Job Details - Artistic Director and Conductor – Capital City Girls Choir
Artistic Director and Conductor – Capital City Girls Choir
Nov 7, 2018
Meredith College seeks a highly qualified choral conductor to lead the Capital City Girls Choir program. The Artistic Director reports to the Head of the Music Department at Meredith College and collaborates with CCGC’s volunteer Board of Directors as well as CCGC’s Associate Conductor and accompanists. The Artistic Director conducts the Cantabile Singers (a choir of approximately 45 singers in grades 9-12) and the Girls Chorus (a choir of approximately 30 singers in grades 5 and 6).
1. Promote and continue the 30-year tradition of excellence for which CCGC is well known.
2. Demonstrate a commitment to young women and the positive impact choral music has on their lives.
3. Choose music and work closely with Meredith College staff for ordering.
4. Work closely with Meredith College staff and CCGC staff to schedule all events.
5. Teach and conduct weekly rehearsals from September through May on Mondays at Meredith. College for the Girls Chorus (4:30 to 5:50 p.m.) and Cantabile Singers (6 to 8 p.m.)
6. Plan and run annual all-day retreat at the beginning of the season to learn music.
7. Address parents at annual orientation in order to cover procedures and expectations.
8. Conduct concerts – typically, CCGC performances include a fall Cabaret concert and fundraiser (October), a winter concert (December), a service at Duke Chapel (December – Cantabile only), a concert with the Meredith College choirs (February – Cantabile only), a performance prior to a North Carolina Symphony concert (Cantabile only), the annual spring concert (May) as well as one to two additional concerts in the community.
9. Concert preparation – periodically prepare choir(s) for performances with the North Carolina Symphony and other local performing arts organizations.
10. Plan and staff annual concert tours (regional, national and international) for Cantabile Singers.
11. Ensure students follow procedures; approve all absences, communicate with parents and singers as applicable.
12. Attend monthly CCGC Board meetings.
13. Work closely with the Board of Directors, which is made up of parent volunteers, on all facets of the organization including planning, setting policies, budgeting, fundraising, recruitment, marketing and programming.
14. Serve as primary liaison for CCGC program to the Head of the Music Department at Meredith College. Meets periodically with the Head of the Music Department to plan and budget for subsequent seasons and keep Head of Music Department apprised of activities.
15. Work closely with and direct CCGC administrative assistant on all facets of the organization.
16. Conduct auditions on a semi-annual basis.
17. Supervise collaborative piano accompanists.
18. Mentor Meredith College music education majors as needed. Many Meredith College music education majors have greatly enhanced their training by service as student assistants and conductors for CCGC. The CCGC Artistic Director’s assistance in this process is invaluable.
19. Ensure CCGC remains a vital and leading component of the Meredith College Community School of Music. Collaborate with Meredith College faculty and students as applicable and ensure CCGC remains woven into the fabric of the Meredith College Department of Music as well as the community.
1. Minimum of seven years of music teaching experience with children and young adults, excellent command of vocal/choral performance methods and techniques, including those that specifically address the young singer and the changing voice.
2. Must be detail oriented, with excellent rehearsal time-management skills as well as strong verbal communication, organization and logistical planning skills.
3. Ability to inspire elementary through high school singers through singing and the choral art.
4. Choral conducting experience is required. Candidates should have extensive knowledge of the choral repertoire in classical music ranging from early music, baroque and classical eras, as well as experience in world music, folk, and contemporary music – all suited for the applicable age group and level of musicianship.
5. Undergraduate degree required, master’s degree preferred. Extensive training in choral conducting and choral methods.
6. Keyboard skills are helpful but not required (piano accompanists are provided).
1. In addition to completing the online application, candidates must submit a cover letter, current resume and three references.
2. Supplementary materials, such as recent choral concert programs conducted by the candidate; a DVD/CD/online video of a performance are optional. (Materials may be mailed to: Meredith College Music Department. 3800 Hillsborough Street, Wainwright 104; Raleigh, NC 27607. Attn: Jean Wozencraft-Ornellas)
3. Credentials and supplementary materials will not be returned to candidates.
About Capital City Girls Choir:
Now celebrating its 30th anniversary, Capital City Girls Choir (CCGC) at Meredith College is recognized as one of the premier girls’ choir programs in the United States. Founded by Dr. Fran Page, CCGC is a vocal and music training program for girls from Raleigh, North Carolina and the surrounding communities. CCGC is associated with the community outreach program of the Department of Music at Meredith College. The three choirs of CCGC (Chorus, Chorale, and Cantabile Singers) are open to singers from ages nine through eighteen. Capital City Girls Choir has performed in England, Wales, France, Austria, British Columbia, at the White House and the Washington National Cathedral, and performs often with the North Carolina Symphony. This past summer, Cantabile Singers launched CCGC’s 30th anniversary season with a concert tour in the United Kingdom - performing in England and Wales including performances at the acclaimed Llangollen International Music Festival in Llangollen, Wales. During the Festival, Cantabile performed Grammy Award winning composer Christopher Tin’s Calling All Dawns with the Welsh National Opera Orchestra, international soloists, and four other choirs representing Wales, China, South Africa and the United States. The performance was conducted by Christopher Tin for an enthusiastic audience of 3,500 patrons and was aired throughout Wales on BBC Television. This upcoming summer, the Chorale, under the leadership of CCGC Associate Conductor Amy Brock Davis, will attend the Appalachian Children’s Festival of Young Voices in Charleston, WV. CCGC’s 2018-19 season will include performances of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana with the North Carolina Symphony and the North Carolina Master Chorale.