Conductor Search

Opus 24 Seeks New Conductor

Milt Scott, the Choral Conductor of Opus 24 the past 30 years, will be retiring from his position following our May 2022 concert. While we will miss his leadership and dedication to the organization, we are moving forward with initiating our search at this time for the best replacement to "fill his shoes".

For your convenience, we have posted the job description below for your review. Qualified/interested candidates should e-mail a resume to Opus24Decatur@gmail.com by no later than Monday, February 7, 2022. (Equal Opportunity Employer)


Conductor Job Description

Since its founding in 1991, Opus 24 has established a classical tradition of providing a quality choral music experience for both participant and audience, and has grown into a mature musical force in central Illinois. Enjoying a two-hour weekly rehearsal, singers from all over central Illinois come to enrich their passion for sacred and secular music through the Opus 24 experience.

In addition to its regular two-concert season, Opus 24 has performed for festivals, conventions, community concert series, and special events throughout the Midwest, including Illinois American Choral Directors Association conferences at Wheaton College, Northern Illinois University, Illinois State University, and Millikin University. The ensemble has also performed with the Millikin Decatur Symphony Orchestra, and has produced several CDs.

Opus 24 is one of the programs supported by the Decatur Choral Society in its mission to promote quality choral music. The Choral Society also supports the Millikin Children’s Choir, and provides scholarships to area high school students to receive voice lessons at Millikin University. The Decatur Choral Society is funded through generous tax-deductible contributions, program advertisements, and CD and ticket sales.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Oversee and direct all musical operations associated with Opus 24 and/or other related operations, as empowered by the Board of Directors of the Decatur Choral Society (DCS).

  • Select appropriate and challenging choral literature that includes a broad range of distinguished sacred and secular music for the people of Decatur, Macon County and surrounding communities in Illinois.

  • Promote and develop the opportunity for singing/performing through an appropriate audition process.

  • Select a qualified Accompanist and/or other instrumentalists as deemed appropriate.

  • Schedule spring and fall concerts for Opus 24. (Position commencement date begins after May 2022 concert.)

  • Secure concert venues in advance of scheduled performances.

  • Create concert themes, and work with marketing vendor to develop/print concert programs and related promotional materials.

  • Compose the Conductor’s Comments section for inclusion in the semi-annual newsletter.

  • Serve as a spokesperson with the media as it relates to upcoming concerts.

  • Explore other performance opportunities outside the central Illinois footprint as feasible.

  • Oversee the audition process for DCS scholarship applicants when appropriate.

  • Oversee maintenance of the organization’s music library.

  • Create an annual budget for Opus 24 and related expenses, and submit to the DCS Board of Directors for inclusion in its annual budget.

Qualifications

  • Minimum Bachelors degree in applied music, music education, or choral conducting; Masters degree a plus

  • Minimum 3-5 years of choral conducting experience preferred

  • Prior participation in ACDA, IMEA and/or related organizations

  • Prior participation in choir festivals and/or juried events a plus

  • Strong communication, musical coaching and organizational skills

  • Commitment to ongoing group development and quality performance

  • Results-oriented focus

  • Experience with music budget preparation

Qualified candidates may e-mail a resume for consideration to the search committee at Opus24Decatur@gmail.com. Deadline for submission is Monday, February 7, 2022. (Equal Opportunity Employer)