Fleetwood & District Choral Society
Musical Director

Musical Director principal duties

Providing musical training of the choir in choral works agreed with the Management Committee at weekly rehearsals over two terms from January to June and September to December each year
Ensuring that the highest possible musical standards are achieved at rehearsals and concerts, so enabling singers to fulfill their potential

Conducting the choir and other performers and orchestra at public concerts as arranged by the Management Committee

Scheduling weekly rehearsal content and assessing effectiveness of teaching

Selecting and recommending music for rehearsal and performance, and, auditioning where appropriate, musicians and soloists for performance, in consultation with the Management Committee and subject to their approval

Assisting and advising the choir in its artistic direction

Contributing information for programmes and publicity material

Attending monthly committee meetings of the Management Committee by invitation, but not in an official voting capacity

Presenting the Musical Director’s annual review to the AGM

The Musical Director will be paid £275 for each concert and £60 for a two hour weekly rehearsal

The Musical Director is engaged by the Society on a self-employed basis and is therefore expected to account for his/her own income tax, VAT and Class 4 National Insurance contributions.

Selection will be by rehearsal audition and interview of shortlisted candidatesClosing date for application 31st March 2018


Musical Director Personal Profile

The appointment of a new MD provides an exciting opportunity for someone to build on the Society’s past successes and experience. We require a person who will develop the choir’s repertoire and vocal technique with the aim of attracting new members and broadening the choir’s appeal to new audiences.

The successful applicant will have most of the following qualities/skills:

·  experience of both choral and orchestral conducting

· demand and achieve high standards in both rehearsal and     performance

· appreciate the importance of creating balanced programmes with     content that satisfies not only the MD, but also the members of the   choir, with the aim of attracting new members, appealing to audiences   and filling venues

·  committed to the choir’s sustainability and financial success

·   be able to provide keyboard accompaniment during rehearsals where   necessary

· be able to work with singers of varying musical ability and want to engage with members.

·  show a talent for musical detail, so be able to work with the choir to improve technique and performance

Personal attributes

The successful applicant will be:

·  Friendly and approachable with a good sense of humour, making rehearsals enjoyable and rewarding

·   an enthusiastic leader with good communication and team building skills

·      professional, organised and reliable in all aspects of the role

·  able to collaborate with the Committee, building a good working relationship to ensure the smooth running of the Society