Artistic Director

Thomas Circle Singers
Washington, D.C.
Type of Position: 
Application Deadline: 
Friday, December 31, 2021

Established in 1976, The Thomas Circle Singers (TCS) is a welcoming and inclusive choral ensemble committed to enriching the musical life of the Washington, DC region through engaging and impactful performances, as well as partnerships with DC-based social service organizations. For almost five decades, TCS concerts have raised funds and awareness for organizations serving people experiencing homelessness and food insecurity, children and families at risk, the sick, and victims of violence in Washington, DC, raising over $250,000 for many notable and important causes. 


Comprised of more than 40 singers, over a dozen of whom have been members for over a decade, TCS is a SATB choir that presents acclaimed performances of diverse choral literature spanning the Renaissance to contemporary repertoires.   World premieres of TCS commissioned works include Robert Convery’s Glory to the Child, Gwyneth Walker’s A Heart in Hiding – the Passionate Love Poems of Emily Dickinson, and Blake Henson’s August Moonrise. In May of 2016, the Singers presented the world premiere of Ola Gjeilo’s A New Earth with the composer at the piano. In May of 2019, TCS performed two world premiere commissions – The Unexpected by Joshua Fishbein and City of Shadows by Michael Fili.


TCS seeks a part-time Artistic Director responsible for the leadership, artistic vision, and performances of the choir. Working with the Executive Director and reporting to the Board of Directors, the Artistic Director will further the choir’s vision of a future where choral singing is a vibrant part of a just and equitable society.



  • Provide overall artistic leadership, including selection of all artistic personnel, musical direction, repertoire selection, and conducting the ensemble

  • In collaboration with the Executive Director and Board, oversee fiscal, logistical, and programming decisions

  • Collaborate with the Executive Director to deliver a dynamic and engaging experience for TCS members, audiences, our partners, donors, and the public


Board Relations / Financial Management / Public Relations Duties

  • Work with the Executive Director to present monthly reports to the Board, prepare annual budget, and assist with grant applications

  • Collaborate with the Board and Executive Director in marketing campaigns, as well as community and promotional activities for the chorus


Desired Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in music, conducting, or related field; Master’s degree preferred

  • Commitment to TCS’ values (see below) and dual mission of artistic excellence and social impact

  • Experience conducting community, religious, or school-/university-based choruses

  • Ability to work with singers of varying skill levels and ages

  • Residence in the greater Washington, DC area

  • Thorough knowledge of choral repertoire with experience in planning and executing concert programs, including an interest in programming and commissioning new choral works

  • Strong leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills

  • Lived leadership and commitment to furthering the access, diversity, equity, and inclusion (ADEI) work of the ensemble

Compensation and Benefits: 

Compensation Range: $20,000 - $25,000

Application Procedure: 

Application Procedure

  • Email resume and cover letter to

  • We highly recommend also including links to videos that highlight your conducting and rehearsal skills

  • All applications are due by December 31, 2021



  • December 31, 2021: Applications due to

  • January 2022: Selection committee reviews applicants and invites selected candidates to a first-round interview

  • February 2022: Selection committee conducts first-round interviews

  • March 2022: Finalists invited to in-person conducting interview with full ensemble

  • Late March 2022 (if needed): Final-round interview with selection committee

  • April 2022: Offer extended

  • April 30, 2022: New Artistic Director announced at TCS Spring Gala

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