Artistic Director

The Toronto Children’s Chorus (TCC) is recognized as one of the world’s leading choral ensembles for children, performing with artistry that inspires audiences and critics alike. The TCC provides life-enhancing experiences through the study and performance of choral music and stands as a model in the international children’s choir movement. The TCC has flourished for 43 years inspired by the dedication and artistic leadership of its founder, Jean Ashworth Bartle, CM OOnt, and its current Artistic Director, Elise Bradley, MNZM.

The Mission of the TCC is to inspire our children and our global audience through excellence in song. We believe in:

  • Creating one of the finest treble choirs in the world through continuous learning, improvement, and personal growth
  • Providing unique musical and educational opportunities to children and youth
  • Offering life-enhancing experiences through the study and performance of the choral art
  • Performing the finest repertoire and championing Canadian works and new commissions
  • Performing and recording in Canada and around the world
  • Creating a respectful and collaborative environment that supports the well-being of children and families
  • Fostering a love and appreciation of music in our local, national, and world communities

The TCC draws choristers from the Greater Toronto Area. The TCC comprises seven levels: KinderNotes, Preparatory, Training Choirs I, II, III, Main Choir and a Youth Choir. From the pre-pandemic total chorister body of approximately 400 children, up to 45 children with superior vocal and music skills are accepted each year into the choir’s touring and recording ensemble, the Chamber Choir.

Operating with a $1.2 million budget, the TCC secures funding through annual fundraising, chorister tuition, corporate and foundation gifts, individual donations, and grants from the Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, and Ontario Trillium Foundation. TCC also enjoys the benefit of a $1 million endowment that enables bursary opportunities for choristers.

Under the direction of the Artistic and Executive Directors, total staff complement has included one full-time artistic and three administrative positions and over a dozen part-time artistic assistants, accompanists, and conductors.

The Position

The Artistic Director defines the artistic vision and provides leadership and inspiration for the TCC and is responsible for creating and directing the artistic program and performances for all choirs. Building on a legacy of musical excellence, the Artistic Director will maintain world-class standards of excellence and instil their own vision to further extend the artistic footprint of the TCC to build a vibrant and sustainable future.

The Artistic Director collaborates with the Board of Directors and the Executive Director to develop a strategic vision and objectives that align with the mission of the organization. The Artistic Director serves as artistic spokesperson and key presence with parents, media, funders, and international artistic communities, and partners with the Executive Director to ensure the fiscal responsibilities of TCC are achieved.  A close, collaborative working relationship with the Executive Director is essential to the success of the Artistic Director role and the future of the TCC.

The successful candidate will start in the role between January and July 2022. This is a full-time, contract position based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Reporting Relationships

Reports to: Board of Directors
Direct Reports:

Associate and Assistant Conductors

Accompanists

Conductor’s Assistants

Key Relationships:

Choristers and Families/Guardians

Executive Director (ED)

Board Committees

Donors and Funding Agencies

Toronto, Canadian, and International Arts Communities

Summary of Responsibilities

Artistic Leadership:
  • Develop the artistic vision for TCC in alignment with the strategic goals of the organization and positively communicate and advocate the vision to the Board of Directors
  • In conjunction with the Board and the Executive Director, develop long-term plans to achieve the artistic vision and mission of the organization
  • Establish the annual artistic repertoire for TCC and maintain an annual curriculum
  • Set artistic performance goals, policies, and procedures for TCC
  • Conduct the Main Choir and Training Choir III
  • In conjunction with the Executive Director, set and achieve annual targets for chorister recruitment
  • Supervise all aspects of auditions and re-auditions
  • In conjunction with artistic staff, evaluate and select choir members annually
  • Supervise all artistic aspects of annual music camps
  • Recruit, train, and develop all artistic staff, including conductors, accompanists, and conductors’ assistants, and administer performance management processes comprising annual goal setting, reviews, and exit interviews
  • Supervise rehearsals and concerts. Provide input to weekly chorister/family memos
  • In consultation with the Executive Director, plan, develop and oversee all recordings and tours
  • Member – Strategic Planning Committee
Governance:
  • Collaborate with the Board, as an ex-officio member, in the development and achievement of the strategic plan, the artistic vision, and mission of TCC
  • Attend all meetings of the Board as required. Present reports to the Board on artistic program opportunities and developments in the context of the strategic plan and goals and objectives
  • Participate in Board Committee meetings as required
  • Assist in the identification of potential new Board Directors
Strategic Relationships:
  • Cultivate and maintain positive working relationships with peers in the Arts community in Toronto, Canada, and internationally
  • Participate in local, national, and international community activities that further external recognition of TCC in a manner consistent with the mission and vision of the organization
  • Serve as the artistic spokesperson for TCC in the artistic community, and the community at large, including media appearances
  • Maintain an active relationship with school boards to implement and direct outreach programs to develop the constituency of the TCC
  • In conjunction with the Executive Director and the Board, approve press releases and stakeholder communications. Contribute to the development of marketing and publicity plans and activities
  • In conjunction with the Executive Director, develop and plan the annual parent meeting
  • Participate in all fundraising activities
Financial Management:
  • Work with the Executive Director to develop and manage an annual artistic budget that supports the artistic plan within the organization’s approved annual budget
  • Collaborate with the Executive Director in the preparation of grant applications
  • Represent the TCC, in partnership with the Board and Executive Director, in presentations to funders and take an active role in creating and maintaining a relationship with sponsors donors and councils

Candidate Profile

Qualifications:
  • Master of Music or equivalent training
  • Minimum 10 years’ experience as a conductor of children’s or youth choirs with a minimum five years’ experience as an Artistic Director
Experience:

Candidates must posess all four necessary components of a highly skilled children’s or youth choir conductor:

  1. Superb musician, posessing a strong singing voice, effective rehearsal technique, and excellent aural skills
  2. Excellent pedagogue with superlative skills for teaching children to sing
  3. Excellent conducting technique
  4. Thorough understanding and knowledge of vocal pedagogy, particularly for children and adolescents

  • Track record of developing and enhancing superb educational and performance opportunities that deliver recognition for their excellence
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the literature for treble voices
  • Demonstrated experience in the development, execution, and evaluation of programming for training, touring, and recording of a children’s or youth choir
  • Experience working in collaboration with a Board of Directors in the creation and implementation of a strategic plan that aligns with the artistic vision and long-term goals of the organization
  • Experienced in hiring, training, mentoring, and coaching artistic staff
  • Experience working with administrative management to develop realistic annual budgets and operating plans
  • Excellent project management and organization skills with a record of meeting deadlines on budget
  • Highly effective verbal and written communications skills with experience creating reports for annual arts council grants and Board meetings, and corresponding formally and regularly with choristers, families, and artistic staff
Personal Qualities:
  • Recognized as outstanding musical leader who has demonstrated the ability to create and impart a compelling artistic vision that instills passion and ongoing chorister commitment to the music
  • Demonstrated passion and love for working with children
  • Demonstrated ability to support and encourage diversity, equity, and inclusion within children’s and/or youth programming
  • A mature, confident individual with the skills to tactfully manage delicate and demanding situations
  • Strong relationship building and management skills with the ability to effectively represent artistic and financial requirements of the TCC to all stakeholder groups: Board Directors, families, sponsors, funders, artistic partners, and the media
  • An engaging and articulate public spokesperson, who will enhance the profile of the organization
To Apply:

The TCC is committed to reflecting the diversity of our community. We believe in equity and inclusion and strongly encourage submissions from all qualified individuals regardless of gender, age, race, sexual orientation, and physical ability. If you require an accommodation, please let us know and we will work with you to meet your needs.

To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter, and contact information for three notable musical references directly to Kirstin Grant, Chair of the TCC Artistic Director Selection Committee, at tccrecruitment@yahoo.com by midnight on September 15, 2021. Any questions about the role may be directed to this account as well.

We sincerely thank all applicants for their interest. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Toronto Children’s Chorus is committed to diversity and inclusiveness in all its work. We work proactively to be fair and equitable in practice and to build diversity into our teams, creative communities, and programs. The Toronto Children’s Chorus is committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities in our programs and performances. If you require an accommodation, please let us know and we will work with you to meet your needs.