WE ARE SEEKING A NEW ARTISTIC DIRECTOR!
Excellent musical skills and contacts within the greater Boston choral community are a given, as is familiarity with four-part repertoire for men’s voices. Saengerfest has pursued a variety of virtual events during the pandemic, including weekly Monday evening rehearsals and several workshops and performances. As we emerge from our COVID-induced shell, we desire also to provide a musical experience attractive to the next generation of both singers and audiences.
We have set ourselves apart from other choruses by maintaining our heritage of Welsh music and by memorizing most of our performance music, so each member is focused on the conductor. Each year we commission a piece of new music or a new arrangement of traditional favorites, such as spirituals or a medley of songs from a favorite composer such as Gershwin. We are considering the addition of a choreographer to help us provide a more dynamic appearance in performance.
Each candidate should provide a Curriculum Vitae to Saengerfest, including references from past leadership positions. Equally importantly, candidates should outline steps he or she would undertake to make Saengerfest appeal to the next generation of singers. This might include repertory and performance style. At the same time, we should retain the fundamental focus of a male voice chorus.
As the world returns to a more nearly normal operation, it is anticipated that the final candidates will be invited to lead Saengerfest in a rehearsal which will include a piece we are familiar with and a selection of the candidate’s own choosing which is brand new to Saengerfest. The engagement will begin by mid-summer to prepare Saengerfest to sing with the Highland Glee Club and Apollo Club in October, and to for its holiday concert in December.
General requirements include preparing Monday night rehearsals for three to four concerts each year, typically from September through June, although Saengerfest has done occasional summer concerts as well. Saengerfest also plans international travel in alternate years and joint performances with other choirs.
Please reply by June 15, 2021 to be considered in this search.... Read More