The 2022-2023 season will mark the celebration of Boston Children’s Chorus’ 20th anniversary. As we prepare for the new year, we are delighted to announce that BCC is launching a national search for a Music Director.
The Music Director will lead BCC's choral activities, elevating artistry and social inquiry in rehearsal and performance. A teacher of teachers, the Music Director will lead, train, and inspire our teaching staff by modeling best practices and cultivating a culture of continuous learning. Most importantly, the Music Director will have the opportunity to craft meaningful and life-changing musical experiences for BCC singers, and shape how we re-commit to being a multi-cultural, gender-affirming, anti-racist, and anti-ableist institution
BCC will conduct the search, engaging key stakeholders in all stages of the interview process. A group of singers, parents, staff, alumni, donors, and board will serve as panelists during interviews and have opportunities to interact with the finalists.
The coming year will provide exciting opportunities for conversation, artistry, and growth within our community. This leader will invigorate the core values of our mission, and propel BCC into the next 20 transformative years.
Title: Music Director
Reports to: Executive Director
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. The focus is not on one specific community, but the energy of 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 enhances the education and social development of youth as 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. The Music Director will lead BCC’s core choir programs, elevating artistry, and social inquiry in a harmonious fashion. The Music Director will be a key architect in the re-design of BCC’s core music curriculum. They will lead, train, and inspire the teaching staff by modelling best practices and cultivating a culture of continuous learning. Most importantly, the Music Director will have the opportunity to craft meaningful and life-changing musical experiences for BCC singers and shape how we re-commit to being a multi-cultural, gender-affirming, anti-racist, and anti-ableist institution.
Conduct up to two choirs on a weekly basis
Craft vision and oversee artistic production of four, major self-produced concerts including Winter Concert, MLK Concert, Lower Choir Concert, and Finale Concert
Oversee repertoire selection for the 2023-2024 season, 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 the artistic team to design season and concert themes
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
Collaborate with experts to review and update music curriculum frameworks for each choir level as needed
Identify, codify, and share best practices on choral music instruction with teaching staff by leading and curating engaging professional development
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
Hire, train, and lead all conductors, assistant conductors, teaching artists and accompanists
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
THE IDEAL CANDIDATE IS…
Committed to BCC’s mission and values of artistry, empathy, 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
Master’s degree in music or equivalent experience preferred
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 $95,000-100,000 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, resume, and suggested 15-20 minute program of music appropriate for an elementary, middle, or high school chorus on the theme of ‘community’, addressed to the Search Committee via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE.
Boston Children's Chorus seeks to engage and retain a diverse workforce who represent 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.