Hear the Voices. Feel the Passion.

A cultural cornerstone of Elgin and the Fox Valley, the Elgin Master Chorale creates a thrilling, emotional experience for audiences at each performance. Celebrate great choral music performed with passionate excellence. See for yourself why audiences are saying, “It’s my choir.” Make it yours, too.

Coming Soon: Elgin Master Chorale’s 2022-23 Season!

Employment Opportunities

Elgin Master Chorale is currently hiring for two key positions!

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DEVELOPMENT OFFICER - Part Time

Overview

The Elgin Master Chorale, a cultural cornerstone of Elgin and the Fox Valley, seeks a personable, strategic, and detail-oriented Development Officer to advance the organization in meeting and growing its contributed and earned income goals. The Development Officer is pivotal in establishing and deepening relationships with institutional and individual donors, supporting the Board of Directors and key staff in cultivation and stewardship, and managing special events and grant proposals. The position reports to the Executive Director.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Partner with the Executive Director and Board of Directors in setting and implementing annual and long-range development strategy and plans.
  2. Manage the implementation of department budget and development plans that articulate focused and diverse efforts to meet or exceed fundraising goals.
  3. Cultivate and maintain positive relationships with donors (board, individuals, foundations, and corporations). Build donor relationships that bring continuity to the organization over the long-term.
  4. Create and monitor annual deadline calendar for grant proposals, reports, and other strategic fundraising initiatives.
  5. Supporting the Executive Director, research, write and file grant proposals and reports to foundations, corporations, and government agencies.
  6. Research donors, track communications/efforts, solicit gifts/grants, and provide timely acknowledgement for gifts from board members, individual donors, corporations, and foundations. Build and maintain donor profiles.
  7. Write and prepare annual individual solicitation mailing(s), invitations, and special fundraising campaigns, among other materials.
  8. Plan and implement special cultivation and performance events, (e.g., house parties, large-scale fundraising events), and coordinate with the Music Director, Executive Director, Board committee, and volunteers in project planning and execution.
  9. In partnership with the Advancement committee, create and manage sponsorship efforts to individuals and corporations.
  10. Represent the Elgin Master Chorale in the arts community and the community-at-large as a viable resource for EMC and partner arts organizations, reflecting the mission and values of Elgin Master Chorale.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate for the Development Officer will have three to five years’ experience in fundraising, preferably for the performing arts or a related field, and have outstanding interpersonal, organizational, and written/verbal communication skills, with a working style that is collaborative, respectful, and professional.

He/She will have proven experience with increasing revenues through contributed income, and a measurable record of success in building and deepening donor relationships with individuals and institutional funders.

He/She attends bi-monthly Board meetings and annual Board retreat.

Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and donor management software required. College degree preferred.

The Development Officer is a part-time position of twenty hours per week on average, with the opportunity to work at home, Hours are flexible, and salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

The Elgin Master Chorale is an equal opportunity employer.

Email smartin@elgin.edu with resume and cover letter.

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TENOR SECTION LEADER

Elgin Master Chorale is seeking a Tenor Section Leader for its 2022-23 Season. EMC is a cultural cornerstone of Elgin and the Fox Valley creating a thrilling, emotional experience for audiences. Elgin Master Chorale is comprised of approximately 85 adult singers – admitted by audition only – who share a passion for choral masterworks and other fine choral repertoire.

Come join EMC as it begins its second 75 years. Hear the voices. Feel the passion.

Tenor Section Leader Position Description

Qualified external as well as internal candidates will be considered. EMC meets on Tuesday evenings and 3-4 weekend concert dates during Elgin Community College’s academic calendar. Duties run for approximately eight months beginning in late August and ending in mid-May.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Music degree or equivalent experience required
  • Previous experience in teaching voice, conducting sectional rehearsals, and/or singing in a professional ensemble desired
  • Strong vocal technique
  • Excellent sight-reading ability
  • Sufficient piano skill to play a single vocal part
  • Ability to inspire and support the singers in their assigned section
  • Fluent diction in English, Latin, German, French, and Italian
  • Ability to attend all rehearsals and performances
  • Some daytime availability for educational outreach is desired
  • Thorough understanding of and ability to assist with rehearsal and concert etiquette
  • Ability and willingness to maintain and extend the Music Director’s vision within and outside the chorus
  • Comfortable in a shared leadership environment.

Position Description

  • Assist Music Director in all rehearsals where needed
  • Meet periodically with Music Director
  • Discuss strengths and weaknesses of the section, review improvement plan progress, and revise as needed
  • Ensure any questions regarding the music for the particular section are answered
  • Conduct sectional rehearsals from the keyboard as needed
  • Work with each singer in their respective section on a need-to basis
  • Assist all singers in their section with music markings
  • Spot check scores of individual singers
  • Assist the Music Director in evaluating singers
  • Advise the Music Director on the need for additional sectional rehearsals
  • Assist the Music Director with educational outreach activities and opportunities
  • Sing small to medium-sized solos
  • Serve as understudy for guest soloists

Audition Procedure:

  1. Send your résumé in advance. Also, bring two copies on the date of your audition.
  2. Prepare one Italian aria and one German Lied demonstrating your vocal range, stamina, dynamics, and agility. Bring one copy of each for the accompanist and one each for the Music Director.
  3. Take a sight singing and rhythm test.
  4. Take a sight-reading test on the piano.
  5. Be prepared to articulate to the panel, within a 60-second maximum time frame, why you want to be a section leader with the EMC.

-     An accompanist will be provided for your audition

-     The EMC Music Director, Andrew Lewis, will preside over all auditions. Additional panelists will be present as well.

The Elgin Master Chorale is an equal opportunity employer.

Email smartin@elgin.edu with resume and cover letter.