Flying House Productions (dba Seattle Men's Chorus and Seattle Women's Chorus) values diversity in all areas of its operations and welcomes and encourages all applications. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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Current Open Position(s)
Minimum of a Masters Degree in Music/Choral Conducting preferred. A combination of education and relevant professional experience may be considered in lieu of educational requirements.
The successful Artistic Director (AD) will have a broad knowledge of choral music repertoire and techniques and extensive experience conducting large choral forces. The candidate will have both passion for and expertise with a wide variety of classical, contemporary, and popular musical genres and performance styles. Experience with theater-style production values strongly encouraged. The candidate should have a demonstrated track record of effectively teaching and motivating volunteer singers. The AD will work efficiently and collaboratively with the Board and staff. The ability to engage and inspire members, audiences, and donors on and off the stage is essential as is comfort and confidence representing an LGBT-identified organization.
The Artistic Director (AD) is responsible for setting and achieving the artistic vision of Flying House Productions in support of the Board approved organizational vision, mission, and strategic plan. The AD is accountable for all musical and artistic decisions, and, in conjunction with the Executive Director and Associate Artistic Director, conceptualizes, schedules, and produces the concert season for FHPís two core ensembles, Seattle Womenís Chorus and Seattle Menís Chorus, as well as all small ensembles performing under the FHP brand. It is anticipated that the AD will serve as principal conductor of at least one core ensemble and may share conducting responsibilities of other ensembles.
The AD is supervised by the President of the Board of Directors in consultation with the Executive Committee. The AD is appointed by and reports to the Board of Directors and works in close partnership with the Executive Director. The AD is responsible for keeping the Board informed of relevant information regarding the artistic operations and health of the organization. The AD supervises and evaluates artistic and production staff per organizational staffing chart.
This is a full time exempt position and should be the incumbentís primary professional commitment. Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience. The position includes the organizationís current suite of benefits including health, dental, vision, vacation, etc.
- Develop annual programming and multi-year artistic vision in line with organizational strategic goals and Board approved budgets
- Ensure artistic excellence in every FHP performance and event
- Serve as principal conductor of core ensemble(s) for all subscription concerts, outreach performances, and special appearances
- Determine themes, choose repertoire and, in conjunction with ED, appropriate venues for FHP mainstage concerts
- Exhibit expertise in SSAA and TTBB repertoire in addition to SATB repertoire; develop professional connections to assure access to the highest quality commissions and arrangements
- Audition prospective singers; make vocal placements for choruses; reevaluate continuing singers as appropriate; conduct solo auditions for concert repertoire
- Lead efficient weekly rehearsals, retreats, and other rehearsals as scheduled
- In collaboration with Board and Staff leadership, develop strategies and policies for recordings and digital media; oversee production and editing of artistic materials and projects
- With senior leadership, envision innovative strategies and programs to make FHP an essential voice in the local community and in the evolving role of the LGBT choral movement
- May delegate tasks as appropriate
- In conjunction with Executive Director and Finance Committee, develop and adhere to annual artistic budget
- Hire, supervise and evaluate artistic staff including Associate Artistic Director, accompanists, staff conductor(s), and relevant concert production staff as defined by organizational staffing chart
- Supervise timely and efficient ordering of music and ensure timely production of study CDs and rehearsal materials as necessary
- Secure all necessary arrangement rights and music licensing for public performance and recordings, with assistance of staff
- Coordinate and nurture section leaders, librarians, and relevant artistic volunteers
- Select and hire contracted soloists, guest artists, and instrumentalists; oversee negotiated contracts in conjunction with ED and relevant staff
- Provide program notes and materials for publication as requested
- Support Marketing and Development efforts with information and insight as needed
- Attend meetings of the Board of Directors and serve as ex-officio member of the Board
- Attend meetings of key committees as appropriate
- In collaboration with Executive Director, serve as a principal spokesperson for the organization
- Actively participate in donor and constituent cultivation efforts as requested by staff; attend all major fundraising functions
- Support and nurture membership projects and events
- Be a visible and active participant in the Seattle artistic and social justice communities
- Participate in and, as appropriate, cultivate leadership roles in regional and national associations such as Chorus America, GALA Choruses, and ACDA
- Cultivate strategic local and national collaborations with other artistic and community organizations, in conjunction with Executive Director
- Interested candidates should submit their cover letters and resumes via email to by midnight September 13, 2015.
- The cover letter should include a detailed description of your vision for LGBT-identified choruses.
- Candidates of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply.
- Qualified candidates will be notified of their selection to a further round of the interview process on or around October 1, 2015.
- Anticipated start date for the position will be summer, 2016.
- Principals only please, no phone calls or recruiters.
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION
- Flying House Productions, the parent organization of Seattle Womenís Chorus and Seattle Menís Chorus, is a Washington state nonprofit corporation qualified under Section 501(c)(3).
- Flying House Productions is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
- Flying House Productions does not discriminate against individuals in hiring, employment or promotion on the basis of race, religion, color, sex/gender, gender identity and gender expression, age, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, citizenship, handicap or disability, veteran or military status, political belief, pregnancy, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by law.
Formed in 1979, the organization has grown to house both Seattle Men’s Chorus (SMC) and Seattle Women’s Chorus (SWC). Flying House Productions (FHP), the parent company for the Choruses, is the State of Washington’s largest and most influential choral organization and ranks third among the state’s music organizations in terms of budget, audience exposure, and ensemble size.
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Seattle Men’s Chorus and Seattle Women’s Chorus entertain, enlighten, unify and heal our audience and members, using the power of words and music to recognize the value of gay and straight people and their relationships.