Employment & Auditions


The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra currently has the following employment opportunities available:

Chorus Director


Job Purpose and Reporting Structure:

The MSO Chorus Director is responsible for the artistic preparation of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Chorus. Under the ultimate direction of the MSO’s Music Director, as well as the Director of Artistic Planning, the MSO Chorus Director provides the best possible preparation and artistic advisement for the MSO staff and Chorus to ensure chorus members and audiences alike share the highest level artistic and production experience.  This is a part-time position.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The MSO Chorus Director is expected to be able to be responsible for the following Chorus Direction Duties, as well as additional ones, as assigned:

  • Plan and lead efficient rehearsals to prepare for all orchestral concerts requiring chorus, as well as other concerts that feature the Chorus, to ensure performance week readiness. This includes, without limitation, developing the rehearsal schedule for all choral rehearsals leading up to the Conductor’s Piano Rehearsal, attending and observing all CPRs and orchestra rehearsals for the pertinent piece, and offering comments and suggestions upon request of the conductor.
  • Actively recruit for the Chorus, leading recruitment efforts to ensure sufficient choristers for both small and large chorus repertory, and with a balanced number among all sections of the Chorus.
  • Oversee and conduct Chorus auditions, evaluation of membership, and consultation with members on all artistic issues.
  • Consult with Artistic leadership on choral repertoire and planned activities, and be an advocate for choral repertory, proposing and championing choral works for inclusion in the MSO’s season. Consult with the MSO Orchestra Librarian and Director of Artistic Planning team to determine music needs for each season.
  • If requested, assist in the preparation of youth and children’s choruses that are involved in MSO productions (including but not limited to the MSO’s Teen choral concert).
  • Recommend Chorus assistant(s), section leaders, and any necessary chorister soloists; supervise approved assistant(s) and section leaders, accompanists, and diction coaches. Maintain regular communication with the Chorus Manager and MSO Management, and generally provide leadership to the Chorus, its staff, and its singers.
  • Keep abreast of choral trends and activities locally, nationally, and internationally, sharing this information as appropriate with choristers and the MSO and its stakeholders.
  • Be the face of the Chorus at fundraising and other community engagement events, as requested and available
  • Develop relations in the Milwaukee metropolitan area (e.g. with area choral organizations, schools, and colleges), and play a major role in promoting the Chorus, working to build relationships with MSO staff and musicians, patrons, volunteers and other stakeholders.
  • Participate in interviews, photo sessions, and meetings, and adhere to time deadlines and budgets as required.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Chorus Assistant(s); Section Managers; Accompanist; Diction Coach.

Contacts with Others

This position has contact with a wide range of people including all levels of the organization, chorus members, the public, patrons, donors, and volunteers.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Additional requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required:

  • A master’s degree or equivalent experience in choral conducting, performance, or a related discipline
  • Impeccable musicianship plus strong choral preparation and conducting skills, including thorough knowledge of choral repertory across periods and genres, excellent verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to effectively convey ideas and requirements.
  • A commitment to music education for audiences of all ages.
  • Phonetic fluency in German, Latin, French, Italian, Russian and other standard choral repertory languages is beneficial.
  • Ability to drive and valid driver’s license, and basic computer, email, phone, and office software literacy (e.g. Microsoft Word).
  • The ability to handle confidential and sensitive information.
  • A complete background check is required prior to assuming this role.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The employee will be required to work at various venues for chorus direction and audition duties, and in the staff offices for meetings.

Physical and Vision Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Specific physical abilities require by this job include the ability to walk, stand, and move agilely in venues and production spaces; ability to talk and hear; ability to lift and carry up to 25 lbs. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

The above is representative of the position; there may be other activities or responsibilities required which are not listed. This does not constitute a contract with any person in any position.


Please send resume to roloffj@mso.org by February 15, 2016The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra is an equal opportunity employer.



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