Concert Choir Conductor

The Fairfield County Children’s Choir is accepting applications for the position of Conductor of the FCCC Concert Choir, our third-level group made up of 95 – 100 children in grades 5 – 12, for the 2017 – 2018 season. This group has performed with area choirs and orchestras, and at Carnegie Hall three times in the past four years.

We seek an individual with a passion for music, outstanding musicianship and excellent interpersonal skills. This conductor also conducts the combined choirs of the FCCC (300+ children) at various times throughout the season. Rehearsals take place in Fairfield on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 – 8:30 PM from September through May. Additional rehearsal time is scheduled on an as needed basis. There are between 4 – 8 concerts per season. The FCCC Concert Choir Conductor reports to the FCCC Music Director.

Qualifications:
– A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in music, music education, conducting, etc.
– Outstanding musicianship
– Quality vocal model
– Piano keyboard skills (accompanist will be provided)
– Experience with high quality repertoire
– Outstanding communication skills
– Ability to work as a member of a team

Responsibilities:
– Conduct rehearsals and concerts as scheduled
– Coordinate with Music Director in choosing repertoire
– Coordinate rehearsal and/or concert logistics as needed
– Provide program notes
– Participate in auditioning and placement of choristers

Tasks that are covered by our administrative staff:
– Taking and keeping attendance records
– Organizing registration, choir rosters and health forms
– Ordering sheet music
– Preparing music binders
– Maintaining the calendar of events
– Coordinating concert dress
– Booking rehearsal and concert venues
– Coordinating accompanists

Salary: Commensurate with experience, Starting date: July 1, 2017

Applicants should send a letter of application and resume to Jon Noyes at Manager@SingFCCC.org by May 1, 2017 or until filled. Finalists will be asked to submit a portfolio to include sample concert programs and audio and/or video recordings, etc. representing the applicant’s work as a choral conductor. Please forward to any interested parties. Fairfield County Children’s Choir 203-414-4292

The Fairfield County Children’s Choir

The Fairfield County Children’s Choir (FCCC) is a community-based choral program made up of over three hundred children in grades four through twelve from communities in Connecticut’s Fairfield County and beyond. The FCCC was founded in 1995 to provide children the opportunity to participate in a musical experience that is challenging, rewarding and enjoyable. The FCCC program provides instruction in vocal technique, choral technique, music literacy and the appreciation of music through the practice and performance of great choral repertoire.

The FCCC has performed throughout New England (Boston, Tanglewood, Burlington, Hartford) as well as in New York (Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Madison Square Garden & West Point), Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Maryland, New Orleans, San Francisco, Oakland, Hawaii, Colorado, Arizona, Canada, England, Ireland, Austria and the Czech Republic. The group has shared the stage with such artists as Renee Fleming, Charles Strouse, Stephen Schwartz, Augusta Read Thomas, Sam Waterston, Christopher Plummer, Sara Watkins, Aoife O’Donovan, Tom Chapin, Ivan Rutherford and William Boughton. The FCCC has performed with many groups, including the Fairfield County Chorale, the Connecticut Chamber Choir, the Fairfield University Glee Club, the Mendelssohn Choir of CT, the American Classical Orchestra, the CT Grand Opera, the US Military Academy Band / West Point, the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras and over ninety children’s choirs at various concerts and festivals.

Community service events have included performances for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Fairfield Holocaust Commemoration Ceremonies, Red Cross, Americares, Save The Children, Operation Hope, Catholic Charities, St. Vincent’s Hospital and the Visiting Nurses Association. In November 2012 the choir made a television commercial in the form of a ‘flash mob’ for Smilow Cancer Hospital in New Haven.

Mission Statement:

The mission of the FCCC is to provide children the opportunity to participate in a musical experience that is challenging, rewarding and enjoyable.  Through the process of practicing and performing choral music with excellence and artistry, the FCCC helps to foster the personal, musical and social growth of each child, promoting self-esteem and self-discipline.  The FCCC contributes to the quality of the cultural life of its members and the community as a whole. The Fairfield County Children’s Choir is an equal opportunity employer.