Lex-Ham Community Band is looking for a director. We've been around for more than twenty years. As part of Lex-Ham Community Arts our goal is to provide performing arts activities for the Lexington-Hamline neighborhood of Saint Paul and surrounding areas. In recent years we've been averaging about 45 amateur musicians with a fairly wide range of skill levels. We meet just about every week, either for rehearsal or a concert. Rehearsals are on Sundays from 7:30 to 9:00pm at the Concordia University band room in Saint Paul. We perform, on average, once a month in various venues - parks in the summer, malls in the winter, retirement communities any time of year. Our concerts are free to the public.
Select the music for our performances - we have a respectable (and growing) library from which to choose.
Run and conduct rehearsals - you'll have to be patient - we have a range of skill levels.
Conduct our concerts - so you'll have to come up with some engaging patter for the audience between numbers.
We have a fairly good support crew that will: place music in folders, take music out of folders, buy music, haul equipment and music stands, schedule venues for concerts, find rehearsal space.
We would like the director sit on the board of directors for Lex-Ham Community Arts. They meet for a couple hours every two months (usually on a Sunday afternoon). Your primary duty there would be to report on what the band is doing. They're a pretty nice bunch, but it is a volunteer organization, so they'll probably try to get you to volunteer for other duties. (Maybe you'll like what they do so much that you'll agree.)
So what do you get in return for all your efforts? You mean besides the pleasure of leading a bunch of enthusiastic folks as they explore the joy of making music in a large ensemble? (Ok, fine. We'll let you write the next job description.) Our band director receives a $500 annual stipend, paid on a quarterly basis.
Interested? Questions? Send a note to ... Tell us a little bit about your background and experience with directing, maybe attach your resume. If we like what we see we'll invite you to take the band through a rehearsal in April to get their feedback. We hope to have the whole process finished by May, so you have time to get us ready for the summer concert season.