Music Director Search

Cantilena members posed for a concert

Are you interested in working with a well-established women's chorus which is passionate about making music? We'd love to hear from you!

Cantilena is looking for a permanent music director, to start in January 2022

Application Deadline: Monday, September 13, 2021

Job Summary
  • Permanent Music Director (part time) of an auditioned women’s choral ensemble.

  • Creates and develops two concert programs each year (December and May).

  • Prepares chorus through weekly Monday evening rehearsals from early September through early May.

  • Auditions prospective singers semi-annually as needed.

  • Attends monthly Board of Directors meetings ex officio; offers advice on areas for which the Board is responsible, including fundraising, publicity, and grant writing.

  • Carries out artistic decisions with a high degree of autonomy, but with the advice and consent of the Board of Directors.

  • Some flexibility with schedule and performances may be necessary until the pandemic is over.

  • A passion for excellence in choral performance.

  • Degree in choral conducting or related field, or equivalent professional experience

  • Experience in conducting choruses of serious amateur musicians

  • Demonstrated excellence in performance/rehearsal planning and programming

  • Broad knowledge of treble voice repertoire

  • Ability to select and guide strong, experienced avocational singers in choral techniques, vocal production, musicianship, languages, and musical background/historical context

  • Sense of humor and strong interpersonal communication skills

  • Willingness to advise the Board in artistic decisions affecting the chorus


Minimum base compensation: $7,000 annually, adjusted depending on qualifications and experience. Salary may be augmented if additional projects or performances are undertaken.

Cantilena, Inc. is a Section 501(c)3 nonprofit and an Equal Opportunity Employer

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How to Apply

Application Deadline: Monday, September 13, 2021

Applications will be kept confidential.

Applicants are invited to submit a one-page cover letter, a resumé of no more than three pages, and contact information for 3-4 professional references.


Subject: Music Director Search

Applicants may also send up to five additional pages of reviews or programs. Please do not send recordings at this time. All materials must be received by September 13, 2021.

The search committee will interview candidates in-person or via Zoom and may request additional materials, such as rehearsal videos. Finalists will be invited to conduct a mini rehearsal with the full chorus during the Fall of 2021. A final decision will be made in early December 2021 at the latest.

Questions? Interested?