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Artistic Director & Conductor

Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Children’s Festival Chorus seeks an experienced, creative, and enthusiastic Artistic Director/Conductor to lead the choral education and performance programming for its three-tiered 130-voice children’s choral program.  
Background:  Children’s Festival Chorus (CFC) was established in 1983 and has trained more than 2,000 young voices during its 30-year history with a strong emphasis on the Kodaly method of instruction.  Through professional-level choral instruction and performance, CFC provides opportunities for a diverse group of children to realize their innate artistic potential and share experiences that enrich their lives while benefiting their families and communities.  CFC is an ensemble-in-residence at Duquesne University and serves as a “living classroom” for teachers-in-training.
Responsibilities:  The Artistic Director is responsible for conceiving, developing, and implementing the artistic vision and focus of the Children’s Festival Chorus (CFC).  The Artistic Director will:
  • Lead CFC from a position as the premier regional children’s chorus to one of national recognition
  • Conduct weekly rehearsals of the Bel Canto Choir – CFC’s most advanced ensemble – preparing them for two self-produced annual concerts
  • Select repertoire for the concert season and plan annual summer camp program
  • Prepare the chorus for collaborative performances with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Pittsburgh Opera and other major arts organizations as per contracted events
  • Conduct annual assessments for current choristers and participate in auditions for new choristers.
  • Work with the Executive Director to implement the strategic goals of CFC which are: to expand CFC choral programs to reach a broader and more diverse segment of Pittsburgh, to strive for artistic excellence, to achieve financial stability, and to create a long-term impact through education, performance, and diverse audience engagement.
  • Work with the artistic staff to develop a plan for the recruitment of new members
  • Serve as an ex-officio member of the board of directors with regular reporting responsibilities.
  • Serve as a mentor to choral-conducting students at Duquesne University, working closely with the music education department
  • Serve as a prominent, public face for the organization.
  • Minimum Master’s Degree in Music, Music Education, or Choral Conducting with an emphasis on children’s music
  • Advanced conducting ability with a proven record in delivering high quality children’s choral education
  • Kodaly training/certification is preferred
  • Thorough understanding of appropriate vocal development in children’s voices
  • The ability to inspire and lead children
  • Experienced in mentoring pre-service teachers
  • Ability to begin no later than June 1, 2015. 
Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.   This search will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.  Applicants are encouraged to submit cover letter and resume via email in PDF format to:
Edwina French, Executive Director
Please place “Artistic Director Search” in the subject line of your email.  All applications will be acknowledged.  Please do not send videos and other materials until requested.