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Associate Conductor Program

Chorus Niagara's Associate Conductor program is a very important part of our choral family. Working closely with our Artistic Director, the Associate Conductor assists with new and yearly auditions as well as placements for  current choristers; has conducting opportunities at rehearsals and during major concerts in Partridge Hall; recommends repertoire and soloists to the Programming Committee; and assists in determining workshop topics and clinicians.


This position is an opportunity for an emerging conductor to gain experience leading an engaged and dedicated community singers in both rehearsal and performance, gain insight into the logistics of leading a choral organization, and to learn from one of Canada’s foremost choral musicians, Robert Cooper.



Attend and sing all rehearsals and concerts during their time of employment (the choir meets weekly on Monday evenings in St. Catharines)


Conduct the choir in rehearsals and performances as assigned


Lead sectional rehearsals and warm-ups as needed


Assist the Artistic Director in logistical tasks such as required


Oversee Robert Cooper Choral Scholars program and participants


Receive feedback and instruction from Artistic Director


Offer collaborative insight with regards to artistic programming and the choir’s development


Be a member of the choir’s Programming Committee and Youth Engagement Committee (only meet a few times a season)


Occasionally meet with choir Chair, Managing Director, and Artistic Director as requested


Billy Sadler, Associate Conductor

2022/2023 & 2023/2024 seasons


L-R: Billy Sadler, current Associate Conductor; Elise Naccarato, past Associate Conductor; Robert Cooper, Artistic Director


Preferred candidates will have completed a B.Mus and are pursuing advanced studies in conducting (masters or like experience).


Candidates will also have a strong vocal ability and ample evidence of choral experience.



Interested candidates should email a resume, video sample of conducting experience (5 minutes or less – rehearsal footage is preferred), and 1-minute video of intent describing why you are interested in this position.


Please email materials to Managing Director at


An honorarium of $500/month is offered for this 10-month contract.


We are committed to equity in hiring and specifically encourage people from communities of colour, LGBTQ2S, Indigenous, disabled, and other equity-seeking communities to apply. We are committed to ensuring accessible services and communications to individuals with disabilities. Should you require accommodation during this application and recruitment process, please contact us by email at Please note that all applicants must be currently eligible to work in Canada.

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Past Associate Conductors

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John Luke Addison


Elise Naccarato

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