Artistic Director, Ed Ward Fine Arts Series

Job Description

The Ed Ward Fine Arts Series (La Grange, Illinois), a 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to present high quality musical performances showcasing local musical talent as well as musicians and ensembles from the broader artistic community, seeks an artistic director to begin July 1, 2019.  The Artistic Director provides artistic vision for the organization and is responsible for the leadership and direction of its performance activities including planning all artistic and logistical aspects of a five- to eight-event season, selecting performers and ensembles, acting as a non-voting member of the Board of Directors, and collaborating with the Board of Directors in developing an annual artistic plan and annual budget. Interested candidates should review the complete job description on our website at www.edwardfas.com. Salary range begins at $6,000/year, depending on qualifications.

Qualifications:

  • Exceptional musicianship skills, with demonstrated experience.

  • Ability to successfully produce and manage musical events

  • Ability to employ team and group dynamics to work efficiently, effectively, and enthusiastically in rehearsals and as a board.

  • Ability to inspire and communicate effectively with volunteer musicians as well as professionals.


Please send resumes and letters of interest to edwardfinearts@gmail.com


2018-19 Season

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We are thrilled to announce the 2018-19 season of the Ed Ward Fine Arts Series! This season focuses heavily on showcasing and supporting incredibly talented local musicians; there will truly be something for everyone as our performances range from classical to jazz to broadway! All of our concerts will be at our St. Cletus home, with the last three events of the season on the stage in Father Clark Hall at the Parish Center. 

However, this season also begins a period of change for us. Our first concert will be a bittersweet one for me, as it will be my last as director of this series. We will spend this season conducting a broad search for the next Artistic Director, someone who will bring the quality and vitality of this series to new heights. First, though, I will conduct "Of Music and Memories...a fine arts series retrospective". This concert will feature an outstanding chorus and orchestra featuring dear friends of the series and of mine personally; you will recognize virtually all of our treasured vocalists and musicians from over the years. I hope you will join us on October 21st for this "greatest hits" concert - it will be a glorious afternoon of music and a chance for me to musically express my gratitude and celebrate all we have accomplished over the past decade. 

Serving as artistic director for the past ten years has been a privilege and a dream come true; your support has fostered the growth of this series and created a legacy that will continue for many years. Your continued generosity this year will help to endow the goals of the fine arts series; I look forward to standing alongside you as a lifelong supporter of the Ed Ward Fine Arts Series. 

- Justin Sisul


The Ed Ward Fine Arts Series is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We completely rely on the generosity of our sponsors to bring these performances to St. Cletus Parish. We hope you will again continue lending your support as we continue our tradition of bringing excellent local performers and welcoming traveling ensembles to St. Cletus Parish and to the community at large. With the generosity of our sponsors we provide these performances for little or no cost to the audience.

Thank you to everyone who attends our events, the performers who provide their talents and our sponsors who make the series possible.