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 have a look at our About Us page 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

Key Duties:

  • 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 loudproud2018@hotmail.com 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!

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