Position: Artistic Director (2023-2024 Season)
About the Choirs
The St. Louis Children’s Choirs’ mission is “shaping young lives through musical excellence.” Our proven program of music education and character development reaches up to 450 students from over 200 schools and 85 zip codes each year. Singers perform throughout the St. Louis region and tour around the world. Additional programming includes being the official children’s choir of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, singing with the Bach Society, outreach to area music teachers, summer camps, and alumni activities.
We seek a visionary conductor with high artistic and character standards whose experience resonates with the Choirs mission of “shaping young lives through musical excellence.” Bringing your passion, energy, and dedication will build on the organization’s rich tradition and legacy of dynamic choral education and character development. In the top leadership role, the AD is responsible for the quality of the artistic program, its functions, performances, collaborations, tours, and community engagement.
Beginning with the 2023-2024 season, the AD will manage a team of 6 ensemble directors and oversee a team of 23 admin and artistic staff. As CEO, you will work closely with the COO to advance fundraising activities, engage alumni, and provide fiscal, strategic, and administrative leadership. Reporting to the board of directors, the AD/CEO plays a pivotal role in the stewardship of individual and corporate donors.
- Artistic and Organizational Leader - Establishes the artistic vision for the organization. Works in partnership with the Board to determine the strategic direction for the organization, develop long and short-term goals, and identify strategies to achieve organizational goals and artistic vision. Identifies opportunities to maintain and strengthen enrollment, explore new performance opportunities, artistic collaborations, and opportunities for community engagement. Ensures that internal and external communications reflect the artistic vision. Oversees chief operating officer and works in coordination with the development officer and management team.
- Organizational Ambassador - Serves as the “face of the organization” and effectively executes the role of primary organizational spokesperson. Engages in opportunities to further the recognition and brand of the Choirs on a local, regional, national, and international level. Supports stewardship of major donors in coordination with the development officer and board of directors.
- Performing Artist - Fosters a love of music and sets the standard for nurturing the full expression of each Choir member’s potential for artistic excellence and character development. Conducts in a skilled, expressive, and self-assured manner. Directs Concert Choir, the advanced touring ensemble. Coordinates and executes performance collaborations, maintaining the level of excellence required to partner with major performing arts organizations and the St. Louis Symphony. Plans and leads national and international tours with the Choir Manager. Plans recordings and commissioned works.
- Educator - Cultivates and maintains a nurturing, respectful, wholesome, and inspiring environment in which children and young people work and grow as young artists, with an emphasis on musical excellence and character development. Upholds Code of Conduct and sets policies in support of character education. Arranges for collaborations to enhance the learning and growth experiences of young artists as appropriate. Maintains effective communication with staff and parents, provides guidance to ensemble directors, and coordinates response to individual student and parent needs (including matters of discipline, socio-emotional and developmental needs) with tact, professionalism, and sensitivity. Works to ensure strong student retention rates and actively solicits feedback from current and departing young singers and families as well as alumni.
- Innovative Programmer - Develops annual season programming to present outstanding, innovative, and exciting performances. Provides and oversees choral curriculum with diverse, high-quality repertoire that engages young singers and delivers a superior, well-rounded music education experience. Programming includes concerts, community engagement and education programs as well as initiatives to foster collaborations. Supervises and evaluates ensemble directors; coordinates concert programming and approves all repertoire. Responsible for professional look of the Choirs; determines concert uniform and personal appearance standards for rehearsals and performances.
Determines choir ensemble structure, community engagement and educational programming. Reviews and collaborates on grants and funding proposals from an artistic perspective.
- Artistic and Administrative Staff Manager - Hires, oversees, and discharges as appropriate a staff of teacher/conductors, accompanists, and guest artists. Supervises, observes, and promotes exceptional teaching artists and mentors them to ensure a high level of music education and artistry is maintained. Builds a cohesive and effective artistic team, and ensures musical staff is kept appropriately informed. Provides and encourages professional development opportunities for artistic staff, including Choral Music Education (CME) workshops. Hires chief operating officer in coordination with the board of directors and hires choir manager, administrative management team members and development officer in coordination with chief operating officer.
- Fiduciary - Provides the artistic portion of the budget and participates in annual budgeting process. Negotiates or oversees artistic contracts with outside performing arts organizations in coordination with the managing director for artistic administration
- Reports to Board of Directors - Keeps board of directors appropriately informed and provides regular status reports on artistic activities. Liaison to the board president, board of directors and participates in the following committees: executive, nominating, finance, human resources, and experience. Attends other committee meetings as necessary. Assists in identifying potential board members and community supporters.
- Demonstrated level of knowledge normally obtained through the completion of a bachelor’s degree in music education and a minimum of a Master of Music degree from an accredited institution, Institute for Choral Music Experience diploma, or equivalent experience. Doctorate degree a plus
- Exceptional conductor and vocal pedagogue. Demonstrates a dynamic understanding of the child voice, language and diction, and diverse musical styles. Minimum of 5 years conducting experience
- Minimum of 3 -5 years of creating artistic programming and conducting performances
- Membership in professional choral music association; demonstrated musical success
- Exceptional interpersonal verbal and written communication skills and a collaborative style, with the ability to effectively partner with a variety of individuals and organizations
- Proven organizational skills; able to work evenings and weekends
The above description indicates the general nature and level of work performed in this position. It does not contain a comprehensive list of all responsibilities, duties, and qualifications required.
The St. Louis Children’s Choirs is an Equal Opportunity Employer