Apprentice Conductor Program
COVID-19 UPDATE: Apprentice Conductor Program postponed
The inaugural Apprentice Conductor Program has been postponed to next season (2020/21) when we hope to select two conductors! To those who have already applied, we will contact you to confirm your continued interest when the program re-launches. We will announce a new deadline when we have a better sense of the trajectory of COVID-19.
Exultate Chamber Singers is pleased to announce its new Apprentice Conductor Program. The program is designed to provide young choral conductors at the high school or undergraduate level with the opportunity to conduct a high-level, amateur, adult chamber choir in rehearsal and performance.
One conductor will be selected following an application process. The selection committee is composed of four members from within the choir who are also established conductors in the community. The conductor will spend an 8-week rehearsal period with the choir, participating in weekly rehearsals and receiving feedback from the artistic director and choir members. They will have the opportunity to conduct at least one piece during the upcoming May performance. At the completion of the rehearsal period, the conductor will have compiled both rehearsal and performance video footage and will receive a $500 honorarium for future studies.
The conductor must:
be currently enrolled in a high school or undergraduate program;
have a basic understanding of conducting gestures, score study, and rehearsal strategies;
be able to attend all rehearsals between April 7 and May 26 (Tuesdays: 5:45–7:45 p.m., 383 Huron St.) as well as the performance on May 29 (8:00 p.m., 383 Huron St.).
Conductors who are currently full-time members of the choir are not eligible.
The conductor must submit:
a one-page letter outlining their interest in this program, future musical goals, and how this program aligns with those goals;
a resume that includes information related to musical training, vocal/choral experience, and conducting experience;
contact information for two references;
a short 2–5 minute video that shows the conductor leading a choir in rehearsal or performance. Please provide a link to the video. Do not submit the video as a file attachment.
Application deadline: TBA (See COVID-19 UPDATE at top of page)
All application materials must be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Confirmation of receipt will be issued.