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Sistrum Seeks New Artistic Director



Sistrum, Lansing women's chorus, is looking for a new artistic director as former artistic director, Meredith Bowen, finishes her time in the position. The artistic director will develop and carry out artistic programming, collaborations and performances that support and enhance the mission of the organization. The position will also involve the creation o music that inspires, empowers and entertains

Sistrum was started in 1986 by a small group of lesbian women with a vision of musical excellence, feminism and the power of women singing together for social justice. Rachel Alexander founded and directed the chorus for its first 15 years. Meredith Bowen has led the group through its next 15 years. Sistrum is a 501(c)(3) organization that has performed and participated in the Sister Singers Network, the Gay and Lesbian Choral Association (GALA), the Choral Music Experience workshop with Doreen Rao and other regional workshops and festivals; created two CDs of music, "Sweet Women" and "Dancing Naked at the Edge of Dawn"; and commissioned several original pieces of music both individually and collaboratively. Sistrum believes "in creating a musical haven for all women; in raising our voices together as diverse women; and in using our community and music to stand for peace, equality and freedom for all people."

The position will have a time commitment of 400 hours annual, including evenings and some weekends, and roughly 5-10 hours a week. The new artistic director will be supervised by the board of directors and receive a salary which begins at $10,000 based on experience.

The responsibilities for the position include:

A BA in music and desire to grow required; master's in choral conducting and experience working with a community-based chorus preferred

Hiring and supervising accompanist and guest musicians; appointing and supervising section leaders

Facilitating ways to learn music outside of rehearsal (such as creation of practice tracks/recordings)

Embracing Sistrum's lesbian and feminist roots

Supporting all members/women regardless of background/race, nationality, ability, sexuality, gender identity, religious/spiritual preference

Supporting Sistrum's core belief "in the magic and joy of raising our voices together as diverse lesbian, bisexual, heterosexual, queer and transgender women."

Developing creative programming from various genres, traditions and styles with a balance of challenge and audience accessibility

Increasing opportunities to support the Sistrum mission and nonprofit status through public performances, service and networking

Preparing repertoire ready for run-out performances

Serving as public spokesperson and advocating for the chorus

Maintaining a strong, collaborative relationship with board of directors

Helping build community between singers

Consulting with chorus committees as needed

Providing long-range planning and programming

Demonstrating strong organizational and communication skills, both written and verbal

Participating in chorus-supported professional development (such as attending workshops and conferences, participating in professional organizations, etc.)

Advancing commissioning projects

Cheryl Wheeler

To apply for the position, submit the following items electronically to, Chair of the Search Committee, by Jan. 1, 2016: a CV, a program sample and a conducting video of a performance. Other supporting videos are also welcome, such as a rehearsal video. Large files may be sent by sharing a Google or Dropbox folder.

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