Chorus Director

Arts Administration Intern


The Pioneer Valley Symphony (PVS) seeks an experienced, innovative, and collaborative Chorus Director to inspire and lead the PVS Chorus and Chamber Choir, both in collaboration with the PVS Orchestra and PVS Youth Orchestra, and independently.

Founded in 1939, the PVS seeks to build community through music by performing symphonic and choral music, by providing members of the community the opportunity to participate in making music, and by enhancing music education, particularly by introducing young people to live music. The PVS is an award-winning, nationally recognized, multi-faceted music organization in western Massachusetts.

The PVS Chorus, established in 1961, has approximately 80 choristers and usually performs 2-3 concerts with the Orchestra each season plus an additional choral concert. The PVS Chamber Choir, established in 2014, is a 15-20 member ensemble auditioned from within the Chorus that performs a cappella choral repertoire in widely varied performance contexts throughout the region. The PVS Orchestra, with a membership of around 60, performs a yearly schedule of 5 subscription concerts plus an annual Educational Concert. The PVS Youth Orchestra, founded in 2013, provides an opportunity for young people to rehearse and perform classical music, usually performing 2 concerts a year and participating in the PVS Annual Holiday Pops Concert. Visit our website at to learn more about our organization.


  • Provide leadership for the PVS Chorus and PVS Chamber Choir, in collaboration with the Chorus Committee, including recruiting and screening new singers
  • Conduct choral rehearsals and performances in a timely, efficient, and effective manner, with weekly Tuesday evening rehearsals during the September-May concert season
  • Work in collaboration with the Music Director, the Youth Orchestra Director, the Programming Committee, and the Board of Directors to determine the program for each season
  • Work in collaboration with the administrative team and the Board of Directors to organize the PVS Chamber Choir’s annual performance schedule
  • Work in collaboration with the Music Director, the administrative team, and the Programming Committee to organize the annual Summer Sing series
  • Attend monthly Board of Directors meetings and work with the Board in public relations functions to maximize recognition and appreciation of the organization towards gaining sponsorships, grants, and new audiences


  • Extensive conducting experience, preferably with both symphonic and chamber choral ensembles, and with instrumental ensembles.
  • Familiarity with vocal technique
  • Advanced degree in choral conducting, or equivalent knowledge / experience
  • Extensive knowledge of choral and symphonic repertoire, along with a record of diverse and innovative programming
  • Strong interpersonal, leadership, administrative, and communication skills
  • Experience with recruitment, outreach and audience development
  • Experience working collaboratively within a nonprofit organization, with an understanding and appreciation of the roles of the Board of Directors, the administrative personnel, and support volunteers


Please submit the following materials:

  • Letter of interest addressing responsibilities and qualifications
  • CV / resume of relevant education and experience
  • Two sample choral programs, and two sample choral/orchestral programs (conducted or prepared by the applicant)
  • Links to front-facing conducting footage from within the last three years; must include one rehearsal clip and one performance clip of at least 10 uninterrupted minutes each
  • Names and contact information for three references; must include one member of a current ensemble

Materials must be submitted electronically through this form. The application review process will begin on January 25, 2019. Materials will be accepted until finalists are named. For documents, submit pdf files only; for conducting video samples, submit links to uploaded videos on YouTube, Vimeo or other video sharing sites. All applications will be treated confidentially.


The PVS Chorus Director Search Committee will interview possible candidates and make recommendations for consideration of finalists to the Board of Directors by the end of February 2019. The top candidates approved by the Board of Directors will be invited to audition with the PVS Chorus in late February/early March. The new Chorus Director will be named before the conclusion of the 2018-2019 season and will begin duties as Chorus Director no later than September 2019, the start of our 81st season.


Compensation will be commensurate with experience. This is a part-time independent contractor position. We do not offer a benefits package. 


POSITION OPENING:  Arts Administration Intern

We have an opportunity for a student to join us to learn about arts management, advertising, event planning, fundraising, and more. This position offers the intern to experience the many different tasks involved in running a classical performing arts organization while also tailoring the work to match the student’s interests and skills. The PVS Intern will have the opportunity to work alongside our Administrative Manager, as well as to connect with the musical directors, other administrative staff, members of the board of directors and key volunteers.

Job Responsibilities may include activities such as:

  • Advertising
    • Contact local businesses to solicit ads for our programs
    • Researching and strategically contact new advertisers or sponsors
  • Event planning
    • Work with the Administrative Manager to organize, promote, staff and report out on our annual Summer Sings.
    • Work with Chorus Director to organize Chamber Choir performances in the Valley, including reaching out to venues, creating promotional materials, and tracking performer’s attendance.
  • Fundraising
    • Assist Administrative Manager with fiscal year end mailing and messaging
    • Assist with end of year donor recognition and stewardship
  • Other administrative tasks

The PVS intern will also work with the Administrative Manager to develop a substantive independent project tailored to their interests and skills, such as creating a marketing, fundraising, or social media plan for the 2018 fiscal year.


This is an unpaid internship. A small travel stipend is available.


  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both orally and in writing
  • Ability to work independently and as a collaborative team member
  • Ability to work well under pressure and able to manage competing priorities and deadlines effectively
  • Detail oriented, strong initiative and problem solving skills, and innovative thinking.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships diverse constituencies
  • Facility with technology, including experience with databases, email and social media platforms, and webpage editing
  • Experience with music or the arts, fundraising, videography, or graphic design a plus


Please send resume, cover letter and names of current references to:
Pioneer Valley Symphony
c/o Beckie Markarian

91 Main Street
Greenfield, MA 01301