Employment Opportunities

Portland Symphonic Choir seeks up to 5 Artistic Leadership Consortium Members (Part time, up to 10 hours/week)

Great art combines mastery with innovation.  With choral music, mastery is the shared responsibility of all the members of the choir.  Innovation, however, typically originates within an individual – the director. Over the past 74 years, the Portland Symphonic Choir has followed this formula with considerable success.  But what if there’s a better way – a way to leverage the varied talents of multiple innovative minds through cooperation?

Following the lead of repertory theater companies and a handful of professional music groups (e.g. the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra), PSC is assembling an Artistic Leadership Consortium to revolutionize the way the choir, selects, prepares and performs the great choral masterpieces.  With the right team, we hope to develop synergy in these critical areas that will elevate the choir’s artistry.

We seek up to five knowledgeable, creative and cooperative individuals to lead us in this audacious challenge.  Interested?


Responsibilities of the Artistic Leadership Consortium:

  • Performance programming (3 year artistic plans) in collaboration with the Executive Director and the Artistic Development Committee of the Board
  • Selection of a balanced repertoire that fulfills the mission of the choir and serves to attract and retain choir members and audiences
  • Seeks out new musical partnerships and opportunities
  • Plans and conducts all PSC rehearsals
  • Supervises all PSC staff musicians and any contracted musicians for specific performances
  • Conducts all annual and mid-year new member auditions and reviews
  • Enforces PSC’s membership policies and guidelines in accordance with signed membership agreements
  • Communicates regularly with choir membership regarding score markings, divisi listings, and focus areas for upcoming rehearsals

Board and Committee Relations:

  • Reports to the Board of Directors, and serves on the Board as ex-officio members
  • Works collaboratively with the Executive Director on planning and administration including the production of all performances
  • Works collaboratively with Board to balance artistic goals with established budget
  • Provides monthly Artistic Director reports to the Board of Directors detailing proposed programming, status of the choir’s work on current performances, announcements about auditions, etc…
  • The Artistic Leadership Consortium (ALC) members will attend monthly Board meetings and Artistic Development Committee meetings as scheduled (usually quarterly)
  • Communicates regularly with Board Chair and Executive Director
  • The ALC will elect a Facilitator to assist in organizing all ALC meetings, appearances, and communications

Public Relations:

  • Serves as a spokesperson for the Portland Symphonic Choir
  • Conducts personal donor outreach and development activity in collaboration with the Development Committee, Board of Directors and Executive Director
  • Speaks at performances as appropriate; e.g. announcements regarding the concert program, soloists, commissions, etc…
  • ALC will assign a representative(s) to attend all donor events and post-concert receptions
  • ALC will assign a representative(s) to participates in community activities that advance the mission of Portland Symphonic Choir

Financial Management:

  • Works with the Executive Director to create an annual budget that adequately meets the needs of the artistic plan within the context of the choir’s financial position
  • Participates in annual budget planning process with Board of Directors
  • Participates as needed in grant applications

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Five year’s experience directing/conducting/accompanying a community-based auditioned choir with experienced singers of high caliber
  • Experience working with and/or directing a professional orchestra and/or symphony-orchestra in conjunction with choral performance
  • Master’s Degree in Music strongly desired
  • Demonstrated knowledge of various musical styles, music theory, and music history, with an emphasis in symphonic choral works
  • Extensive knowledge of the symphonic choral repertoire
  • Comprehensive knowledge of all voice types
  • Proven ability to work effectively with a team of professional musicians to accomplish specific artistic goals
  • Facility with languages, and a command of choral diction and articulation

Personal Qualities: The ideal candidates for the ALC are visionary, creative thinkers, experienced choral directors/singers/accompanists, and motivational leaders. They also:

  • Exude high integrity and engender trust both on and off the podium
  • Are disciplined, collaborative, and life-long learners
  • Exhibit confidence and have the ability to make difficult decisions with sound reason and explanation
  • Inspire members and audiences through excellently prepared and performed choral music

Job Requirements:

The Artistic Leadership Consortium is a shared leadership model. We are looking for a small team to work together to fulfill the needs of the choir. We expect candidates to be excited about being a part of our growing choral community and helping shape this new leadership model. Typical expectations of the Artistic Leadership Consortium include:

  • Average 5-10 hours per week (evenings and weekends)
  • Once Weekly evening rehearsals
  • Other rehearsals, auditions, meetings, etc. as scheduled
  • Three PSC produced concerts a year (on average)
  • Oversight of annual community Summer Sings events in collaboration with guest directors
  • Preparation of choir for (typically) 1-3 performances with other musical ensembles (Oregon Symphony, Oregon Music Festival, etc…)
  • Attendance at monthly Board meetings
  • Personal preparation for rehearsals – including any communications to PSC staff musicians and the choir membership

Salary: $1,000 monthly stipend; please be advised that another (primary) source of income will be necessary as this is considered a part-time position.

About the Portland Symphonic Choir:
The mission of the Portland Symphonic Choir is to sing the choral masterworks with excellence and passion and to engage, educate and inspire its members and the community.

Established in 1945, the Portland Symphonic Choir has a long and rich legacy of bringing great choral masterworks to the Northwest. Singers selected for membership in this largely volunteer ensemble come from all over the Portland Metro area and from all walks of life. The 120-voice choir includes a core of 17 paid professional singers. The choir has achieved a reputation of excellence and dedication through creating powerful, accessible choral experiences for all kinds of music enthusiasts.

The Portland Symphonic Choir (PSC)is a 501(c)(3) organization governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors. PSC board members include local business leaders and singers who generously give their time and expertise to support the choir’s mission. The Executive Director manages operations, production, development, marketing, and communications for the Choir.

All musical activities are under the leadership of the Artistic Leadership Consortium (ALC), including auditions, rehearsal preparation, and repertoire selection. This consortium will be comprised of 4-5 musicians with the ability to fulfill all aspects of artistic leadership, with specific expertise in varying and complementary areas. Portland Symphonic Choir’s Board of Directors is committed to creating an environment of choral excellence and collaboration through this new, unique, artistic leadership model. ALC members will work together as a team, each capable of fulfilling all aspects of the leadership positions of the choir, while each bringing distinct skills in one or more areas. Preference will be given to candidates able to make a long-term commitment to the position.

Application Process: Please send a current resume with a link to a recording or video of your group performing a work representative of your talent as an artistic leader. Additionally, please include a cover letter that addresses the following, 1) What professional goals do you have, and how do they align with Portland Symphonic Choir? 2) Please describe your leadership style and explain how it fits well on a collaborative team of artists.

Submit materials to search@pschoir.org

Initial review of applicants will begin November 1, 2018