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Taos Community Chorus Seeks Guest Conductors

Location: Taos, New Mexico, USA
TCC Request For Proposals
The Taos Community Chorus-bringing people together through choral music.
The Taos Community Chorus invites you to submit proposals for conducting the Fall 2014, Messiah Sing-Along and/or Spring 2015 Concerts.  Proposals must be received by the Board of Directors and must include a letter of intent, resume and references.  In your letter please provide us with a summary of why you are interested in conducting the Taos Community Chorus, what kind of repertoire you would like to present for the Fall 2014 and/or the Spring 2015 concerts, as well as acquainting us with your personal philosophy for choral conducting.  Proposals may be for all three concerts or any combination.  Please indicate if you are willing to do portions of the season or all three concerts.
In recent seasons the Taos Community Chorus has presented four performances over  the first two weekends of  December (6th, 7th, 13th & 14th for 2014 at 3pm) and in early May, ranging from one to two hours in length.   The concerts presented in early December provide the community with a choral kick-off to the Holiday Season, which has become an important part of the identity of the Chorus.  The music for the early December concerts need not be strictly religious or secular in nature, but we encourage proposals to represent some relationship to cultural traditions practiced during this time of year.  About half of the music in our library is Christmas music.  The Chorus enjoys singing a variety of genres and composers, but would also like the opportunity to perform a major work during either the fall or the spring.  The concerts presented in early May often include a performance on Mother’s Day, but the intent of the early May dates reflects a practical need to precede graduation ceremonies and other end of the school year activities.  The fall and spring concerts must use a variety of performance spaces in the surrounding area as these venues compliment the desire to serve outlying communities and give the choir exposure to performing in different acoustical spaces.  An electronic piano with amplifier is required for several of our regular venues, which do not have pianos. 
Due to popular demand the Chorus has resurrected the tradition of presenting a community Messiah Sing-Along in late December.  Preparation for this includes rehearsing soloists and rehearsal of instrumentalists.  In 2013 we presented Messiah Sing-Along at First Presbyterian Church of Taos, but due to excellent attendance hope to be able to book St. James Episcopal Church for Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 3pm.
Section leaders volunteer their services for each program.  We currently have a collaborative pianist, Claire Detels, who has experience working with the chorus. Additional instrumental accompaniment and soloists are generally hired from within the surrounding community by the conductor.  When required, vocal soloists are drafted or auditioned from within the chorus or hired from the surrounding community.  We very much enjoyed having a small ensemble perform in our Spring 2014 program and would like to continue the practice of adding variety to the program with smaller groups of singers.  Conductors may be allocated some discretionary funds to enhance the program.  We strongly encourage equitability and transparency in an effort to avoid conflicts of interest with the dispensation of discretionary funds. 
Please note the following proposed schedule for the 2014-2015 Season:
            Monday, September 15, 2014 Rehearsals for fall program begin (1st Pres)
Saturday, December 6th & 13th & Sunday, December 7th & 14th Holiday/Seasonal Concert (Arroyo Seco, First Presbyterian, St. Francis de Asis or Our Lady, St. James)
Sunday, December 21, 2014 Messiah Sing-Along (St. James)
Monday, February 9, 2015 Rehearsals for spring program begin
Saturday, May 2nd & 9th & Sunday, May 3rd & 10thd Spring Concert (Dixon, First Pres, Angel Fire or St. Francis, St. James)
Personal Qualifications: Superior musicianship, Skill in group management, Decisive and expressive baton technique, Specialized skill on one instrument or voice, Superior diplomacy.  Commitment to learning, playing and teaching music, Well-organized.  
Knowledge and Skills Required: Performance, Conducting and voice pedagogy, Sight-reading and open score reading, Understanding of qualities and limitations of instruments and voices, History of music, Knowledge of languages. 
Recommended Pre-College Training: Completion of high school, Ability to read music, Foreign language study, Some performance skill on one instrument or voice, Experience in performing groups.  
Minimum College Training Required: College degree in music not always required but equivalent training is necessary, Choral and instrumental techniques helpful.    
Chorus Goals to Support:
“Getting to know you” exercises incorporated into the first few rehearsals.
Support of “community building” time each rehearsal in the form of tea break, announcements or music history presentations.
Time spent on basic music education during rehearsals within the context of learning the music chosen for the program.
Continued recruitment of youth and under-represented populations to sing in the chorus.
Email Proposals to:   
Proposals may be mailed to:
Taos Community Chorus
P.O. Box 2422
Taos, NM 87571
Proposals may be hand delivered to the following Board Members:
Elizabeth Calvert, President (her workplace is – Taos Academy Charter School 110 Paseo del Canon West 575-751-3109)