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POSITION POSTED: MUSIC DIRECTOR - currently accepting applications

 


JOB DESCRIPTION
Choral Art Society of New Jersey (CAS), a ~50-voice community chorus based in Westfield, NJ seeks an energetic, experienced and ambitious choral conductor and vocal educator to serve as its next music director to carry on its legacy of great choral performance. CAS is in its 64th year of music-making, performing two concerts each year, often with full orchestra and professional soloists. Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings from 7:30-10pm at the Presbyterian Church in Westfield. This is a part-time, paid position which starts September 2024.


The successful candidate will have a thorough knowledge of choral music across multiple styles and proven experience conducting a volunteer chorus and professional orchestra.  He/she will have outstanding conducting, teaching, and vocal pedagogy skills, with the ability to consistently take the chorus to a high level of artistry and achievement. As Music Director, he/she will work in a collaborative environment with CAS’s Board of Directors. The successful candidate will also have the ability to positively interact and connect with chorus members and with CAS’s audience (through, for example, pre-concert lectures). The Music Director will make CAS a high-priority professional commitment, although it is understood that CAS may not be the Music Director’s only professional activity.

 


DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
● Provide overall artistic leadership and vision for the future and growth of the organization
● Direct the chorus in all rehearsals and performances. Weekly rehearsals on Tuesday evenings from 7:30-10pm are required; the chorus performs a minimum of two concerts each performance season, with additional dress rehearsals required; Additional performances such as outreach may be planned year-to-year as schedules allow.
● Attend monthly board meetings on the first Tuesday of each month from 6:30-7:30 before regular rehearsal.
● Plan rehearsals including sectionals in coordination with the Accompanist.
● Select repertoire for each concert season to submit for board approval
● Plan the following aspects of concert performances:
               o securing dress rehearsal and concert dates with performance venues;
               o Contracting soloists and instrumentalists as required;
               o Providing a season schedule proposal each Spring to the Board for approval.
● Maintain an active presence in the area’s choral and musical landscape by participating in concert events, guest conducting, adjudication, and other professional activities that support recruitment efforts.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE
Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and a video sample of rehearsal and/or performance to joanneeroth@me.com by March 15, 2024. Interviews will take place in March/early April. Finalists will be invited to lead the chorus in rehearsal in mid-April, with a decision announced early in May.

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