Hours: Full-time, in-person, and occasional weekends required
Boston Children’s Chorus (BCC) harnesses the power of music to connect our city’s diverse communities, cultivate empathy and inspire social inquiry. Children, ages 7–18, come together across differences of race, religion, and socioeconomic status in a celebration of shared humanity and love of music. Our mission is not focused on one specific community, but on the intersection of all communities. BCC bridges Greater Boston’s many diverse groups and fosters a sense of belonging and inclusion. Through engaging choral training and once-in-a-lifetime performing experiences locally, nationally, and around the world, BCC develops leaders and global citizens in the 21st century.
The Music Director will provide critical artistic leadership for BCC singers and staff in rehearsal and performance. In their role, the Music Director will lead BCC’s musical offerings, elevating artistry and social inquiry in a harmonious fashion. The Music Director will be a key architect in the re-design and implementation of BCC’s integrated music education and social justice curriculum. They will lead, train, and inspire program staff by modelling best practices and cultivating a culture of continuous learning and growth. The incoming Music Director will have the opportunity to shape how Boston Children’s Chorus re-commits to being a multi-cultural, anti-ableist, anti-racist institution, focused on creating transformative experiences for young people in the Greater Boston region.
Lead multi-season artistic and programmatic planning, securing collaborations, partnerships, and commissions on a three-year horizon
Conduct up to two choirs weekly
Craft vision and oversee artistic production of all major self-produced concerts
Collaborate with the artistic team to design season and concert themes
Oversee season repertoire selection, working closely with the Associate Director of Choirs and conductors to program annual concerts
Program repertoire for domestic and international tours, aligning to season and concert themes
Identify and solicit guest artists for current and future seasons
Identify and solicit Opus Nuovo composers, Master Artists, and major musical collaborations for current and future seasons
Collaborate with artistic and production team to regularly design and showcase innovative media projects that elevate youth voice
Oversee recording projects, working closely with contracted videographers and sound engineers to produce industry-level recordings
Design and implement digital broadcasting programs for current and future seasons ensuring the highest level of quality in all public appearances of the BCC brand
Additional duties as defined by the Executive Director
Examine program design, gathering community input to ensure BCC’s offerings meet youth and family needs. Act on findings by implementing incremental design tests and updates to BCC’s programs.
Collaborate with experts to review and update music curriculum frameworks for each choir level as needed
Oversee implementation and ongoing evaluation of curriculum and corresponding learning objectives
Identify, codify, and share best practices on choral music instruction with teaching staff by leading and curating engaging professional development
Collaborate with program leadership to ensure that culturally sustaining and responsive pedagogical approaches are consistently employed in rehearsal and performance
Collaborate with experts to refine singer evaluation norms and processes
Create consultative practices that tie programmatic outputs to topical interests of youth and families[
Hire, lead, and train all conductors, assistant conductors, teaching artists, and accompanists
Create a culture of collaboration, mutual respect, accountability, feedback, transparency, and openness among full-time and part-time programmatic personnel
Manage regular check-ins with full-time artistic and program staff to monitor workflow and progress towards goals
Schedule regular observations of conducting staff and provide formal and informal feedback
Provide written reports for board convenings at the request of the Executive Director
Additional duties as defined by the Executive Director
Represent the organization by attending regional, state, and national conferences, festivals, and summits
Contribute thought leadership to the field of choral music education, promoting BCC’s curricular and instruction approaches through presentations and written articles
Support marketing and development teams in crafting mission-aligned narratives for appeals and campaigns
Manage a small portfolio of 10-15 high-level supporters of the institution
Attend fundraising and cultivation events at the request of the Executive Director
THE IDEAL CANDIDATE IS…
Committed to BCC’s mission and values of quality, diversity, inclusion, social inquiry, cultural equity, and the potential of transformative philanthropy
Devoted to helping young people develop to their full potential
An artist, an activist, and a scholar
Committed to positive change and action
A thought leader with a demonstrable track record of driving incremental improvement
Able to articulate how their lived experience with inequities prompted them to change their environment through their artistic practice
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS
Bilingual written and verbal proficiency
Minimum 5 years of direct experience and demonstrated success as a choral music educator
Experience working with students and teachers in Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle, and High school settings
Minimum 5 years of direct supervisory experience, having led and mentored a team of highly capable individuals
Experience developing and facilitating workshops on best practices in culturally responsive and sustaining choral music education
Knowledge of choral techniques, vocal pedagogy, and a broad range of choral repertoire for a children’s choir
Strong interpersonal and communication skills, especially public speaking and written skills
The right candidate will be a capable, independent worker with a strong entrepreneurial spirit, and the ability to work in a fast-paced, changing environment
The salary range for the role of Music Director at Boston Children’s Chorus is $100,000-125,000 annually. BCC offers a competitive benefits package including health insurance, 403(b) employer contributions, generous PTO, short-term disability, and more.
HOW TO APPLY
For immediate consideration submit a letter of interest, a link to a 10-minute rehearsal video, and a resume addressed to the Search Committee via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be reviewed regularly. This position will remain open until filled.
NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE.
Boston Children's Chorus seeks to engage and retain a diverse workforce who represents the diversity of our singers and community in the City of Boston. BCC affirms the plurality of lived experiences amongst staff and seeks to elevate and center the experiences of those who have been marginalized and disenfranchised by systems of oppression. BCC encourages all to apply and will not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender and gender expression, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, disability status, or any other applicable characteristics protected by law.