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Call for Applicants: Virginia Bronze Director

Virginia Bronze, a premiere Northern Virginia-based community handbell ensemble, is seeking a director starting in the 2018-2019 season.

About Virginia Bronze
Virginia Bronze celebrated its tenth anniversary season in 2016-2017, with a growing regional and national reputation as a performance ensemble. The group presents concerts as Artists in Residence at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial. Inaugurated in 2006, Virginia Bronze is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and the only auditioned community handbell ensemble in Northern Virginia. The ensemble receives partial funding from federal, state and local grants. Virginia Bronze rehearses on Tuesday evenings in Alexandria from 7:15-9:15 pm.

In 2016, Virginia Bronze formed Resonances, a small ensemble, available to perform at smaller venues. The group also offers ringer development workshops for the community and regularly supplies ringers, directors and clinicians to regional and national events, as well as accepts invitations to perform throughout the DC Metro area.

Virginia Bronze is comprised of about 20 ringers with strong musical skills who are all passionate about performing at a high level while having fun. Additionally, Virginia Bronze has 1-2 non-performing intern ringers who desire the opportunity to begin ringing at a higher level. The ensemble has a strong community focus and prides itself on its creativity and engagement of audiences through a wide range of challenging music from all traditions. Virginia Bronze also strives to work with other artists in the community; past partnerships include concerts with the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, the Metropolitan Chorus, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, D.C. and the Cathedral Choral Society.

Virginia Bronze is excited to build on our past accomplishments while pursuing new challenges as we begin our second decade of ringing. The ensemble’s priorities are to continue to perform concerts in and around the Alexandria/DC Metro area; to elevate awareness and appreciation of handbells throughout the community through performances, education and outreach to new audiences; and to develop outstanding musicianship.

Click here to view some of Virginia Bronze’s favorite pieces.

Music and Equipment
Virginia Bronze’s repertoire includes levels 2 through 6 handbell publications as well as a number of original compositions, arrangements, and transcriptions in all genres, ranging from rock and pop to jazz and classical. The ensemble routinely utilizes seven octaves of Schulmerich handbells (78 bells total: C2-C9), five octaves of Malmark Choirchimes® (61 chimes total), two octaves of Silver Melody Bells (23 bells total: C5-C7), and a wide selection of percussion instruments. Virginia Bronze Director Position Description

Qualifications
The ideal candidate will possess 7 years of director experience and 5 of handbell directing experience while demonstrating the following attributes:

  • Keen sense of leadership, creativity and musicianship
  • Works well both independently and collaboratively
  • Strong interpersonal and ensemble-building skills
  • Experience working closely with an executive board and within grant parameters
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Vested interest in both group and individual ringer development
  • Dedicated to audience engagement through programming and community collaborations, with a vision for how to reach new audiences
  • Be an accomplished handbell ringer

Responsibilities
The director’s duties will include:

  • Develop the artistic vision and focus for Virginia Bronze
  • Conducting rehearsals, performances and ringer auditions
  • Selecting music challenging to the overall ensemble
  • Selecting engaging programming and music for concerts
  • Providing appropriate musical interpretations of selected music
  • Assigning ringer positions to optimize the skills of individual ringers
  • Providing constructive feedback to encourage and inspire Virginia Bronze ringers and the entire ensemble to perform at its highest potential
  • Communicating musical expectations and responsibilities to ringers in a timely fashion
  • Promoting the wider recognition of Virginia Bronze
  • Supporting the Executive Committee in long term planning for the organization
  • Attending the Executive Committee meetings as a non-voting member
  • Compensation will be negotiated as part of the one-year, renewable contract.

How to Apply
Phone interviews will be conducted in early March, with in-person conducting trials in March and early April. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and résumé (preferably including video samples) by February 15, 2018 to vab@vabronze.org, or by mail to Virginia Bronze, Attn: Director Search, PO Box 844, Alexandria, VA 22313.