Virtuosi Concerts: Artistic Director, Application Deadline October 16

Call for Applications:

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

WHAT IS VIRTUOSI CONCERTS?

Virtuosi Concerts Inc (VCI) produces Winnipeg's international recital and chamber music concert series. Virtuosi Concerts presents an annual subscription series featuring diverse artists drawn from around the globe and regularly showcases Manitoba musicians. Virtuosi's programing draws on compositions from the 17th century to present time, performed by soloists, duos, trios, quartets, and occasionally larger ensembles. Virtuosi has a devoted subscriber base and draws strong casual ticket sales. Audiences average between 200 and 250 people.

Virtuosi established its Young Artist Program in 2016, providing young, diploma level musicians the opportunity to perform at the opening of each Virtuosi Concert. Performers are selected through an annual audition process.

Virtuosi provides master classes with its guest artists for the Winnipeg Youth Orchestras; Manitoba Registered Music Teachers' Association; University of Manitoba Desautels Faculty of Music and its Preparatory Studies Division.

Currently, Virtuosi Concerts shares guest artists with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and sustains longstanding relationships with the Honens International Piano Competition and the Banff International String Quartet Competition presenting their laureates. Virtuosi also presents faculty from the University of Manitoba Desautels Faculty of Music and Brandon University's School of Music.

In addition to Virtuosi Concerts, VCI also produces the Skywalk Concerts & Lectures at the Millennium Library. Since 1990, the Skywalk series annually presents 20 concerts and 20 lectures during the noon-hour, all with free admission. This series exclusively features Manitoba artists performing classical, jazz, folk, Indigenous, and world music. The Skywalk series provides emerging artists a stage to showcase their talents. A diverse audience averaging 75 people attends each performance.

THE POSITION

Reporting to the Executive Director (ED) and Board of Directors, the Artistic Director (AD) is responsible for the overall artistic direction, character, and development of all VCI programming; realizing Virtuosi's Program Mandate; encouraging new commissions; pro-actively developing partnerships with local, national, and international arts organizations and artists; actively participating in and knowledgeable of the local arts community; developing new and innovative ways of extending Virtuosi's education and outreach programs.

The new AD will help lead Virtuosi Concerts into its fourth decade, working in close partnership with the ED to grow its artistic vision, its scope, its national and international reputation, and its local audience impact.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

Artistic Programming & Audience Outreach

The Artistic Director is solely responsible to the ED for devising and delivering a season of concerts for both the Virtuosi Concerts and Skywalk Concerts series aimed at creating positive audience experiences.

The Artistic Director has authority over the selection of artists and is responsible for pre-contract communication with artists, agents, entities to craft thoughtful and diverse programming that can be realized within a balanced budget.

The Artistic Director must collaborate with the Executive Director (who has responsibility in securing grants and marketing) to ensure programming will achieve peer-reviewed endorsement by funding agencies in the form of grants, and market acceptance in the form of ticket sales.

The Artistic Director will seek community education and engagement opportunities for artists in the form of master classes, school workshops, pre-concert chats, and other creative opportunities that arise from conversation and engagement with the artist(s).

The Artistic Director will share Virtuosi Programming Mandate with all prospective artists. This document, created in August 2020, reflects VCI's commitment to support representation and diversity within the changing landscape of chamber music.

Public Relations

The Artistic Director is an important part of the organization's public persona.

The AD serves as the audience's "host" at the concerts. These duties include making artistic-related announcements from the stage and engaging with the audience before, during intermission, and after the concert.

The Artistic Director is the organization's primary liaison with the artistic community and media. These duties include connecting with artists and their representatives and making themselves available for interviews with local media.

The Artistic Director is also expected to lend their charisma and stature to the marketing and fundraising initiatives of the organization. This may involve signing direct marketing/fundraising letters, meeting in person with important sponsors/donors, and permitting their likeness to be used in certain VCI communications.

The AD is expected to stay engaged with Virtuosi's audience and subscribers via regular e-newsletter communication. This letter describes upcoming concerts and events, and provides insight to curatorial intentions of the AD. A sample letter can be provided upon request.

BOUNDARIES OF AUTHORITY

The Artistic Director is welcome to have input into VCI's marketing and communications activities, particularly regarding their presentation of artistic content.

Executive authority over the execution and spending for marketing and communications rests with the Executive Director, whose position is responsible to the Board for both the effectiveness and the efficiency of VCI marketing and communications.

The Artistic Director is encouraged to identify and attract opportunities to further the VCI mandate, and to participate in the evolution of the mandate through development of diverse programming concepts for consideration by the board.

Authority to initiate new activities on behalf of VCI, and authority to identify activities as related to VCI, remains with the Board.

CANDIDATE QUALIFICATIONS

Essential:

Reside in Manitoba.

Deep knowledge of and passion for music.

Excellent organizational and communication skills.

Desire to grow the audience for chamber music in Winnipeg.

Engaged in an active North American network of musicians and/or artist management.

Willingness to actively participate in fundraising and securing of grants.

Desired:

Multi-disciplinary arts and leadership experience, preferably at a presenting organization; experienced critical judgement, and a compelling artistic vision including elements with broad-ranging audience appeal.

Proven track record in artistic leadership and management

Personal Characteristics

A high-energy visionary with dedication to outstanding programming and audience engagement; the proven ability to bring creative thinking to a wide range of tasks.

Persistent, engaging, yet flexible; exceptional relationship management and team building skills; ability to lead confidently, sensitively, and effectively with local and international artists at all levels.

Confidence and creativity to insert fresh ideas into the role of the AD position.

Willingness and availability to undertake travel regionally and globally to maintain the constantly updated knowledge and relationships that are Virtuosi's lifeblood.

Energy, persistence, and effectiveness in conceiving and realizing ambitious visions; a distinctive imagination, able to create and realise ambitious cultural projects.

Embrace and respect the aspirations of local and national presenters across all disciplines, and work to assist those presenters in the achievement of their artistic goals.

Willingness to explore opportunities that will allow Virtuosi to bring learning and participation engagements to Winnipeg's diverse and underrepresented communities.

Values creative excellence, innovation, social and community responsibility, and financial and environmental sustainability.

VIRTUOSI CONCERTS MANDATE • VISION • MISSION • VALUES STATEMENTS

Mandate

The mandate of VCI is "the organization and presentation of musical performances and music education" as set out in its articles of incorporation.

Vision

VCI aspires to become the hub for diverse forms of chamber music and recitals in MB; where audiences have an aesthetic encounter with chamber music in a venue that serves as a destination for both artists and audiences. By presenting premier interpreters of chamber music in a salon setting, we desire to nurture our audience's understanding and appreciation of the best of chamber music.

Mission

To be a portal to performances of chamber music in an intimate setting that:

facilitates deeply personal aesthetic experiences nourishing both audience and artist.

supports young and emerging artists.

sustains patrons while developing the art form.

Seeks community partnerships that foster learning and participation.

Invites artists to explore progressive programming amidst maintaining pillars of the classical canon.

Values

Virtuosi Concerts believes that music is a universal form of human communication; that the interaction between performing artist and audience is indispensable to the mind and spirit; that the transformative power of live performance can embrace and unite individuals, communities, and cultures, thereby strengthening art and enriching society.

VIRTUOSI CONCERTS PROGRAM MANDATE

For three decades Virtuosi Concerts has presented an exceptional classical music series performed by internationally acclaimed artists for a discerning audience. Our primary goal has been to present programming that transcends, cathartic experiences that heal, and virtuosity that excites.

As we enter the third decade of the 21st century, we recognize that the classical music landscape is changing around the world. With that in mind, while we are committed to continue programming the highest standard of music that includes pillars of the classical canon, we are also now dedicated to presenting commissions, the unheard voices of the past and present, and composers who challenge the status quo. We are also striving to bring diversity in the musicians who perform on our stage. It is our belief that diversity and inclusion, both onstage and off, will ensure that this genre thrives and survives into the next century and beyond.

To that end, we are inviting our artists to think critically about programming that will fulfil our mandate.

COMPENSATION

Salary range between $15,000.00 to $20,000.00 annually, commensurate with experience and eligible for annual review in accordance with Board policy.

TO APPLY

Please apply by email with your cover letter and résumé.

Send to Search Committee: virtuosiconcerts@gmail.com

We thank applicants for their interest, however, only those advancing in the process will be contacted.

Application Deadline:

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Type of Work:

Contractual Part-Time

Education Level:

University (Undergraduate)

Languages:

English

Travel:

As budget permits

Method of Application:

By E-Mail

Employer Details:

Virtuosi Concerts MB Inc.

virtuosi.concerts@gmail.com

P.O. Box 2982 Station Main

Winnipeg, MB R3C 4B5

Canada