Chorus Master

  • Full Time Job
  • Scotland
  • 11/10/2021
  • Full Time Job
  • Scotland
  • 11/10/2021

Website Scottish Opera

Scottish Opera is Scotland’s national opera company and the largest performing arts organisation in Scotland.  We invite applications for the role of Chorus Master, to succeed Jonathon Cole-Swinard, who after four successful years in which our freelance chorus has continued to gather plaudits from audiences and critics alike, is leaving to continue and expand his work as Head of Music at Garsington Opera.

The Chorus Master holds a key artistic and management role within Scottish Opera and has responsibility to audition, engage and prepare singers for each chorus to contribute to the work of the Company and to help deliver our artistic vision.

Our ideal candidate will be a music graduate, have experience in managing a professional opera chorus and must have extensive knowledge of the operatic repertoire.  Keyboard skills to a professional repetiteur level and an understanding of voices are essential, considerable experience of choral conducting, and a working knowledge of languages, especially Italian, French and German are required.  The candidate should understand the working practices of large theatres and it is essential that they are a proficient English speaker with good oral and written communication skills.  Proven organisational and strong leadership skills are also necessary.

The position is based in Scottish Opera’s premises in central Glasgow, but we perform all around Scotland, so evening work and travel within Scotland will be required.

Applicants should apply by email to

All applications should include a CV and a covering letter stating suitability for the role. Applicants should also complete our Equality Monitoring form. Applications must include all relevant documents.

All candidates must be able to demonstrate a pre-existing right to work in the UK and documentary proof of this will be requested at interview.

This is a permanent position and salary (with benefits) is dependent on experience.

For further information, including an informal but confidential discussion about this post, please contact Derek Clark, Head of Music, by telephone on +44 (0)141 248 4567.

The selection process will include interviews and trial conducting sessions commencing in late Autumn 2021, with the intention that the post is filled by Spring 2022.

Our Values:
– Reaching Beyond Your Comfort Zone
– Building Strong Partnerships
– Excellence in Everything
– Working as a Team

Find the full job description here 

Closing date for applications is noon on Monday 11 October 2021.

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