Position Summary

Campus: Auckland Park Kingsway Campus
Remuneration: Market Related
EE position: EE
Level: Skilled


The University of Johannesburg (UJ) is a vibrant and cosmopolitan university, anchored in Africa and driven by a powerful strategy focused on attaining global excellence and stature (GES). With an emphasis on independent thinking, sustainable development, and strategic partnerships, UJ is an international university of choice. The University is guided by the Vice-Chancellor’s vision of “Positioning UJ in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) for societal impact in the context of the changing social, political, and economic fortunes of Africa”.

Job description

The Division of Arts & Culture is seeking to appoint a Senior Choir Master to manage and train UJ Choir to enhance the UJ Brand, add value to the UJ student experience, and serve the community by providing excellent standard of choral music of a variety of genres.
The incumbent will be expected to:
  • Conduct initial auditions annually.
  • Facilitate annual development camps.
  • Conduct regular rehearsals throughout academic term to develop choristers’
    • Musical skills;
    • Group singing skills;
    • Listening skills;
    • Vocal skills;
    • Music reading skills (sight reading classes for inexperienced singers during first four months);
    • Discipline; and
    • Mentoring.
  • Regular performances at:
    • Graduation ceremonies;
    • Other UJ events;
    • Community events;
    • Other universities and with choirs from abroad; and
    • Radio / TV engagements.
  • Organising choir events and concert tours.
  • Selecting appropriate music and compile a repertoire to ensure variety and high standards are achieved.
  • Select and obtain new music and staying relevant regarding choral trends, new composers, compositions and the choral repertoire in general.
  • Maintaining music and CD library of the choir.
  • Liaising with other choirs/conductors nationally and internationally.
  • Planning annual activities according to UJ calendar and with best interest of students in mind.
  • Take responsibility for arrangements of choir tours, including travel arrangements, accommodation, and concerts.
  • Manage and co-ordinate all relevant activities to produce high quality recordings to market and uphold the branding of UJ Choir.
    • Recording/studio bookings
    • Design
    • Recordings
    • Editing
    • Release
  • Managing Choir budget with assistance of the division’s Head and Financial Manager.
  • Acting as music liaison officer for UJ.
  • Adjudicating Eisteddfods and competitions in capacity as UJ choir leader.
  • Choir workshops outside UJ.
  • Compiling and editing info for choir programmes and CD booklet.

Minimum requirements

  • Degree or any relevant qualification (NQF 7), with two (2) to three (3) years' job-related experience OR
  • Diploma (NQF 6) with relevant professional certification and three (3) to five (5) years' of job-related experience
Competencies and Behavioural Attributes:
  • Theoretical music knowledge
  • Singing technique knowledge
  • Music history
  • Teaching practice / skills / knowledge
  • Performance stills / knowledge
  • Knowledge regarding different music styles / genres 
  • Computer literacy and administrative skills
  • Leadership and managerial skills
  • Verbal and written communication skills
  • Conducting skills
  • Piano / instrumentation skills / competency
  • Public speaking skills
  • Administrative and financial management skills
  • Choral conducting training and experience.
Enquiries regarding the job content: Lakin Morgan-Baatjies at Tel: (011) 559-2690
Enquiries regarding remuneration & benefits: Mr Lithale Mnqandi (HCM Business Partner) at Tel: (011) 559-9103


Your application, comprising of a detailed Curriculum Vitae as well as the names and full contact details (including telephone numbers and e-mail addresses) of at least three traceable and credible referees must be uploaded before or on the closing date of the advertised post. Please also attach the following: a copy of your highest academic qualification, proof of registration with professional bodies you might belong to and if applying for an academic position, a list of accredited research output and/ or a portfolio of your creative output.

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Candidates may be subjected to appropriate psychometric testing and other selection instruments.

In conjunction to merit on the basis of qualifications, experience and proven achievements the University of Johannesburg is committed to providing equal employment opportunities for persons with disabilities and those individuals from the historically disadvantaged groups. As necessitated by operational requirements the University reserves the right not to make an appointment to positions advertised. If you have not received a response from the University within 8 weeks of the closing date, you should assume that your application has been unsuccessful.


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