Executive Director

May Festival Chorus


Work Location: In-office


  • Full Time
  • Cincinnati (Remote)
  • Thu, Feb 29, 2024
  • Work Location: In-office
  • Choral
  • $115,000.00
  • $125,000.00

Website May Festival Chorus

Fresh from an era-defining 150th anniversary, the Cincinnati May Festival has made its mark as “One of the Best Classical Music Festivals in the US and Canada” (BBC Music Magazine) and is primed to become the most exciting force in the choral music world. Anchored by the May Festival Chorus and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the annual May Festival has long been distinguished by its unique community-based structure and standard of extraordinary artistic excellence. For over a century, this vibrant institution has catalyzed and shaped the Cincinnati arts landscape, and its recently announced artistic leadership model promises to invigorate concert programs and experiences even further by simultaneously embracing its choral music roots while innovating for the future.

Position Summary: The Cincinnati May Festival (MF) seeks an Executive Director (ED) who can build upon this momentum and provide exceptional leadership, vision, and collaboration to achieve the May Festival’s mission and vision.

A vital member of the May Festival team, the ED works in close collaboration with the Director of Choruses, the annual Festival Director, and CSO Senior Management regarding artistic programming, operations, and financial oversight for the May Festival. The ED also provides strategic and operational leadership and guidance for all philanthropic, marketing, communications, and administrative activities and serves as the primary liaison to the May Festival Board of Directors.

The ED will also serve as the Executive Director of the Vocal Arts Ensemble of Cincinnati (VAE), the City’s premier professional vocal ensemble, as part of a shared services agreement with the May Festival and CSO. The ED will provide administrative, philanthropic, and operational leadership for VAE and serve as the primary liaison to the VAE Board of Directors.

A minimum of seven years of experience in a director or senior-level position with a chorus or performing arts organization is required. Qualified candidates will demonstrate extensive knowledge of choral music, awareness of current trends and best practices in choral and team management, and a keen interest in collaboration to deliver on mission and vision.

The Executive Director will be a collaborative and dedicated leader with strong analytical and problem-solving abilities. A people-centered leader and persuasive communicator, the ED will be comfortable interacting with multiple constituencies and easily adapt to dynamic situations. Resourceful and flexible, the ED will possess excellent organizational and project management skills and demonstrate a commitment to advancing the values of diversity, equity and inclusion.

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