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Executive Director - Toronto Mendelssohn Choir

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir invites applications and referrals for the position of Executive Director.

Toronto Mendelssohn Choir

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir (TMC) has been a champion of choral music in Canada since 1894.  As Canada’s leading symphonic choir, and a pioneering force in the development of our country’s rich choral landscape, we have been fortunate enough to witness and participate in many important events in Canada’s musical heritage.  Remarkably, the TMC has worked under the leadership of just seven artistic directors over 125 years. 

Over 110 experienced volunteer choristers form the backbone of the TMC’s choral community with twenty professional choral singers providing musical leadership within the Choir. 

The TMC is featured in every season of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as its partnered large-scale symphonic choir.  Typically there are ten to twelve such concerts per year, including a run of six performances of Handel's Messiah during the holiday season.  In addition, the TMC also presents an annual series of subscription and outreach concerts, all under the leadership of the TMC Artistic Director.

In addition to a full schedule of approximately twenty major performances a year, the TMC invests in choral music education, outreach and advocacy, including a choral apprentice program, Singsation Saturday workshops for the amateur choral community, a choral composition competition, and opportunities for emerging conductors.   

David Fallis is currently the TMC’s Interim Conductor and Artistic Advisor.  An international search for a permanent Artistic Director is underway. There is a professional management team in place led by the Executive Director, and a deeply committed volunteer board of directors.  The annual budget is approximately $700,000.    

The Position of Executive Director:

Reporting to the Board of Directors and working closely with the Artistic Director, the Executive Director provides leadership and vision to ensure that the TMC’s mission is achieved and that the organization’s artistic, strategic, educational, and financial goals are met.  Directing reporting to the Executive Director are the Director of Marketing & Community Outreach, Manager of Artistic Operations, CRM and Office Administrator, Librarian, Bookkeeper, and the volunteer Alumni Program Manager.

The Executive Director oversees the human and financial resources of the Choir and is responsible and accountable for all aspects of the Choir’s administration and operations, including fund-raising, marketing, public relations, financial management, and chorister well-being.  The Executive Director is an ex officio member of the Board. 


In tandem with the Artistic Director, the Executive Director develops and implements season programming, guest concert appearances, and other events. S/he fosters strong, positive relationships with TMC volunteer and professional choristers, and with the organization’s artistic partners, including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. 

The Executive Director is the chief fund-raiser for the TMC, developing and executing a comprehensive strategy for generating public and private sector revenue including writing grant applications. 

The Executive Director manages the financial operations of the organization, developing the annual budget, monitoring the financial status, and controlling costs.  S/he provides leadership to the Board and staff in developing strategic plans for the TMC.  (A full job description can be found on-line.)    


The ideal candidate will have a minimum of five years of senior management experience in the performing arts sector, a passion for choral music, and exceptional written, oral, and presentation skills.  Training in arts administration or not for profit management is preferred. 

In addition we seek:

            Experience in planning and implementing fund-raising efforts with the ability to cultivate, solicit, and steward major individual gifts, corporate sponsors, and foundation/government grants;

            Ability to lead, inspire, and motivate staff and volunteers in an environment that fosters creativity, a commitment to excellence, teamwork, and mutual respect;

            Experience in creating and managing budgets, financial projections, and cash flow reports, and competency with computer software such as Microsoft Office Suite and CRM systems;

            Ability to think strategically while balancing a full portfolio of project tasks and experience in collaborating with a wide network of partnerships.        


Other Information and Application Process:    

Compensation commensurate with experience.  

Interested candidates are invited to submit a letter of interest in confidence, as well as a resume, salary expectations, and list of references by Friday, July 26th to:

 Margaret Genovese

Senior Partner


77 Carlton Street, Suite 1103

Toronto, ON, Canada  M5B 2J7


The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir is an equal opportunity employer.  Candidates for employment are considered without regard to race, gender identity, sexual orientation, age or non-job related disability. Preference, however, will be given to qualified Canadian candidates.  

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Application Deadline: 
Friday, July 26, 2019
Type of Work: 
Full Time
Education Level: 
University (Undergraduate)
Prefered Method(s) of Application: 
By E-Mail

Employer Details

Genovese, Vanderhoof & Associates

Margaret Genovese
1103 - 77 Carlton Street
Toronto, ON M5B 2J7

Over the past thirty years, Senior Partners Margaret Genovese and Dory Vanderhoof have built one of North America’s leading arts/cultural management consulting firms. GV&A has an unparalleled record of success in assisting their clients in executive search, effective planning, capital campaigns, successful facility development, and dramatic improvement to contributed and earned revenue. The firm’s clients range from the continent’s largest ballet and opera companies, theaters, museums, art galleries and orchestras, to highly specialized cultural organizations such as modern dance companies, folk festivals, theaters for young audiences, science museums, performing arts facilities, historic theaters, living history museums, arts service organizations and government agencies. All partners and associates have been on the front lines and have impressive personal track records managing cultural institutions, bringing to clients an invaluable breadth and depth of practical experience with strong strategic focus. The firm has a comprehensive knowledge of the North American cultural industry’s best practices, balanced by practical understanding of what is realistically achievable for each unique client institution in its specific operating environment.