Naples Philharmonic Chorus Director

Naples Philharmonic Chorus Director

Department: Artistic Operations
Job Status: Part-Time
Status: Accepting Applications
Details: Responsible for the supervision and preparation of the Naples Philharmonic Chorus for all concerts.
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Job Description

The 100-voice Naples Philharmonic Chorus participates in both pops and classical concerts each season with the Naples Philharmonic orchestra, including the orchestra’s popular Holiday Pops and Patriotic Pops programs.

Founded in 1991, this volunteer group is made up of singers of all ages and backgrounds. Each chorus member devotes an average of 200 volunteer hours to rehearsals and concert performances between September and May.Auditions/Interviews will occur during the 20-21 season with the winning candidate starting in Fall, 2021. 
Interim director(s) will be named for the 20-21 season. 
Position SummaryResponsible for the supervision and preparation of the Naples Philharmonic Chorus for all concerts.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)
• Recruit, audition, and prepare ensembles of singers committed to a high standard of excellence.
• Musically prepare the Naples Philharmonic Chorus to suit performance requirements.
• Conduct and direct all Naples Philharmonic rehearsals to achieve desired effects such as tonal and harmonic balance, dynamics, rhythm, tempo and diction, utilizing knowledge and ability of choral conducting techniques as well as vocal pedagogy and healthy singing techniques.
• As needed conduct Naples Philharmonic Chorus performances.
• Advise and collaborate with the Chorus Accompanist and any volunteers.
• Keep informed of trends and general activities of other choruses through relevant organizations and publications.
• Advise the Executive Vice President, Artistic Operations on chorus programming and repertoire selections.
• Collaborate with the Director of Education and Community Partnerships for administrative details such as season schedule of rehearsals and events at Artis—Naples and in the community.
• Collaborate with the Artistic Operations team for technical preparation for concerts and events.
• Collaborate with additional Artis—Naples team members for additional events when the chorus (or portion of the chorus) will perform.
• Observe safety requirements. Report safety issues and items requiring work orders to Supervisor or Security.
• Work effectively with all Artis—Naples team members.

Education, Experience, Competencies and Core Values 

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience
• Master’s degree in Music or related field, preferably with an emphasis in choral conducting or equivalent conducting experience.
• Three-five years’ experience conducting or working with a community-based adult chorus and with singers of various musical skills and experience.
• Knowledge of classical and popular orchestral repertoire at the student and professional levels. (For example: transcriptions and arrangements as well as original scores.)
• Knowledge of general teaching /educational skills. 

Other Skills and Abilities
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Highly organized
• Effectively interact with staff, students, parents and patrons

To perform the job successfully, an individual should possess and demonstrate the following competencies: 

Analytical: Analyzes and interprets data and prepares accurate and insightful reports, statements and projections. 

Problem Solving: Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in-group problem solving situations; uses reason even when dealing with sensitive topics. 

Technical Skills: Has working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite. 

Oral Communication: Speaks clearly, confidently and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification; participates constructively and thoughtfully in meetings. Maintains poise under pressure.

Written Communication: Writes clearly and persuasively; presents information effectively.

Teamwork: Contributes to building a positive team spirit; puts success of team above own interests; builds morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; supports other’s efforts to succeed; fosters a cooperative work environment. 

Quality Management: Improves and promotes quality; demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness. Demonstrates attention to detail, ability to multi-task, and commitment to achieve deadlines.

Cost Consciousness: Works within approved budgets; develops and implements cost saving measures; contributes to positive revenue generation; conserves organizational resources.

Diversity: Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; educates others on the value of diversity; promotes a harassment-free environment; builds a diverse workforce. 

Ethics: Treats people with respect; keeps commitments; inspires the trust of others; works ethically and with integrity; upholds organizational values. 

Organizational Core Values

Collaborative: Work internally and externally to accomplish something together that we may not be able to accomplish separately to realize shared goals.

Transparency: Behave and communicate in a manner that exudes openness and honesty.

Excellence: A standard of performance that surpasses ordinary standards.

Accountability: The acceptance and assumption of responsibility for actions, decisions and results.

Patron-first: Place the patron at the center of our efforts.

Integrity: A commitment to the highest standards, values and principles through every action and decision.

Physical Demands
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to sit and use hands to finger, handle, or feel. 
• The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. 
• The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk.
• The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
• Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and color vision.

Work Environment
The work environment is consistent with general office conditions, with moderate noise.

The above noted position description is not intended to describe, in detail, the multitude of tasks that may be assigned but rather to give the employee a general sense of the responsibilities and expectations of the position. As the nature of business demands change so, too, may the essential functions of this position. 

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