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Executive and Musical Director

Company: Sing Out Loud
Location: Rochester
Posted on: September 11, 2019

Job Description:

Executive and Musical Director Search!
Executive and Musical Director Position Overview:
Sing Out Loud! seeks a new Executive and Musical Director to lead the organization and top level choir beginning with the 2020 Concert Season and beyond.
About the Organization and Choir:
The Sing Out Loud choral organization is comprised of three auditioned female youth choirs. Bella Voce, grades 9-12, Bella Fiore, grades 6-8 under the direction of Stephanie Nolting and The Bellettes, grades K-5. Bella Voce and Fiore rehearse once a week,10 months out of the year with a summer break. The Bellettes rehearse for only 8 weeks. The choirs are active in women's empowerment and outreach events around the mid-west, tour both locally and internationally and participate in educational events yearly. They are vibrant, talented, young musicians who are ready to continue their incredible journey with you at the helm.
Bella Voce (beautiful voice) is the original choir of the Sing Out Loud! choral organization. Bella Voce gives young women in 9 th - 12 th grades the opportunity to make music at the highest level, while focusing on outreach, women's empowerment and their core values. Bella Voce has traveled regionally all over the Midwest and has made international appearances in Austria, Czech Republic and Slovakia (2009,) Italy (2012,) and toured all over Europe in 2015. This 2015 tour included a performance at the Melk Abbey and a collaboration at the Kodaly Institute. In 2012 and again in 2017 Bella Voca was invited to sing for The National American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) at their national conference. Bella Voce was also featured on Minnesota Public Radio's (MPR's) " Taste of the Holidays" broadcast and compilation CD three years in a row, an honor usually offered only to professional groups and adult ensembles. Bella Voce continues to raise the standard for high school women's choirs musically and beyond. The Bella Voce girls love singing with and get to know both alumni and their younger Bella sisters. They cherish outreach, community and of course, singing for all audiences.
Empowering people through song!
The mission of the Sing Out Loud choral organization is to inspire young women, through singing, to realize their highest potential and more broadly impact the world.
Bella Voce's Core Values (from everything I have read and learned, this is what I came up with. I would LOVE feedback on these from both the board. I will also solicit feedback from the girls via an email to see what they think)
The Courage to be yourself
The Bravery to try to impact the world
The Pride of being a strong woman
The Love of one another as human beings
The Openness to learn, grow and change
Sing Out Loud's purpose is to inspire the young women of this generation to realize their highest potential through singing. When a strong young woman has an open heart and shows courage, bravery, and pride, they are truly capable of making the world a better place. Our purpose is to encourage our audiences to feel the love and hope that we have in the world, as we rejoice in song together. Our purpose is to make lasting and meaningful connections with one another and to inspire each other to be the best versions of ourselves. Through our core values we will more broadly impact each other and our world.
The Ideal Candidate:
Sing Out Loud! is seeking a vibrant artistic and musical director whom is comfortable working with young women, understands the choirs unique history, and is ready to collaborate with the choristers for a new vision for the future. The ideal Artistic Director must be a highly skilled communicator and have a passion for women's empowerment, and outreach. The Artistic Director will drive musical and artistic decisions and performances, and collaborate with the choir's staff to plan, market and promote performances among our growing audience and wider arts community in the Twin Cities, Midwest and nationally. The Artistic Director must share the core values of the choir and bring a natural ability to invoke elements of faith, and explore the meaning of song texts, that resonate with singers and audience. The Artistic Director will recognize that our singers are lifelong learners who wish to continue learning about the art and science of singing, vocal technique, intonation, tone production, diction and vowels. The Artistic Director will prepare for weekly rehearsals and bring a positive, energetic, consistent, collaborative, and genuine spirit to rehearsals and concerts.
Required Qualifications:

  • Excellent musicianship as expressed through innate musicality, excellent aural acuity, thorough score preparation, and effective conducting gesture.
  • A solid understanding of vocal production, vocal pedagogy and rehearsal techniques.
  • Wide knowledge choral repertoire appropriate for an accomplished young women's choir.
  • Experience in developing a full concert season of engaging, distinct, original and innovative programs around various themes.
  • Excellent relationship and communication skills in drawing the best out of young women.
  • Ability to engage with audiences in a genuine and appealing way. Desired Qualifications:
    • Bachelor's degree in music or higher; or related field
    • 5+ years' experience directing/working with young women
    • Keyboard proficiency is desirable although not required Selected candidates will be invited to interview with the search committee in February 2020.
      Final candidates will be invited to audition with the choir in March or April 2020. Final selection will be made in May 2020.
      Director Search
      Sing Out Loud!
      3630 Queen Ave North
      Minneapolis, MN 55412
      The following are the primary duties and responsibilities of the Artisti and Musical Director:
      Performance Functions:
      • Oversee the artistic health and growth of the Organization in accordance with the Sing Out Loud mission, vision, operating budget, and strategic plan;
      • Execute an annual performance schedule including primary concert series (December and May), collaborations, outreach performances as specified in the contract;
      • Design each concert performance including theme development and integration of guest artists, ensembles, soloists, instrumentalists, and visual elements;
      • Facilitate new music commissioning as funds allow, including the selection of composer/lyricist, assisting with contract negotiations, and managing the process to performance;
      • Research music and programming to bring to the choir performance material that is both challenging and appropriate to the artistic goals of the organization;
      • Arrange or adapt music as needed for performance;
      • Conduct auditions to determine choir membership and performance readiness for all singers;
      • Audition, select, and coach soloists and smaller groups of singers;
      • Oversee mentorship(s) of any student director and/or student accompanist;
      • Conduct the Bella Voce Young Women's Choir in all performances and regular weekly and special ad-hoc rehearsals;
      • Oversee the arrangement of music for performance within the Organization;
      • Select and supervise section leaders; Administrative Functions:
        • Work with the Board and the Administrative Assistant to establish an operating plan and budget to execute the artistic vision;
        • Oversee & guide contract musicians, accompanist(s) and additional director(s) within the Sing Out Loud organization;
        • Attend Board meetings and provide periodic reports to the Board.
        • Serve as principal liaison between the Board of Directors and the artistic staff;
        • Supervise and oversee part-time music staff artistic and contractors (musicians) and assist the Board to evaluate part-time music staff;
        • In partnership with the Executive Director, participate in the community activities to develop networks and identify opportunities to further the mission;
        • Participate effectively in meetings of the Board of Directors, committees as selected, season and budgeting planning and other activities as necessary to support the execution of the artistic vision; Communication and Partnership Functions:
          • Work with the Board and the Administrative Assistant to ensure a consistent and appropriate public image in all internal and external communications.
          • Seek input from and collaborate with singing membership to implement the artistic vision of the Organization.
          • Broaden the involvement of the Sing Out Loud organization in the community by serving as a spokesperson and liaison on behalf of the Organization.
          • Maintain healthy communication with staff, membership, Board and community members. Outreach Functions:
            • Seek opportunities for the choir(s) to perform outside of scheduled concerts.
            • Develop an outreach concert repertoire consistent with the artistic vision and the Organization's mission.
            • Conduct the Bella Voce Young Women's Choir in outreach concerts.
            • Research and select appropriate charitable organizations to further the Organization's mission through features at spring concerts (in partnership with the Board).
            • Oversee collaborations and any dispersal of funds to charitable organizations. Recording Functions:
              • Schedule any new recordings if part of the artistic vision.
              • Develop recording content...... click apply for full job details

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