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Associate Music Director, Strathmore Children's Chorus: Apprentice Chorus 

About the Organization Strathmore is a multidimensional creative anchor in the community, where everyone can connect with the arts and artists can explore their full potential. We present nearly 400 performances, exhibitions, and education programs annually for diverse audiences on our Montgomery County Maryland campus and throughout the community.



Based one-half mile outside the Capital Beltway in North Bethesda, Maryland, we serve the entire Washington, DC region and the state of Maryland with exceptional artistic experiences and opportunities to learn and connect. Our work is based on our mission to amplify distinctive and diverse artistic voices and curate experiences to enrich every life and shape stronger communities.



We are actively assessing how systemic inequities impact our organization's work at all levels and how best to address those inequities in a way that is consistent with our mission. This commitment is made within the broad context of Strathmore's Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) goals to expand access and diversity, promote inclusion, and build equity for all. With these daily actions, Strathmore intends to become an actively anti-racist, anti-discrimination, and inclusive organization. You can read more about Strathmore on our website, including information about our mission and values.


 
Position Strathmore Children's Chorus - Associate Director, Apprentice Chorus  
Open Date 3/13/2023  
Close Date 4/3/2023  
Description

POSITION DESCRIPTION

Reports to: Michael Wu, SCC Artistic Director
Note: Applicants may apply for one or more of the three Associate Director positions currently available: Treble, Preparatory and Apprentice.

ORGANIZATIONAL OVERVIEW

SCC is an education program of Strathmore, a multi-disciplinary performing arts center one half mile outside the Capital Beltway in North Bethesda, MD. SCC is a choral music education program for children in grades 2 through 12 inclusive. We serve over 150 choristers singing in five ensembles – Preparatory, Apprentice, Treble, Concert, and Tenor Bass. We teach music literacy and bel canto vocal production in an ensemble context. We foster authentic creative expression, challenge growth, bring joy, and contribute to the well-being of our choristers. We produce two concerts per season at Strathmore, and we contribute to the performances of many of Strathmore’s performing arts partners, including National Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorale, Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras, and more.

Strathmore is a nonprofit multi-disciplinary arts center outside Washington, DC with multiple venues, strong community partnerships and robust educational programming. Spotlighting world-class talent and serving as a launch pad for local artists, Strathmore presents nearly 400 accessible and affordable events and exhibitions each year in the Music Center, Mansion, on our 16-acre campus, at AMP, and throughout the community.

Based one-half mile outside the Capital Beltway in North Bethesda, Maryland, we serve the entire Washington, DC region and the state of Maryland with exceptional artistic experiences and opportunities to learn and connect. Our programming is a vibrant reflection of the community that surrounds us. Strathmore believes the most compelling contemplations of our world are created by artists. Amplifying these creative voices is at the heart of our work.

We are actively assessing how systemic inequities impact our organization’s work at all levels and how best to address those inequities in a way that is consistent with our mission. This commitment is made within the broad context of Strathmore’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) goals to expand access and diversity, promote inclusion, and build equity for all. With these daily actions, Strathmore intends to become a fully anti-racist organization. You can read more about Strathmore on our website, including information about our mission and values.

POSITION SUMMARY STATEMENT

The Associate Director, Apprentice Chorus, trains and conducts the Apprentice Chorus ensemble for Strathmore Children’s Chorus (SCC). Apprentice Chorus comprises about 40 choristers ages 8 to 11 (grades 3 to 6 inclusive). Apprentice Chorus rehearses from after Labor Day through early June on Tuesdays from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. Limited changes to this schedule are possible with discussion among chosen director and Strathmore Hall and rental space availability. Performance dates and Tech rehearsals are mandatory. A collaborative pianist and parent volunteers are provided for rehearsals and performances.

KEY DATES

  • 2023
    • Monday, June 12, 5:00 p.m. - TBD Auditions (AMP)
    • Tuesday, June 13, 5:00 p.m. - TBD Auditions (Music Center 402)
    • Monday, August 21, 5:00 p.m. - TBD Auditions (AMP)
    • Tuesday, August 22, 5:00 p.m. - TBD Auditions (Music Center 402)
    • Tuesday, November 21, 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Tech
    • Wednesday, November 29, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tech (if needed)
    • Tuesday, December 12, 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Tech
    • Thursday, December 14, Concert (5:30 p.m. call, 7:00 p.m. concert)
    • Monday, December 18, 5:00-8:00 p.m. Mid-Year Auditions (AMP)
    • Tuesday, December 19, 5:00-8:00 p.m. Mid-Year Auditions (AMP)
  • 2024
    • Saturday, April 27, All Day Maryland Young Voices Festival
    • Thursday, May 16, 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Tech
    • Tuesday, May 28, 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Tech
    • Friday, June 7, Concert (5:30 p.m. call, 7:00 p.m. concert)

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

These may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Collaborate under the Artistic Director and with artistic staff to plan two to three concerts annually, selecting repertoire for Apprentice Chorus to contribute to larger concert themes as applicable
  • Assist in teaching music literacy skills in the rehearsal context and as on-line asynchronous learning modules for Apprentice Chorus
  • Teach and conduct weekly 60-minute rehearsals
  • Supervise and conduct Apprentice Chorus, including hired instrumentalists as applicable for this ensemble, for two SCC-produced concerts annually at the Music Center at Strathmore
  • Assist SCC staff with supervision and logistics as needed for SCC-produced concerts
  • Complete written evaluations for choristers twice annually, deadline determined by Artistic Director with SCC staff
  • Prepare Apprentice Chorus for occasional special community events upon request, on mutually agreed to schedule determined at least eight weeks in advance
  • Work in collaboration with the Artistic Director to continue to grow the larger SCC and its offerings
  • Meet with Artistic Director and staff monthly during the season to consider policies, review procedures, coordinate concerts and various performances, and other work of the program
  • Communicate weekly with Artistic Director on rehearsals, concerts, and procedures
  • Correspond with parents as needed
 
Position Requirements

QUALIFICATIONS

Qualified candidates will possess the following skills and be able to make a multi-year commitment to build the choral program at SCC.

  • Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in Choral Music Education; Master’s or equivalent preferred
  • Minimum five years’ experience conducting age-specific treble chorus vocal ensembles
  • Highly knowledgeable with quality repertoire representing bel canto vocal instruction and international representation of treble-voiced choral music
  • Highly knowledgeable with training in vocal pedagogy and music literacy for this age group
  • Leadership and artistic creativity to develop repertoire programming that maximizes choir potential
  • Vocal skills and ability to direct and teach by example
  • Educational and mentoring skills that foster personal growth and learning in children and youth
  • Superior leadership skills
  • Work well with a team
  • Work independently with little or no supervision

ACCOUNTABILITIES

Satisfactory completion of this job includes successfully:

  • Delivering top-quality choral performances and highly effective music education curriculum
  • Contributing to a collaborative, organized, creative and committed organizational culture
  • Organizing a substantial set of part-time responsibilities
  • Maintaining positive relationships with colleagues, students, parents, staff, partners, and volunteers

STANDARDS OF PERFORMANCE

  • Demonstrates exceptional organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Employs excellent communication skills
  • Works consistently to resolve issues in a responsible and timely fashion
  • Displays a high degree of dependability and reliability
  • Contributes ideas to improve effectiveness of education department operations and programs

TO APPLY

To apply for this position, please submit:

  • Cover letter
  • Résumé
  • Links to video recordings of three varied selections of repertoire conducted by the applicant, with the total time of the combined selections not to exceed 20 minutes
  • Link to one teaching segment of choral rehearsal, up to 15 minutes maximum

Only qualified applicants will be contacted.

Strathmore is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment. Accordingly, Strathmore provides employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, creed, ethnicity, sex, pregnancy, national origin or ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, citizenship status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, family responsibilities, genetic status or information, military or veteran status or status in any status protected by federal, state, or local law.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training. Strathmore will not tolerate unlawful discrimination, harassment, or retaliation under any circumstances.

We are eager to cultivate a broad and inclusive field of applicants. Strathmore is committed to building a diverse community of staff, volunteers, and interns. Individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply

 
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Full-Time/Part-Time Part-Time  
Salary The salary range is $6,500-$8,000.  
Location Strathmore  
EOE Statement Strathmore is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment. Accordingly, Strathmore provides employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, creed, ethnicity, sex, pregnancy, national origin or ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, citizenship status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, family responsibilities, genetic status or information, military or veteran status or status in any status protected by federal, state, or local law.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training. Strathmore will not tolerate unlawful discrimination, harassment, or retaliation under any circumstances.

We are eager to cultivate a broad and inclusive field of applicants. Strathmore is committed to building a diverse community of staff, volunteers, and interns. Individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.  

This position is currently not accepting applications.

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