Job Opening – Artistic Director

OPEN POSITION: Artistic Director. The Portland Boy Choir (PBC) is seeking a dynamic, inspirational, and experienced teacher and conductor for the position of artistic director beginning in August 2022. Rehearsals begin in September. Apply now! 

PBC Mission: to provide music education and professional-quality performance opportunities that develop self-esteem, depth of character, and advanced music skills in boys ages 6 to 18.

Core Values: excellence, integrity, authenticity, kindness, and joy.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR:

  1. To create the artistic vision for the choir and to articulate this vision for the PBC Board, singers, their families, and the community at large.
  2. To conduct the organization’s flagship choirs, PBC consisting of Preps (ages 6 to 9), Trebles (ages 10 to 13), and Gents (ages 13 to 18), in rehearsals and in performances. Groups rehearse independently and together.
  3. To provide vocal training that develops healthy, robust, bel canto singing throughout the boys’ ranges.
  4. To provide training in music literacy and if possible, handbell ringing.
  5. To develop a comprehensive performance season to meet the educational, artistic, and financial goals as established in collaboration with the PBC Board of Directors and staff.
  6. To oversee the logistics associated with booking venues and coordinating with production staff and volunteers.
  7. To oversee the artistic design of the promotional materials associated with concerts and recruitment.
  8. To recruit singers through community networking, through outreach to music educators, parents, and community members, and through traditional and burgeoning communications methods.
  9. To schedule auditions throughout the season, to inspire prospective singers through an affirming audition process, and to communicate appropriately with auditionees and their parents.
  10. To present touring proposals in a timely fashion and to follow through with planning as approved by the PBC Board.
  11. To speak on behalf of PBC to the media, to audiences, and to the community at large.
  12. To assist in the fundraising efforts in collaboration with the PBC Board and staff.
  13. To coordinate with the Board and administrative staff for the timely payment of expenses associated with the artistic director’s areas of responsibility – including payment to auxiliary musicians, guest artists, and for sheet music purchases.
  14. To support the choir’s preparatory program by coordinating educational and performance materials, by helping produce their performances, by developing relationships with the preparatory participants, and by determining when and if boys should graduate into the performing choir. (See note below regarding the opportunity for one person to serve in both conducting positions.)

DESIRED SKILLS AND CHARACTERISTICS:

  1. A musician and music educator with demonstrated mastery of choral conducting.
  2. Experience working with children and youth.
  3. Experience working with boys’ changing voices.
  4. Experience ringing, teaching, and if possible, conducting handbells.
  5. Creative, with a desire to cultivate a collaborative vision for the organization.
  6. A bachelor’s degree in conducting, music education, or similar qualifications/experience.
  7. Piano proficiency.
  8. Choral arranging abilities.
  9. Competency with music notation software.
  10. Strong verbal and written communications skills.

COMPENSATION. The artistic director for PBC is a contracted part-time position. The anticipated compensation is in the range of $12,000 to $30,000 annually, commensurate with experience and ability to recruit choir members. Weekly contract hours (September through June) generally total 4 hours of rehearsal time, plus prep time, plus monthly PBC Board meetings. If contracted for this position, the compensation would be adjusted based on choir membership and the director’s experience.

TO APPLY. Submit the following items to info@portlandboychoir.org or mail to the address noted above.
Applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on July 29, 2022.

  1. A cover letter addressing why you are interested in this position and how you are qualified,
  2. A resume, and
  3. At least two (2) references with contact information.

All applications will be acknowledged by email. References will be contacted after a preliminary applicant screening and only with the permission of the prospective candidate for which their endorsement is sought. Any contract offered to prospective staff is contingent upon completion of a satisfactory background check in compliance with PBC policies.

***