MUSIC LIBRARY ASSOCIATION

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Music Librarian

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Job Description

Organization Description

Considered one of the nation’s leading children’s choirs, Los Angeles Children’s
Chorus (“LACC”) has garnered tremendous critical acclaim. Founded in 1986, the choir
has appeared over the past two decades in more than 300 performances with such
renowned organizations as the LA Opera, LA Phil, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Los
Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, The Pasadena Symphony,
and many others. Few children’s choirs in the world are capable of covering the wide
range of repertoire required to perform at this level or navigating such a demanding
schedule. Choir membership requires tremendous musicianship, skill and dedication,
which are honed through LACC’s comprehensive music program. Currently, LACC has
over 400 choristers from 60 Southland communities in six choirs – Concert, Chamber
Singers, Young Men’s Ensemble, Intermediate, Apprentice and Preparatory, as well as
the First Experiences in Choral Singing ensemble and First Experiences in Singing
classes for younger children. Choristers are placed in the choirs based on their skill
level and experience, with the opportunity to advance. LACC has toured Brazil, China,
South Africa, Great Britain, Italy, Australia, Germany, Austria, Hungary, and Poland, as
well as many parts of the United States and Canada. LACC was featured in the Academy
Award-nominated documentary film “SING!” which chronicles a year in the life of the
chorus and is shown regularly on PBS stations nationwide. LACC was recognized in
2014 by Chorus America with the Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, the
nation’s highest choral honor.

Position Overview

The Music Librarian is responsible for maintaining the printed and digital music used
for all LACC performances and classes; maintaining an up-to-date electronic
catalogue/database of LACC’s extensive music collection; stewarding all music library
equipment and supplies; and providing library-related support to the artistic and
administrative staff of LACC, including planning, program development, marketing,
and production.

The work of the Music Librarian is part-time with varied work hours, depending upon
the time of year (averaging approximately 6-8 hours per week). Some night and
weekend work may be required. This position is non-exempt and reports directly to
LACC’s Artistic Director. The job requires the ability to lift and move boxes of sheet
music, weighing approximately 15 lbs to a height of up to 6-7 feet, and to walk up and
down 3 flights of stairs.

The Music Librarian is part of LACC’s artistic and administrative team and supports the
mission of LACC:.

LOS ANGELES CHILDREN’S CHORUS PROVIDES CHORAL MUSIC EDUCATION OF THE HIGHEST QUALITY TO YOUNG PEOPLE WHO REPRESENT RICHLY DIVERSE RACIAL, ECONOMIC, AND CULTURAL BACKGROUNDS. THE PROGRAM IGNITES A LOVE OF SINGING AND NURTURES THE FULL EXPRESSION OF EACH INDIVIDUAL’S POTENTIAL FOR ARTISTIC AND PERSONAL EXCELLENCE THROUGH THE COLLABORATIVE EXPERIENCE OF CHORAL MUSIC PERFORMANCE. THROUGH THE BEAUTY OF INSPIRED AND JOYFUL SINGING, LOS ANGELES CHILDREN’S CHORUS BRINGS THE TRANSFORMATIVE POWER OF MUSIC TO COMMUNITIES THROUGHOUT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, THE NATION, AND THE WORLD.

The Music Librarian works closely with LACC Artistic Director and Chorus Manager, as
well as the directors and managers of LACC’s audition choirs and First Experiences in
Choral Singing Ensemble, and the Director of Music Literacy and Curriculum
Development, to support the artistic and educational needs of the organization.

Responsibilities

  • The primary responsibilities of the Music Librarian include, but are not limited to:
  • Managing the Music Library to ensure that the paper and electronic music filings
    are accurate;
  • Maintaining an accurate, up-to-date electronic music library database;
  • Ordering and receiving music for all ensembles;
  • Preparing music for distribution to conductors, musicianship staff, and choirs;
  • Ordering perusal copies as directed by conductors;
  • Preparing musical excerpts to be used in workshop packets;
  • Ordering parts [music?] for instrumentalists for concerts and/or creating
    instrumentalist parts (extracted from choral scores);
  • Preparing music-related materials for inclusion in LACC programs;
  • Maintaining the library of archival concert recordings;
  • Providing research support for future programming, as requested;
  • Overseeing and training others who may assist with activities related to the
    music library and/or database; and
  • Other relevant duties as assigned.

Position Requirements

Candidate must have working knowledge and practical skills in music librarianship and
digital and paper archive management, and a working knowledge of the music
publishing industry and practices, music licensing, and copyright law. Four years of
experience in music library employment, and experience commensurate with that of a
Bachelor’s degree in the Arts, Humanities, or Music, are strongly recommended.
Candidate must have the ability to work quickly and accurately in a fast-paced
environment with uncompromising attention to detail. Demonstrated proficiency with
MS Office to include Word and Excel, as well as Google and other web search engines,
is required. Experience with Patron Manager or other electronic database systems
preferred.

The ideal candidate will be a motivated, responsible and highly organized individual
interested in rewarding and challenging work on a flexible schedule. The candidate
must have good interpersonal, verbal and written communication, and critical thinking
skills, as well as the ability and commitment to provide positive and helpful customer
service to all library users and to anticipate and respond quickly and collegially to
varied staff and chorister needs. A passion for the arts, choral music, and music
education is highly desirable.

Compensation:

Compensation is commensurate with experience. This part-time position will not be
eligible for LACC benefits.

How to Apply

To be considered for this position, please send a one-page cover letter and resume as an attachment in a Word Document or PDF format to:

Anne Tomlinson, Artistic Director
Email: employment@lachildrenschorus.org

This job posting will close on August 15, 2016.

An Equal Opportunity Employer: It is the policy of the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus
to provide all persons with equal employment opportunities without regard to race,
color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, veteran or marital status or any
other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.

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