Choir Section Lead Positions Now Open

The Northumberland Orchestra & Choir (NOC) is seeking talented and collaborative singers to fill the positions of Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass Section Leads for the 2017-18 concert season. Working with Choral Director Mitchell Cox, Music Director John Kraus, and a full SATB choir, the successful applicants will be paid a modest honorarium and will possess the following qualifications and characteristics:

  • extensive choral experience
  • experience as a soloist would be considered an asset
  • strong vocal skills and vocal understanding
  • excellent sight-reading skills
  • ability to work with all types of people
  • ability to teach in a patient and positive manner
  • comfort level with languages (especially French, German, Italian)
  • ability to play parts on piano
  • familiarity with music digital technology tools
  • a strong sense of commitment, reliable attendance and punctuality

Responsibilities of the Section Lead positions are as follows:

  • attend all rehearsals (approx. 43) and performances (5)
  • support and encourage section members, making sure each member has director’s notes written accurately in their scores
  • track section attendance and follow-up with absent members
  • arrange and lead sectional rehearsals as required, focusing on diction, tone quality and entrances
  • create rehearsal or listening aids
  • sing solo sections in choral works as needed
  • participate in the audition process for new members
  • blend with the section in order to enhance balance
  • meet with Choral Director/Music Director as required

The choir rehearses on Tuesday evenings at Trinity United Church in Cobourg beginning in early September through to early May.  Some Thursday and Friday joint orchestra/choir rehearsals are also part of the schedule.

Qualified candidates should submit a letter of interest and résumé to the NOC President via email at president@northumberlandmusic.ca by no later than September 1, 2017.  Interviews and auditions for these positions will be scheduled in July and August.