University College London
- Good Musical education, typically to Higher/A Level Equivalent
- Significant conducting experience or qualification
- Experience Conducting a Choral ensemble
- Experience of working with a University Musical Society
- Experience of conducting small/chamber orchestral ensembles
- Knowledge of a variety of repertoire and the standard of difficulty to suit the ensemble
- A practical knowledge of vocal technique
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced conductor to support the development of the UCL Chamber Choir, one of six ensembles run by the student-led UCL Music Society.
The Chamber Choir draws on the finest singers from Music Society to perform to a high standard, producing some excellent performances of both classical and contemporary pieces. Currently the choir is involved in 2-3 concerts each year with a wide range of repertoire, however we would like to see this expand under the new conductor’s direction.
The conductor will be responsible for the musical direction of the ensemble during rehearsals and support the Chamber Choir managers alongside the President of the Music Society in handling logistical aspects of running the Choir. The conductor will be invited to conduct scheduled UCL Chamber Choir concerts, however regrettably will have no involvement in any UCOpera affiliated productions. As a student-led organisation, we are looking for someone who shares our values, and recognizes the need to work collaboratively with students to develop their musical skills as well as delivering excellent performances.
About the Union:
Students’ Union UCL is an organisation that exists to make more happen. We are the representative body for University College London’s (UCL) students, one of the most diverse student communities in the world. UCL students have the potential to do anything, and the Union leads an essential role in helping them to achieve things they may have never thought possible. As a charity we employ over 90 full-time staff and deliver a wide range of services and representative functions for students.
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Duties and Responsibilities:
Coaching and Conducting
» To support the auditions and recruitment of singers at the start of the academic year.
» To lead all rehearsals for the choir with an accompanist as necessary, working to ensure members are supported to develop great performances.
» To incorporate and conduct a small Chamber Orchestra alongside the choir as required
» To ensure that the ensembles are regularly rehearsed and conducted in preparation for the scheduled UCL Chamber Choir concerts throughout the year.
» To use 18 paid admin hours (split across 2 terms) per year to: advise the Chamber Choir managers on ordering and hiring of music; and advise and give practical assistance to the Chamber Choir managers concerning the Musical planning and performance of all concerts. Any further admin undertaken outside of these hours will be voluntary and down to the conductor’s discretion.
» Presenting and suggesting suitable soloists for concerts, ensuring the prioritisation of UCL student soloists.
» Ensuring all solo parts shall be auditioned under the Union audition guidelines and in a fair and transparent manner
» Fostering an inclusive culture, respecting the student-led nature of the UCL Music programme.
» Working with the Music Society Committee to support the development of young musical talent.
» Supporting the Chamber Choir managers with the development of new initiatives.
» Providing a variety of options for the concert programme, in accordance with the Music Society Programme Protocol for evaluation and decision by the Chamber Choir Managers. This includes traditional and modern repertoire.