Reporting to the Executive Director, the Manager of Choruses organizes and manages all activities of the May Festival Chorus, May Festival Chamber Choir, May Festival Youth Chorus, and Vocal Arts Ensemble Chorus. Responsibilities include managing chorus personnel and operations and maintaining productive and supportive relationships among the artistic partnership organizations, chorus directors and chorus members.
In coordination with the relevant staff from the May Festival, Vocal Arts Ensemble and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, manage the scheduling of, and be present for, all chorus services, including auditions, warm-ups, rehearsals and concerts, at Music Hall, Memorial Hall and other venues. Organize and distribute schedules and pertinent information to chorus members and staff, including all updates and changes.
Research and book suitable venues for non-Music Hall and non- Memorial Hall rehearsals and performances. For all venues, and as needed, create seating charts, facilitate parking and facility access, schedule piano tuning, ensure proper rehearsal and performance space setup. During concerts, facilitate the staging of the chorus, including working with production and operations staff to ensure timely entrances and exits. and perform any other production-related tasks.
Manage all chorus personnel issues. Inform chorus members of and ensure compliance with scheduling, rules of attendance and other membership-related policies. Prepare and maintain accurate rosters and attendance records for every rehearsal and concert. Maintain awareness of and inform chorus directors about all personnel issues, including absences, illnesses and special needs. Facilitate completion of contracts for and payment to paid singers.
Under the direction of the chorus directors, hire and oversee pianists and language coaches.
Forecast and prepare operating budgets.
Coordinate and proctor chorus auditions, and oversee the orientation of new singers.
Manage music acquisition and distribution with the music librarians, maintain chorus websites, and maintain and distribute concert wardrobes.
Oversee the production and acquisition of May Festival Chorus at-home rehearsal materials, including audios of music and foreign-language pronunciation, and translations. Ensure these materials are available on the Chorus website by July 1 for Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra performances and no later than four (4) weeks after the finalizing of May Festival repertoire.
Act as a representative of and advocate for all May Festival and VAE choruses in scheduling and production-related meetings.
Provide general operational and administrative support to the chorus directors.
Provide support, as needed, to the May Festival Chorus Committee and for any performances outside Greater Cincinnati.
Perform other duties as assigned by the chorus directors, the General Manager or the Executive Director.
Bachelor’s degree in a related field and 3-5 years of directly relevant and equivalent work experience, including as an ensemble manager.
Knowledge of classical choral and choral/orchestral repertoire.
Experience in personnel management, including the ability to work effectively with volunteer and paid singers.
Skilled at organizing, multi-tasking, long-term planning and anticipating and preventing or solving problems.
Able and willing to work a flexible work schedule, including evenings and weekends at Music Hall and at offsite locations.
Proficient in planning and managing budgets.
Responsive, communicative and calm under pressure.
Skilled in word processing, database management, HTML and spreadsheet applications.
About Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Pops
The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, which also performs as the Cincinnati Pops, is one of America’s finest and most versatile ensembles. With a determination for greatness and a rich tradition that dates back over 120 years, the internationally acclaimed CSO attracts the best musicians, artists and conductors from around the world to Cincinnati. With new commissions and groundbreaking initiatives like LUMENOCITY®, One City, One Symphony, The Pelléas Trilogy, and the MusicNOW Festival collaboration, the Orchestra is committed to being a place of experimentation.
Louis Langrée began his tenure as the CSO's 13th Music Director in the 2013/14 season with a celebrated program The New York Times said “deftly combined nods to the orchestra's history, the city's musical life and new music.” Over the Orchestra's 122-year history, it has also been led by Leopold Stokowski, Eugène Ysaÿe, Fritz Reiner, Eugene Goossens, Max Rudolf, Thomas Schippers, Jesús López-Cobos, and Paavo Järvi, among others.
A champion of new music, the Orchestra has given American premieres of works by such composers as Debussy, Ravel, Mahler and Bartók and has commissioned works that have since become mainstays of... the classical repertoire, including Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man. The Orchestra continues to commission new works and to program an impressive array of music. In recent years, the CSO has performed the world premieres of Nico Muhly's Pleasure Ground, David Lang's mountain, Caroline Shaw's Lo and Daniel Bjarnason's Collider as part of the groundbreaking collaboration with the MusicNOW Festival, as well as the world premiere of André Previn's Double Concerto. More recent commissions include Gunther Schuller’s Symphonic Triptych, Michael Fiday’s Three for One, three works set to the poetry of Dr. Maya Angelou by T. J. Cole, Jonathan Bailey Holland and Kristin Kuster, as well three new concertos for orchestra by composers Sebastian Currier, Thierry Escaich and Zhou Tian, which are featured on the Orchestra’s most recent commercial recording.
The CSO was the first American orchestra to make a world tour sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and continues to tour domestically and internationally, most recently to Asia in March 2017 and a three-week European tour in August and September of the same year. The CSO has performed at New York's Carnegie Hall 48 times since its debut there in 1917, most recently to rave reviews in May of 2014. In January of 2016, the Orchestra performed at New York’s Lincoln Center as part of the invitational Great Performers series.
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