Chautauqua Institution is a not-for-profit global convener of dialogue on the most significant issues of the day through engagement across four pillars of the arts, education, religion, and recreation. The Chautauqua community is located on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York State and comes alive each summer with a unique mix of visual and performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship/programs, and recreational activities. The Institution has just recently passed a strategic plan, 150 Forward, that endeavors to expand its reach to year-round programming and to harness its brand for continuous impact. A new Washington, DC, office has opened to allow the Institution to play an ongoing role in the cultural conversations of the nation.
Candidates are encouraged to learn more about Chautauqua Institution at CHQ.org and the 150 Forward Strategic Plan at 150fwd.CHQ.org.
The Department of Religion provides a wide variety of worship services and programs to community residents and guests that express Christian heritage as well as an interfaith commitment in spirit and practice. Services combine the musical gifts of the 125-voice Chautauqua Choir accompanied by the 5,640 pipes of the Massey Memorial Organ. Many styles of music from the past five hundred years are presented with the inclusion of scriptural and devotional readings and prayers carefully selected to reflect the weekly thematic programming of the Institution.
The Choir Director will lead and conduct the Chautauqua Sunday Choir and the weekday auditioned Motet Choir. This incumbent reports to the Vice President of Religion and collaborates with both the Vice President of Religion and the organist in designing worship services and the selection of the sacred music (hymns/liturgy) to be performed. The Choir Director will also work directly with the choir librarians in organizing the music for the various worship services, rituals, and ceremonies, and will be open to collaboration with other musical programs as needed. Choir performances occur during a nine-week Summer Assembly Season (June-August) at Chautauqua Institution.
Duties and Responsibilities
Formal Education Requirements
Skills and Abilities
Working Conditions, Environmental Hazards, and Physical Requirements
Contacts and Supervision
Management of the Chautauqua Sunday Choir (125-Performers) and the auditioned Motet Choir.
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