Reporting to the Artistic Director (AD), the Principal Accompanist is a part-time “as-needed” role that provides piano accompaniment for rehearsals, season performances, and additional events. The Principal Accompanist also provides support and artistic partnership to the AD, in addition to other administrative tasks to assist in the rehearsal and creative process.
Self-driven – get things done and meet deadlines without regular oversight.
People person – find joy in collaboration and working with others.
Tech savvy – proficient in standard computer programs and electronic communication tools.
Passionate – understand, embody, and demonstrate a passion for the basic principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) which help drive the Chorale’s mission, vision, values, and Harmony and Belonging initiatives.
Ambitious – willingness to continue learning and growing as an accompanist & performer.
Patient – understanding towards all levels of musical skills, abilities, and experiences.
Inspirational – engage others and encourage participation through a shared vision.
Clear communicator – speak, listen, and write in a clear, thorough, and timely manner.
Professional – model ethical behavior, tact, and courtesy.
Creative and flexible – able to think and work outside of the box in presenting unique performances and musical themes.
Enthusiasm and humor – also crucial and appreciated!
Additional responsibilities may include running rehearsals in the AD’s absence, leading sectional rehearsals, preparing rehearsal recordings, assisting with choral or instrumental arrangements, and taking the lead with additional instrumentalists utilized in performances.
As a member of the South Coast Chorale artistic staff, the Principal Accompanist is expected to demonstrate a commitment to the organization’s mission, vision, and values.
WHO YOU ARE:
Individuality is celebrated at the South Coast Chorale, and the Principal Accompanist should have a well-rounded set of musical and non-musical competencies that bring a unique perspective to the organization.
Advanced piano skills in accompanying and performance
Ability to play in various styles, tempos, and rhythms, including syncopated jazz, rock, pop, etc.
Ability to sight read advanced musical scores
Ability to play four part choral staves & parts
Ability to transpose music on the fly
Ability to transcribe and arrange choral and instrumental music
Reliable transportation around the greater Southern California area
HEALTH & SAFETY
The South Coast Chorale requires employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Please see our current health & safety protocols by visiting https://southcoastchorale.org/healthandsafety/.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Accompany all Chorale rehearsals, including:
Regular weekly rehearsals (currently Mondays from 7:00-9:30pm)
3-4 Saturday rehearsals each season
2-4 soloist or Guest Artist rehearsals in preparation for each concert
Dress and Tech rehearsals
Accompany and lead sectional rehearsals, as needed
Provide accompaniment for auditions (twice each season)
Accompany Chorale performances
Three season concerts – typically Fall/Winter, Spring and early Summer
Up to three performances and one dress rehearsal per concert.
Additional community and event performances, as scheduled
Artistic Assistance & Consultation
Meet and consult with the AD, as needed
Assist with concert theme ideas and music selection
Prepare rehearsal recordings, as needed for all vocal parts
Provide choral or instrumental arrangements, as able
Take a lead role with additional instrumentalists in performances
TIME & COMPENSATION:
Part-time, “as-needed” hourly employee with an estimated 5 hours per week (3 hours chorale rehearsal and 2 hours personal rehearsal/prep time).
Benefits: No health insurance provided. Paid sick time available.
Pay: $30/hr, plus a $50/month home office allowance (*conditions apply).
APPLICATION/AUDITION PROCESS & TIMELINE:
Email a resume and a brief statement describing why you should be selected for this position to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are due by Friday, September 2, 2022.
September 6 – September 9, 2022
Prepare a song of your choice
Sight read a selection
Accompany SCC in rehearsal
For audition information, please visit southcoastchorale.org/auditions.