Vermont Choral Union seeks new director

The Vermont Choral Union (VCU), based in Chittenden County, Vermont, is seeking a Music Director to prepare and direct this small group of accomplished musicians. This is a part-time position involving weekly rehearsal time of 2½ hours with requisite preparation time. Rehearsals are traditionally held on Monday nights. The rehearsal season normally extends from late August through May and involves two concert programs with at least two performances each. Additional shorter concerts are sometimes performed during the Holiday season. The Music Director will choose and procure the music for the performances. The position also involves some administrative responsibilities, including serving ex officio on the Board of Directors.

The Vermont Choral Union is an auditioned, nonsectarian, community-based SSAATTBB group of 30 to 36 volunteer singers that performs primarily a cappella repertoire from the early Renaissance to the 21st century. Our singers currently range in age from the mid-twenties to mid-seventies. Our performance mission is to provide audiences with exemplary performances that entertain, delight and educate. None of the current singers are full-time music professionals, but all are accomplished musicians who enjoy each other, are adaptable, and work hard to deliver excellent performances.

Interested parties can find a detailed job description here.

All are welcome to visit our website,, to read about our ensemble.

Anticipated start date: July 1, 2018

Applicants should submit a letter of interest and supporting materials via email to
Applications received by November 30, 2017, will be assured of consideration.

Application requirements:

  • Letter of interest
  • Curriculum vitae with references (including at least one reference from a singer whom you have directed)
  • Link to a video and/or audio recording of yourself conducting a rehearsal (preferable) or performance
  • List of repertoire that you have prepared and performed as conductor
  • Examples of programs prepared and performed by choirs that you have directed
  • Any other supporting materials you feel would help to describe your musical interests and conducting accomplishments, such as letters of recommendation, media reviews, etc.

Applicants may be asked to participate in an initial telephone interview with search committee members. Application finalists will be invited to participate in a brief in-person interview with a small panel and have a conducting audition with the chorus.


Putney School openings

Music Department Assistant/Staff Accompanist – The Putney School
Putney, VT

The Music Department Assistant/Staff Accompanist supports the multifaceted
work of the Music Department at The Putney School by providing necessary
administrative support to an active and vibrant program. This position reports
directly to the Director of Music.

The Putney School is a progressive, secondary school for boarding and day
students, situated on a 500-acre working dairy farm in southern Vermont. Central
to the fundamental beliefs articulated by our founder Carmelita Hinton in 1935, is
the vision that education is something to be actively pursued rather than
passively received. Putney teaches to the whole individual, through discussionbased
humanities classes, the scientific discovery method, extensive artistic
opportunities, and a student-lead work program.
The ideal candidate will have strong written and verbal communication skills,
organizational acumen, and experience working with teens in a scholastic
environment. The candidate also needs technical proficiency as a pianist, with
good sight-reading skills, and experience accompanying ensembles; the ability to
play parts in various couplings and sensitivity to follow a conductor is a must.

The duties of the position are listed below. As many of these systems are already
in place, we do expect to train the incoming candidate.
1) Administrative coordination of the school’s private music lessons program.
2) Oversee the maintenance of all school instruments (pianos, harpsichords,
drums, historical instruments, etc.) and supervise student workers to ensure the
proper care of all practice spaces.
3) Coordinate music performance needs.
4) Regulate the usage of the Music Library.
5) Assist with logistical planning of special Music Department events to include
ensemble tours, outreach events, artist residencies, etc. as needed. Maintain an
active knowledge of the Director of Music’s schedule.
6) Accompany the rehearsals/sectionals and concert performances of Madrigals,
the school choral ensemble. Accompany student assembly performances, when

The hired candidate can augment their salary by teaching private lessons to
students. A studio/office will be provided for this position.
If interested, please send resume (complete with references) to the attention of
the Director of Music, Cailin Marcel Manson, at
You may also send media (mp3s, SoundCloud, or YouTube) links of your work,
either in performance or in rehearsal. Interviews will be held throughout August.

Job Type: Part-time
Required education: Bachelor’s Degree in Music in Piano (performance, music
education, or related concentration)
Compensation: Negotiable, based on experience

Accompanist opening, Bennington

Choral Accompanist – Bennington County Choral Society
Bennington, VT

The Bennington County Choral Society seeks a talented choral accompanist to
join its artistic team, beginning with its coming 2016-2017. Rehearsals begin
September 12, and the concert/rehearsal season runs from September-May, with
two/three concert productions.

The Accompanist will play for choral rehearsals on Monday evenings, from 7-
9pm, in downtown Bennington, VT and will accompany the chorus, when
needed, for concert performances and dress rehearsals.

The ideal candidate will be an astute and technically proficient collaborative
pianist, with experience playing choral parts in various couplings, and sensitivity
following a conductor. The accompanist also needs fine sight-reading abilities,
even though the concert repertoire is set and can be prepared in advance.
The Bennington County Choral Society promotes choral singing. This goal is
accomplished by presenting two to three concerts each season. Members hail
from Bennington County and towns in Western Massachusetts, and neighboring
New York State. The BCCS is open to all ages and singing/reading abilities.

If interested, please send your resume (with references), and – if available – links
to any media (mp3s, SoundCloud, or YouTube) of examples of your work to
BCCS Music Director, Cailin Marcel Manson, at
Interviews are to take place in southern Vermont throughout August.
Job Type: Part-time
Salary: $35.00/hour

Vermont Boychoir seeks 1-year director for 2016/17

Mark Railey writes:
I will be on Sabbatical this academic year. I am actively seeking a Sabbatical director to work with our 10 – 15 boys (plus a few sisters) and perform a Christmas and Spring concert. The rehearsal schedule is currently Saturday from 8:30 – 10:00 at the United Church of Colchester (both rehearsal times and location are flexible). Repertoire is available. Frank Whitcomb is the accompanist. We have a very supportive parents association. The pay works out to be between $50-$75 per week for the 90 minute rehearsal. Your check will be distributed at the concerts. If you would like more details, please email your interest directly to me. I hope to select a director as soon as one is identified. If you would like the opportunity to work with boys whose skill level is superior to that of middle school choruses (but still very much in training), please let me know.  Visit our website for more information on the group.

Choir director/keyboard opening – Thetford VT Congregational Church

(updated February 2016)
The First Congregational Church, UCC, in Thetford seeks a church musician to coordinate, prepare, and offer piano and/or organ accompaniment and direct the choir for Sunday services.  For more details see this PDF:
Church Musician, First Cong. Church, Thetford VT
or contact the church at, or visit online at

Randolph Singers seek musical director

Job Description: Community Chorus Musical Director
Purpose: To develop inspiring choral programming for two concerts per year, lead and enhance choral performance of members
Supervision: Volunteer board of directors

The Randolph Singers is seeking a musical director to begin rehearsals in September, 2014. We are a non-auditioned chorus of from 40 – 60 members in its fourth decade of bringing a wide variety of choral performance to the Central Vermont area.


  1. To bring the love of choral music and enjoyment from participating in a community chorus to its members through weekly rehearsals.
  2. To enrich cultural opportunities for the greater Randolph communities by performing a minimum of two concerts annually at nominal cost or by free will donation.


  1. Based on the performance history & a sense of musical progression the director will propose two programs per year, including an estimated budget for each program. Programs & budgets will be presented to the board at least six weeks before the start of rehearsals. In addition the director will:
  2. Obtain board approval for soloists and/or instrumentalists hired from outside the Randolph Singers.
  3. Lead 13 weekly rehearsals plus one dress rehearsal in preparation for 1 – 3 concerts per year. (Occasionally, we perform our spring concert in two locations.)
  4. Audition, select and coach soloists and small group ensembles.
  5. Attend board meetings as requested.
  6. Write narrative and provide all necessary program information to the graphic designer for publication of articles, posters and programs at least one month before the concert dates.
  7. Participate with the board to write grants as necessary to support programming.
  8. Participate with board and/or chorus members to produce rehearsal CDs or other teaching aids.

Desired Experience, Knowledge, and Skills:

  1. BA or Advanced Degree in Music, with emphasis on choral conducting and/or 4 – 6 years of conducting experience including a variety of musical genres from classical to contemporary with & without orchestra.
  2. Experience working with a community chorus consisting of singers of varied musical skills and experience.
  3. Instructional skills in vocal techniques and production.
  4. Ability to work with diverse personalities, maintain strong leadership and participate as a team with the Board.

If interested please send a brief letter of interest and resume (in PDF format) to
Revell Allen
lallenr @
or by mail to
5 Greenhouse Ave., Randolph, VT 05060.
Please feel free to contact me by email or phone (802-728-4262) for additional information.

Position announcement: Bennington County Choral Society music director

The Bennington County Choral Society is searching for a new director to start in the fall of 2014.  Applications are being received now.  If you are interested in the position, please apply.  If not, please refer this information to anyone you know who might be interested.

The Chorus:  The Bennington County Choral Society is a mixed voice adult chorus with a membership of about fifty singers drawn from Bennington, VT and neighboring communities in NY and MA.  It is open without audition, performs two concerts each year, and features a varied repertoire.   To keep choral music alive we are ready to refocus our product to entertain and serve the community, and attract people to the art.
The Director:  The successful candidate will have multiple years’ experience in directing a school, church, or community chorus.  The director will challenge chorus members to improve musical skills both personally and collectively.  Our new director will imaginatively lead us in revitalizing our programs and driving our outreach.   In shaping programs appealing to choristers and community alike, the director will be encouraged to integrate new works and venues of expression with the classics and standards of the choral literature.
Employment:  The position is part-time as an independent contractor, no benefits, salary is competitive.
Job Description:  A complete job description is available upon request (or, see below).  Email:
Application:  Submit application electronically (in PDF format) or by mail before February 28, 2014.
Application should include: a short letter of interest, résumé, programs from prior concerts, and names and contact information for three references (including at least one current or former chorister).
Candidates who are invited to interview should be prepared to provide a short video of your conducting, preferably both in rehearsal and concert.
Finalists will be asked to direct the chorus in rehearsal during May/June 2014.  You will be asked to direct one piece from our repertoire and to introduce a new piece of your own choosing.
BCCS Search Committee
P. O. Box 44
Bennington, VT  05201

Thank you,
Dick Rhindress, chair
Search Committee of the
Bennington County Choral Society


Job Description: Musical Director of Community Chorus
Supervised by: Board of Directors
Purpose of Position: To develop and carry out choral programming, lead and inspire the chorus.
Chorus Vision:
A. To provide a welcoming place for singers and would be singers to experience the joy of singing.
B. To offer choral music to the community with regular concerts, and bring it to the community through outreach efforts and collaborations with schools, service organizations, businesses, and other arts
C. To keep choral music alive, make it more relevant, and attract people to the art.
1. Conduct rehearsals and concerts for two performances.
2. Provide musical direction for outreach events and conduct them as appropriate.
3. Audition, select and coach soloists and small group ensembles.
4. Design each concert performance including theme development and integration of guest artists, ensembles, soloists and visual elements.
5. Prepare the chorus for community outreach events and opportunities. Work with the music committee to develop a standing repertoire (“Rep Book”) for use in community outreach events; create ways to
maintain its freshness.
6. Take advantage of the appropriately talented chorus members by training and guiding them to take musical responsibility as needed both in rehearsals and at events when the AD cannot be present.
7. Work with the music committee to identify future concert themes. Research and select repertoire, identify and select guest artists, soloists, accompaniment. and collaborations.
8. Organize a rehearsal and performance schedule for the year, including subscription concerts and outreach activities.
9. Ensure that current season music is selected, available, and/or purchased.
10. Secure new arrangements and commissions, assure performance rights are included.
11. Arrange for, and supervise an accompanist.
12. Contract with and prepare scores for instrumentalists.
13. Select section leaders and communicate regularly with them regarding vocal issues, repertoire to cover
in upcoming sectionals and other musical needs.
14. Write narrative as needed for concert announcements and publicity.
15. Attend Board meetings and provide a report to the Board at each meeting.
16. Work with the chorus and the board to promote a positive atmosphere within the organization.
17. Network with other arts organizations, music directors, and community groups to increase the visibility
of the chorus, encourage collaboration, and coordinate offerings.
18. Participate in fundraising, grant preparation, public relations, annual meetings, and choral events.
19. Participate in professional development.
20. Review new choral works and recordings.
Desired Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
A. BA or Advanced Degree (preferred) in Music with an emphasis in choral conducting or equivalent conducting experience (minimum 5-6 years) including the performance of major choral works at a professional level with orchestra and soloists.
B. Experience conducting or working with a community-based chorus and with singers of various musical skills and experience.
C. Instructional skills in the use of best practices in vocal production and vocal techniques.
D. Ability to teach, motivate and inspire choral members, and to attract and retain musical talent.
E. Ability to maintain proper conduct of the Chorus and all musicians at all rehearsals and performances.
F. Ability to offer strong leadership skills as well as to balance work within a team setting.
G. Flexibility in working with a diverse group of personalities.
H. Strong communication skills, both written and verbal.
I. Ability to work within electronic mediums: word processing, music editing, e-mail, and internet.