ARTISTIC DIRECTOR and CONDUCTOR

“This is Bach at its finest.  The conductor, orchestra, soloists, and chorus are eminently capable of the nuances of the rich harmonic texts…spirited and vivacious…it is not likely to get any better than this on this side of the Atlantic.”  (The American Organist)

“…an American musical treasure…they sing with a fervor and a level of musicianship that carries one away—from bass to soprano, the supple strength and solidly integrated tone of this amateur choir reflects the most admirable qualities of the European-American tradition of choral song.” (Wall Street Journal)

 The Bach Choir of Bethlehem invites applications and referrals for the position of Artistic Director & Conductor.

The Bach Choir of Bethlehem

The Mission of The Bach Choir of Bethlehem and its Bach Festival Orchestra is to perform the works of Johann Sebastian Bach and to promote and encourage appreciation of the aesthetic and spiritual value of Bach’s music, while striving for the highest standards of musical excellence. This mission is achieved by engaging its audience—locally, nationally, and internationally—through education and performance, including works by composers who influenced Bach and were influenced by him, and through the programs of The Bel Canto Youth Chorus.  Together, The Choir and Bel Canto cultivate a lifelong passion for the choral arts.

Founded in 1898, The Bach Choir of Bethlehem is the oldest Bach Choir in the United States and gave the first American performances of Bach’s Mass in B Minor (1900) and the Christmas Oratorio (1904).  Since its founding, The Choir has attracted thousands of national and international visitors to its annual Bethlehem Bach Festival every May. Today, The Choir consists of 85 volunteer singers and a 30-piece Bach Festival Orchestra made up of professionals and Baroque specialists from 11 states. The Bel Canto Youth Chorus, now in its 26th year, is a group of 50 singers in grades 6 through 12.  The Choir is supported by an administrative staff of six persons led by Executive Director Bridget George, and is headquartered in the historic district of Bethlehem, PA. The Board of Managers of The Choir consists of 25 individuals from 4 states. The annual budget is approximately $1.5 million.

Under the leadership of Greg Funfgeld, The Choir’s activities have expanded to a year-round season of 40 concerts and educational programs with an audience of more than 20,000; recordings for the Dorian and Analekta labels, films for PBS and Classical Kids, and touring performances to such concert halls as the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, Royal Albert Hall/BBC Proms, Carnegie Hall, Trinity Church Wall Street, the Kennedy Center, and the Music Center at Strathmore. The Bach Choir will be featured at Bachfest Leipzig in 2020.

The Choir has been recognized for its outstanding educational outreach programs (Bach at Noon, Bach to School, imaginative Family Concerts, selection of Choral Scholars, collaborative initiatives with other Arts organizations, among many other activities) through grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and by the J.S. Bach Foundation in Switzerland, the first American recipient of its annual award, recognizing its outstanding work in Bach performance and education for young people.  In 2019, The Bel Canto Youth Chorus, directed by founder Dr. Joy Hirokawa, merged with The Bach Choir to have a greater impact on training the next generation of choral singers.

Maestro Funfgeld is only the sixth conductor in The Choir’s history and is now in his 37th season.  He plans to retire June of 2021.

The Position of Artistic Director and Conductor:

The most important qualities sought in the new Artistic Director and Conductor are artistic excellence and superb musicianship at an international level, as well a passionate commitment to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and the ability to inspire and elicit performances of high quality and emotional impact.

Reporting to the Board of Managers and working closely with the Executive Director, the new Artistic Director and Conductor must have the skills, abilities, and character to follow a charismatic leader who has taken The Choir to a new level of quality and activity.

The Artistic Director and Conductor is charged with creating an artistic strategy consistent with the vision, mandate, and values of The Choir, as well as planning repertoire, overseeing educational and community outreach activities, and serving as a public face for the organization.  This is a full-time position and assumes residence in Bethlehem or within the Greater Lehigh Valley.

The Artistic Director and Conductor must be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the Board of Managers, Choir staff, Choir and orchestra members, the media, fellow artists, other arts groups, sponsors, educational institutions, volunteers, audiences and other stakeholders.

The Artistic Director and Conductor will be expected to perform publicity/marketing functions, participate in fund-raising, major gift cultivation, and donor meetings, manage rehearsals and scheduling, and build strong partnerships with other organizations.

Qualifications:

1. A passionate commitment to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, including a comprehensive knowledge of Bach’s works.

2. Outstanding skills as a choral and orchestral conductor.

3. Well-versed in historically-informed performance practices with both modern and period instruments.

4. Excellent leadership qualities, including strong communication skills, visionary ideas, and collegial behavior.

5. The ability to relate well with all of the constituencies within The Bach Choir Family, including singers, instrumentalists, audiences of all ages, staff, board members, donors, and volunteers.

6. Knowledge of and respect for the unique history and traditions of The Bach Choir of Bethlehem, and support for its mission.

7. Advanced degree in choral conducting and experienced keyboard player preferred.

Other Information and Application Process:

Compensation commensurate with experience.  Relocation assistance, if needed, is negotiable.

Interested candidates are invited to submit a letter of interest in confidence, as well as a resume, salary expectations, list of references, up to three audio recordings, and up to three videos of professional quality (one of which is of a choral rehearsal and one of a concert including orchestra) by Friday, January 31, 2020 to:

Margaret Genovese
Senior Partner
GENOVESE, VANDERHOOF & ASSOCIATES
gvasearch@gmail.com
416/340-2762.

We recommend you upload your video samples to a private YouTube page and send us the links or create a Google Drive folder to share. 

For additional information, see:

 www. Bach.org, www.genovesevanderhoof.com;

The Bach Choir of Bethlehem does not discriminate against any person based on race, color, gender identify or expression, sexual orientation, religion, age, familial or marital status, veteran status, non-job related disability or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws.

 

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

The Administrative Assistant reports to the executive director and helps support the executive director, artistic director, and an office team of marketing director, development officer, finance manager, and Bel Canto Youth Chorus administrator. Daily accountability is to the marketing director.

  • Core responsibilities: Assist all colleagues in The Bach Choir office with development/marketing CRM outreach and tracking; help execute major mailings; coordinate special events logistics; support board, choir, and orchestra communications; help coordinate concert logistics; and support box office transactions. Some tasks will be delegated to the Production & Office Assistant – a new position at the Choir – who has daily accountability to the Administrative Assistant for office work and to the ED for production work.

Daily Administrative Duties and Assisting Colleagues includes:

  • Answer phone and assist callers (take ticket or merchandise orders and enter into the system) or direct call to the appropriate staff member
  • Maintain the Spektrix* CRM Database: This position is the primary manager of the Spektrix system and needs to become very familiar with its capabilities and reporting structure to have it work as effectively as possible for the Choir.
    • Run daily web sales report every morning
    • Research and continually investigate reporting structure to assist DO, MD or ED by providing information and updates regarding our customers and their activity.
    • Data entry:
      • Process the following:
        • ticket orders (with MD)
        • merchandise orders
        • all European Tour-related transactions with reports run regularly for DO / ED / FM
        • all Guarantor pledges and payments and other donations

>>>> All revenue must be entered, tracked and deposited on a daily basis. 

  • Run and print daily ticket / merchandise transaction and fund reports for FM
  •  Communications
    • Manage all AD email communications with Choir and Orchestra members
      • Send email – often several times a week once the season is underway
    • Update Choir website (Weebly platform) with information about repertoire, rehearsals, concert logistics, performances or materials and any other information as requested by AD, ED or the Choir Manager, Janie Florenz; VERY IMPORTANT!

*Spektrix is our CRM system that tracks all transactions with the Choir and maintains our database of current and former customers, along with choir and orchestra members, soloists, and our contacts in government, foundations, associations and the business community.

Ongoing Administrative Duties:

Executive Director:

  • Maintain HH calendar of events on Outlook, including rehearsals and meetings
  • Facilitate materials or mailings for ED as requested
  • Board meetings: coordinate any remote access for out of town Board members via Skype or conference call.
  • Update annual Board contact lists
  • Maintain the board member Weebly website (coordinate with ED and board president Hal Black)
  • Book board retreat venue in the beginning of July and coordinate continental breakfast.

 Artistic Director:

  • Send season and event contracts to orchestra members (from orchestra personnel manager- OM – Charlotte Mattax-Moersch and AD)
  • Scan and create PDFs to send music to Choir or Orchestra members electronically
  • Maintain orchestra personnel lists and records (coordinate with OM and AD)
  • Make copies, scans, PDFs or collate materials for AD as requested

 Development:

  • Guarantor/Donor work with DO (and ED, AD for major donors)
  • Prepare and maintain the comprehensive Guarantor spreadsheets
  • Assist with updating Guarantor numbers (with DO)
  • Enter dropped and deceased Guarantors into the appropriate funds
    • Maintain the dropped and deceased Guarantors spreadsheet
  • Prepare and mail Guarantor and other donor invoices using Mail Merge or similar program
  • Give all necessary information to DO for Guarantor/Donor acknowledgments including Bach at Noon freewill offerings (also include AD for freewill offerings over $40); and to ED and AD for major donors whom they solicited.
  • Guarantor record filing

Marketing:

  • Merge duplicate records in Spektrix
  • Update events or merchandise as needed
  • Communicate all “do not mail” requests to MD
  • Maintain and/or update “tags” for Choir, Board, Guarantors, etc.
  • Assist MD with Festival seating assignments and mailing Festival tickets
  • Sell tickets at concerts as needed

Mailings: Coordinate* all major in-office mailings which include:

  • Guarantor statements
  • Bach Choir News
  • Annual Report
  • Reception Invitations
  • Zimmermann’s Coffee House audition letters to teachers
  • Targeted Campaign mailings (various)
  • * Production & Office Assistant (PA) will traffic all mailings (collating, prepping for mailstream, etc.)
  • Create and revise mailing lists (coordinate with DO, MD, and ED); maintain updated lists on Community Drive
  • Merge documents and labels
  • Print various materials throughout season (coordinate with MD and DO)
  • With PA, call in volunteers and prepare components (coordinate with MD)

Concert-related Duties:

  • Attend all concerts, allowing adequate set-up and post-concert time required to perform required tasks related to each performance (see Events list and Merchandise section below.)
  • Hotel reservations (coordinate with ED)
    • Reserve rooms and blocks of rooms for season and Festival concerts
      • For orchestra
      • For soloists and other guest artists
      • For press and VIPs
    • Arrange special rates with hotels for patrons
  • Bach at Noon
    • Manage production of Bach at Noon program with Anne Schauer (designer)
    • Take attendance reservations from Board or other VIPs
    • Count Bach at Noon free will offering with FM; enter donations in Spektrix.
  • Proof all publications or sections of publications, as needed
    • Festival program:
      • Provide Choir/Orchestra lists for program listing
      • Update “Titles of Works Performed”

Events:

  • Support the development officer and executive director in coordination of special events including the annual Gala and receptions, lectures, etc. that take place at various times through the season.
    • Bach to School: this position is the hands-on manager for Bach to School
      • Communicate with school districts to arrange the eight assembly programs each season
      • Compile totals for number of students attending at each school
      • Manage the School District letters for EITC
      • Order (with MD) and distribute teacher and student workbooks and Bach to School Hits Home postcards
      • Coordinate with Phil Turton and Tony Villani on teacher lesson plans and materials
    • Gala – in consultation with DO and ED:
      • Schedule and facilitate meetings, prepare meeting materials and minutes
      • Coordinate with venue and vendors on set-up and logistics
      • Create and maintain Committee and Benefactor lists, in-kind and auction donor lists for concert and event programs
      • Coordinate dinner seating arrangements with DO and ED
      • Register guests as they arrive
      • Prepare auction spreadsheet to facilitate checkout and conduct auction and donation check-out at the Gala event
    •  Christmas & Spring Concerts
      • Work with First Presbyterian Churches of Bethlehem and Allentown (FPCB and FPCA) in consultation with DO to reserve space for receptions
      • Work with DO on invitation lists, invitation and mailing
      • Work with DO on set-ups for receptions, including procuring necessary supplies and refreshments
      • Facilitate guest arrival with check-in, as needed
    • FestivalFestival logistics are managed by this position
      • Manage Zimmermann’s Coffee House audition slots
      • Reserve event spaces on Lehigh’s campus
      • Reserve tent spaces; order and schedule tents to be placed on campus
      • Contract shuttle buses and confirm map routes around Bethlehem
      • Coordinate parking spaces in Lehigh University lots with Jennifer Mack
      • Order scratch-off parking hang tags, Zoellner Arts Center Card Access, and coordinate parking with Lehigh University Parking Services.
      • Work with DO on event set-ups with Lehigh Catering
      • Work with DO / ED on Zimmermann’s Coffee House event set-up with Moravian Catering
      • Set up and facilitate guest check-in at all Festival meals and receptions, including Zimmermann’s Coffee House
      • Create and print Festival lunch and Zimmermann’s programs and menus

Merchandise

  • Maintain and take annual inventory of all merchandise items
  • Research and order new items as approved by ED
  • Enter merchandise sales and comps in Spektrix
    • Coordinate consignment sales and invoices with the Moravian Book Shop
  • Prepare, transport, and sell merchandise at concerts and events
    • Soloist CDs at Festival (and Gala, when applicable)
    • Recruit and coordinate volunteers for concert sales
  • Generate quarterly sales tax reports for FM
  • Generate quarterly royalties reports and prepare paperwork for Harry Fox Agency

 Care and Keeping of The Choir Office and Heckewelder House

  • Order office supplies, electronics and technology supplies, and software
  • Maintain regular maintenance of office equipment
  • Facilitate contact with office equipment suppliers in the event of problems or service disruption

Applications will be accepted by the Executive Director Bridget George, bridget@bach.org as of December 11, 2019.  Start date is January, 2020.