Nashville in Harmony (NiH) is Tennessee’s first and only musical arts organization specifically created for people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, gender expressions, and their allies. With a mission of using music to build community and create social change, NiH brings people together within the LGBTQ community and the community at large. Artistic Director Don Schlosser will be retiring after 16 years as the Artistic Director for NiH. Don’s last performance will be at the National GALA Choral festival in Minneapolis, MN in July 2020.
The Artistic Director position is a part time contractual position. Rate of pay will commensurate with experience. The following are the primary duties and responsibilities of the Artistic Director:
1. Performance Functions: Oversee the artistic health and growth of the Chorus in accordance with the Chorus’s mission and vision; Organize an annual performance schedule including main stage concerts, outreach performances, and tours; Design each concert performance including theme development and integration of guest artists, ensembles, soloists, instrumentalists, and visual elements; Audition prospective new members; Audition, select, and coach soloists and smaller groups of singers; Conduct the Chorus in all performances and regular weekly and special ad-hoc rehearsals; Oversee the arrangement of music; Oversee the technical and production elements of performances, including sets, costumes and attire for all performances.
2. Administrative Functions: Work with the Board to establish and execute the artistic vision; In partnership with the Board, participate in the LGBTQ and larger community activities to develop networks and identify opportunities to further the mission; Participate effectively in meetings of the Board of Directors, committees as requested, season planning and other activities as necessary to support the execution of the artistic vision;
3. Communication and Partnership Functions: Seek input from and collaborate with singing membership to implement the artistic vision of the Chorus; Broaden the involvement of the Chorus in the community by serving as a spokesperson and liaison on behalf of the Chorus; and Maintain healthy communication with staff, membership, Board and community members. Foster a respectful, inclusive and collaborative community of singing members.
4. Outreach Functions: Seek opportunities for the Chorus to perform outside of scheduled concerts; Work with outreach director to manage communication, logistics, and planning details for outreach performances; Develop an outreach concert repertoire consistent with the artistic vision and the Chorus’s mission; and Conduct the Chorus in all outreach concerts.
5. Recording Functions: Schedule new recordings as part of the artistic vision; Develop recording content; Organize recording operations and design; and Oversee the licensing of music for performances and recordings.
Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Music is required; high level of training and experience in choral conducting in the community setting; expertise in vocal technique, languages, and choral diction; and experience in orchestral conducting preferred.
• A letter of introduction;
• Curriculum vitae;
• Other materials that may support your application, including musical compositions or arrangements, etc.
Application materials may be mailed to:
Nashville In Harmony
Attention: Selection Committee
P.O. Box 159156
Nashville, TN 37215
Application and materials may also be sent to Apply@nashvilleinharmony.org
Nashville in Harmony Announces Retirement of Don Schlosser, Application Details for New Artistic Director
Schlosser’s final local performance to take place Spring 2020, Artistic Director
interviews to begin February 2020
September 19, 2019 – Nashville, TN – Nashville in Harmony (NiH), a 120-voice
mixed citywide chorus of LGBTQ+ people and their allies, has announced the
retirement of Artistic Director Don Schlosser. The organization is now accepting
applications for a new Artistic Director to lead the 2020/21 concert season.
Don Schlosser will be retiring after 16 years as the Artistic Director with NiH. His
last local performance will take place in Spring of 2020, and his final performance
will be at the National GALA Festival in Minneapolis, MN in July 2020, where NiH
will perform as a featured chorus.
During Don’s time as Artistic Director, NiH has grown from 19 to more than 120
members. The chorus was recently chosen by Nashville Scene as Best Community
Chorus, and their most recent season featured the world premiere of Spectrum by
composer TJ Cole in collaboration with Intersection, a local contemporary music
“Nashville in Harmony has absolutely been the most rewarding opportunity of my
life,” said Schlosser. “I am deeply grateful to all the singers through the years who
have shared this mission to use music to build community and create social change
together. I am confident that the group is poised for a future of new heights of
artistry and of profound impact not only in middle Tennessee, but around the
The organization is now accepting applications for the contract Artistic Director
position, with interviews beginning February 2020. Interested applicants should
send their resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We are grateful for these last 16 years with Don. He is intricately and beautifully
woven into the Nashville in Harmony tapestry, and he will live forever in the
heartbeat of this organization,” said Judy Kibler, NiH President. “His artistic
leadership has created a strong foundation, upon which we are confident and
excited to continue to build an enduring future.”
Spectrum to feature world premiere of TJ Cole’s “Those Moments” May 18 and 19
in partnership with OZ Arts Nashville
Intersection, Nashville’s professional contemporary
instrumental ensemble, and Nashville in Harmony, a 120-voice mixed citywide
chorus of LGBT people and their allies, have announced the program and further
details for Spectrum. The event will take place on May 18 and 19 at OZ Arts
Nashville. Further event info can be found here.
Nashville in Harmony and Intersection have commissioned a new 20-minute work,
titled “Those Moments,” by composer TJ Cole for chorus and instrumental ensemble
that explores the concept of the gender spectrum. TJ Cole has been commissioned by the Cincinnati Symphony, the Louisville Orchestra, and the Baltimore Symphony,
Intersection and Nashville in Harmony have worked with additional community
partners to engage the LGBTQ+ community and its allies in the planning and
implementation of this project that incorporates the stories of Nashville in Harmony
singers into the new work.
“During my visit to Nashville last fall, I was able to meet with members of Nashville
in Harmony and record some of them speaking about the broad topic of gender,”
says Cole. “Through working on this project, I have reflected on how powerful
memories can be. They’re not only impactful on a personal level, but the sharing of
memories can allow us to gain more perspective, insight, understanding of each
other, and connection to others.”
Intersection will also present Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Mania and Liza Lim’s Voodoo
Child. Salonen and Lim’s works will showcase virtuosic talents from cellist Michael
Samis and vocalist Rebekah Alexander. “Salonen's piece is a rhythmic, vibrant roller
coaster while Lim's piece demonstrates passionate poetry through the discovery of
new instrumental and vocal colors that extend the sonic universe,” says Kelly
Corcoran, Artistic Director of Intersection.
Nashville in Harmony will present additional works throughout the evening
including Christopher Tin’s Sogno Di Volare and Annie Lenox’s 1000 Beautiful
Things, among others.
“Building on the theme of self-expression, Nashville in Harmony will perform music
that is both powerful and aspirational, with lyrics by Leonardo da Vinci (Sogno Di
Volare), Emma Lazarus (Until All of Us Are Free), and Annie Lennox (1000 Beautiful
Things), featuring an exciting palette of musical styles including both heroic video
game music as well as sixties jazz,” says Don Schlosser, Conductor of Nashville in
Saturday, May 18, 2019 – 7:30pm
Sunday, May 19, 2019 – 4:00pm
OZ Arts Nashville
6172 Cockrill Bend Circle
TJ Cole: Those Moments (2019) *World Premiere commissioned by Intersection &
Esa-Pekka Salonen: Mania (2000)
Liza Lim: Voodoo Child (1989)
Christopher Tin: Sogno Di Volare
Billy Taylor and Dick Dallas: I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free (arr. Kirby
Annie Lennox: 1000 Beautiful Things (arr. Craig Hella Johnson)
Emma Lazarus and Mark Burrows: Until All of Us Are Free
Nashville in Harmony
Kelly Corcoran, Artistic Director & Conductor
Don Schlosser, Conductor
Rebekah Alexander, Soprano
Michael Samis, Cello
About TJ Cole: TJ Cole has been commissioned by the Cincinnati Symphony, the
Louisville Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, Time for Three and the Sun Valley
Summer Symphony, among others, and served as a composer-in-residence at the
Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in 2014. Besides taking commissions, TJ is
also interested in artistic community service projects. She collaborated with bassist
Ranaan Meyer as an orchestrator on his project, The World We All Deserve Through
Music, and with First Person Arts by co-curating and performing in a musical story
slam. She is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music.
About Intersection: Intersection is a flexible contemporary nonprofit music
ensemble dedicated to challenging the traditional concert experience, exploring
music of the 20th and 21st centuries, supporting living composers, presenting
programs for younger audiences, embracing collaboration, technology and the
avant-garde, while expanding, respecting and embracing the musical and cultural
diversity of Nashville.
Making Spirits Bright to feature familiar and classic holiday songs, recognize Nashville in Harmony’s 15-year anniversary
Nashville in Harmony, Nashville’s city chorus for people of all sexual
orientation, gender identity and gender expression, has announced the program and further details for Making Spirits Bright. The concert takes place Dec. 4 at Langford Auditorium. Tickets are $30 advance and $35 day of show.
Making Spirits Bright continues Nashville in Harmony’s tradition of hosting an annual holiday performance that creates a safe and welcoming environment for patrons to celebrate their community and themselves. This year’s concert includes a variety of well-known holiday favorites including “Jingle Bells,” “Deck the Halls” and “All I Want for Christmas is You,” as well as a few surprises along the way. The concert will feature performances from Nashville in Harmony and Major Minors, NiH’s group for young people, ages 12-18, to be themselves without apology.
“We're designing Making Spirits Bright to get everyone in the spirit!” says Don Schlosser, Artistic Director of Nashville in Harmony. “Expect lots of energy, and sparkle. We promise to brighten your spirits as we explore an array of holiday pieces.”
The performance also celebrates the 15-year anniversary of Nashville in Harmony. The concert will feature a retrospect of the organization’s early years and testimonials from some of the founding members.
“What Christmas Means to Me”
“Deck the Hall”
“All I Want for Christmas Is You”
“Auld Lang Syne”
“Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy”
“12 Days of Christmas Confusion”
“Santa’s Coming for Us”
“When We’re Together”
“Yabba Dabba Yuletide”
“Please Come Home for Christmas”
“Someday at Christmas”
“We Wish You the Merriest”
MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT
Tuesday, December 4, 2018 – 7:00 PM
2209 Garland Avenue Nashville, TN 37232
$30 advance, $35 day of show
Brave New Hope to feature popular songs, poetry from Southern Word Poets and the Premiere of New Work by Artistic Director Don Schlosser
Nashville in Harmony, Nashville’s city chorus for people of all sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, has announced the program and further details for Brave New Hope. The concert takes place Apr. 28 at Langford Auditorium. Tickets are $30 advance and $35 day of show.
Brave New Hope combines song and spoken word for a concert that allows all our voices to be heard. The performance features Nashville in Harmony’s 120-strong chorus singing popular selections from The Greatest Showman and Dear Evan Hansen, among others, as well as poetry readings from Southern Word’s Gray Bulla, Debria Tyler and Leslie Garcia.
The second set of the performance features Nashville in Harmony’s Major Minors, a choral group for young singers ages 14-18 that provides a safe, welcoming, and accessible place for all youth that celebrates the joy, diversity, strength, and pride of today’s young people. Featured works from Major Minors includes John Legend’s “If You’re Out There,” Rent’s “No Day But Today” and Jack Johnson’s “Better Together,” among others.
The concert also features the world premiere of I Am Me All The Time, a new work by Artistic Director Don Schlosser that interweaves original poetry and choral music into a powerful, unified voice.
“Our dream for this project was to create an extended work that explored the diversity and intersectionality of identity, particularly as expressed by contemporary teenagers who navigate new understandings of race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality,” says Don Schlosser, Artistic Director. “It’s not possible in one work to represent the complete spectrum of diversity we celebrate in our communities in middle Tennessee, but we offer these four poems as four portraits, perhaps in some way like four points in a compass rose, and the music as reflections of those portraits.”
SET I – Nashville in Harmony
“This Is Me”
“A Change in My Life”
I Am Me All the Time World Premiere
“Make Something Beautiful”
SET II – Major Minors youth chorus
“The Defining Moment”
“If You’re Out There”
“No Day But Today”
“Make Something Beautiful”
“You Will Be Found”
SET III – Nashville in Harmony
“Gone, Gone, Gone”
“Born this Way”
“Scars to Your Beautiful”
“Bird Set Free”
“Here’s Where I Stand”
“Why We Sing”
BRAVE NEW HOPE
Sunday, April 28, 2018 – 7:30 PM
2209 Garland Avenue Nashville, TN 37232
$30 advance, $35 day of show