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!

Various voices LogoLoud & Proud were delighted to represent Scotland at Various Voices 2018 Munich, the 14th European LGBTI Choir Festival and ran from 9th to 13th May. Over 100 choirs with 2700 singers from 19 countries performed in the Gasteig in the centre of Munich. More information is available on the Various Voices website. Have a look at the Gallery page to see how we got on.

We raised money to take 30 members of the choir to Germany by running ceilidhs, sponsored swims and weigh-loss challenges, a car boot sale and proceeds from the Rainbow Assembly the joint concert we held with Edinburgh Gay Men’s Chorus at the end of April 2018. EGMC were also at Various Voices. A huge thank you to all of you who supported us either with your time or generously parting with your money.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe LogoAs part of Loud & Proud’s fundraising efforts for our trip to Various Voices in Munich in May 2018, we will be busking for about half an hour at the Mercat Cross on the High Street on Tuesday 8 August at 5.30pm. Come and hear a taster of our Fringe Concert (19 August), and bring some cash with you.

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