The Chester River Chorale
Our mission is to provide opportunity, education, and inspiration for amateur singers to strive for artistic excellence. We entertain diverse audiences and enrich the cultural life of the community.
The Chester River Chorale is a vibrant all-volunteer, 95-voice community chorus in its 21st season of performing a wide variety of choral music in the Kent County community. Under the leadership of inspiring choral director and experienced professional singer Douglas D. Cox, the Chorale presents several concerts each holiday season and spring.
As a non-auditioned community choir, our members range from those with graduate-level music degrees and professional music experience to singers who do not read music. Members range in age from teenagers to octogenarians and come together through a love of singing, learning new music, and expanding their musical skills. If you love to sing, join us!
The Chorale's repertoire features classical masterworks and other sacred and contemporary music, including Broadway show tunes, spirituals, folk, pop and contemporary classical. The annual concert schedule includes A Chester River Holiday, a spring concert, and Independence Forever! to kick off the annual Chestertown Tea Party Festival. The Chorale has also performed with the National Music Festival Symphony Orchestra for six seasons.
The Chorale is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.
Artistic Director Search
We are sad to announce the departure of our Artistic Director, Douglas D. Cox, after the 2019-2020 season. We are seeking a dynamic new Artistic Director.
Artistic Director Job Posting, Chester River Chorale
The Chester River Chorale is a non-auditioned community chorus located in Chestertown, MD. Approximately 90 singers of all ages come together for weekly rehearsals and perform at the holidays and in the spring. Our mission is to provide opportunity, education, and inspiration for amateur singers to strive for artistic excellence. We entertain diverse audiences and enrich the cultural life of our community.
Though we are non-auditioned, our organizational culture takes learning seriously. Most members attend regular sectionals, led by the Assistant Director and volunteers from within the Chorale; we also provide learning materials to assist members with at-home practice. Singers range in age from 18 to 90+, and musical skill and experience varies widely. We have members with degrees and professional experience in music, and others who do not read music.
In addition to the full Chorale, there is an auditioned component, the Chester Chamber Singers, which is an ensemble of approximately 25 voices that learns and performs more challenging repertoire. The Chester Chamber Singers occasionally do additional performances in the community.
The CRC rehearses on Monday evenings in Chestertown, from September through at least mid-April, with a break over the holidays. Concerts typically take place in early to mid December and mid to late April. There may be additional performances scheduled, and in some years the season may be extended by a collaboration with the National Music Festival in June. This is an independent contractor position; no benefits are offered.
Learn more about the CRC at chesterriverchorale.org.
The Artistic Director has sole responsibility for programming all concerts, within budget parameters. We are seeking an Artistic Director with experience in building varied programs. Other duties include:
- Conduct all concerts of the CRC, and all rehearsals except as arranged with the Assistant Director. There are two or three major annual concerts: one in December and one or two in the spring. Additional concerts may be scheduled, such as participation in the National Music Festival in early June. Rehearsals are held from September through at least late April (as late as the beginning of June if needed) in Chestertown, Maryland.
- Engage soloists and instrumentalists, audio and recording engineers, and others as needed.
- Hold auditions for the Chester Chamber Singers and for solo opportunities as needed.
- Supervise the assistant director, accompanist, and any other artistic staff.
- Attend Board meetings and work with the Board for the success of the organization. The Artistic Director is an ex officio Board member, with voting rights.
- Communicate regularly with the Board and Executive Committee about all CRC business.
- Do media interviews and provide quotes as requested.
- Review concert recordings and provide feedback to engineers for recording edits.
- Communicate weekly rehearsal plans and other important information, by email, with CRC membership. Email is the primary mode of communication with the Board, section leaders, and membership.
- In consultation with the Board, select dates and venues for concerts and rehearsals.
- Be aware of and understand the information in the singer packets, Operations Manual, and CRC bylaws.
- Singers must be able to perform in a manner that does not diminish the quality of Chorale performances or the experience of other Chorale members. In the event of a performance issue, the Artistic Director and the Board of Directors are responsible for making a determination regarding Chorale participation. To assist with singers’ learning, sectional rehearsals and website resources are available to Chorale members.
- Minimum of a Bachelors degree in Music (Masters degree preferred).
- Minimum of three years of experience working with amateur singers/musicians.
- Ability to effectively communicate with and inspire amateur singers of all ages.
- Ability to travel to Chestertown (if not a local resident) for weekly rehearsals, concerts, and at other times as required.
- Well-grounded in vocal pedagogy with the ability to effectively teach vocal technique.
- Proficiency in arranging music is preferred but not required.
How to Apply
Applications must be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than February 15, 2020. Please include a cover letter, resume, three references, a list of repertoire conducted in the last three years (please include the name of the arranger, if applicable) and video recording(s) of recent performances, if available (links to a personal website, YouTube, or other online repository are acceptable). All materials must be submitted electronically.