Exciting job opening for part time conductor for Berkeley based youth choir with a 30 year history. The Director prepares for and conducts the Avghie (Greek for “Sunrise”) and Anthos (Greek for “Blossoming”) ensembles (ages approx 6 to 9) in weekly rehearsals and performances. The Director collaborates with the choir staff to meet the artistic goals, objectives and long range plans of Kairos Music Academy.
The beginning group offers an engaging yet friendly and nurturing atmosphere for young musicians to find their vocal technique while enjoying inspiring group camaraderie. Our choir values authentic and joyful creative expression while learning to work together for high musical achievement.
The Director implements an education plan designed to enhance the singers’ musical skills and knowledge.
Genuine enjoyment and love of children
Experienced choral conductor with a music Bachelor’s Degree or higher Experience in working with children of multiple ages, especially younger students 6 to 9 yrs old
Preferred minimum of two years experience in choral conducting / music education
Historical knowledge of children’s choral repertoire
Favorable connections to local schools and community
Energetic and engaging personality, with eagerness to grow/develop the choir program
Proficiency in piano / keyboard skills preferred
Strong organizational, problem solving, and positive communication skills Musical theatre/opera performing arts background a plus.
Avghie & Anthos Conductor Duties and Responsibilities:
Recruits and auditions singers from Bay Area with the Administrative Director and Founding Music Director
Conducts rehearsals and performances (or works with staff to find a replacement if unable to attend)
Collaborates to design yearly events and to develop and implement education programs for its singers
Seeks and solidifies beneficial opportunities to perform beyond its usual engagements
Develops and maintains strong collegial relationships with Kairos staff Represents Kairos Choir at community events
Attends Rehearsals Tuesdays & Thursdays 4:30 - 6:30 PM Conducts in Concerts & Choir's Calendar Events
Salary determined upon education and experience; opportunities for growth in the part- time position.
INTERESTED APPLICANTS: Please submit cover letter, resume/CV, references to firstname.lastname@example.org via email attachment and/ or via mail at: Search Committee Kairos Music Academy 1953 Hopkins Street Berkeley CA 94707. Position to be filled as soon as the qualified candidate and positive match is found. For more info please contact Founding Conductor Laura Kakis Serper via text message at (510)332-1108 or by using the email above.
(Note: Finalists selected after interviews will be asked to submit sample mock concert program for a treble choir comprised of unison & 2- part repertoire. If you would like to do this right away, please include a small description of what moves you to chose the piece.)