Artistic Director (Full-time)
The Children's Chorus of San Antonio was founded in 1983 to bring the highest quality of choral music education and performance opportunities to the young people of greater San Antonio. Since then, CCSA has blossomed into three different divisions serving more than 300 young people, with six core choral ensembles (ages 5-18), early childhood music and movement classes (birth-age 4), and community music outreach programs. With three divisions of music education, CCSA has a vast and deeply rooted history in the San Antonio community. The organization is dedicated to nurturing artistry and enriching the education of children. This goal has created an ever-evolving growth of the organization and represents a thriving cultural treasure in San Antonio.
The Artistic Director establishes the artistic vision of CCSA and is responsible for leading the artistic functions and programs in support of CCSA’s mission. As part of the CCSA leadership team, the Artistic Director works closely with the Executive Director to determine the strategic direction of CCSA, develop the educational and creative design for all programming, increase the enrollment and visibility of CCSA, and offer new performance opportunities and artistic collaborations.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Conduct CCSA advanced ensembles in all weekly rehearsals, concerts, and tours.
- Conduct and/or oversee all work related to other ensembles, including CCSA Neighborhood choirs and Summer Music camp.
- Program the CCSA concert season in a manner that serves the singers while attracting diverse audiences from all of San Antonio.
- Plan season repertoire in coordination with other faculty to further the educational and artistic goals of CCSA.
- Cultivate performance opportunities and artistic collaborations that maximize CCSA’s visibility and enhance CCSA’s reputation on local, national and international levels (e.g., performances at special events, choral festivals).
Performance and Education Programming
- Ensure that CCSA ensembles maintain high-quality educational and performance experiences for all singers.
- Develop and implement a comprehensive curriculum, in conjunction with other faculty, that ensures positive experiences and artistic growth from beginning-level ensembles to advanced-level performances and opportunities.
- Mentor artistic faculty to ensure a high level of music education and artistry.
- Work in coordination with faculty and administration to develop and maintain education and performance outreach opportunities in San Antonio and the region.
- Develop professional relationships with partner organizations in San Antonio and the region to support CCSA’s visibility and reputation.
- Be a visible and active advocate of CCSA in the educational and greater community, including but not limited to the following: school visits for recruitment and educational outreach purposes; participation in choir clinics and industry conferences; participation in and/or creation of recruitment opportunities for new singers.
Communication and Administration
- Serve as the public ambassador of the organization and promote CCSA’s mission; represent CCSA through public appearances, television, media, and community opportunities.
- Liaise with administration staff, faculty, and Board of Directors to ensure timely dissemination of information and materials for the successful implementation of program and concert season.
- Assist in identifying potential Board of Directors candidates, business sponsorships and community support.
- Oversee recruitment of singers for increased enrollment and work to ensure strong singer retention rates.
- Provide leadership for the artistic faculty, selection of new faculty as needed, and maintain a regular schedule of artistic faculty meetings.
- Attend CCSA Board of Directors meetings and Board committee meetings as requested.
- Participate in annual budgeting process utilizing the artistic plan as basis for annual budget.
- Work with the leadership team to plan advertising and marketing strategies for CCSA programs.
- Assist in the cultivation and maintenance of donors and supporters.
- Master’s degree preferred; Bachelor’s Degree in Music required
- Record of choral excellence
- 3 years’ experience working with children and/or young adults
- Strong vocal technique/pedagogy skills
- Kodály training preferred but not required
- Ability to work effectively with music education professionals and professional musicians
- This is a full-time position requiring residency in San Antonio.
Full-time salary commensurate with skills and experience, flexible scheduling available.
Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae (including conducting and concert performance history), and contact information for 3 references.
Review of completed applications will begin on January 1, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. Do not send other support materials at this time.
Selected candidates will submit conducting and teaching videos, as well as a programming sample.
Appointment is effective June 2022, but start date is negotiable.
Questions may be addressed to Alyssa Avenatti, Executive Director, email@example.com