Dubuque Chorale

Artistic Director

The Dubuque Chorale is seeking a new director. Robert Demaree, Artistic Director since 2009, announced that he will be stepping down at the end of the 2017-18 season. A search committee has been formed to seek prospective candidates. The new director will be recommended by the Search Committee and approved by the Board of Directors.

The position of Director of The Dubuque Chorale includes an annual stipend. The Chorale employs an accompanist who is also paid a stipend. Rehearsals are Thursday evenings from 6:15-7:15pm for Cadenza and from 7:30 – 9:30 pm for the Chorale. The Chorale season typically runs from Fall through Spring with four or five concerts.

Those applicants selected for an interview will meet with the search committee, and finalists will have the opportunity to work with the Chorale during a rehearsal. Each finalist will rehearse one required piece and one piece of his or her own choosing.

Application process

Applicants should send a cover letter and resume to the search committee at searchcommittee@dubuquechorale.org. Applications will be accepted through November 24, 2017.

Position Description

Reports to: Board of Directors of the Dubuque Chorale.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

People: Assistant Director, accompanists, soloists, and instrumentalists.

Data: Records, files and correspondence with accompanists, Dubuque Symphony conductor, guest soloists, orchestra performers, performance venues and others needed for Chorale rehearsals and performances.

Things: In conjunction with the Music Librarian, obtains and is aware of all music owned by the Chorale. The Artistic Director is responsible for safekeeping of music on loan from other sources.

Overall Responsibilities and Functions:

  1. Artistic Leadership and direction. Provides the artistic vision of the Chorale and is responsible for the leadership and direction of all aspects of the performances.
    • Development of annual programs including selection of music, accompanists, orchestral performers and soloists
    • Selection of Chorale and Cadenza members
    • Supervision of all performers
    • Supervises selection of performances and venues in consultation with the Board
    • Conducts rehearsals and concerts with the assistance of the Associate Director
    • Works closely with the director of the Children’s Choir
  2. Board and committee relationships. Serves as a non-voting member of the Board of Directors.
    • Attends Board of Directors meetings and presents regular reports.
    • Attends committee meetings upon invitation.
  3. Financial Management. In conjunction with the board, develops the annual plan and programs for the Chorale providing the basis for the annual budget.
    • Provides input for the budget process, including a budget for music, soloists and instrumentalists
    • Follows the approved budget for the programs and season
    • Assists with fundraising activities including collaboration on grant applications
  4. Public Relations. Serves as a spokesperson for the Chorale and represents the Chorale in media appearances in collaboration with the Publicity Committee.
    • Spokesperson for the Chorale
    • Represents the Chorale in media appearances
    • Participates in community activities where the Chorale needs representation
    • Collaborates with the board and committees in developing marketing campaigns and publicity for the Chorale

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