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Orchard Park Chorale, located in Orchard Park NY,  is looking for an energetic and motivated individual to assume the position of Artistic Director. The successful candidate will use their dynamic personality and knowledge and experience in choral conducting, ensemble management, recruitment, and audience engagement to produce exceptional concerts and grow a thriving chorus. We presently hover around 40 non-auditioned members. We hold two main concerts in addition to runout concerts in our community: “Christmas with Orchard Park Chorale” in December with hired orchestral players, and a spring concert in May with or without accompaniment.   


About Orchard Park Chorale:

Founded in 1975, the Orchard Park Chorale is an eclectic community chorus that summons experienced and motivated singers alike, whose shared goal is to make music at the highest level. We are an inclusive community that envisions a world united by the music we create together. We aim to remain a beacon of civic pride and opportunity for all who believe in the transformative power of music.  Our fast-paced rehearsals and inspiring performances serve as the vehicle by which we become better musicians, singers, and people—endlessly learning and growing as a community. We are firmly committed to upholding the highest artistic integrity through our performances, artistic and administrative personnel, valued members, and collaborative relationships with other arts organizations.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct OPC’s weekly rehearsals held on Monday nights from 7:00 to 9:00 pm

  • Program and conduct two annual concerts each season in December and May

  • Develop and design attractive concert programming to engage large audiences, including theme development, visual elements, and integration of guest artists.

  • Select and hire all soloists, section leaders, and instrumentalists

  • Attend board meetings and provide monthly updates and reports

  • Provide pre-concert and/or in-concert commentary and audience engagement

  • Assist the Board of Directors with fundraising efforts and marketing initiatives

  • Assist and advise in matters regarding venue selection, budget, concert dates, and times

  • Implement strategies to recruit and retain singers

  • Network with other arts organizations, directors, and community groups for outreach and promotion

  • Work with a graphic designer to create seasonal marketing and concert programs/flyers

  • Communicate regularly with the chorus via email about upcoming events, rehearsals, announcements, etc.

  • Communicate regularly with the Board of Directors, President, Accompanist, and Section Leaders.


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in music with piano proficiency and conducting or teaching experience

  • Exceptional musicianship and conducting skills

  • Knowledge of healthy singing and vocal pedagogy

  • Knowledge and command of a broad range of choral repertoire

  • Knowledge and experience working with orchestras or instrumental ensembles

  • Ability to design concert programming that is attractive to both singers and audience members

  • Interest in community and youth outreach

  • Successful experience working with volunteer and professional musicians

  • Dynamic, energetic, and engaging personality with strong interpersonal, leadership, organization, and communication skills


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Masters and/or Doctoral degrees in Choral Conducting or Vocal Performance

  • Experience managing or directing successful community choruses

  • Non-profit experience in any capacity

  • Other skills or experience in website design, marketing, graphic design, etc.


Application Procedure:

  • Please email a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to by May 7, 2023.

  • Cover letter- Provide a statement of interest summarizing:

    • What do you feel are your strengths as a conductor and artistic leader

    • Your vision for the Orchard Park Chorale going forward

    • The professional experience-choral groups you have conducted, sample programs of recent concerts you conducted,

Materials of your choosing that support your application

  • Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

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