Phoenix Chamber Choir: Call for Production Manager

 

POSITION SUMMARY: 

Phoenix Chamber Choir, one of Canada’s finest vocal ensembles, renowned for diverse and eclectic programming from Renaissance to the contemporary, commissions from Canadian and international composers, and Northern American premiers of significant new works, seeks a Production Manager (PM) for concerts and events.  Phoenix Chamber Choir presents an annual season with 6-8 separate events/concerts with dress rehearsals leading up to those events.  These take place during the regular concert season that runs from September to May, with planning for the events during the interim months.  

 

The PM will report to and work collaboratively with the choir Administrator to coordinate logistics for the event as well as managing on-site event needs.  The PM must not be an active singer nor conductor in the event.  The position offers the opportunity to gain experience in not-for-profit organization administration in the arts sector.



PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Managing pre-event logistics including:
    • Booking and coordination of venues for concerts, dress rehearsals, weekly rehearsals, auditions, retreats, and recording sessions.  This may include site-visits prior to booking.
    • Creation of digital and paper programs for events with graphics and content supplied by graphic designer, Artistic Director, and Administrator
    • Creation of schedule-of-events for dress-rehearsal and concert/recording session with communication of schedule to performers and volunteers.
    • Recruitment and training of volunteers for events.
    • Depending on the needs of the event, identifying and coordinating other contractors for participation in the event (e.g., photographer, videographer, sound engineer, instrumentalists, caterer, restaurant, reception coordinator, dancers, visual artists, etc.) in accordance with the budget for the event.

 

  • Managing on-site event logistics including:
    • Coordination of pre-production set-up and post-production tear-down of events with the help of volunteers from the performers.  This includes the coordination of pick-up and transport of any equipment that needs to be on-site for the event (music stands, microphones, lights, risers, etc.) and setting up chairs and other equipment for the concert.
    • Coordination of singers who are assisting with set-up and tear-down of events.
    • Coordination of volunteers for front-of-house.
    • Greeting and assisting audience members.
    • Note: attendance of PM is not required during weekly rehearsals.

 

  • Other responsibilities:
    • Attend biweekly staff meetings via zoom, attend monthly board meetings via zoom
    • Coordination of a schedule for auditions (in-person or virtual) for all current members and potential new members.
    • Work with the artistic team and Board of Directors on rehearsal or concert production issues.
    • Other duties and responsibilities as directed by the Administrator.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • A typical Phoenix Chamber Choir season consists of the following events:
  • 3 Phoenix concerts (October or February, December, May), and dress rehearsal prior to each
  • 1 gala/fundraising event (February/March)
  • 1 weekend-full-day retreats for choir rehearsal and team-building (October))
  • Auditions – either in person or virtual, once per year (June).
  • A recording session
  • The rehearsal and concert/event dates need to be set by June 1, 2023 to facilitate launch of the next season. 
  • Additional activities that may take place depending on scheduling and financial considerations include:
    • Donor appreciation events.
    • Additional collaborative performances with orchestra, instrumentalists, or other arts organizations.
    • Tour performances at festivals/conferences.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience with event planning or concert/event production.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability  to work quickly and efficiently in the weeks leading up to concerts or other events.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and take direction from the Phoenix Chamber Choir Administrator and artistic team, and to work collaboratively with audience members, musicians, and both professional and volunteer staff.
  • Knowledge and facility in the use of Google-based document management (G-Suite) and Microsoft Office (including Word, Excel, Powerpoint).
  • Ability to have meetings by video conference as required. 
  • Previous experience working with a not-for-profit organization, arts organization, and/or choral organization is considered an asset.
  • The candidate will supply their own computer and internet access.  
  • For more information about the ensemble, visit www.phoenixchoir.com

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

  • Annual Compensation for the position is $8000 to include the regular concert season preparation.  Additional events will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • This is a part-time contract position; no benefits will be offered

 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE 

Qualified candidates are encouraged to submit application materials via email to admin@phoenixchoir.com. To be considered, please submit the following materials by November 15, 2022.

  • A current CV or resume
  • A cover letter explaining your qualifications for the position

 

 



Calling all singers & choral educators!

Phoenix Chamber Choir is hosting a free choral workshop led by Dr. Floydd Ricketts exploring Afrocentric music and spirituals on Friday, October 21, 7-9 PM. Read more

Please welcome Matthew Smith, Tenor 2, back to Phoenix! Matthew is a former member of the choir, and we are delighted to have him signing with us again.

Tell us a little about yourself:
I am very busy at the moment being a stay-at-home dad to my two young children. I also work for the Vancouver Public Library.

Tell us about your recent choral experience:
I previously sang with Phoenix for eight years, from 2004 – 2012. Other choirs I’ve sung with include Laudate Singers and Pacifica Singers.

What are you most excited about this season?
I’ve missed choral singing and am really excited to get back into it after some time away!

What song/album is your summer favourite?
Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway (1972)(album)

Join us in welcoming Kimi Cheong to Phoenix Chamber Choir as our newest Soprano 1!

Tell us a little about yourself:
I am an articled student, which is essentially a lawyer who has finished law school but has not passed the bar exam yet! However, I can still go to court and do all the other things one would expect a lawyer to do, albeit with the supervision of a full lawyer.

Tell us about your recent choral experience:
I sang with the Vancouver Youth Choir for nine years, since its inception, and it was simultaneously a huge part of my life and a huge inspiration for me. Before that, I had only ever sung with my high school choir.

What are you most excited about this season?
The shared concert with the Chamber Choir and, of course, my own alumni choir! Sharing music with other choirs is always particularly special.

What song/album is your summer favourite?
I’m currently listening to the tick, tick… BOOM! soundtrack!

 

Welcome back to Phoenix, Jack Foster! Jack is our newest bass, and is a former member of Phoenix. We are so happy to have Jack back with the choir.

Tell us a little about yourself: 
I perform in Drag under the name Tara Beladi to channel my love of pop divas. I often accompany myself on the ukulele and sing hits such as Vogue and Genie in a Bottle.

Tell us about your recent choral experience:

I have spent the last few years singing bass with VanDeca Vocal Ensemble, and was previously a member of Phoenix in the 2017-18 season.

What are you most excited about this season?

So much! I’m most excited by the prospect of making high quality choral sounds with this talented group of musicians.
What song/album is your summer favourite?
This summer I’m (still) all about Lady Gaga’s 2020 dance album Chromatica. Honourable mention goes to Harry Styles’ 2022 album Harry’s House.
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We are thrilled to introduce you to our new Phoenix Members! Welcome Rachel Goetz, our newest Soprano 2.

 

Tell us a little about yourself: 

I’m a teacher in the Coquitlam school district, currently working on my masters of music education. I’m married to Mike and we have two daughters away at university. In my spare time, I enjoy singing (of course!), walking, reading, travelling, and hanging out with family & friends. A new hobby this past year has been playing alto sax in a couple of community bands.

 

Tell us about your recent choral experience:

I have sung in the Coquitlam Celebration Choir (directed by Amy Stephen) and DeCoro (directed by Kelly Prosnik), which is the adult choir of the Coastal Sound Music Academy.

 

What are you most excited about this season?

I’m excited to sing some newly commissioned works as well as favourite selections from the past 40 years. 

 

What song/album is your summer favourite?

Walking On Sunshine by Katrina and the Waves. My husband and I were in a band during our student days and that was a song we used to perform – fun memories!

This 2022-2023 season will be a year-long celebration of Forty Years of Phoenix Chamber Choir. Phoenix is honoured and humbled to recognize four consecutive decades of creating music together for our community. When we consider the transitions and decisions that an organization of our size, stature, and mandate must weather in order to experience the success we have for as long as we have, we are especially grateful. We know that is in large part due to you all: our devoted and loyal audience.  This season will be a celebration of all of us: founders, choristers, directors past and present, composers and listeners alike. 

Phoenix invites you to join us this 2022-2023 season as we journey together through the past and find ourselves looking toward the future:

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Phoenix Chamber Choir wants to use our platform to make a difference and stand with those whose voices who have yet to be heard. Written in 3 languages, the text of “Nou La” was a collaborative effort between Sydney Guillaume, Fredericka Petit-Homme and Lloyd Reshard Jr.. After many meaningful conversations, the heart of the text was realized. Lloyd expressed his sentiments, stating: “The English portion of ‘Nou La’ stems from the social, cultural, racial and political unrest that has been stirred during the global Covid-19 pandemic. It was important for me to capture the questioning, the frustration, and the desire welling inside myself and others who feel marginalized.”
Our hope is that “Nou La” compels the listener to confront and wrestle with their own political, cultural, historical, and social stances, particularly when we do not agree or understand one another. We also hope that this work encourages listeners to passionately confront inhumanity as they cultivate empathy and compassion, inspiring the listener to examine their own relationship and actions towards marginalized communities.
“Nou La”, by Sydney Guillaume, was premiered on May 7, 2022 at Phoenix Chamber Choir’s Evolve concert featuring soloist Frédéricka Petit-Homme.

Phoenix Chamber Choir 2022/2023 Student Choral Composition Competition

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Founded in 1983, Phoenix Chamber Choir is entering its 40th season as one of Canada’s finest vocal ensembles, renowned for diverse and eclectic programming from the Renaissance to the contemporary, commissions from Canadian and international composers, and North American premieres of significant new works.

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Are you an educator looking for an engaging, relevant way to introduce your students to the magic of classical choral music?

We at Phoenix Chamber Choir have curated a unique experience exclusively for students, based on our 2021-2022 season, Emerge. This hour-long condensed concert encounter is designed to be shared in  class and educates your students about choral music and modern composers and is offered in both French and English.

In this program students will hear:

  • Multiple choral works sung by Phoenix Chamber Choir, an advanced, auditioned choir that has been singing in Vancouver, BC for nearly 40 years.
  • 3 world premieres, all composed by individuals under the age of 40: Timothy Cunningham, Katerina Gimon, & Sydney Guillaume.
  • Behind-the-scenes introductions to said composers and the Phoenix singers

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What fellow teachers are saying:

“Leonardo Dreams of his Flying Machine is the coolest piece. Students will find this relatable as they may know a bit about Leonardo da Vinci the inventor – but they have probably never heard something like this.  Body percussion is a big part of the show – teens love that energy!  Mixed in with all this are beautiful pieces that evoke a strong emotional response.  Hearing new works by emerging composers like Timothy Cunningham, Katerina Gimon, and Sydney Guillaume shows students that it is possible to compose music that a choir can bring to life, even at such a young age.”

– Danielle Hamilton, South Delta Secondary School, Delta, BC

“My students are excited to hear this concert because they are also performing Marie-Claire Saindon’s Turlutte acadienne montréalaise, so they are excited to hear an adult choir doing the same music. They were also intrigued hearing the wide range of music from a single composer since they are also singing another work by Eric Whitacre for their concert.”

– Cara Lau, John Knox Christian School, Burnaby, BC

The production and distribution of this video is made possible through the generous support of GROSSMAN & STANLEY Business Lawyers.

Are you an educator who would like access to this free program to share with your class and students? To register, please sign up here. You will be added to Phoenix’s general mailing list and educational offerings mailing list, and receive the link to this online program in mid May, 2022.

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