Conductor - Canberra Children's Choir and Training Choir

Position Vacant

TITLE:                          CONDUCTOR – Canberra Children’s Choir and Training Choir


REPORTS TO:             CEO & Artistic Director


The role of Choir Conductor requires an experienced educator and an energetic music practitioner. Along with prior experience leading vocal ensembles the position requires a demonstrated ability to attract and engage young musicians.  The role of Choir Conductor includes conducting the prestigious Canberra Children’s Choir as well as the Training Choir.


Conductors are accountable to the CEO and Artistic Director for the quality of the musical standards, achievements of participants, and long-term plans for the choir stream.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Run weekly rehearsals for the Canberra Children’s Choir and the Training Choir, preparing them for performances and taking an active role in improving the musical skills of the group. The Choir Conductor must be able to provide rehearsal and performing experiences of the highest caliber, through application of effective group management, high-level conducting skills, and appropriate rehearsal techniques.
  • Set long-term goals of learning and development, and propose appropriate repertoire for both choirs, to be approved by the Artistic Director. The Choir Conductor is expected to develop imaginative programming ideas that hold significance for the choir, the community, and the occasion, and that are developmentally appropriate for the students’ voices.
  • Contribute to the performance programming of Music for Canberra by preparing participants for concerts and other events.
  • Create a positive learning environment where children are supported in their learning journey and enthusiastic about their participation. The Choir Conductor must lead focused rehearsals while maintaining an encouraging and inspiring culture.
  • Proactively further the choirs’ potential as an artistic and community resource, willingly participating in outreach and promotional endeavours for the choirs.
  • Cooperate effectively with other tutors and conductors, members of staff, and the CEO and Artistic Director. The Choir Conductor should hold an understanding of a typical non-profit organisation and attend and contribute to staff meetings.


Selection Criteria

  • Experience in working with vocal ensembles, using repertoire across a variety of genres, and evidence of excellence in conducting technique and rehearsal methods.
  • An understanding of children’s voices and vocal development, as well as appropriate rehearsal techniques for young musicians.
  • Well-developed communication and interpersonal skills, with a proven ability to relate to, and work collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders, including young musicians, audiences, staff members.
  • Demonstrated ability to foster a positive learning environment and maintain participant enjoyment in musical experiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to envision long-term goals for the choir, including the ability to attract participants, and to set out a plan to achieve these goals.
  • Proven commitment to continued learning and professional development.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Recognised qualifications in music and/or education or equivalent experience.
  • Must hold a current Working With Vulnerable People card (or be able to obtain this prior to commencing in February 2018).

Application Process: 

Please send your C.V. and a cover letter responding to the selection criteria to the Program Manager, Kate Firkins, at by Friday 8 December, 2017.

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted to arrange an interview.

The position is for an initial period of 11 months, commencing in February 2018.  Subject to KPI’s and CEO/AD approval, the position may be extended beyond 2018 and grow to a long-term working relationship.

Thank you for your interest in working with us.