GWCB Seeks New Conductor - 2020

Job Description
The Gorge Winds Concert Band is seeking a new conductor for the 2020 season. This is a volunteer position. Deadline to apply is February 14, 2020 with the new volunteer conductor assuming responsibilities at the end of April.

The band's season typically runs from the first week of February through the 4th of July, taking the month of August off, and then resuming the first week of September through the holiday season. Final candidates will be asked to guest conduct a piece of music during an upcoming rehearsal late February/early March timeframe.

Time Commitment
The Gorge Winds Concert Band currently rehearses weekly at The Dalles Middle School, The Dalles, Oregon, on Thursdays from 7pm to 9pm. The band conductor is responsible for unlocking and locking the band room door for rehearsal setup/take down.

The band performs two formal concerts, Spring and Christmas, with additional minor concerts (4th of July and October Spooktacular) throughout the year. The formal concerts are typically held on Sunday afternoons at 3pm.

Required Qualifications and Skills

  • Prefer, at least a bachelor’s degree in Music or Music Education
  • At least five years of successful experience as the conductor of a large wind ensemble
  • Knowledge of band literature
  • Professionalism
  • Demonstrates leadership qualities with conducting, teaching, and communication skills
  • Has the ability to work with adult musicians of all skill and commitment levels
  • Demonstrates excellent organizational skills
  • A background check is required

Overview of the Conductor’s Responsibilities

  • Controls the musical direction of the Band, including choice of repertoire
  • Conducts rehearsals and performances
  • Attends all Board meetings as an advisory member
  • In conjunction with the Board of Directors, schedule rehearsals and performances
  • Consult with the Board of Directors to engage soloists or other guest artists
  • In cases of emergency, find performers to fill vacancies in the Band
  • Select and purchase new music within the budget set by the Board of Directors
  • Determine the order of music for the concerts. Work with the Board member responsible for the printed concert program
  • Determine the Band’s seating arrangements for rehearsals and performances

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