Scotland’s a cappella LGBT+ choir (Edinburgh based) is looking for a new Musical Director.
Loud and Proud Choir, Edinburgh (SC038303) is seeking a new enthusiastic and dedicated Musical Director (MD) from September 2018. Loud and Proud was established over a decade ago as an LGBT+ community, a cappella, non-auditioning choir with 50+ members. The choir welcomes everyone irrespective of their musical ability. We have a wide musical repertoire, incorporating traditional Scottish, folk, world, musicals and pop, and mostly sing in four-part SATB harmonies. Find us on YouTube and Twitter (@LoudProudChoir) and visit our website www.loudandproudchoir.org for more about us and what we do.
Start: September 2018 (3-month mutual trial period)
Terms: Freelance position / Self-employed, hourly fee to be negotiated
Current Rehearsals: Mondays 7:00pm – 9:30pm, Edinburgh
● To be in charge of conducting and directing weekly rehearsals, including appropriate warm-up exercises
● Be able and willing to create appropriate Learning Tracks for members to study in their own time
● Conduct the choir at our current three main performances (Spring/Festival/Festive) and if possible at other smaller gigs as agreed during the course of the year (e.g. World AIDS Day, Pride, Various Voices)
● Select appropriate and balanced repertoire for concerts in liaison with nominated representatives from the choir (the Music Team), choosing a wide and varied selection of music in order to challenge more able members without disadvantaging others (members can suggest songs, with the music team and MD deciding on suitability)
● Extend the choir’s repertoire, challenge and nurture each member’s skillset
● Attend committee meetings when invited to do so and support the aims of the Choir
● Other duties in line with the role agreed between the post holder and the committee
● Be prepared to make a firm commitment to the choir
Essential Skills / Experience
● Experience of conducting a large community choir
● Demonstrable teaching ability, encompassing a wide variety of learning styles
● Demonstrate good time management and organisational skills
● Work in tandem with the choir committee and attend meetings when required
● A ‘People Person’: A good communicator, capable of connecting well with others and setting a friendly, enjoyable and dynamic choir environment
● Understanding / experience of LGBT+ issues
Desirable Skills / Experience
● Have the ability to arrange/compose music
● Competent and experienced in teaching by ear would be a distinct advantage
● Extensive knowledge of choral music from a variety of genres.
Get in touch!
If you are interested in this exciting opportunity please send your expressions of interest together with a CV by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 16th July 2018. Interviews and auditions will be held end of July/August. Feel free to contact us with any questions about the position. We look forward to hearing from you!