Opportunity: Full-time Music Director, 2020-2021 Season, The Public Theatre, San Antonio; Application Deadline January 15, 2020
Position: Resident Music Director 2020-21 Season
Reports to: Artistic Director
Deadline to apply is January 15, 2020
Interested parties should email their résumé and artistic statement/cover letter to Courtnie Mercer at firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls, please.
The Music Director (a full-time exempt position) is responsible for supervising the musical aspects of assigned productions. The artist serves as Music Director on the production of musicals and plays with music; assesses musical needs, participates in budgeting, contacts and contracts musicians, conducts/runs orchestra sessions and recordings. The Music Director can also serve in other creative capacities (i.e. director, actor, composer) for productions as mutually agreed upon with the Artistic Director.
Integral to this position is the demonstration of practical initiative; respectful, courteous, and cooperative relationships; affirmative, efficient, and ethical working practices. Successful Public employees derive deep personal fulfillment from the exemplary completion of their duties, and in the flexibility required to respond to emergent challenges and opportunities, in accomplishment of the evolving work of the theater and its training programs. The Public expects a strong commitment to the mission of the theater in service to task, colleague, company, and community.
Examples of Duties:
● Assesses orchestral needs for musical productions.
● Advises in the acquisition of scores and vocal books for musical productions.
● Contracts musicians to play in live orchestras or to record orchestral accompaniment for productions in cooperation with the Production and Payroll offices.
● Coordinates recording schedule/calendar with Production department.
● Adapts and/or transposes scores, as needed, for musical productions.
● Supervises, with the Technical Engineer, recording sessions for musical productions and coordinates needs for sound and voice production (e.g. use of stage and/or body microphones) for musical productions.
● Advises and assists as needed for musical productions in which the Musical Director is not primarily involved.
● Conducts live and/or recorded orchestras for performances of musical productions.
● Works with the Technical Engineer in any/all post-session studio work; i.e., over-dubbing, mixing, sequencing, editing, etc.
● Serves as rehearsal accompanist for musical productions.
● Serves as accompanist for auditions and special events as needed.
● Coordinates use/sharing of musical instruments, equipment, and space
● As a Resident Artist, is a member of the academy faculty and teaches Singing Techniques, Musical Theater Ensemble, basic musicianship and related topics as assigned in the two-year actor training program.
● Supervises program and personnel for outside public relations, engagement, marketing, or public service events involving music or musical performers.
● Works with Directors in coordinating any musical needs for main stage non-musical productions and/or class related projects.
● Assists Education Director with instruction and camp productions
● Performs other related work as required.
● Professional theatre experience. Teaching, musical directing, composing/arranging experience.
● Working knowledge of all aspects of the Theater process - production and technical, as well as performance.
● Excellent communication skills - written, oral, visual.
● Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills.
● High level piano/sight-reading skills.
● Ability to supervise and coordinate the activities of large groups toward a common purpose.
● Ability to work productively under time pressures and meet deadlines.
● Practical working knowledge of electronic synthesized/sequenced orchestration process.
● Deep understanding of principles of acting and singing and the ability to impart them in both a rehearsal and classroom setting.
● Evidence of sensitivity to and an understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of staff, students, and artists
● Ability to work long hours and work with a flexible schedule.
● Ability to work in an environment where there are frequent interruptions.
● Must be willing to travel and work at various sites.
● Must be willing to work outdoors in all weather conditions while taking appropriate safety precautions.
● This person must be able to hear and distinguish musical and audible tones.
● This person needs to occasionally move about in a classroom and office environments to access desks and office machinery.
● This person must be able to play piano.
● This person occasionally must lift, move or transport music sheets, orchestration, and audio equipment up to 50lbs with assistance.
● Must be able to detect visual cues on the stage from a distance of 40 feet