Chorus Director / Composer


Chorus Director / Composer

The Shakespeare Society
New York, NY 10011


Rhys McClelland

Job Details




Chorus Director / Composer


Location:                                 191 Seventh Avenue, Ste. 2S

                                                New York, NY 10011

                                                *Classes take place in Hunts Point, Bronx, NY


Commitment:                         August 2017 – May 2018

Must be Available:                  Fridays 3:30 – 5:30pm

 January – May, Sundays 12-4pm

Week of May 14: Production Week

Performances May 18 (Bronx) and May 20 (Manhattan)


Music Planning sessions August through October

*Additional planning and production meetings as required


Program Description:

The Hunts Point Children’s Shakespeare Ensemble program is a collaboration between The Shakespeare Society and the Hunts Point Alliance for Children (HPAC). This yearlong educational initiative works with a group of fifty 4th, 5th and 6th graders from the South Bronx to explore, research, and perform a single Shakespearean play. Students explore the play through a variety of disciplines throughout the year, including acting, singing, dancing, combat, clowning, and design. At least two fully produced performances allow the students to share their work with the community. Past productions have included A Midsummer Nights Dream, The Tempest, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, and Hamlet.


Additional information about this program and videos from past productions are available at



Role Description:

The Music Director of the HPCSE plays a critical role in creating the musical elements of the performance and the students’ experience of the program over the course of the school year, and in the development and quality of the final production each May. The Chorus Director is chiefly responsible for leading the Choral Ensemble, a group of 20-25 fourth and fifth graders within the larger Ensemble who sing all music composed for and performed in the final production. The Music Director is also an important part of the entire HPCSE Teaching Artist team, and must bring not only creativity and enthusiasm to his/her duties, but also a supportive and collaborative spirit.



·       Composition of original music in collaboration with Director and Dramaturg (August – October)

·       Managing and directing the Choral Ensemble (approx. 20-25 students) that is an integral component of the HPCSE as a whole

·       Leading all music rehearsals and music-related elements of production

·       Overseeing the hiring/implementation of pit musicians and scheduling musician rehearsals

·       Attending program and design meetings with the Co-Directors and team of other Teaching Artists

·       Collaborating and team teaching with other Teaching Artists

·       Vocal coaching the cast

·       Assigning vocal parts in production/rehearsal as required



·       Previous Teaching Artist experience

·       A thorough understanding of choral vocal arrangements, vocal types, and music theory

·       Expert level piano skills

·       Excellence with composition and arrangement

·       Strong understanding of musical styles in order to execute the Co-Directors’ vision of the production

·       Advanced understanding of the voice and the ability to identify limits of individual performers and how to best merge the voice with the score

·       An ability to ensure proper vocal health performance and technique


The Music Director will begin meeting with the Co-Directors and the team in  August 2017. Selection and arrangement of music will take place starting in September. Rehearsals will begin in October. 


Please email a brief cover letter, resume and two professional references to


No phone calls, please, but feel free to email with questions about submitting materials. 




The Shakespeare Society is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, religion, national origin or sex in violation of Title VII. The Shakespeare Society prohibits discrimination against employees, applicants for employment and students on the basis of age, color, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran's status.



August 7, 2017 - May 23, 2018



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