Apply to be CVE’s next Artistic Director

Apply to be CVE’s next Artistic Director


The Opportunity: The Cayuga Vocal Ensemble seeks a qualified artistic director.

The responsibilities of the position will begin with our 2020-2021 season. The music director will be involved in all aspects of chorus operations including selecting music, choosing performance venues, budgeting for programming, working with the Board of Directors toward long-term artistic and organizational goals, and leading all rehearsals and performances.

The Organization: The Cayuga Vocal Ensemble shares its passion for choral music with the Ithaca community and surrounding region through performances that exemplify music’s unique power to touch the human heart and mind. As a small, professionally trained choral ensemble, we offer outstanding performances of diverse repertoire reaching across genres, time periods, and cultures, and bringing to varied audiences a deeper understanding and broader appreciation for choral music.

This audition-based ensemble, comprised of twenty professionally trained singers, is committed to excellence in the performance of choral music. As the premier chamber choir in the Ithaca area for over forty years, we fill an important niche in the local performing arts community, presenting quality performances to the Southern Tier and surrounding areas.

The Position: The Artistic Director provides leadership of every aspect of the performances by the ensemble, including artistic vision, programming and direction.  The Artistic Director reports to the Board of Directors and works in conjunction and in consultation with the board.


  • Artistic Direction: Supervise all artistic aspects of concert programming, personnel management, rehearsals and performances. Oversee concert-cycle preparations and logistics.
  • Board Relations: Collaborate with the Board of Directors to develop fiscally responsible and strategic concert seasons that further the mission of the group. Engage in fundraising activities and serve on the board as an ex officio member.
  • Public Relations: Serve as the primary spokesperson for the ensemble. Seek opportunities to participate in community activities and collaborate with other organizations.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will approach this position with passion, energy, and humor, and will inspire singers to communicate through music to their audience. Candidates with connections to the Ithaca area will be strongly considered, but all interested conductors are encouraged to apply.

Required qualifications:

  • Bachelors in Music plus a minimum of 3 years choral conducting, or equivalent experience
  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Familiarity with a diverse range of choral literature and knowledge of chamber choir repertoire and performance styles
  • Comprehensive knowledge of vocal technique
  • Command of the international phonetic alphabet and an understanding of choral diction and articulation
  • Keyboard skills sufficient for leading rehearsals and reading choral scores
  • Ability to make the most efficient use of limited rehearsal time
  • Interest and experience in exploring diverse repertoire as reflected in our mission statement
  • Comfort with public speaking, being interviewed by local media, and engagement with the community at large
  • Ability to cultivate and foster an inclusive, diverse, and welcoming environment and community

Preferred qualifications:

  • M.A. in choral conducting, voice, or appropriate related field strongly preferred
  • Professional affiliation with national choral organization(s)
  • Experience conducting singers with orchestra
  • Familiarity with arranging music for choral ensembles
  • Experience networking with local performing groups and artists

Compensation: This part-time paid position assumes the incumbent has supplemental sources of income.

How to Apply: To be considered for this position, the following materials are requested:

  • Letter of interest detailing the candidate’s philosophy of choral conducting
  • Resume/curriculum vitae
  • Two sample recordings of recent performances conducted by the candidate within the past two years, with a preference for video recordings
  • Three professional references (references will not be contacted without the candidate’s permission)

Please submit materials through the online application form. Questions may be directed to

Applications will remain open until the position is filled.  Interviews will begin in early August.