Choral Director

Wallingford, CT

Choate Rosemary Hall seeks a full-time choral director with a start date of August 2022. The Choral Director position is a 36-week teaching faculty position reporting to the Dean of Faculty and the Director of the Arts.

The successful candidate should have a record of experience conducting, teaching, and administering secondary school level choral ensembles; have experience teaching classical repertoire as well as music of the world; and be versed in teaching a range of academic classes including Music Fundamentals, Music Theory, Music Appreciation, and/or Music History.

Additionally, candidates must be able to demonstrate the ways in which inclusive and equitable practices inform their approach to instruction and course design. Ideal candidates are expected to have a minimum of three years of teaching experience. A master’s degree is preferred.

Choate is committed to a diverse faculty, staff, and student body. Candidates from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. 

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Direct the Choral and Vocal Program, which includes conducting the Festival and Chamber Choruses, selecting the repertoire, preparing for and leading rehearsals.
  • Teach Music History courses and/or courses in Music Fundamentals or other music electives.
  • Communicate clearly and collaboratively with Music Program Head, Director of the Arts, voice, piano, and organ colleagues on pedagogical approaches to create a strong and cohesive program.
  • Work with music colleagues to enhance the curriculum with additional workshops and masterclasses for student musicians.
  • Organize and direct individual student vocal and piano recitals to be held each term, choral concerts as well as the major ensemble programs that take place throughout the year.
  • Organize accompaniment (piano and/or organ) for recitals and concerts.
  • Mentor and advise individual voice and piano students in the Arts Concentration program.
  • Work with advanced students in Directed Study and Capstone contexts.
  • Work with the Director of Arts to hire qualified professionals to provide instruction in voice as a part of Choate’s Music Lesson Program.
  • Coordinate with the Admissions Office and Director of the Arts to recruit, review applications with vocal profiles, and yield students with choral and vocal experience.
  • Serve as faculty adviser and coach to student a cappella groups
  • Provide music during Alumni weekend, Matriculation, Baccalaureate, the Festival of Lessons and Carols, Parents Weekend, and Commencement.
  • Take on other duties as assigned by the Dean of Faculty and the Director of the Arts.  

Desired Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Music/Vocal Performance or Music Education required, Advanced Degrees desired.
  • At least three years of teaching experience.
  • Possible additional areas of expertise in the candidate's background, including Musical Theater, Vocal Jazz, Piano.
  • Record of experience conducting, teaching, and administering secondary school-level choral groups.
  • Experience teaching classical repertoire as well as music of the world.
  • Versed in teaching a range of academic classes include Music Fundamentals, Music Theory, Music Appreciation, and/or Music History courses.
  • Record of or interest in collaborating with interdisciplinary fields within the Arts Department and beyond.
  • Ability to organize and take choirs on regional, national, and/or international tours.
  • Demonstrated commitment to creating and maintaining an inclusive choral program that welcomes students from a wide range of prior experiences.
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to inclusion, social justice, diversity, global engagement, and/or solidarity with marginalized communities through performances or creative collaborations.
  • Demonstrated success working with students of diverse backgrounds.

Choate prohibits in all its programs, including hiring and employment practices, discrimination against or harassment of any member or group based upon age, gender, race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other category protected by Connecticut or federal law, except in the case of a bona fide occupational qualification.