Central Coast Chorale Seeks Assistant Artistic Director
When Mary Lee Scoville and a few friends in Waldport got together in 1997 to form a choir for their own enjoyment, who knows if they realized that 22 years later that choir, The Central Coast Chorale, would still be going strong. The group has doubled in size and now draws members from up and down the coast as far north as Neskowin and all the way down to Yachats. Dr. Scoville is still the director but now the group performs in Lincoln City and Yachats as well as Newport. This season the Chorale will perform a holiday program in those three towns. In the spring they will present their popular Mardi Gras Party Concert at the end of February and in May they’ll sing their annual Anything Goes concerts three times. Over the years they have come to be a well-respected, highly-skilled ensemble and have collaborated with the Newport Symphony Orchestra, the Corvallis Repertory Singers, and the Willamette Master Chorus among others. The Chorale also includes a women’s octet, Women of Note, also directed by Dr. Scoville, that sings at all the choir’s concerts and appears at many other small venue events as ambassadors for the larger group.
Over the years, Mary Lee has had many people step in to help with various aspects of the choir’s direction. Most recently, Jim Friesen has lent his considerable talent as assistant director, taking on warm ups, filling in at rehearsals, and conducting an occasional piece in concert. This year Jim decided it was time to concentrate on the church choir he directs in Lincoln City and has stepped down from his post with the Central Coast Chorale. Which means the group is now looking for a new assistant director. The volunteer position is described in detail below but basically Dr. Scoville is hoping to find someone who is willing to sing with the choir, who has the musical knowledge and experience to help with repertoire selection, who can run a rehearsal when needed, and can generally assist the director with the many tasks involved with the artistic direction of a busy performing group.
The group rehearses on Saturdays in Newport from late August to early May, generally every other week. Any interested parties who may not be familiar with the Chorale are encouraged to attend one of their holiday concerts. This year they perform Friday, December 13 at 7 pm at the Commons in Yachats, Saturday, December 14 at 2 pm at the Lincoln City Cultural Center, and Sunday, December 15 at 3 pm at the First Presbyterian Church in Newport. More information about the concerts and the Central Coast Chorale is available on their website at www.centralcoastchorale.com.
Here is the formal job description:
Central Coast Choral seeks a skilled and passionate musician to serve as Assistant Director. Working and learning in partnership with our Artistic Director, Dr. Mary Lee Scoville, the Assistant Director (AD) should have an interest in multiple genres of choral music from sacred to secular including classical, contemporary, Broadway, and jazz. The AD should have superb perception of pitch and intonation, possess proficient conducting technique, and demonstrate effective rehearsal preparation skills. The AD will lead selected rehearsals and performances, participate in programming decisions, work with musicians that accompany performances, and be an ambassador for the Chorale. Resumes should be sent by December 13th to firstname.lastname@example.org.