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Current range of compensation for community choir director?

We have not done any hiring for 24 years and are woefully out of date. What would be a current range of payment for an experienced community choir director for one 2-hour rehearsal a week, two concerts a year, one with chamber orchestra. Operates September through May. Director and Music Selection Committee choose repertoire but Director does not order music and has no further responsibilities re the running of the choir.
All discussion gratefully received.
Jean
on February 12, 2015 5:12am
Hi Jean,
I think what really determines your scale is the use of the word "experienced." You will be paying for years of experience, education, artistic expertise, and proven ability. I would suggest that the Director actually has many, many, many other responsibilities in addition to running the choir that may not be readily apparent and that have an impact on salary. The Director serves as ambassador, politician, marketing specialist, media contact, recruiter, etc...Those are just off the top of my head. That being said.... one director of a prominent local choral society here makes in the neighborhood of $15,000, which is probably at the high end of our local market, but I think is actually underpaid when you consider the "specialist" that you really want to employ. That salary quote includes some travel stipends and a 3-4 performance concert series which includes mostly major works with orchestra. On the low end of our local market is an ensemble paying about $2000 per year, which is woefully underpaid, for similar duties. To sum up, the "high end" salary has kept their director for years. The "low-end" salary has resulted in a revolving door position. Money is not everything, but it goes a long way toward hiring and retaining a quality director.
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on February 12, 2015 8:57am
Chorus America gathers compensation data in their annual operations survey, and are able to assist member choruses in benchmarking competitive salaries.
 
Another useful resource is the AGO's salary guidelines
on February 13, 2015 5:13am
And there are probably many smaller community choruses whose director receives no compensation at all.....they do it for the love of music and the intense desire to share with others,,,, 
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