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Artistic Director

Accepting Applications through July 12, 2019

Founded in 1972, the Indianapolis Arts Chorale uplifts the human spirit for multiple generations of singers and audiences by building deep emotional connections through the art of choral singing.   The Indianapolis Arts Chorale is a not-for-profit community of auditioned voices with a commitment to excellence and a passion for choral music and its future. These are its hallmarks and have been for nearly half a century.

The Indianapolis Arts Chorale is a community of voices who engage our audiences through the art of choral singing.  The primary purpose of the IAC is musical excellence in performance for the education, enjoyment, and cultural enrichment of our audiences and ourselves.  The IAC also seeks to provide social and fellowship experiences to deepen and enrich our lives. Further, we identify as an organization of individuals, who are making a positive contribution to the entire community, without regard for race, creed, color, gender, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, physical, or mental ability.

The IAC has earned the praise of many for the quality and variety of its programming and seeks to enrich its programming by performing extensive and varied vocal choral music with renowned composers and soloists.  Each season can be vastly different from the last. Some years there are particular themes that connect each of the concerts within the season, while at other times themes work well for single concerts. We have been known to program music from a wide variety of sources, including classical masterworks, Broadway show tunes, contemporary choral works, multicultural choral selections, and everything in between.

A part-time position, the Artistic Director is the musical leader of the IAC and shall be responsible for the direction and artistic development of the IAC.  The Artistic Director is responsible for the planning of each concert season with the help of the Artistic Committee, as well as, conducting, inspiring, and involving singers.  The ability of the Artistic Director to work closely with the Board of Directors, develop collaborative relationships with other arts organizations and individuals, and participate in promotional and audience development activities is also required.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  1. Artistic and Performance Functions
    1. Plan, submit to the Board, and execute a season with a minimum of 5 artistic programs that support the IAC mission in all aspects (a minimum of 3 of those programs being IAC-sponsored events)
    2. Design each performance beyond the selection of quality repertoire, including:
      1. Unifying theme;
      2. Enhancement of theme through collaboration with guest artists, ensembles, soloists, instrumentalists, dancers, and/or visual elements;
      3. Enhancement of theme through collaboration with other organizations, such as schools and other not-for-profits, that provide a big-picture sense of outreach or cause consistent with the IAC mission.
    3. Oversee the technical and production elements of performances, including sets, costumes, attire, and venue selection and scheduling.
    4. Conduct all IAC-sponsored performances (or designate and compensate a guest conductor).
    5. Audition prospective new singers to build artistic quality.
    6. Audition, select, coach, and prepare singers to ensure that the quality of the ensemble and any solos or small ensembles are consistent with IAC’s high artistic standards.
    7. Select and utilize section leaders as a way to maximize communication with and input from singers.
    8. Advise in the hiring of any accompanists or Assistant Conductors as needed.
    9. Prepare and conduct weekly rehearsals and additional (dress) rehearsals or retreats as needed.
    10. Prepare program notes and present additional educational components orally during performances in an entertaining style.
    11. Lead the singers in a way that fosters and results in a high degree of trust, accountability, and commitment.
    12. Utilize the Artistic Committee, the Board, and singers as partners to accomplish the goals listed above, effectively delegating appropriate tasks to each.
  2. Administrative Functions
    1. Submit a report for monthly Board meetings and attend Board meetings if possible.
    2. Operate in tandem with the Board President in being the face of the IAC.
    3. Partner with, effectively delegate to, and rely on the Artistic Committee and all other relative Board Committees.
    4. Assist the Vice President of Marketing by promoting and representing the IAC at various community arts-related events, including conducting radio and TV interviews as necessary, and by submitting concert synopsis and scope, written concert order, program notes, applicable text and translations, names of soloists, performing singer roster, etc. at least 8 weeks prior to a concert date.
    5. Assist the Vice President of Fund Development by submitting season synopsis and scope by February 1st prior to the season debut for grant writing purposes, by being available to grant writers for clarification and additional information required for grant writing in the Spring, by participating in donor, sponsor, corporate, and other public relations as necessary, and by creating seasons rich in collaborative opportunities that have the potential to aid in the securing of funding.
    6. Assist the Vice President of Membership by communicating effectively with singers both rehearsal/concert details and the season/concert’s vision within the scope of the IAC mission, by holding singers accountable for maintaining the IAC’s high artistic standards, by recruiting and retaining new singers, and by helping to organize the annual IAC Retreat.
    7. Although work hours will vary, on average it is anticipated that the Artistic Director will work an average of 5-10 hours per week, with weeks approaching performance averaging 10-15 hours per week.

Qualifications

  • Philosophical belief in Indianapolis Arts Chorale’s mission.
  • Willingness and ability to plan creative and engaging choral experiences that capitalize in collaborations, outreach, and education opportunities.
  • Leadership skills, particularly in the areas of planning, organizing, managing, and delegating.
  • High level of experience in choral conducting.
  • Expertise in choral repertoire, vocal technique, languages, and choral diction.
  • Experience in orchestral conducting.
  • Preference for deep connections to the Indianapolis-area arts community.
  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Music, graduate degree preferred.
  • Salary commensurate with experience.

To Apply, please send the following:  

  • A letter of introduction
  • Resume
  • Sample of programming for previously conducted concerts
  • Sample(s) of recording(s) of previously conducted concerts (video preferred)
  • Other materials that may support your application

Top candidates, identified following introductory interviews, will be asked to participate in a multi-faceted audition process that will culminate in being guest conductors in the first performance of the 2019-2020 season.  Each guest conductor will be responsible for being a collaborative rehearsal and performance conductor for both preselected repertoire by the Artistic Committee as the foundation of the concert concept and repertoire they select to complete and complement the program.  Additional requirements during this concert cycle will be given after identification of top candidates and an honorarium for all guest conductors will be given at the conclusion of the performance.

Complete materials or inquiries for additional information should be sent by July 12, 2019 to ADSearch@indyartschorale.org.

Founded in 1972, the Indianapolis Arts Chorale uplifts the human spirit for multiple generations of singers and audiences by building deep emotional connections through the art of choral singing. The Indianapolis Arts Chorale is a not‑for‑profit community of auditioned voices with a commitment to excellence and a passion for choral music and its future. These are its hallmarks and have been for nearly half a century.

Mission Statement

The Indianapolis Arts Chorale is a community of voices who engage our audiences through the art of choral singing. The primary purpose of the IAC is musical excellence in performance for the education, enjoyment, and cultural enrichment of our audiences and ourselves. The IAC also seeks to provide social and fellowship experiences to deepen and enrich our lives. Further, we identify as an organization of individuals, who are making a positive contribution to the entire community, without regard for race, creed, color, gender, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, physical, or mental ability.