The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay seeks a versatile and highly skilled Assistant Conductor to join a dynamic team that prioritizes artistic excellence, collaboration, and is committed to diversity, equity and access for members of The Master Chorale, Tampa Bay’s premiere symphonic chorus. The Assistant Conductor reports to the Artistic Director and performs conducting and artistic administrative duties as specified by the Artistic Director.
Title: Assistant Conductor
Organization: The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay (501(c)3 Choral Masterworks Festival, Inc.)
Job Type: 1099 Contract Position; Flexible schedule with regular required hours to include Tuesday evenings from 6-10:30 pm and some other evenings and weekends throughout the season.
Salary: $10,000 – $12,000, commensurate with experience
Minimum Education: Master’s Degree preferred
Minimum Experience: 3+ years of choral directing experience
Application Deadline: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis through May 28, 2023, or until filled. Live auditions for select candidates will be held on June 20, 2023 from 7:30-10pm.
This position is a good fit for someone who:
Has exceptional musicianship and conducting skills
Has a thorough understanding of the voice and choral techniques
Has a pleasant demeanor with strong communication skills
Is a great collaborator and loves working with people
Is self motivated with strong initiative
Is flexible, organized, and a hands-on doer
Is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion as core values
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Serve as cover conductor for the AD for all MCTB rehearsals and performances, including MCTB-produced concerts, collaborations with community partners like The Florida Orchestra, and additional performance engagements
Opportunities for the AC to conduct selected works and/or programs may be identified by the AD during the season.
Conduct preparatory and sectional rehearsals as needed
Perform MCTB-produced rehearsal and concert production duties related to stage management and guest artist relations
Perform administrative duties related to roster management, attendance, singer communications, and artistic production logistics for rehearsals and performances
Serve as a singing member of MCTB and attend rehearsals to collect and organize markings and musical details
Assist in auditioning new chorister applicants
Participate in MCTB educational outreach activities and planning, as requested
SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS:
The Assistant Conductor is expected to be a versatile and highly skilled musician who can successfully demonstrate leadership of a symphonic chorus and ability to work effectively with professional musicians, manage artistic concert production logistics, and represent the Artistic Director and the organization. Desired qualifications include:
Master’s degree preferred, preferably in choral conducting, music performance, or music education field. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be an acceptable substitute for these degrees.
3+ years of choral directing experience
Thorough understanding of the voice and choral techniques
Comprehensive knowledge of choral repertoire
Versatility to communicate in a wide variety of musical styles
Significant concert production logistics management experience
Keyboard skills (at the level of leading a sectional from the piano) are desirable, but not required
Transparent and high integrity work ethic.
Excellent interpersonal and problem solving skills.
Strong time management and project management skills.
Outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
Experience working with volunteers and facilitating large groups.
Access to reliable transportation and the ability to work in multiple locations for various performances throughout a season.
Flexibility to work nights and weekends.
Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion practices in the organization.
About The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay
Praised by music critics from the Tampa Bay Times and other local media as “one of the country's finest choirs,” “an amazing instrument,” and a “cultural treasure,” The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay has consistently delivered some of the most profoundly moving music performances in the Tampa Bay area.
The Master Chorale is an auditioned, highly-select large volunteer chorus embracing a broad representation of singers from the entire Tampa Bay area. With a decades-long tradition of elevating the cultural experience of west central Florida, the Chorale traditionally maintains a roster of 150+ singers, performs 20 – 25 concerts a year, has internationally distributed recordings, commissions important contemporary choral composers, and presents engaging community-singing events, and inspiring music education programs locally and online. The Master Chorale is the Principal Chorus for The Florida Orchestra and Artist-In-Residence at the University of South Florida College of the Arts School of Music.
Salary: $10,000 – $12,000, commensurate with experience
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis through May 28, 2023, or until filled.
Live auditions for select candidates will be held on June 20, 2023 from 7:30-10 pm
Send the following materials to: Kara Dwyer, Managing Director (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Resume or CV (PDF file preferred)
List of three references including phone and email. At least one reference must be a conductor with whom you have worked.
Links to videos in both rehearsal and performance, following the guidelines below:
Rehearsal Video: 10-15 minutes of continuous unedited video footage with a chorus
Performance Video: 5-10 minutes of video
Videos should be facing the conductor so that their gestures can be seen clearly
Please ensure videos have high quality sound so that both instructions and the choir can be clearly heard
Videos should be from within the last 3 years