The Arlington Chorale (TAC) seeks candidates for an Artistic Director and Conductor to lead the Chorale. Established in 1966, The Arlington Chorale (TAC), formerly The Metropolitan Chorus, is a nonprofit ensemble composed of chorus members from Northern Virginia, DC, and Maryland. The Chorale rehearses weekly on Monday evenings at 7:15 PM.

Position Summary

To direct a choir of adults including developing repertoire, conducting choir rehearsals, coordinating with an accompanist, and preparing participants for performances, the Artistic Director and Conductor will inspire participants and set a tone for fun and friendly engagement through music. The position reports to the Board of Directors and meets with the Board regularly throughout the year.


  • Promote the Chorale and its mission. Work with the Chorale and the Board to promote and encourage fellowship in the learning, preparation, and performance of music.

  • Prepare for the upcoming season (20%)

  • Design each concert performance including theme development and integration of guest artists, ensembles, and soloists.

  • Organize performance schedule including public concert and education or outreach concerts.

  • Invite previous members to come sing for the next season. Hold auditions for new members at least twice a year, normally in August and January.

  • Plan and schedule rehearsals, including sectionals and dress rehearsals.

  • Plan the printed program and electronic publicity with the Board.

  • Work with the Board to select and order the music in time for first rehearsal.

  • Design, coordinate, and direct Chorale programming (60%)

  • Train, rehearse, and direct the Chorale including vocal/physical warm ups, learning music, and preparing for performances.

  • Email rehearsal reminders to Chorale members.

  • Instrumentalists (10%)

  • Contracts with musicians for each concert project

  • Rehearse musicians for each concert project.

  • Communicate with the accompanist regarding the rehearsal list, tempos, and other performance-related issues in preparation of the music.

  • Administrative (5%)

  •  Arrange for a substitute director in the event of absence during a performance season.

  • Prepare budget requests each season in collaboration with the board.

  • Communicate regularly with the Board (5%)

  • Attend Board meetings and provide a monthly report to the Board.

  • Work with Board members on individual items such as community outreach, program, publicity, etc.

Required Experience:

  • Experience conducting a chorus with singers of various musical skills and experience

  • Knowledge of choral music and experience with a variety of musical styles and traditions

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong leadership skills, particularly involving leadership of choral or other music organizations.

  • Strong oral and written communication skills that include a demonstrated ability to communicate (1) musical and artistic ideas and interpretations to a chorus or other music group; (2) organization strategies and goals with an oversight body, such as a board of directors or similar governing panel; and (3) music background and history to audiences.

  • Computer literacy, including familiarity with word processing, email, and internet applications.

  • Demonstrated ability to develop and adhere to a budget for a chorus or other music group.

  • In-depth knowledge of choral music and repertoire, and an ability to match such music and repertoire to the skills and experience of a given chorus.

  • Demonstrated ability to develop a strong working relationship with an accompanist.

  • Excellent problem-solving skills, including the ability to tactfully and firmly resolve conflicts.

Qualified applicants should submit a resume and cover letter describing their interest by June 30, 2018 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information, please visit