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Artistic Director

Children's Chorus of Greater Dallas

Description

Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas (CCGD) seeks a dynamic, visionary, highly experienced conductor, music educator and leader to serve as its Artistic Director beginning with the 2022-23 season. This position will oversee the musical operations and artistic direction of the chorus including selection of singers, leadership of artistic staff and choral operations management, conducting of some choirs and ensembles, and oversight of all choirs and ensembles. Cynthia Nott, who has been Artistic Director since 1997, will step down from her position after the 2021-22 season as she celebrates retirement.

Joining CCGD at a point of unprecedented growth in its profile as one of the nation’s largest and most prestigious vocal training programs, the incoming Artistic Director will play a vital role in CCGD’s exciting next chapter. The Artistic Director provides the creative vision, as well as the musical and educational leadership. S/he reports directly to the Board of Directors and is a member of CCGD’s leadership team, collaborating with the Board and Executive Director to maintain the health of the organization.

A highly valued aspect of CCGD’s artistic landscape is its collaboration with key artistic partners around DFW. Enriching artistic programming for a broad audience, CCGD appears with distinguished organizations such as the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra, Dallas Bach Society, and many others.

At CCGD, we pride ourselves on providing the highest quality choral arts education to singers from around the metroplex. We accomplish this thanks to the hard work and dedication of our passionate, creative staff. CCGD is dedicated to promoting inclusion—we strive to be an organization in which talented people can do their best work.

The Organization

CCGD’s mission is to provide Dallas-area young people the experience of artistry and excellence through choral singing in a group that reflects the area’s diversity.

Now in its 24th season, CCGD  is one of the nation’s largest and most prestigious youth choral programs and offers a multi-tiered, sequential curriculum for ages 8-18. CCGD enrolls more than 450 students each year in grades 4-12, drawn from 53 communities across greater Dallas. Through concert performances, guest appearances, and community engagement programs, CCGD shares music with more than 32,000 Dallas residents annually. CCGD performs in some of the finest venues in the Dallas Arts District, including the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center and Moody Performance Hall, and serves as the official children’s chorus of Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

CCGD is comprised of six audition choirs – Prelude (4th/5th grade treble), Apprentice (5th/6th grade treble), Concert II (6th/7th  grade treble), Concert I (7th/8th grade treble), Women’s Youth Chorus (SSAA high school), and Youth Chorus (SATB high school). It also offers a “Neighborhood Chorus” program for children in 4th and 5th grade at West Dallas Community School.

Candidate Profile

The successful candidate will be an excellent musician with a love and respect for children, a passion for and knowledge of vocal development, an understanding of the young singer, and a desire to share great music with them. The candidate must be skilled in coaching individual singer’s vocal technique in a rehearsal setting, have excellent vocal skills, excellent conducting ability, good rehearsal piano skills, and a commitment to CCGD’s mission.

The Artistic Director represents CCGD in the DFW arts community. The ideal candidate for this position is an inspirational visionary and an experienced music educator with a successful track record. S/he is confident, musically curious, artistically adventurous, and a committed collaborator. The Artistic Director embraces CCGD’s vibrant and innovative arts community and will position CCGD as a leading institution in the region.

The preferred candidate has a Master of Arts or Ph.D. in choral conducting or music education with five years of related experience in teaching and rehearsing a variety of musical styles and genres, with demonstrated success in working with children’s choruses and in producing and conducting performances of exceptional quality; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Compensation

Compensation, including benefits, is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas is an equal opportunity employer

Applications

Please submit the following:

  • Cover letter (including philosophy of music education as it relates to the CCGD mission)
  • Resume/CV
  • 3 professional references (please include name, title, phone number, and email)
  • Rehearsal video (20 minutes): one choir demonstrating warm-up routine and rehearsal techniques
    • If you have multiple age choirs you may submit additional footage of a different age group within the 20 minutes.
  • 2-4 concert program repertoire samples
  • Concert performance sample (3 pieces): audio or video
    • Please include title, composer, voicing, date, and location of performance

Electronic applications are preferred. All applications will be treated as confidential. Applications are due by April 23, 2021. Prompt submissions are encouraged.

Please see www.thechildrenschorus.org/jobopportunities for application submission instructions.

Semi-Finalists will be observed in their own choral setting.


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