Music Director for Military Wives Choir Shilo
Position: Musical Director
Honorarium: $75-$90/week during terms
Starting: Sept. 2019
Terms run Sept-Dec/Jan-June
Responsibility: To the choir committee
To be prepared and attend Monday evening practices in Shilo, MB (date and time negotiable). Create a fun, safe and supportive environment for choir members. In charge of making sure choir members are prepared for performances. Understand that the choir is part of a larger organization and the majority of our music comes from the UK MWC. There is a small selection of songs we are required to learn and can not be altered. For our non core songs, the MD can make any changes in the score that he/she deems fit. Ensure the choir maintains its high performance standard and continues to improve.
To attend rehearsals weekly and arrange additional rehearsals as required
Combine solid learning with having fun.
Audition and select soloists for concerts and events as required
Source/arrange and/or write a mix of enjoyable songs, from warm ups and simple
arrangements to more complex songs.
Teach new songs in an interesting and supportive way while also anticipating tricky
intervals/rhythms and helping singers manage them.
Support the choir's development in e.g. their tuning, listening, blending, breathing,
care of the voice.
Support and lead the choir in performance e.g. bringing parts in, mouthing words
when necessary, having a clear and well understood conducting style.
Attend committee meetings as appropriate
Discuss with the committee technical/admin details e.x. paper copies, words or
music, whether or not to perform at a particular event, mic’s and sound systems
Discuss with the committee when to bring in new choir members
Assist the choir in finding and supporting alternative leaders (often from the choir)
Prepare music copies or word copies of new songs well in advance, ensuring the
person making copies has adequate time or that choir members can print their own from dropbox.
Put sound files of song on dropbox, to aid members in practicing at home.
Make occasional sound files for individual members or groups of choir members who
are having difficulty learning their part, and where there is no other recording
Position members within groups to obtain balance among instrumental or vocal
Study scores to learn the music in detail, and to develop interpretations.
Transcribe musical compositions and melodic lines to adapt them to a particular
group, or to create a particular musical style.
Keep the President or delegate informed of any ideas or plans for the choir and be prepared to
Discuss with the President or delegate all decisions and information
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