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The Glen Ellyn Wheaton Chorale is an audition-based community chorale of over 50 members. We are currently seeking an Ensemble Director/Pianist.
GEWC performs a wide range of music including modern, pop, jazz, Broadway, and classical. The Ensemble of the Glen Ellyn Wheaton Chorale is a group of twelve to sixteen auditioned chorale members who meet weekly. This group performs at the main chorale concerts (December and May) as well as six to eight ensemble-only outreach performances during each season (September through May). The ensemble performs a program of lighter music with selections chosen by the Ensemble Director (ED).
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Coordinates with the Music Director music selections for the ensemble to ensure a cohesive concert.
Ensemble Director directs and accompanies the ensemble rehearsals and performances. Manages weekly ensemble rehearsals, ensuring a high level of singer engagement and education throughout the rehearsal process. In the event of an absence from a rehearsal, secures a substitute.
Conducts auditions for ensemble members and soloists.
Works with the Music Librarian for pulling of music. Works with Booking Chair to confirm outreach performance dates/times.
May be asked to participate and assist in the development and implementation of future touring initiatives, in collaboration with the Tour Committee and Board, including but not limited to regional/international collaborations with other choruses.
Is responsible for public appearances on behalf of GEWC, including but not limited to GEWC-sponsored fundraising events, other events in the arts communities, media interviews, singer recruitment events, and donor cultivation opportunities with individuals, corporations, foundations, or government agencies.
Builds and maintains relationships with other local and national arts organizations and attends continuing education courses to stay current on changes in the music community.
Develops music budgets and musician budgets for the year.
In collaboration with the Music Director, secures special musicians as needed within budget constraints.
Develops strategy for singer retention and recruitment in collaboration with the Music Director.
Follows policies and procedures set forth by the hosting site (College Church, the rehearsal and performance site, not affiliated with the church) and corporate bylaws.
As the Ensemble Director, attends and participates in all Board meetings, and attends other meetings as deemed necessary.
Provides a self-evaluation of the performance year and participates in an annual performance evaluation.
To perform effectively in this position, the individual should demonstrate the following competencies which represent effective administration of the Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Chorale (GEWC) and its programs, fulfilling GEWC’s mission.
Education, Training, and/or Experience:
A successful candidate should demonstrate musical ability including keyboard/piano and vocal. Can demonstrate leadership, coordination, and oversight of small groups; good communication skills, ability to foster and inspire teamwork. Bachelor’s degree in music or equivalent training and experience.
The GEWC organization operates on a fiscal year ending July 31. GEWC produces four major concerts, typically two in December (usually the first Friday and Saturday), and two in May (Mothers’ Day week-end). The ensemble has six to eight ensemble-only outreach performances during the year. GEWC also attends fundraising events, and attends community venues, festivals, and other community events. The ensemble holds rehearsal every Tuesday evening (6:30-7:30 p.m.) during the season, as well as additional rehearsals prior to concerts if needed.
He/She holds member auditions once a year or as needed. Working hours are flexible as activities demand (e.g., more during the lead up to concerts and events, fewer in weeks/months between concert cycles). The Board meets one evening each month. He/She must be willing and able to travel to attend occasional conferences, training, and other events as required to fulfill the responsibilities of the position. He/She must be willing and able to travel both regionally and internationally for concert performances.
While performing these duties, the ED is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, speak, and hear. The position requires occasional computer use; the individual must have sufficient hand dexterity to use a computer keyboard and be able to read a computer screen. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable otherwise qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Compensation and Benefits:
Compensation is commensurate with experience ($2500-$3000); this is a non-benefits-eligible position.
Feel free to review the GEWC website (gewchorale.org) to obtain more information about our organization. The individual being sought must possess:
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