The La Jolla Symphony and Chorus
The La Jolla Symphony and Chorus (“LJS&C”) is a volunteer ensemble of gifted amateur and professional musicians (orchestra players and choristers) affiliated with—though independent from—the University of California, San Diego (“UC San Diego”). The LJS&C serves as an effective outreach vehicle between the university and the community, and, because of its high and exacting standards, as a de facto honors program for UC San Diego music students. The LJS&C provides talented community musicians a way to keep music in their lives, and serves its audience with adventurous new music and new interpretations of older music. The LJS&C also provides a platform for new and young composers.
The LJS&C typically presents a six-concert series (two weekend performances each) during the UC San Diego academic year. Not all concerts are with chorus. The chorus has weekly three-hour evening rehearsals during the season, with extra rehearsals during concert weeks.
In collaboration with the Music Director, the Choral Director shall:
- Provide artistic vision and guidance for the chorus while honoring the 60+ years of the LJS&C traditions.
- Maintain and develop the artistic quality of the chorus as required by the repertoire.
- Audition, select, and develop choristers and soloists.
- Collaborate effectively with the Music Director in developing the season’s concert program, and in preparing the chorus to the Music Director’s standards.
- Rehearse and ready the chorus for approximately 3-5 concert programs with orchestra each year, and 1-2 stand-alone choral concerts on and off campus.
- Conduct the orchestra and chorus at the annual “Christmas Messiah Community Sing.”
- Otherwise conduct the orchestra as needed.
- Coordinate chorus activities with the UC San Diego Music Department, in particular for the Thomas Nee Commission, Music 95D (“Symphonic Chorus”), and special department projects.
- Participate in managing and hiring chorus staff.
- As a member of the LJS&C Board of Directors, collaborate with the LJS&C Executive Director in cultivating and soliciting key donors and volunteers by attending meetings, receptions, special events, and other fundraising efforts.
- Participate in various promotional and public relations activities of the LJS&C, including the Young Artists Competition.
- Work with the LJS&C Executive Director and staff in audience development through community outreach, media relations, and social media; be an ambassador to the San Diego community.
- Build connections/collaborate with other San Diego arts organizations and institutions.
- Guide and help formulate educational outreach activities appropriate for K-12 students.
- Contribute positively to the reputation of a highly respected community organization and a nationally renowned university.
Experience, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- BA (required) and advanced degree (preferred) in music, with an emphasis on choral conducting; vocal training preferred.
- Dynamic and excellent musicianship. Technique-focused vocal pedagogy. Clean, accurate and expressive conducting. Organized and efficient rehearsal technique.
- Bold interest in and familiarity with a wide range of traditional and contemporary classical repertoire for a large orchestra and chorus. Candidate should be comfortable taking musical risks.
- Substantial choral conducting experience, including major orchestral and choral works. Ability to conduct an orchestra is preferred.
- Ability to work with a large chorus of varying ages, expertise, experience and personalities.
- Commitment to attracting and retaining choral talent, with special focus on increasing diversity and recruiting/nurturing UC San Diego students.
- Leadership skills that inspire chorus members to work diligently toward new levels of artistic growth. Excellent communication skills that encourage mutual respect and motivate the ensemble to create a choral sound infused with joy.
A range of $18,000-$20,000 per year is offered for this independent contractor position. Salary will be based on candidate’s experience, but is not to exceed $20,000. This position is offered without benefits.