Prairie Voices Inc.: Artistic Director, Application Deadline April 16

The Prairie Voices Inc. Board of Directors is currently seeking applicants to fill the position of Artistic Director for Prairie Voices.

Deadline: April 16, 2021

Our ensembles, Bluestem, Prairie Voices, and Horizon, use energy, expressiveness, and movement to connect contemporary composition with a popular audience. We perform music in many styles from many different places in the world, with a special emphasis on music by Canadian composers.

Terms of Position

  • The Artistic Director position will be on a one-year term contract, subject to review with the possibility of renewal or termination at the end of one year.
  • The position will be compensated via an honorarium (in the past this has ranged from $7000 to $9000).
  • The Artistic Director will report to the Prairie Voices Inc. Board of Directors.
  • The successful candidate will be expected to participate in the spring audition (typically held in June), scheduling and repertoire selection processes upon acceptance, in order to ensure a smooth transition into the 21-22 season.

Duties

Duties will include, but are not limited to:

  • Recruiting, auditioning and retaining choristers, based on the age bracket of 18-25 years. Developing choristers musical skills.
  • Repertoire selection that reflects the Prairie Voices Inc. mandate.
  • Planning and presenting the season's itinerary of performances, including weekly rehearsals (approx. 2.5 hours per week), opening weekend, retreat weekend, and contracted services as required.
  • Collaborating with current Horizon and Bluestem Artistic Directors to manage scheduling and repertoire selection.
  • Providing mentorship to the Prairie Voices Assistant Director, as outlined in the Assistant Director guidelines.
  • Participating in PVI board meetings.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Prairie Voices Inc. Board.

Application Process

The successful applicant must have advanced choral conducting experience, with a preference for high school or adult-level choirs. They will demonstrate a keen desire to lead a high-caliber community choir for enthusiastic singers. An understanding of the mandate of PVI will be advantageous.

To be considered, candidates must submit the following materials:

  1. A Cover Letter/Letter of Intent
  2. A detailed Curriculum Vitae (Résumé), including an outline of music/choral conducting experience, formal education, informal training and professional development initiatives
  3. A list of past repertoire, rehearsed and conducted over the past two years
  4. 2-3 references

Note: Video footage showing the candidate in rehearsal (candidate should be facing the video) is strongly encouraged but not mandatory. We understand that this has been an exceptional year, and that access to recent live rehearsal footage is unlikely.

Application materials must be submitted in full to Amy Wolfe, Executive Director of Prairie Voices Inc. by email (admin@prairievoices.ca). The deadline for applications is Friday, April 16, 2021 at 5:00pm.

About Prairie Voices

Founded in 2000 by Dr. Elroy Friesen, Prairie Voices is an award-winning choir of 18-25 year old singers. Past directors have included Dr. Elroy Friesen, Kristel Peters, Nathan Poole, and Vic Pankratz. The current artistic team consists of director Geung Kroeker-Lee and assistant director Katy Harmer. Prairie Voices performs in their own concert series, tours, is a regular guest of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and has recorded 6 CDs (including one as guest choir with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra).

While placing an emphasis on performing the music of Canadian and Manitoban composers, Prairie Voices also loves to perform innovative contemporary choral music from all over the world. The choir uses energy, expressiveness and movement to connect avant-garde composition with a popular audience. Prairie Voices is known for their passionate style of performance, which combines exceptional vocals with engaging presentation to provide the ultimate choral experience.

Prairie Voices has performed around the world, bringing their unique touch to a diverse repertoire.