Job ID: 200263

Director of UC Choral Ensembles - Student Musical Activities (006138U) 45774

University of California, Berkeley

  • Nov. 23, 2022
  • Director of UC Choral Ensembles - Student Musical Activities (006138U) 45774
  • University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, CA
  • Open until filled
  • Available immediately
  • Director/Manager
  • Music - General

Director of UC Choral Ensembles - Student Musical Activities (006138U) 45774

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Departmental Overview

The various entities that comprise Student Musical Activities (SMA) at UC Berkeley-the UC Choral Ensembles, UC Jazz Ensembles, and the California Marching Band-have served the University for over 135 years through the many contributions of its student-musicians. Each SMA program provides students with an extracurricular music education and numerous opportunities for performance and instruction. This singularly unique offering also develops students' skills in arts leadership, administration, and community service.

The Director of UC Choral Ensembles (UCCE), a position established in 1947, manages a multifaceted choral music program that provides students with robust and authentic opportunities to perform in solo, chamber, concert, and theatre ensembles. Appearances at public performances may include concerts, recitals, sporting events, special events, university ceremonies, and a variety of other settings. Primary ensembles include:

  • Cal Chorale - mixed voices | large concert chorus
  • UC Alumni Chorus - mixed voices | large, multi-generational concert chorus
  • Golden Overtones - high voices | select ensemble
  • UC Octet - low voices | select ensemble
  • Cal Jazz Choir - mixed voices | select ensemble
  • Noteworthy - mixed voices | new music ensemble
  • Perfect Fifth - mixed voices | Renaissance ensemble

Additionally, the Director of UCCE provides institutional support and oversight for BareStage, a 60-70 member theatre troupe that presents 4 productions annually-2 plays in the fall, and 1 play and 1 musical theatre production in the spring. The UCCE Director supports student directors, casts, pit orchestras, and stage crews by providing artistic counsel, rehearsal mentorship and financial guidance, as well as helping ensure access to facilities, use of proper safety equipment, and adherence to copyright law.

UCCE's student government includes five student-officers, artistic and business managers for each ensemble, and a number of smaller roles. The position of Director of UCCE is unique among college choral programs in that it combines the traditional role of a music educator with that of a student mentor and advisor. With support from Cal Performances and the University, the Director of UCCE works to provide opportunities for student leadership in the areas of musical instruction and performance, community outreach, arts administration, financial management, and fundraising.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: December 6, 2022.



Provide musical leadership and serve UCCE as its principal, professional music educator. Serve as the program's institutional memory and link to the professional music education field.

Recruit and audition potential members based on musical ability and assign them to appropriate parts and ensembles.

Perform analysis of a variety of musical styles (popular, classical, jazz, folk, etc.) and genres (sacred, secular, etc.) through research of the periods and composers. Interpret musical works and select repertoire.

Conduct the Cal Chorale (approximately 40-60 members) and UC Alumni Chorus (approximately 80-100 members) at rehearsals and performances. Oversee the artistic direction of all other ensembles and support BareStage musical theater productions as needed.

Train students in musical skills and motivate each singer to achieve higher levels of musical performance. Working with the UCCE Council, design and implement training and evaluation methods and standards.

Work with and advise student-leaders regarding music selection, performance practice, and sectional rehearsals. Arrange music as needed. Hire outside instructors/specialists as needed.


Provide a long-range perspective on UCCE history and convey this knowledge to members as appropriate.

Serve as an advisor and mentor to UCCE members and guide students in the development of organizational and leadership skills including musical interpretation, program design, budget development and management, delegation of tasks, conducting business meetings, and promotion of teamwork and community.

Ensure UCCE's adherence to campus policies, procedures, and guidelines. Work with students to secure musical materials, venues, and other resources. Oversee the timely development, review, and submission of annual operating budgets. Provide counsel regarding expenditure methods and controls.

Contribute to students' musical and administrative skills including instruction in basic conducting, running rehearsals, selecting repertoire, and organizing concerts. Oversee the organization and execution of Welcome Back A Cappella, a semi-annual concert which brings 2,000 people into Zellerbach Hall each semester.


Responsible for the overall administration and promotion of UCCE.

Work closely with the Music Department and maintain a strong relationship. Be familiar with their resources and venue availability (primarily Hertz Hall), and assist with joint performance projects.

Recruit, select, train and evaluate UCCE members' performance. Develop an overall, long-range plan for UCCE in cooperation with stakeholders. Develop and manage annual budget in consultation with SMA Director and various group business managers.

In consultation with the SMA Director and campus development professionals, take a leadership role in fundraising matters including discussions and decisions regarding development strategy and campaigns, benefits, solicitations and scholarships. Assist with fundraising activities and serve as host to donor receptions.


In partnership with the Council President and other students, represent UCCE in meetings with campus officials including but not limited to campus administration, Cal Performances, Music Department and Athletics personnel, Cal Alumni Association, and University Development & Alumni Relations (UDAR). Engage in external public relations in conjunction with student-officers. Serve as an ex-officio member of the UCCE Alumni Association and assist with issues relevant to its relationship with UCCE.

Work with students and University officials to discuss issues that pertain to UCCE and its constituents including advocacy and prioritizing future goals and plans. Serve on campus committees as required.

Required Qualifications

Master's degree in Music Education and/or Performance, or equivalent background and experience. Doctoral degree preferred.
Demonstrated success in leading or co-leading a comprehensive choral program at the collegiate and/or high school level, including successful recruitment, musical achievement, and strategic development.
Demonstrated commitment to principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.
Ability to attract and engage singers of various cultural backgrounds and adapt or expand UCCE offerings to an increasingly diverse student population.
Ability to attract and engage singers of various ability levels from the casual to the highly advanced.
Ability to communicate musical ideas through conducting and verbal explanations.
Ability to achieve high standards of musicianship and performance.
Excellent leadership skills including ability to command respect and motivate achievement while working effectively with student-musicians and leaders.
Superior verbal and written communication skills. Ability to serve as liaison between UCCE, SMA, and university officials to articulate the needs and concerns of each to the other.
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to relate well to diverse persons and agencies.
Ability to manage multiple projects and endeavors with competing deadlines; flexibility to meet changing needs and priorities as they occur.
Willingness to learn the traditions and history of UCCE and the university and to balance appropriate continuity of tradition with progressive change.
Knowledge and experience with budget development and oversight, fundraising, and performance tours/travel.
Supervisory experience.

Salary & Benefits

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment in the Resume section of your application.

Other Information

Job Summary

This is a full time career position with a schedule of Monday-Friday with frequent night and weekend hours.

The Director of UC Choral Ensembles manages an organization of extracurricular choral groups on the University of California, Berkeley campus. The director provides leadership in the areas of musical instruction and performance, arts administration, and campus and community outreach. The director develops music programs and activities and provides professional music training and expertise as required, including directing, conducting, and/or vocal coaching for both solo and ensemble singing. The Director is responsible for hiring contractors to fill various needs of the program such as piano accompanists, vocal coaches, orchestra players, and/or others. The Director is available to guide and/or assist student-leaders with performance preparations and accompaniment needs as well as the composition, transcription, and/or arranging of music for their programs; and as a general resource for prospective students, campus colleagues, and other campus/community arts organizations.


The Director must be a skilled musician, conductor, pedagogue, mentor/coach, and administrator with a high degree of musical training and artistic expertise. Additionally, the successful Director is one who embraces students' creativity, exercises their own creativity, collaborates with other fine arts instructors and entities on campus, and expands the musical offerings of UCCE to an increasingly diverse student body. Roles may include comprehensive oversight of campus musical programs or projects, coaching musicians who perform individually at the highest level of professional accomplishment in the field, and/or serving as the music expert for dramatic and dance productions.

The Director manages programs that include formulating strategies and administering policies, processes, and resources, and which function with a high degree of autonomy. Problem-solving in the position frequently requires analysis of unique issues/problems without precedent and/or structure.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity

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