Music Director

Ars Musica Chorale
Location: 
Ridgewood, NJ/Bergen County
Type of Position: 
Artistic
Application Deadline: 
Monday, January 17, 2022

Ars Musica Chorale seeks Music Director/Conductor 

Ars Musica Chorale, of Ridgewood, NJ, a suburban community 15 miles from New York City, is seeking an experienced, accomplished music director/conductor with a wide knowledge of choral literature. The Chorale is a critically praised and highly dedicated group normally made up of 60+ avocational singers. Current circumstances have reduced that number to around 30 voices. Even with these reduced forces, the Chorale remains committed to maintaining professional standards and excellence in performance. Founded in 1965, Ars Musica will celebrate its 57th season with an eclectic mix of music from Faure to Jewish Composers through the Centuries. Past Music Directors have moved on to prestigious positions in New York, Boston, and London.

Our last full season (2018-2019) featured our Encore Young Artists as soloists and included two collaborations each with the Adelphi Orchestra and the New Jersey State Children’s Chorus. All participated in our Bernstein Centenary celebration, which also included working with Tony nominee Lauren Worsham. Audience growth was steady, and for the first time in Ars Musica Chorale’s history, attendance for each concert exceeded 300. Through our increased marketing efforts, the surrounding community took note of Ars Musica Chorale’s excellence in performance.

These efforts continued in the fall of 2019 under newly appointed Music Director Brian Mummert with a critically acclaimed performance of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and our signature holiday concert in December.

Sadly, as we were putting the final touches on our scheduled March 2020 concert, everything came to an abrupt halt. Through the creative energies of our Music Director, we carried on via Zoom sectional rehearsals, presentations by guest artists, virtual choir videos posted on YouTube and a virtual holiday concert in December of 2020 featuring members of the Chorale, our Encore Young Artists, as well as past Music Directors. In the Spring of 2021, we began rehearsing together outdoors in a parking garage, and were able to present a live outdoor concert in June at the Kasschau Memorial Shell in Ridgewood, NJ. It was the first live performance by a Ridgewood-based chorus.

We resumed regular rehearsals in September 2021 with smaller forces and will present a modified season of live concerts beginning December 4th. This will be our current Music Director’s final concert with us. We have secured an interim director to guide us through our March 27, 2022, concert. We hope to have a new Music Director in place at the end of March, to prepare us for our final concert of the season, scheduled for May 22nd.

The Chorale has a regular season of four concerts with additional engagements on occasion. Tuesday night rehearsals [7:30-10:00PM September-June] and weekend performances take place mainly in Bergen County, New Jersey. Attendance at monthly board meetings, fundraisers, workshops, and summer sings is expected. The Music Director works with the part-time Chorus Administrator and the volunteer Board of Directors.

The successful candidate will possess excellent conducting skills; superior communication skills; a history of musical accomplishments; the ability to teach musicianship, vocal and choral techniques, and relevant languages; the ability to establish musical goals and reach them; the ability to sustain and grow our membership; and the ability to work with a volunteer organization. S/he will be expected to secure professional soloists and instrumentalists as needed. 

Salary range: $17,000 – $20,000 per year

Please send your cover letter, resume, CV and salary requirements to opportunity@arsmusica.org by January 17. Interviews and auditions will be held in February; duties will commence on March 29, 2022.

Additional Information on the planned Sunday May 22, 2022 concert:

Hariu L’Adonai: Jewish Composers Through the Centuries

3:00 PM

Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Ridgewood, NJ

The music of Jewish composers, for both the synagogue and the concert hall, is a trove of remarkable works, famous and relatively unknown alike. This program traces the intersections of Judaism and classical music over the last four hundred years, anchored by Leonard Bernstein’s remarkable Chichester Psalms.

Compensation and Benefits: 

Salary range: $17,000 – $20,000 per year

Application Procedure: 

Please send your cover letter, resume, CV and salary requirements to opportunity@arsmusica.org by January 17. Interviews and auditions will be held in February; duties will commence on March 29, 2022.

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