Choral Director

Conduct vocal music groups, such as choirs and glee clubs.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$22,000 – $85,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Choral Directors do?

Conducts vocal music groups, such as choirs and glee clubs: Auditions and selects members of group. Selects music to suit performance requirements and accommodate talent and ability of group. Directs group at rehearsals and performance to achieve desired effects, such as tonal and harmonic balance, dynamics, rhythm, tempo, and shading, utilizing knowledge of conducting techniques and music theory. May schedule tours and performances and arrange for transportation and lodging. May transcribe musical compositions and melodic lines to adapt them to or create particular style for group [ARRANGER]. May conduct group with instrumental accompaniment [CONDUCTOR, ORCHESTRA].


Should I be a Choral Director?

You should have an associate's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Outside the Box Thinker: Your creative brainpower gets a workout as you come up with innovative ideas.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Chancel Choir Director, Children's Choir Director, Choir Leader, Handbell Choir Director, Youth Choir Director

    How to become a Choral Director

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