Music Director

JOB DESCRIPTION 

Title: Music Director  

Reports to: Executive Director  

Benefits: Yes 

Hours: Full-time, in-person, and occasional weekends required 

ABOUT BCC 

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.

POSITION SUMMARY 

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.

ARTISTIC RESPONSIBILITIES  

  • 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

EDUCATIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • 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[

MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITIES  

  • 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

ADVANCEMENT RESPONSIBILITIES  

  • 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

COMPENSATION 

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:  humanresources@bostonchildrenschorus.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.