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Employment Opportunities

Associate Director, Cantus & Cantus Chamber Singers


POSITION SUMMARY:
 The Associate Director at Westrick Music Academy’s Princeton Boychoir is responsible for directing Cantus, an advanced intermediate-level ensemble for auditioned choristers of mixed voicing, and Cantus Chamber Singers, an advanced-level ensemble for auditioned choristers of unchanged voicing, in rehearsals, performances, retreats, and special events. They will work cooperatively with the PBC Co-Music Directors (Co-MDs), the WMA Artistic Director (AD), fellow Associate Directors, collaborative pianists, conducting fellows, and high school interns in musically supporting Cantus and Cantus Chamber Singers. They will also work cooperatively with the Executive Director (ED), the Operations Manager (OM), the members of the Board of Trustees, and WMA’s Family Associations. This kind of cooperative leadership will ensure that boys in the PBC program can have an optimum experience of musical and personal growth.

This description is not intended to be exhaustive, but rather to outline the known duties of the Associate Director.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Artistic and Educational EngagementTo maintain WMA’s precedence in artistic excellence and excellent musical preparation, the Associate Director will:

Season Calendar & Programming

  • Annually develop a season calendar that, in collaboration with the Co-Music Directors, AD, ED, and OM, provides Cantus & Cantus Chamber Singers with an artistically rewarding and equally supportive of the singers’ musical and vocal development.
  • Select choral literature of the highest quality that supports the choristers’ vocal, musical, and artistic growth and meets the following criteria.
      • Age appropriate
      • Varied, ranging from simple to more complex literature of various styles, periods, cultures, and voicing and textures.
      • Aligns with the curricular goals of the PBC’s choral program.
      • Aligns with the programming considerations for thematic concerts.
      • Prepares choristers for advanced choral placement.
  • Prepare and conduct the choir in performances and special events, including:
      • Holiday, winter, and spring concerts, and one additional formal or informal concert/or choral presentation (demonstration choir, choral exchange).
      • Community or outreach performances (retirement homes, malls, etc.) as requested.
      • Conduct one Saturday Retreat per semester.
      • Participate in the fall orientation (introductions, meeting choristers and families, etc.)

Rehearsals & Musical Growth

  • Prepare and conduct well-organized and engaging rehearsal plans that support the choristers’ vocal, musical, and artistic growth within a supportive and disciplined environment during weekly rehearsals, dress rehearsals, and Saturday retreats.
      • Cantus, Thursdays 6:30 – 7:45 pm (75 minutes)
      • Cantus Chamber Singers, Thursdays 7:45 – 8:15 pm (30 minutes)
  • Provide developmental instruction that fosters an intermediate to advanced knowledge of the following vocal techniques:
      • Body alignment/posture
      • Breathing (inhalation and exhalation) and breath support
      • Vocal registers (head voice, chest voice, mixed, etc.)
      • Tone quality
      • Vowel placement
      • Diction: English and other languages
      • Articulation of consonants
  • Provide developmental instruction that fosters an intermediate to advanced knowledge of the following music skills:
      • Reading and singing in diatonic scales using the moveable “do” system in various modalities (pentatonic, aeolian, ionian, etc.)
      • Reading a choral score, observing the vocal line, measures, text, rhythm, and melody.
      • Reading and singing advanced and syncopated rhythms in various meters (simple duple, triple, quadruple meters, etc.)
      • Aural discrimination and Tonal memory
      • Inner hearing/Audiation
      • Awareness of accurate intonation
      • Vocal independence and performing in various voicing – unison and two-part to four-part harmony
  • Develop and impart an awareness of music expression through understanding dynamic and phrase markings, facial and physical expression of text and music, and stage presence and deportment.
  • Administer annual evaluation of each chorister’s musical and vocal progress.
  • Participate in the annual auditions of new choir members and choral placement hearings for returning members.
  • Ensure that the rehearsal area is in proper order at the end of rehearsal and that all choristers have been safely picked up before leaving.

Leadership

  • Mentor and supervise your ensembles’ conducting fellows and high school interns by setting goals and expectations, coordinating event duties, and providing feedback.
  • Create public awareness of the PBC by communicating our program to interested families, singers, and teachers by helping promote concerts and events and suggesting performance opportunities to garner attention to our program.

Communication

  • Maintain communication with the Co-MDs regarding programming, repertoire selections, potential performance opportunities and collaborations, calendar events, and observations.
  • Maintain communication with Co-MDs, OM, and the artistic support team, including collaborative pianists, high school interns, and conducting fellows, regarding rehearsals, performances, retreats, special events, tours, run-outs, and music requests.
  • Communicate with OM regarding clerical needs such as choir roster, attendance reports, ordering supplies, etc.
  • Communicate with choristers and their families promptly regarding excessive absences, behavioral issues, and musical and vocal development concerns.
  • Coordinate with the Choir Support Team and Family Association regarding social activities or any other ways they can assist.
  • Collaborate with Marketing Coordinator and ED in developing outreach and recruitment strategies.
  • Attend staff meetings monthly.
  • Attend board meetings and retreats as invited.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Master’s degree in choral conducting or music education (vocal)
  • 3-5 years experience in conducting youth choirs
  • Knowledge of varied choral repertoire and performance practices and a high sense of professionalism in performance presentations
  • A team builder and problem solver with outstanding communication skills who will contribute to a positive, collegial, good-humored work atmosphere to get results in a fast-paced, high-pressure, deadline-oriented environment

To apply, please send the following materials in one PDF by 5:00 p.m. on August 1, 2024, to jobs@westrickmusic.org:

  • Letter of Interest
  • Resume or Curriculum vitae
  • Three representative concert programs
  • A 15-20 minute conducting video link leading a choral rehearsal or conducting a concert

No phone calls, please.

All new hires are required to submit to a background check.

Administrative Interns


POSITION SUMMARY:
Assists in a wide-range of administrative projects in operations, marketing, and development, while gaining hands-on experience in the day-to-day processes involved in arts administration. Interns also work with staff to develop a project-based assignment tailored to their experience and desired areas of growth.

2-3 Administrative Internships available

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Arts or Arts Management majors preferred. A passion for music and the arts is a plus.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and outstanding interpersonal skills required
  • Strong organizational skills and exceptional attention to detail are a must
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a team
  • Ability to work with youth and families from a variety of backgrounds required

HOURS: Part-time, approximately 5 hours per week depending on availability for one or two semesters. Schedule during the workday is flexible based on the availability of the candidate. Some other evening and weekend hours may be requested for events based on candidate availability. Summer internships also available on a part-time or full-time basis.

This is an unpaid-internship position, but college credit may be available based upon the requirements of your institution.

TO APPLY: Please send cover letter and resume to Jobs@WestrickMusic.org and reference Administrative Intern in the subject line.

Americans with Disabilities Act

Employee must be able to perform all essential job functions, with or without reasonable accommodation. 

The above statements reflect the general duties, responsibilities, and competencies necessary to perform the job’s essential duties and responsibilities. They should not be regarded as a detailed description of all the work requirements of the position. WMA may change the specific job duties with or without prior notice based on the organization’s needs. 

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Equal Opportunity Employer

Westrick Music Academy is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization and an Equal Opportunity Employer. WMA does not discriminate in its hiring, compensation, or other employment practices on the basis of disability, race, color, gender, age, national origin, religion, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, or any other basis prohibited by law.

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