Music Director for Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir

Date Posted: Jan 11, 2013
Application Deadline: Jan 11, 2014

Salary: TBD
Province: Ontario
Region: Metro Toronto Area
City: Toronto
Organization's Field/Discipline:
Term: Full-time
Career Level:

Organization Description


Job Description

Toronto, Ontario

“…one of the world’s top baroque orchestras, exemplary in every way.”
       (Gramophone Magazine)

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir invites suggestions, referrals, and expressions of interest in the position of Music Director.  Jeanne Lamon, its long-time music director, has announced her retirement in 2014. 

The Position:  

We seek a Music Director, a performing musician on a period instrument of international artistic caliber who specializes in period performance who directs (leads) while playing; a first among equals working in a collaborative environment dedicated to the highest standards of musical excellence.    Reporting to the Board of Directors and working closely with the Managing Director, specific responsibilities of the Music Director  include artistic leadership, concert planning, rehearsals, liaison, publicity, fund-raising, education and artist training, touring, recording, and planning.   




The ideal candidate will be an original and innovative thinker who can bring new ideas to all aspects of Tafelmusik’s operations, while cherishing and building on its past achievements.  The new music director will be a collaborative leader, gifted at programming, who will contribute to the artistic development of our musicians and audiences.  A forward-looking approach to non-traditional programming, platforms, and media to present the repertoire in relevant ways to emerging audiences would be welcomed, as well as a track record in balancing repertoire planning with economic realities.    
It needs to be stressed that Tafelmusik is looking for a player-leader who will be able to communicate with eloquence and passion the vision and ambitions of Tafelmusik to all stakeholders, audiences, and media; someone who preferably will take up residence in Toronto. 


Additional Info:

The Organization:
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, founded in 1979 by Kenneth Solway and Susan Graves led by Music Director Jeanne Lamon since 1981, is one of the world’s leading period performance ensembles. The orchestra performs over 100 concerts a year, with a home season in Toronto of more than 50 performances.  Its annual budget is approximately $5 million.
Tafelmusik tours extensively around the world, has released over 80 CDs and has received nine JUNO Awards and a Grammy Award nomination. Tafelmusik Media, Tafelmusik’s multi-platform recording label, was launched in January 2012.
The orchestra enjoys an important collaborative relationship with the Tafelmusik Chamber Choi and its on-going Director Ivars Taurins, as well a major artistic partnership with Toronto’s Opera Atelier which specializes in 17th- and 18th-century opera. Tafelmusik is the Baroque Orchestra-in-Residence at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, where it hosts its annual Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute. 
Tafelmusik has recently toured within Canada and to Germany, the USA, France, Australia and New Zealand, and looks forward to upcoming tours to Japan, Korea, the USA, France, Germany and Ontario.
In January of 2013 Tafelmusik announced an ambitious $3 million project to revitalize its home performance venue, Toronto’s Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre. Phase One  will see major acoustic enhancements as well as significant physical improvements to the hall in the areas of improvement of audience comfort, sightlines, and the aesthetics of the space, the installation of permanent stage, and improved accessibility. Phase Two will focus on the restoration and enhancement of other spaces in Trinity-St. Paul’s, such as the lobby, while preserving the historic characteristics of this 125 year-old heritage building.

Defining Characteristics of Tafelmusik:

All members of the orchestra are deeply committed to personal and organizational growth, working closely with the music director and management as they continue to strive for the realization of these core values:

• Virtuosity in performance

• Understanding of  a wide range of historical styles

• Creativity in programming

• New ways to share their artistic inheritance and innovations with music lovers everywhere

• Training the next generation of excellent period performance musicians.

The collaborative culture of the orchestra is a key component in the artistic success of the organization.

 The Music Director is “first among equals,” brings artistic vision to the creative process, and has final authority in rehearsal. 

 The Music Director has final authority over programming and overall quality of the artistic product.

 Orchestra members participate fully and collaboratively in the creative process in rehearsal.

 The orchestra is an ensemble of soloists.  The violin section rotates fully and solos are shared throughout the orchestra.

 The 17 members of the core orchestra are fully committed to Tafelmusik as a full-time occupation.

Orchestra members make strong contributions to all areas of artistic activity, including programming, educational activities, and personnel decisions. This collaborative environment is unusual among chamber ensembles of this size, and is a major contributing factor for the artistic growth of the organization as a whole, as well as for the artistic growth of each individual member of the orchestra.

How to Apply:

Application Process:
Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.  Excellent benefits package. Interested candidates are invited to submit a resume with a list of references, salary expectations, and materials on any platform (such as recordings, DVD’s, websites, electronic links, etc.) to:

Margaret Genovese
Senior Partner
Genovese, Vanderhoof & Associates
77 Carlton Street, Suite 1103
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5B 2J7

Referrals and suggestions of appropriate candidates are most welcome.
A complete job description is available on line.

Contact Info:

Name: Margaret Genovese


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