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Posted November 18, 2021

Portland Revels – Director of Community Music

Background: Portland Revels celebrates the seasons and our shared humanity through song, dance, story and ritual of the past and present, creating community across generations and cultures. Portland Revels was founded in 1994 to keep artistic traditions around the winter solstice alive at the darkest time of the year, a time when, across cultures and throughout history, humans have connected through music and dance to keep their spirits lifted. The Christmas Revels, Portland Revels’ flagship performance, is an enchanting, high-quality music and theatre production that invites participation and inspires audiences to return year after year.

The Portland Revels organization has grown over the last 25 years as we have developed new, original programming. In non-COVID times it includes a children’s holiday show, a community chorus and a May performance (May Revels) as well as the main stage, family-focused Christmas Revels. We offer 3-4 community pub sings annually and host other activities to celebrate different cultures and traditions.

  • Position: .5 FTE, average 20 hours per week, more during rehearsal/performance times of the year, less at other times.
  • Schedule: Flexible with required co-scheduled rehearsals, artistic and other meetings, recording sessions, and performances as agreed upon with Artistic Director.
  • Office location: Remote (must live locally)
  • Reports to: Artistic Director
  • Salary and Benefits: $25k a year, $300 monthly health care stipend, 12 paid holidays, generous paid time off and a flexible remote schedule.

Portland Revels does not discriminate in its hiring and employment practices against any applicant because of race, color, creed, age, national origin, religion, political affiliation, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identification, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law.

Studies show that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every one of the qualifications as described in a job description. If you are interested in applying, we encourage you to do so, regardless of specific qualifications.

Recruitment: Submit your resume and cover letter to jobs@portlandrevels.org

Applications accepted until the position is filled.


  • Music Directing the May Revels which features a combined Children’s Chorus / Community Chorus (adults and teens). Oversee all details of music selection, creation of necessary scores and arrangements, rehearsing the Community Chorus, scheduling and other tasks as mutually agreed upon. 
  • Developing relationships with community partners and selection of venues for the outreach / touring performances of the May Revels.
  • Building and leading the Children’s Chorus for the 2022 and future Christmas Revels and the 2022 and future Children’s Revels. Oversight of all details of Children’s Chorus music selection, rehearsals and scheduling in coordination with the Artistic Director and the Christmas Revels Music Director.
  • Developing and nurturing reciprocal relationships with a diverse range of community partners in order to discover mutual artistic interests and goals.
  • Connecting with local communities to assess their interest in partnering with Revels to collaboratively build choral programs to schools / after-school programs / other community programs for children and adults.
  • Building and eventually overseeing those programs.
  • Working with the Artistic Director, Executive Director, and Christmas Revels Music Directors to create new programs, budgets, and marketing plans for the May Revels, Community Chorus, and Children’s Chorus.


  • A BA degree, preferably in music education, is preferred, but not required. Equivalent work experience is highly valued.
  • Experience directing a children’s chorus and an adult chorus.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and development of anti-racist organizational culture.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to creatively develop new initiatives, manage projects and meet deadlines.
  • Skill in application of social justice principles.
  • Experience in actively engaging diverse groups in program planning.
  • Sense of humor!


In keeping with standard practice, this position requires a Criminal Background Check and an Abuse/Neglect Check. Fingerprints may be required.