The Director Search Team has developed a job description to assist prospective candidates in understanding the scope and expectations of the Musical Director of the Vocal Revolution Chorus.  Qualified applicants should click the button at the bottom of the page to apply.

Deadline for submissions is June 1, 2017, the Board of Directors expect to make a decision based on the recommendations of the Director Search Team in order to have the new director start by August 17, 2017.

All queries should be directed to directorsearch@vocalrevolution.org

Musical Director Job Description

The Chorus

The Vocal Revolution Chorus (VR) is a regionally acclaimed, men's a cappella chorus based in the Boston area.  Our mission is to move audiences and enrich lives through musical excellence.

We strive to become a world-class large vocal ensemble that provides high quality musical entertainment to the Greater Boston community.

We encourage and perpetuate the art form of barbershop music by providing an outlet for men to experience harmony and fellowship in the chorus setting, while expanding our audience to other styles of a cappella singing.

We support local organizations and our community and encourage them to experience the joy of singing and spread that joy to others

The Job

The Music Director of the Vocal Revolution (VR) will provide the artistic and musical vision, leadership, and inspiration, as well the technical and teaching skills, to continue to advance the Chorus’ artistic excellence.  The Director will be the artistic and musical leader of the Chorus, ultimately responsible to the Members and the Board of Directors for all musical, artistic, interpretive and visual performance activities.

Core Responsibilities

  • Commit to being the VR’s Music Director and inspirational leader

  • Plan and direct the Chorus rehearsal portion of all Chapter meetings

  • Direct all performances

  • Champion and execute the artistic, musical and performance-related growth of the Chorus

  • Teach and educate Chorus members

  • Take ultimate responsibility for the selection and preparation of a diverse and exciting repertoire in collaboration with the Music & Performance Team

  • Prepare and motivate the Chorus to perform at its highest level

  • Provide constructive artistic, musical, and performance-related feedback to the Chorus

  • Own all the artistic and performance aspects of the repertoire including the interpretation, emotional plan, visual and vocal presentation

  • Pursue musical development as an educator, conductor, and performer

  • Solicit and respond to constructive feedback from the Board of Directors and the Members

  • Supervise and work with musical leadership to determine standards for audition process.

  • Supervise and work with musical leadership to assist in determining voice part assignments

Internal Communications

  • Inspire a shared vision

  • Coordinate with the Music and Performance Team on the use of outside coaches, instructors, and choreographers

  • Assist in production activities for contest packages

  • Actively participate in programmatic planning with the Board of Directors to ensure a strong annual calendar, which meets or exceeds the Chapter’s goals for musical excellence, outreach, and financial sustainability

External Communications

  • Actively engage with the Board in planning and executing outreach activities including those with other musical groups, arts councils, school systems and more

  • Champion and participate in outreach activities as designated

  • Promote the VR brand and raise its profile within the Barbershop Harmony Society, including the director, arranger and contest & judging communities, as well as within the general choral arts community, especially in Massachusetts and the Northeast

 

The Candidate

Artistic Skills

  • Proven and demonstrated musical skills

  • Outstanding teaching, rehearsal, and delivery skills

  • Outstanding directing techniques (conducting and hand skills)

  • Experience directing an adult concert choir or barbershop chorus

  • Ability to weigh the quality, difficulty, and performing pleasure of chorus repertoire to ensure the correct balance of marketability, audience appeal and member engagement

Strategic Development Skills

  • A vision for the advancement of the Chorus’ overall mission, reputation and community impact

  • Ability and desire to cultivate contacts within the artistic community

  • Ability to communicate effectively with all stakeholders and maintain strong working relationships with all participants and partners

Personal Leadership Qualities

  • Integrity, loyalty, decisiveness, accountability, strength of character and the ability to work effectively with others in a member-driven organization

  • Outstanding interpersonal skills

  • Proven ability to connect with both young and older singers in diverse settings

Although not a requirement

It is desirable that the Musical Director possess a college degree in music or music education (with some formal training in choral directing) or its equivalent

 

The Scope

The following represents the “typical” annual scope of chorus activity for Director engagement:

  • 45-48 Thursday night rehearsals

  • Two to four extra full day coaching sessions

  • Two to three VR-produced shows

  • International competition when chorus chooses to participate, divisional and regional competition aligning with International cycle

  • Eight to twelve community performances

The Vocal Revolution will offer a compensation commensurate with the applicant's musical/artistic skills, experience and potential, as well as your drive for engagement, outreach and community involvement and the financial resource of the organization.

The Concord Chapter is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

 

The Process

  • To apply, please follow the online submission process at vocalrevolution.org/directorsearch (online form for submitting application)

  • The Concord Chapter Board of Directors will make a decision based on the recommendations of the Director Search Team. Any questions to should be directed to the chairman of the team:

    • David Patterson

    • Cell Phone: +1-978-534-0730

    • E-mail:  directorsearch@vocalrevolution.org.

  • Deadline for applications is June 1, 2017. We intend to engage the new Director on August 17, 2017. (Expect a face-to-face or conference call interview with Search Committee, and audition in front of the Chorus)

  • Note: Interim director starts July 27. Open dates for Auditions in front of the Chorus - 6/22, 6/29, 7/27, 8/3, 8/10.

  • Note: July 13 and July 20 are VR Summer Break