Artistic Director of Trenton Children’s Chorus
Trenton Children's Chorus (TCC) empowers the academic, social, and spiritual lives of children through artistry in music. TCC provides exceptional social and personal opportunities to the young people it serves in the greater Trenton, New Jersey area, regardless of each child’s financial situation. Founded in 1989 as an outreach project of two churches in Princeton NJ, Nassau Presbyterian Church and Trinity Episcopal Church, TCC began as an entirely volunteer-run organization. Today, TCC offers choral music education, drumming and keyboard instruction, performance opportunities, music theory instruction, tutoring, homework assistance, SAT prep, college application help, and summer camp scholarships. Tuition is determined based on a sliding scale and no child is ever denied participation because of limited resources.
In an urban area where approximately 20 percent of students do not even complete high school, 100 percent of TCC’s graduates attend college. Furthermore, TCC offers scholarships to its participants who are pursuing college or vocational degrees, matching family contributions to these costs up to $1,000 per semester. TCC strives to help its participants appreciate the value of self-discipline and commitment to a goal, broaden their outlook on life, recognize the importance of community, build skills that will promote their future success and happiness, enhance their self-esteem, and embrace the transformative joy of music.
TCC is known to be one of the best children’s choruses in the country and has performed at the White House for President and Mrs. Obama, the United Nations, the National Cathedral, and Princeton University; for the swearing-in ceremony of former United States Representative Rush Holt at the Library of Congress and for the inauguration of Governor Chris Christie; in concert with Bobby McFerrin and Dave Brubeck; and for corporate, community, church, and private events in the greater Trenton area
The Artistic Director (AD) is the dynamic creative leader of TCC, defining and building its artistic identity and nurturing the artistic, academic, emotional, and social development of its choristers through the collaborative development of a coherent and engaging curriculum. The AD also serves as a spokesperson for TCC and plays a key role in promoting the organization locally, nationally, and internationally while building and developing audiences, participants, and donors.
The AD is responsible for achieving the mission of TCC and reports directly to the Executive Director.
- Provide artistic vision and leadership to achieve TCC’s mission and future growth
- Provide oversight of artistic staff and their delivery of program excellence
- Inspire artistic staff to achieve their full potential and that of their students
- In partnership with the artistic staff, develop and maintain comprehensive curriculum and choral literature for all programs
- Oversee Tuesday and Thursday choral rehearsals, direct warm-up of all choirs, and conduct the Chorale and Intermediate Choirs for rehearsals and performances
- Plan and execute a five day summer camp in August
- Identify and pursue appropriate performance and enrichment opportunities for choristers at all levels
- Set the performance schedule for the year during the summer months in coordination with the Executive Director
- Provide outside venues, with at least one collaborative, for choirs other than winter and spring concerts or concerts that are “in-house”
- Develop and maintain a choral library and any instruments or materials which are essential to a music organization
- Identify and cultivate collaborative community partnerships in support of the strategic plan and audience development and recruitment goals
- Maintain relationships with other choir directors outside of TCC to plan collaborative events
- Work with the Executive Director and Development Director to identify and nurture donors
- Actively participate in public and donor events, serving as an ambassador for TCC
Youth and Family Development
- Engage with students and parents to ensure participants are reaching not only artistic but also academic and social growth goals
- Establish trust with students and mentor them as they develop life skills through their participation with TCC
- Work with the Choir Manager to identify any issues with families such as academic or behavioral problems and helping seek solutions
- Work with the Learning Academy Director to identify any students that may need academic support or support for behavioral issues
- Maintain relationships with alumni
The approximate time committment is 25 Hours a week and the compensation is $40,000
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