Rainbow City Jazz Band Seeks Leader with Passion, Charisma, and Skill

Do you have a deep love for jazz music and a passion for fostering a vibrant musical community? We are seeking a talented and enthusiastic Ensemble Director to lead our dynamic, 20+ year old jazz band in Seattle!

Rainbow City Jazz Band is an extension of Rainbow City Performing Arts, Seattle's growing LGBTQIA+ and allied organization expanding visibility for our community through performance. We offer a welcoming and inclusive space for musicians of all backgrounds to explore the joy and creativity of jazz.

As the Ensemble Director, you will play a vital role in:

  • Shaping the musical direction of the Jazz Band: You'll select and arrange diverse repertoire, pushing our musicians to new heights while staying true to the heart of jazz and our tradition of a lively sound for dance.
  • Leading rehearsals and gigs: Your clear communication and engaging instruction will foster a positive learning environment where every member feels encouraged and supported.
  • Building a strong ensemble spirit: You'll cultivate a sense of camaraderie and collaboration, fostering a band that not only sounds great but thrives together.

We're looking for someone with:

  • Proven experience as a jazz musician and ensemble leader
  • A deep understanding of jazz theory and improvisation
  • Excellent communication and preparation skills
  • The ability to motivate and inspire musicians of all levels
  • A commitment to fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment

This is an exciting opportunity to lead a talented and dedicated group of musicians in a truly special organization. We rehearse on Tuesday evenings in the University District of Seattle with good access to transit and free parking. If you're ready to make your mark on Seattle's jazz scene, we encourage you to apply!

Want to find out more?

Read the full job description and apply here

This role pays a contract amount of $500 per month for one year with the option to renew. On average the Jazz Band Ensemble Director will work 25 hours per month. The job will be open until filled, for preferred consideration apply before May 10, 2024, to be included in the interview process.

Rainbow City Performing Arts is a small nonprofit largely funded by our own community, while seeking expanded funding. We’re committed to equitable compensation across our organization of seven performance ensembles. Though we cannot pay full market rate for this role, the organization is increasing compensation once new funding becomes available. Our mission is to create a diverse and inclusive environment for musical expression that promotes the equity and visibility of people in the LGBTQIA+ community.

Rainbow City Performing Arts is an equal opportunity employer and contractor. We value diversity at our core and welcome applications from all qualified candidates.

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