Collaborative Pianist: Cantilena Women’s Chorale (Arlington, MA)

Description:
Cantilena Women’s Chorale seeks a collaborative pianist to support rehearsals and
performances. Cantilena is an ensemble of approximately 40 singers, dedicated to
performing music written for the treble voice. Our challenging and diverse repertoire
spans the 15th to the 21st centuries and includes works in many different languages and
musical forms. We strive to introduce both our members and our audience to works they
are unlikely to encounter in other forums, with an emphasis on music composed
specifically for women’s voices.

Responsibilities:

  • Accompany the weekly 2.5 hour Cantilena rehearsals on Mondays, including holidays,
    from 7:30-10:00 p.m, September 2019–early May 2020. The ensemble rehearses
    regularly at First Parish Unitarian Universalist in Arlington, MA.
  • Accompany Cantilena performances, generally 2-3 per season in the Arlington or
    greater Boston area.
  • Maintain high-quality rehearsal and performance standards aligned with the
    organization’s core values of musical excellence, expression, and community.
  • Lead occasional sectional rehearsals as deemed necessary by the Music Director.
  • Meet with the Music Director on a regular basis at times mutually agreed upon for the
    purposes of planning rehearsals and performances, and discussing musical and
    logistical performance issues.

Qualifications:

  • An appreciation for choral music written for treble voices
  • Prior experience accompanying choral ensembles
  • Excellent collaborative playing skills and the ability to respond artistically to a conductor
  • Advanced classical piano technique
  • Advanced sight-reading ability
  • Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance or Collaborative Piano, advanced degree
    preferred
  • Demonstrated success as a collaborative artist, coaching and playing for classical
    singers
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Pro-active approach, flexibility, and positive attitude

Compensation:
This position is paid hourly, at a rate commensurate with experience. Contract may be
extended to future seasons based on performance.

How to Apply:
Interested candidates should submit resume, cover letter, references, and audio
samples of their work to Music Director Jennifer Kane at musicdirector@cantilena.org.
Auditions will be heard for this position in late summer 2019. Candidates will be asked
to perform a 3-4 minute solo selection of their choice and sight reading, as well as an
interview.

Apply by:
September 1, 2019

About this Organization:
Cantilena was founded in 1968 as the Cambridge Chorale, an ensemble of mixed
(SATB) voices. In 1980 the group became a women’s chorus, and in 2000 we changed
our name to Cantilena to more appropriately reflect our identity as women’s chorale.
The name means, at its simplest level, a song, or a style of music where the melody is
in the treble line. Cantilena is based in Arlington, Massachusetts.

Over the years, Cantilena has premiered many new works, including Of a Sun She Can
Remember by Ellen Gilson Voth, and Jabberwocky by Scott Wheeler. Roger Bourland
dedicated his Dickinson Madrigals (Book II) to us. California composer Brian Holmes
has written several pieces for us, and former director Kenneth Seitz composed and
arranged music for Cantilena on a regular basis, including Three Heartfelt Songs,
commissioned by us in 2002. We have also featured the works of women composers
including Amy Beach, Margaret Bonds, Mabel Daniels, and Emma Lou Diemer; noted
New England composers Arthur Foote, Horatio Parker and Edward MacDowell; as well
as the music of better-known composers such as Brahms, Faure, Britten, Holst and
Schubert.