Work Place:  Kantorei
Location:   Twin Cities, MN
Post Date:  04/20/2021
Deadline:  05/31/2021

Artistic Director

POSITION FUNCTION

  • Directs Kantorei to achieve the choir’s artistic mission to share our passion for lifelong singing and allow our voices to express the essence of music
  • Assures that Kantorei remains artistically elite and vocally sound while restructuring the business model to sustain long-term viability
  • Plans and conducts rehearsals to assure the singers’ readiness for concerts, such as:
    • Kantorei’s own concert season (traditionally running from September to May with 3 different programs and 6-8 performances)
    • Collaborative events with other professional choirs or orchestras
    • Any other opportunities to share music and educate others
  • Continually improves the vocal and artistic/expressive level of singers
  • Enables singers to achieve their vocal, musical, expressive potential by creating non-threatening environments that allows singers to thrive as individuals

RESPONSIBILITIES: Administrative

  • Member of Artistic Committee (to be created)
  • Member (ex officio, non-voting) of Kantorei Board
  • Together with the Executive Director, drives the overall marketing strategy to create a sustainable business model, including leveraging of social media channels to create a vibrant virtual audience that complements live, in-person performances
  • Conducts interviews to represent Kantorei in print, radio, TV and internet social media
  • Represents Kantorei at fundraising events and visits with donors and prospects

RESPONSIBILITIES: Artistic

  • With input from section leaders and artistic committee:
    • Develops programmatic themes and ideas for the season
    • Suggests/selects repertoire appropriate for each concert program (e.g., Advent, benefit gala, ensemble, and springtime concerts at a minimum) from the Kantorei library and other sources
  • In cooperation, and support from, section leaders, develops and enforces artistic policies and procedures:
    • Rehearsal preparation procedures
      • Sectionals when necessary
      • Practice aids for singers
      • Weekly rehearsal structure/sequence and prep expectations to singers
    • Attendance policies
    • Auditions
      • Re-audition or listening sessions for returning singers, as needed
      • Auditions for new singers to field a balanced 32-40 singer ensemble
  • Directs weekly rehearsals as scheduled
  • Assists in selecting new performance venues and verifies their suitability
  • Serves as chief artistic liaison to:
    • Other choral ensembles for collaborations
    • Instrumentalists as needed for concert accompaniment
    • Schools for educational outreach programs
  • Conducts Kantorei concerts
  • Conducts Kantorei when collaborating with guest ensembles as required
  • Appoints Section Leaders
  • Suggests timing and submits budget to Board to produce recordings for re-sale

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experienced as both an a cappella choral conductor and voice teacher, with a strong understanding of, and appreciation for, Kantorei’s vocal philosophy, including Alexander Technique, “bodymind” and voice relationships
  • Holds an advanced degree or equivalent experience in choral conducting, with DMA preferred
  • Has experience engaging and conducting instrumental ensembles
  • Demonstrates excellent musical and intonation skills
  • Demonstrates excellent leadership and communication skills
  • Proficient keyboard skills
  • Possesses strong connections within the Minnesota choral and arts communities, and exhibits strong relationship-building skills
  • Familiarity with marketing and promotion through social media channels
  • Ideally has access to an extensive choral library suitable for use by Kantorei

TERM OF OFFICE

  • Two-year contract beginning in September and ending after the August of the second year, with subsequent multi-year extensions at the discretion of the Board
  • Reports to the Board
  • Assists in recruiting a talented successor

BENEFITS

  • Base and Performance-driven Compensation Plan:
    1. Stipend funded by concert revenue and donations (paid out in December & May)
    2. Bonus if concert revenue exceeds costs for the year (paid out in August)
    3. Percentage of revenue from sales of new recordings once production costs covered
  • Opportunity to lead one of Minnesota’s premier choral ensembles to prominence, while creating exceptional art for the community
  • Springboard to expand connections within the Minnesota arts community

APPLICATION

Submit your CV along with a summary of your unique qualifications and links to videos of rehearsals and performances to info@kantorei.net by May 31, 2021.

Website:  https://www.kantorei.net

Contact Person:  Michael Karaman

Contact Phone:  (208) 819-7551

Send Resume To:  info@kantorei.net