NOC Is Seeking Volunteers!

STAGE MANAGER (Filled)

Duties & Responsibilities

  • One week in advance of all concerts, liaise with Music Director regarding the floor plan for each concert.
  • Liaise with venue personnel to ensure access to premises at least 2 hours before set-up for the Friday night rehearsal preceding a Saturday concert and prior to any subsequent rehearsal and the concert if the original set-up has had to be struck. 
  • Organize volunteer crews to prepare the concert space, including removal of non-concert furniture or fixtures (e.g. pews), and set up and take down all concert-related equipment, including chairs, music stands, lights, large instruments, sound equipment.
  • Ensure that all equipment is set up in accordance with the plan submitted by the Music Director.
  • Liaise with venue personnel to ensure that P.A. system and house lights are working order.
  • Provide musicians with 5 minutes notice of requirement to be on stage before the concert and following any intermission.
  • Manage the stage door entrances of musicians, Music Director and soloists.

Qualifications

  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, particularly Word, and Adobe Reader.
  • Strong written and verbal communication.
  • Access to computer equipment with high-speed internet connectivity and email.

Music Acquisition Librarian

Role Title: Music Acquisition Librarian (Volunteer position)

Reports To: Programming Advisory Committee, Music Director, Board of Directors

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

The position is responsible for obtaining and arranging for distribution of orchestra & choir music as requested by the Programming Advisory Committee. This is a voluntary role.

SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Order music, as requested by the Programming Advisory Committee.  This may involve searching the NOC music library, searching the Internet or liaising with music librarians of other orchestras to determine the availability and cost of requested music. 
  • Forward necessary music to the appropriate contact person for production of choir CDs.  
  • Check with the string principals to arrange for bowing of the music. 
  • Arrange for the printing of music (may involve scanning of hard copy to create PDF files).
  • Arrange for the distribution of sheet music to orchestra librarian and choir librarian. 
  • Maintain catalogue of music ensuring it is up to date at all times.
  • Provide assistance to the Orchestra and Choir Librarians as necessary. 

SELECTION CRITERIA

  • Able to understand and be committed to the role.
  • Capable/responsible of carrying out work in a professional/business-like manner.  
  • Able to effectively communicate/collaborate with the Music Director, Programming Advisory Committee and Librarians.
  • Able to allocate the time required to effectively carry out the role.
  • Knowledge of music and music publishing would be considered assets.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word and Adobe Acrobat.

 

Cello Principal (Filled)

The Northumberland Orchestra & Choir is seeking a talented and experienced cellist to fill the position of Cello Principal for the 2016-17 season. Working with and in support of Music Director John Kraus and a 50-member symphony orchestra, this person will lead a 6-member Cello section in rehearsals and concerts, beginning in September and running through to early May 2017. The orchestra rehearses on Thursday evenings at Cobourg Collegiate.

As Principal Cellist, the successful candidate will be responsible for the following:

  • modeling a high standard of performance and ensuring that all players understand rehearsal and performance protocols and etiquette;
  • upon receipt of the Concertmaster’s bowings, bowing cello parts and sharing with section members;
  • creating separate bowed masters and submitting same to the Orchestra Librarians;
  • providing individual coaching to section players as needed and appropriate, ensuring that criticism or instructions are conveyed in a positive and respectful manner;
  • inducting new players into the section in an effective and collegial manner;
  • leading in-rehearsal sectionals at the request of the Music Director.

The successful applicant will be paid a modest honorarium and will possess the following qualifications and characteristics:

·      Bachelor of Music or equivalent accredidation;

·      a minimum of 5 years’ experience playing cello in ensemble settings;

·      highly developed performance skills;

·      a patient and helpful attitude;

·      a strong sense of commitment, reliable attendance and punctuality.

Interviews and auditions for this position will be held on in the evenings of September 8. Qualified candidates should submit a letter of interest and résumé to NOC President Jeff Mitchell via email at president@northumberlandmusic.ca by no later than September 4, 2016.

 

Choir Accompanist (Filled)

The Northumberland Orchestra & Choir is seeking a talented and collaborative pianist to fill the position of choir accompanist for the 2016-17 season. Working with and in support of Choral Director Mitchell Cox and a full SATB choir, this person will provide piano accompaniment for choir rehearsals and pre-concert warm-ups, beginning in September and running through to early May 2017. In the absence of the Choral Director prior to concerts and rehearsals, the accompanist will lead vocal warm-ups to ensure good vocal health and run occasional sectionals during regular rehearsal time. The choir rehearses on Tuesday evenings at Trinity United Church in Cobourg.

The successful applicant will be paid a modest honorarium and will possess the following qualifications and characteristics:

  • Bachelor of Music in Piano 
  • Broad familiarity with choral repertoire
  • Excellent sight-reading skills
  • An understanding of the vocal instrument and warm-up techniques 
  • Choir experience (singing, accompanying or directing) would be an asset 
  • Ability to read open score, to follow a conductor and to play in a variety of styles
  • A patient and helpful attitude 
  • A good ear and the ability to detect intonation and rhythm problems
  • A strong sense of commitment, reliable attendance and punctuality

Interviews and auditions for this position will be held on in the evenings of August 2nd and 4th. Qualified candidates should submit a letter of interest and résumé to NOC President Jeff Mitchell via email at president@northumberlandmusic.ca by no later than Friday, July 30, 2016.