Interim Artistic Director

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Interim Artistic Director

One Voice Chorus (OVC) is searching for an interim artistic director (one-year).

Application Deadline: June 30, 2021

About Us

One Voice Chorus (OVC) is an SATB choir for LGBTQ2+ singers and allies. We are an auditioned choir, just completing our 10th season, with a wide-ranging repertoire from classical to jazz, madrigals to show tunes, and more! OVC has a diverse membership of approximately 35 active singing members (grouped by vocal range, not gender).

OVC has an annual operating budget of approximately $90K, with a dedicated general manager, financial administrator and accompanist. OVC was founded in September 2011, and our aim is to create a queer-friendly space to sing a wide variety of music, to aim for excellence in our singing, to build bridges with our community, and to have fun! We are a vibrant component of Calgary’s LGBTQ2+ community and our musicality and performance is supported by our commitment to creating a welcoming, inclusive environment for singers, staff, volunteers, and audience members.

In recent years, OVC has made strides to centre our artistic efforts on telling stories that have not always been included in the choral community. These include a Bridges concert in collaboration with local Indigenous communities, a performance of The Watershed Stories (including the commission of an additional story about trans experiences), and a retrospective about Club Carousel (Calgary’s first gay club) in collaboration with a local historian.

Our Mission: One Voice Chorus Society provides a supportive environment for LGBTQ2+ singers and allies to sing, learn, perform, and share within an artistic, community-focused organization.

Our Vision: One Voice Chorus makes a meaningful contribution to the greater community through musical excellence and serves as a beacon for the LGBTQ2+ community.

For more information about One Voice Chorus, visit

Summary Job Description

The interim artistic director (AD) leads the choir, both musically and in terms of maintaining an inclusive choral community, and is supported by the board of directors, staff, ombudsperson to the choir and section leaders. The AD will exemplify artistic leadership and support the OVC mission and vision. The role of the AD is to oversee all artistic matters, auditions, rehearsals, retreats, sectionals, smaller group performances, concerts, and programming for OVC. The AD reports to the OVC board of directors (including attending a monthly two-hour board meeting) and collaborates with the OVC membership to embrace a diversity of perspectives, musical talent, musical ideas, and community outreach.

OVC weekly rehearsals are Monday evenings from 7:15 to 9:15pm including a social snack break.

Additional rehearsals include bimonthly sectionals for each section and dress rehearsals. The annual concert schedule typically includes two concerts (December and June), one major fundraising event, and occasional smaller group performances. OVC aims to perform at Unison Festival Unisson (June 30 to July 3, 2022) in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with the Interim AD conducting. Subject to COVID-19 restrictions, the AD should be prepared to adapt to a virtual choral environment.

Technical aspects of the virtual choral environment will not be the AD’s responsibility, but they will work in collaboration with the general manager and occasional outside production teams.

The interim AD’s focus will be to maintain the integrity of the OVC community and supporting preparation for a successful 2021-2022 season. The Interim position is posted for 12 months with the possibility of extension.

Qualifications and Experience


  • Previous experience as a choral conductor.
  • Strong understanding of pedagogy and vocal technique.
  • Knowledge and comfort with a diversity of musical genres.
  • Experience adapting teaching style, vocal technique, and technologies to meet a diversity of needs and range of musical talent.
  • Ability to inspire creativity and growth in singers.
  • Experience supporting singers undergoing vocal transition would be an asset.
  • Experience working in a virtual choir environment would be an asset.
  • Formal musical education and additional musical training and musical experience beyond conducting would be an asset but is not a requirement.


  • Ability to outline and communicate artistic vision for welcoming community events.
  • Experience producing concerts or community-oriented events in a collaborative environment.
  • Interest in programming material that broadens the horizons of choristers, performers, and audience members would be an asset.
  • Experience planning inclusive choral or community events, including experience working with an event planner or event coordinator, would be an asset.
  • Knowledge of and experience working with not-for-profit and community arts groups would be an asset.


  • Strong commitment to fostering a diverse choral community, and a commitment to learn about the intersectionality of LGBTQ2+ identities with other experiences including race, Indigenous identity, ability, age, and income.
  • Ability to create and manage a rehearsal environment that is inclusive, fun and educational
    willingness to understand and support diverse chorister needs in the OVC community, including arranging accommodations one-on-one with choristers.
  • Make reasonable efforts to attend the non-singing aspects of maintaining an inclusive OVC community as they occur, including educational workshops, cultural events and social gatherings.
  • Experience facilitating social connection among choristers or communities would be an asset.

The successful candidate will:

  • Have experience with choral conducting.
  • Have ability to sing and/or play all parts (SATB).
  • Demonstrate excellent leadership skills.
  • Demonstrate excellent communication skills.
  • Bring out the best in each singer and section.
  • Demonstrate willingness to work in both online and in-person environments.


This is a 12-month contract, August 1, 2021 to July 31, 2022.

Compensation: $15,000 to $16,600 per year, commensurate with experience.

Expected average hours are 40 hours per month. Expectation of hours fluctuates somewhat during the year. Hours can increase during performance periods and can be less during periods such as summer break. This base compensation does not include extra remuneration for gig group presentations, sectional rehearsals and travel to choral festivals. A per diem is also paid for travel to choral festivals.

Applications should include the following:

  • Cover letter, including a brief outline of artistic vision 2021-22 OVC season
  • Resume of relevant experience
  • Samples of past concert programs that exemplify your work

Optional: Video sample(s) demonstrating directing style in concert and/or rehearsal settings.

Interested applicants should apply by email no later than June 30, 2021 to

Please also email with any questions regarding this posting.

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