Music Director

Capitol Chordsmen Chorus
Madison, Wisconsin
Type of Position: 
Application Deadline: 
Friday, October 1, 2021

Madison Wisconsin’s Capitol Chordsmen Chorus seeks a creative, dynamic musician to provide direction and guidance to the chorus and its multiple quartets to create outstanding barbershop music for its singers and audiences. The Music Director will lead the chorus artistically and musically in accordance with the mission, vision, operating budget, and strategic plan of the Capitol Chordsmen.

The Music Director prepares and conducts this 15-25 voice amateur adult men’s vocal group, which typically has community performances, one major annual production, and participates in competitive contests over the course of a year. Regularly weekly rehearsals are Tuesdays from 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. This is a paid, part-time contractual position, requiring approximately 10 hours per month.


The Capitol Chordsmen Chorus is a men’s barbershop chorus in Madison, Wisconsin, with origins tracing back to 1945. The Capitol Chordsmen is a chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, the premier a cappella musical organization in the world. We primarily perform and compete in the barbershop close-harmony style of singing, but our repertoire also draws from jazz, Broadway, and original compositions.


  • Provide vision, leadership, positivity, and artistic direction to every singer
  • Work with the Music & Performance Vice President to program musical performances that include both the chorus and quartets
  • Prepare for and conduct each rehearsal and performance
  • Maintain a high quality of musicality
  • Support the board’s recruitment efforts of new members
  • Develop and work within budget and perform due diligence towards fiscal responsibility
  • Attend all Board of Directors meetings, and serve as an ex-officio (non-voting) member of the board
  • Actively participate in fundraising and social/networking events
  • Represent the Capitol Chordsmen to the general public, the press, and arts community
  • Additional responsibilities as required to support the organization


  • Experience with choral diction
  • Passion for and knowledge of Barbershop repertoire, both classic and modern
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion of all singers
  • Sense of humor and positive mental attitude
  • Ability to:
    • Lead and inspire musicians to excellence in a spirit of mutual respect and fun
    • Teach vocal and choral techniques to all singers, regardless of ability
    • Artistically interpret various styles of music
    • Communicate clearly to different generations
    • Actively listen to members
    • Engage members of the group, audience, and community
    • Work effectively with the Board of Directors
    • Represent the organization to the community
    • Foster collaboration with other arts organizations


  • Experience directing a barbershop ensemble
  • Experience singing in a barbershop quartet
Compensation and Benefits: 

Commensurate with Experience

Application Procedure: 


Send resume and any electronic links to choral rehearsals and/or performances directed by you to  by October 1, 2021. Finalists will be contacted for interviews and may be asked to provide references.

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