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Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA


POSITION: Senior appointment in Choral Music; significant part-time position

TITLE/SALARY: Artistic director and principal conductor; Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience

RESPONSIBILITIES: Provide vision and artistic leadership for one of America’s most distinguished, innovative, and visible volunteer choruses with a professional core. Conduct the historic and storied approximately 140-voice auditioned chorus in concerts at major venues in and around Philadelphia, with potential for occasional tours to other areas. Conduct major choral/orchestral performances in professional venues. Prepare the chorus as chorus master for concerts and/or recordings with symphony or chamber orchestras as required by repertoire and commitments. Serve as ex-officio member of the Board of Directors with regular reporting responsibilities. Engage in artistic, fiscal, audience, and donor development as a member of the leadership team comprised of the Executive Director, Board Chair, Chorus President, and Artistic Director. Actively engage in preparation of significant choral repertoire and commissioning of new works consistent with the Chorus’s long-range plan, established reputation, and core values. Work collaboratively with other performing arts disciplines to assure programming variety and vitality. Maintain the Chorus’s connections, presence, and visibility with the major national choral organizations (e.g., Chorus America, ACDA, etc.). Mentor choral conducting interns. Conduct periodic reassessments and auditions for selection/retention of volunteer singers and those in the professional core.

QUALIFICATIONS: Outstanding artistic accomplishments as a choral conductor. Professional-level instrumental conducting ability and experience. Ability to inspire gifted, committed, diverse singers of varying ages and experience in a professionally-oriented environment. Advanced academic preparation in music and/or equivalent professional experience with established reputation as performer and organizational leader required. Experience in commissioning and performing new works preferred.


Located in this historic, culturally rich and diverse city, Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia is one of the oldest choruses in the US.  Founded in 1874 by William Wallace Gilchrist as an eight-voice male chorus, Mendelssohn Club is considered one of Philadelphia's premier choruses and is noted for presenting the beloved masterworks along with numerous groundbreaking works, from the first US performance of Mahler's Eighth Symphony in 1912 to the highly-acclaimed Anthracite Fields with the Bang-on-a-Can All-Stars, commissioned from Julia Wolfe and performed in 2014.

Approximately 140 singers, mostly volunteer, rehearse weekly and present about six major performances per year. We often join The Philadelphia Orchestra for specific events at Christmas and at the Orchestra’s summer residence in Saratoga, NY. We are committed to advancing the choral art form by expanding our reach beyond the choral community to interdisciplinary presentations and frequent collaborations with dance companies, silent film festivals, and community events.  During the 26-year tenure of Artistic Director Alan Harler, only the 12th conductor in the ensemble’s rich history, the Mendelssohn Club has commissioned over 55 new compositions.

To Apply

INSTRUCTIONS: Send a letter of application and curriculum vita. Review begins June 1, 2014, and continues until the Artistic Director/Conductor has been selected. PLEASE DO NOT SEND RECORDINGS, PUBLICATIONS, DVDs, etc. UNTIL REQUESTED.  NO PHONE CALLS.  NO MATERIALS FROM AGENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED.


Dr. Jeffrey Cornelius, Chair
Artistic Director/Conductor Search Committee
Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia


Deadline: 07/01/2014