Overview

Assistant Artistic Director

Location: 
Pensacola, FL

Overview

The Pensacola Children’s Chorus seeks a visionary advocate and conductor of choral music to serve as its Assistant Artistic Director. As a passionate teacher, pianist, and administrator, the Assistant Artistic Director will work alongside the Artistic & Executive Director and Board of Directors to pursue its mission and vision of cultivating a strong musical community in Northwest Florida.

The Pensacola Children’s Chorus serves as the premier provider of youth-centered community music education for Northwest Florida. A nonprofit children’s choir with a healthy annual budget, the Pensacola Children’s Chorus boasts 7 resident ensembles comprised of nearly 300 singers in grades 3 through 12. Fusing healthy choral and vocal training with the performance skills of musical theatre, the organization boasts an extensive concert season which reaches 10,000+ audience members each year. In addition to its regular season programming, PCC serves as a model for character growth through choral singing by offering unique ensemble and performance models which center on community development, personal growth, and leadership. Celebrating its 30th anniversary for the 2019-2020 season, PCC is preparing for the launch of new educational and community initiatives which match the growth and expanse of its membership and the needs of its community.

Purpose of Position

The Assistant Artistic Director (AAD) conducts PCC’s resident ensembles and assists in managing the day-to-day artistic operations. The AAD plays a critical role in casting the artistic and musical vision of the organization, manages the Vocal Academy and summer programs, and coordinates community building initiatives for the resident choir programs.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Providing quality instruction in vocal music and leading weekly rehearsals for assigned choirs;

  • Working in partnership with the creative team to envision and create engaging and innovative musical experiences at mainstage performances;

  • Selecting, arranging, and/or composing music for resident choir programs in partnership with the Artistic Director;

  • Developing a formal singer evaluation system to track each singer’s musical and performance progress on an ongoing basis throughout the course of one season as well as annually;

  • Coordinating the Teacher Advocacy Network (a supportive group of local teachers of vocal music);

  • Supervising contracted artistic staff and production professionals, to include assistant directors, choreographers, accompanists, and technical theatre contractors;

  • Conducting annual auditions in partnership with the Artistic Director and teaching staff;

  • Assisting in the coordination and execution of yearly educational programs, summer programs, community development initiatives, and other special events;

  • Participating in short- and long-term organizational planning;

  • Providing assistance to the Artistic Director on artistic programs and initiatives;

  • Creating and maintaining a meaningful network of professional connections, especially in Northwest Florida and Southwest Alabama;

  • Serving as an advocate for PCC, its students and staff, and all of its activities, offerings, and performances to all members of the Pensacola and broader Florida communities, as well as across the United States and internationally, and;

  • Other reasonable duties as requested by the Artistic & Executive Director.

Qualifications and Capabilities

  • Bachelor’s degree in music-related field required (music education preferred);

  • At least 5 years of experience working directly elementary, middle school, and high school-aged voices in a choral setting;

  • Strong conducting, teaching, and rehearsal planning skills;

  • Strong piano skills, to include sight reading, multi-part playing, knowledge of chord charts, and the ability to play in multiple styles;

  • Knowledge of vocal pedagogy, diverse musical styles, and performance practice;

  • Working knowledge of technical theatre preferred;

  • Experience in managing a variety of projects simultaneously;

  • Ability to think and work creatively both independently and with direction, as well as in collaborative environments;

  • Functional knowledge of Finale or Sibelius (preferred);

  • Experience in composing or arranging for youth voices and/or instrumentalists (preferred);

  • Demonstrated computer literacy;

  • Demonstrated attention to detail, and;

  • Flexibility to work days, nights, and/or weekends in accordance with rehearsal, performance, and other program schedules.

Compensation and Benefits: 
  • $45,000 – $55,000 salary, based on experience;

  • Employer match (up to 3%) on retirement contributions;

  • Compensation for annual professional association dues, and;

  • Annual opportunities for professional development.

Pensacola Children's Chorus
Type of Position: 
Artistic
Application Deadline: 
Friday, May 31, 2019
Application Procedure: 

All applications will be acknowledged by a reply email within a few days of receipt. Videos which showcase teaching and conducting abilities are not required at time of application, but will be requested as a part of the interview process. References will not be contacted without prior permission from the candidate. Any offer of employment is contingent upon completion of a satisfactory background check.

Please email all materials to Alex Gartner, Artistic & Executive Director, at jobs@pensacolachildrenschorus.com, by no later than May 31, 2019.

Interested candidates should prepare the following:

  1. Cover letter that explains why you are interested and qualified;

  2. A résumé which highlights work experience with children and youth and community music;

  3. References with phone number and email address.

All applications will be acknowledged by a reply email within a few days of receipt. Videos which showcase teaching and conducting abilities are not required at time of application, but will be requested as a part of the interview process. References will not be contacted without prior permission from the candidate. Any offer of employment is contingent upon completion of a satisfactory background check.

Please email all materials to Alex Gartner, Artistic & Executive Director, at jobs@pensacolachildrenschorus.com, by no later than May 31, 2019.

 

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