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Departure of Celeste Oram and Search for New Assistant to the Artistic Director

The San Diego Women’s Chorus, with mixed emotions, is announcing the departure Celeste Oram, after more than 4 years as our Assistant to the Artistic Director. We are sad that she will be stepping down from her position at the end of this season but proud of her accomplishments as she completes her PhD and focuses on her music in New Zealand, to which she recently returned. It has been our privilege and our pleasure to work with Celeste and she will be greatly missed. Her grace, charm, and talent have enhanced our experience and made us better singers, and we wish her much success and happiness in the coming years.

As we prepare for her departure, we are now looking for a new Assistant to the Artistic Director. The Assistant to the Artistic Director (AAD) will work under and report to the Artistic Director (AD) and the SDWC Board of Directors (BOD), directing when requested and providing general musical assistance.

Primary responsibilities (when in-person rehearsing and performing resumes) will include:

  • Be familiar with / able to conduct / rehearse all repertoire being sung by the Chorus for each concert, including AD’s interpretation (breath marks, dynamics, phrasing)
  • Provide rehearsal notes to AD as requested
  • Attend all rehearsals and major concerts, as well as community performances, festivals, retreats and out of town performances where practicable and at the discretion of the SDWC
  • Conduct selected rehearsals and sectionals as requested by the AD
  • Direct smaller ensembles as needed; rehearse and conduct all or part of ensemble or chorus performances as requested by the AD
  • Assist the AD with voice placement / auditions
  • Teach choral basics, vocal production and/or musical workshops: two to three 45-60 minute sessions throughout the season as needed or decided
  • Keep current with new SSAA/treble choral repertoire, collaborating with the AD on programming when requested
  • Provide assistance with score markings and preparations, and program notes as needed
  • Assist staff with concert-related logistics as needed
  • Advocate on behalf of San Diego Women’s Chorus at community and cultural events, and in all respects furthering the Mission of the SDWC

Primary responsibilities (rehearsing and performing remotely) will include:

  • Be familiar with / able to conduct / rehearse all repertoire being sung by the Chorus for each concert, including AD’s interpretation (breath marks, dynamics, phrasing)
  • Provide rehearsal notes to AD as requested
  • Virtually attend all rehearsals and major concerts, where practicable and at the discretion of the SDWC
  • Conduct selected rehearsals and sectionals as requested by the AD
  • Direct smaller ensembles as needed; rehearse and conduct all or part of ensemble or chorus performances as requested by the AD
  • Assist the AD with voice placement / auditions
  • Teach choral basics, vocal production and/or musical workshops: two to three 45-60 minute sessions throughout the season as needed or decided
  • Support video and audio productions including preparation of guide tracks and editing of
    video and audio performances

The Ideal Candidate will have:
• Undergraduate degree in music or equivalent experience
• Choral conducting experience and knowledge of conducting and rehearsal techniques
• Training and experience in applied vocal technique
• Piano skills sufficient to support running sectional rehearsals
• Familiarity with current SSAA/treble choral repertoire
• Positive and supportive attitude
• Excellent communication skills
• Strong organizational skills
• Ability to work as a member of a team with the AD, the BOD and other SDWC Committees
• Commitment to SDWC’s mission
• Familiarity with Audio and/or Video editing software programs and experience in producing
Choral videos
• Residency in San Diego area, or be willing to relocate when in-person rehearsing and
performing resumes

Salary
This is a part-time position (on the order of 5-10 hours per week). Remuneration is
commensurate with qualifications and experience. There are no benefits offered with this
position. Anticipated start date is December 15, 2020.

Additional Information
SDWC rehearses on Sunday afternoons; during remote rehearsals (with Zoom) this is generally
from 4-6 PM. When in person rehearsals resume, rehearsals will be from 4-7pm in the Mission
Hills area. SDWC rehearses approximately 45 weeks per year, from January through mid-July,
and then mid-August through early December, with most of December and January off.

Please submit your résumé, two letters of reference (with contact information), and a one-page
letter of application that includes a statement of your strengths and why you are interested in
this position to: info@sdwc.org with the subject heading AAD application.