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Start Date:                          April 29, 2019

Salary:                                  $32,000

Term:                                    One year Maternity Leave Replacement (May 2018 to April 2019)

30 hours per week, including evening rehearsal and concert attendance

Location:                             Downtown Toronto

Job Description

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Canada’s world-renowned choral champion, is searching for an enthusiastic, energetic and experienced Manager of Artistic Operations to join our small and dedicated team. Under the guidance of the Executive Director, and in collaboration with TMC artistic and administrative staff, the Manager of Artistic Operations will implement all artistic and production arrangements for the TMC’s self-produced performances and guest appearances.

The Manager of Artistic Operations will report to the Executive Director, and oversee the work of the chorister Section Heads.

A summary of responsibilities include:

Artistic/Concert planning and execution

  • Book concert and rehearsal venues for all TMC self-produced concerts.
  • Liaise with Interim Conductor and Executive Director about artistic and production needs for TMC self-produced performances, and communicate information as needed.
  • Execute guest artist contracts, and liaise with TMC Orchestra Contractor in hiring orchestral musicians as needed.
  • Liaise with and organize guest artist appearances for all TMC self-produced performances.
  • For TMC self-produced concerts, coordinate and execute all production requirements, including seating plans and venue set up.
  • For TMC guest appearances, coordinate production requirements with presenting venues/organizations.
  • Marshal choir for all TMC performances and guest appearances.
  • Co-manage front of house for all TMC self-produced concerts, including recruitment and management of volunteer ushers.

Chorister Communications and Liaison

  • Coordinate annual auditions for new and returning professional and volunteer choristers, and alumni.
  • Create and update annual rehearsal and performance schedule and post on TMC Google Calendar.
  • Create chorister seating plans for regular rehearsals and all performances, based on needs identified by Interim Conductor or guest conductors.
  • Create and distribute weekly chorister communications and special messaging as needed.
  • Manage volunteer chorister attendance and commitment through oversight of TMC Volunteer Section Heads.
  • Manage professional core singers’ attendance and contractual commitments, and communicate issues to Interim Conductor.
  • In consultation with the TMC Alumni Program Manager, coordinate arrangements around TMC Alumni Singer Program.
  • Liaise with TMC volunteer wardrobe coordinator.

Other

  • Other duties as needed and that time allows

Requirements

Experience/Education:

  • 3-5 years of experience in concert management or arts administration.
  • Stage management or production experience necessary.
  • Completion of an arts administration degree or related post-secondary education strongly preferred.

Knowledge/Skills:

  • Passion for the performing arts essential.
  • A motivated self-starter who enjoys providing input and idea generation as part of a small and close-knit team, while being comfortable with taking direction.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and with a high attention to detail.
  • An empathy for and ability to work effectively with volunteers.
  • A clear, motivational verbal and written communicator.
  • Competency with computer software including Excel and Microsoft Office Suite. Experience with CRM software would be an asset.
  • Ability to work select evenings and weekends.

This position is for 30 hours per week, including evening rehearsal and concert attendance. Most rehearsals and performances are on Monday and Wednesday evenings, so candidates need to consider their availability when applying. The TMC offers flexible working arrangements, including time off for additional hours worked, and the ability to work some time at home. Two weeks paid vacation, plus approx. two weeks paid time off between Christmas and New Year’s.

To apply, please send your CV and a cover letter outlining why you would like to work with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir to Cynthia Hawkins, Executive Director at manager@tmchoir.org by April 5, 2019.  Please note that all applicants must be currently eligible to work in Canada.

We thank all applicants for their interest, but only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Organization Description

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Canada’s world-renowned large vocal ensemble, performs choral music drawn from five centuries, including grand symphonic masterworks, world premieres of new compositions, and rarely heard works. In addition to its own concert season, the TMC also appears regularly with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and makes other guest appearances.

The 120 choristers of the TMC include professional singers, auditioned volunteers and apprentices who are all committed to offering audiences authentic interpretation, clarity of expression, and a profound emotional experience of some of the most important music ever composed.

The TMC is currently under the direction of Interim Artistic Director David Fallis while the organization conducts an international search for a new Artistic Director. The search is expected to be concluded by the end of the 2019/20 season and this new Artistic Director will be the 8th in the Choir’s 125-year history.

TMC Education and Outreach initiatives include the Associate Conductor position, Singsation Saturday choral workshops, and webcasts of select concerts which reach a growing audience across Canada and internationally.

In September 2018, the TMC launched its Creating a Safe Creative Space Initiative which outlines how the TMC aims to provide a creatively fulfilling, safe and healthy environment that is inclusive of people who identify as various races, genders, abilities, and sexual orientations. The TMC aims to ensure positive and respectful relationships that are demonstrated by welcome, friendship and support among members and for everyone involved in the organization.

TORONTO MENDELSSOHN CHOIR SEEKING NEW MEMBERS FOR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir is seeking enthusiastic and engaged candidates to join its 12-member Board of Directors.  The Board’s main focus is on the long term strategic direction, sustainability and financial performance of Canada’s flagship choral organization.

We are looking for directors who will share the following attributes with our current members:

  • knowledge about and/or experience with the performing arts sector;
  • an expressed or demonstrated commitment to the Mission, Vision and Values of the TMC;
  • ability to think strategically and engage in sound, collaborative decision-making processes;
  • the commitment to act with independence of mind, and in the best interests of the organization as a whole;
  • dedication of time required of a director. Knowledge about and/or past experience with non-profit boards is valued.

To fill the current vacancies, we are particularly looking for candidates who have:

  • proven leadership skills, including strong interpersonal and facilitation skills,
  • proven experience in fundraising and building successful donor relations, especially in the performing arts sector,
  • financial acumen, and/or
  • proven experience in marketing and communications.

As one of Canada’s largest choral organizations, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir is praised by patrons and media alike for the emotional intensity of its performances. Since its founding in 1894, the Choir has been dedicated to engaging audiences with the power of great choral music performed live.  In addition to 20 performances a year, our education and outreach activities contribute to the development of professional and amateur choral musicians including:  welcoming young singers to the Choir through our Apprentice program, offering a series of choral workshops for amateur singers, and supporting the development of emerging choral conductors and composers. The Choir’s Board and Management have recently implemented a class-leading program called Creating a Safe Creative Space, and are currently conducting a two-year process to select and engage a new Artistic Director to lead us into the future.

The TMC is committed to diversity within its community and welcomes applications from minority groups members and persons with disabilities.

If you have a passion for classical music performance and education, and would like to lend your expertise and experience to Canada’s champion of choral music, please contact Cynthia Hawkins, Executive Director at (416) 598-0422, ext 222 or manager@tmchoir.org before April 18, 2019.

The TMC is conducting an international search for a new Artistic Director. Visit the Artistic Director Search page for all of the details about the search and how to apply.