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Louise Chernosky


Dr. Louise Chernosky is a choral and instrumental music director, pianist, and arranger. She holds a BM in Music Education and piano with high distinction from the Eastman School of Music, and received her MA in Musicology and Music Theory from SUNY Buffalo. She earned her PhD in Historical Musicology from Columbia University in 2012, where she was the editor-in-chief of the journal Current Musicology and wrote her dissertation about National Public Radio’s commissions of experimental music.

Louise is currently the staff Music Director at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Monmouth County, a vibrant, 300-member community, where she has fostered a collaborative music program for all ages, including youth and adult choirs, a ukulele ensemble, and directed larger scale choral productions with orchestra and chamber ensembles. Recent productions include Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, Bach’s Cantata BWV 140 (“Wachet Auf”), Vivaldi’s Gloria RV 589, and Thompson’s Frostiana.

In addition to solo work, teaching, conducting, coaching, accompanying, and academic writing, Louise is a versatile musician: she plays harpsichord, celeste, and harmonium, and has performed with Lila Muni (a Balinese Gamelan ensemble), Sladki Doumi (a Bulgarian Women’s Chorus), Charites and Columbia University’s Collegium Musicum (New York-based Early Music ensembles), Shrewsbury Chorale, and Turtle United (a contradance band focusing on American, Irish, and French-Canadian fiddle tunes). She is happy to support public school music programs in the NJ area as a guest accompanist.

The Celebration Singers are looking for a new Youth Choir Director!

The Celebration Singers of Cranford, NJ, is seeking an experienced choral director to lead its approximately 25-member mixed children’s/teen choir. Compensation for the position will be discussed during the interview process.

Qualifications:
Advanced degree in music or equivalent knowledge/experience
Significant experience working with young singers
Broad knowledge of choral repertoire for the young singer
Positive contact and rapport with parents
Excellent teaching, verbal and written communication skills
Willingness to work collaboratively with the Artistic Director/Conductor of the Adult Choir and Board of Directors
Be flexible, open to opinions, and share vision with Artistic Director and Board in regard to the organization's continued development and creative path
Be open to performing combined numbers with the adult choir during all major concerts
Ability to conduct instrumentalists
Keyboard skills a plus but not required

Responsibilities:
Direct the choir in performance which include a 2-night holiday concert in December, a 1 or 2 -night spring concert in May/June and additional performances as applicable, which may include a showcase in February.
Audition prospective members
Conduct rehearsals; prepare the choir for all performances including teaching the children's choir part of all combined numbers.
Select appropriate music based on the theme of the concert agreed upon by the Artistic Director and Board
Take an active role in recruitment of new members and audience development
Attend board meetings

Application Procedure:
Please submit a cover letter, resume, 3 professional references and a video of conducting if available (link to YouTube or other online access is acceptable) to be received no later than May 31, 2022 to:

Email: celebrationsingersnewjersey@gmail.com (email is preferable to US Mail due to time factor). Please include the “CS Youth Choir Director Search” in the subject line upon submission.

US Mail: Celebration Singers
C/O Jason Cheek
38 Concord St
Cranford, NJ 07066

Submit questions to the above email address.

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