board of Directors monthly meetings (AD is an ex officio member) and appropriate committee meetings.
Determine “in office” and work hours in conjunction with GMC leadership and staff. Hours may flex as activities demand.
Able to travel to attend occasional conferences, training, and other events.
The successful candidate will:
Abide by all of GMC’s policies including conflicts of interest, social media, document retention, and anti-fraternization.
Agree to be considered a part-time employee of GMC, based on 20 hours/week (FLSA exempt status).
No benefits will be offered.
Gateway Men's Chorus is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, veteran status, disability status, or any other federal, state, or local protected class.