Katja Stokley

Seeking Marketing Professional

 Posted by on Monday, July 12, 2021  Announcements
Jul 122021

Hi there marketing pro! Cantabile—the most fun, welcoming, and well-fed choir in all of Colorado (you’ll find out what we mean…)—is looking to hire someone to support our marketing for the 2021-2022 season.

After a year+ of not being able to sing together we are excited to pick up where we left off. We need you to help us tell our story!

Before we get down to brass tacks, note that beyond skills and experience we are mainly looking for someone with a positive attitude who is excited to bring their ideas and creative juices to the table. We think this will be a great opportunity for the growing professional to flex their marketing muscles and help move the needle for an eager organization. So without further ado…

Cantabile, a local community choir based in Boulder, Colorado, seeks a contract Marketing Professional to support its promotional and communications efforts for the 2021-2022 concert season. The position is a year long commitment (while noting that it ebbs and flows with the concert season) to ensure a consistent presence. Experience working with arts non-profit organizations is desired but not required.

While this job description is written to give you a sense of what this role may entail, the exact responsibilities will ultimately be tailored to the person we hire. If your skills are close to what we are looking for, we encourage you to apply.

You will work closely with the Artistic Director, Brian Stone, and report to the Board. You will receive additional support and guidance from the Marketing Committee. Read here to learn more about Cantabile.


  • Ability to create a marketing plan and schedule for implementation
  • Ability to manage a budget
  • Ability to adhere to the established core messaging and brand aesthetic of Cantabile
  • Graphic design
  • Experience using Canva and carrying out Cantabile’s brand aesthetic throughout designed materials
  • Experience with graphics printing and preparing graphics for a variety of needs
  • Social Media content creation and publishing
  • Email Marketing (MailChimp experience preferred)
  • Knowledge of and experience with ticketing platforms (preferred but not required)
  • Experience using WordPress for content updates (preferred but not required)
  • Excellent grammar/copy editing skills
  • Excellent communication/organization skills
  • Ability to execute tasks accurately and on time


  • Concert Design: Develop concert design concepts (working together with artistic director) and develop visual assets (web JPEGs, poster designs, social media posts, etc)
  • Email marketing: Create and send choir email campaigns via MailChimp (6-12/year)
  • Social Media: 4 unique posts/month (focus on concert communications, stories about members, other behind the scenes news)
  • Print Ad Design: Design print ads for concert advertisement
  • Web Calendar Placements (i.e. CPR, online newspapers, etc.)
  • Update website and social media accounts with new event information and link to ticketing platform
  • Program Design: Design booklet with concert program and print them in time for concerts
  • Send monthly reports to the Board in advance of board meetings
  • Attend monthly board meetings for brief updates (20-30 minutes)
  • Project Management: Communicate with artistic director (board and other members of Cantabile) to gather programming information and any other needed content for marketing and publishing benchmarks


  • $25 – $35/hour
  • Comp tickets to concerts

Estimated commitment of 12-16 hours of work per month.

Timeline and How to Apply

To apply, please send your resume and a cover letter to info@haribaumbach.com by July 30. In your cover letter, feel free to 1) highlight some of the skills or experience you think will be relevant to this position and 2) why you are interested in the position.

Interviews will be conducted the second week of August and a finalist will be selected no later than August 20.

Cantabile’s season begins at the end of August.

May 062021

From soprano Carol Nielsen:

In our family when I was growing up, we sang in school and church choirs but also played instruments in the school band in our small town in Minnesota (think Lake Wobegon). Among the five of us, we played flute, trumpet, french horn, trombone and clarinet (my instrument). I loved playing band music with winds, percussion and especially the brass. Because of these experiences, in addition to finding joy in singing and choral music, I am drawn to instrumental music.

As I have been listening to choir music and some beloved pieces during this time of choral isolation, I ran across a version of one of my favorite choral pieces—played by the University of Michigan Trombone Ensemble. These musicians capture the beauty, emotion and nuance of the piece, but in a different way from voices of a choir.

I hope you enjoy this alternate version of a beautiful piece, O Magnum Mysterium by Morten Lauridsen.

Here is a lovely choral version from The Singers:

Coming This Spring: I Will Sing!

 Posted by on Wednesday, March 24, 2021  The Choir Diary
Mar 242021

We are pleased to announce that Cantabile will soon release our Spring 2021 virtual performance, I Will Sing! These three songs mirror our choral experience in this pandemic—an arc moving from loss to remembrance to joyous hope.

Choirs everywhere have found new ways to make music and reach audiences but this has not replaced what we truly love about singing. More than anything else, this innovation in performance was born out of the deep grief we have felt from the loss of being able to make music together, side by side. Cantabile’s spring virtual performance reflects the arc of emotion that singers everywhere felt: the loss at the beginning of the pandemic; the remembrance that stokes our hope; and the excitement for a joyous return to singing together in the coming year.

Our virtual performance will be released in May. Check back for details or follow The Choir Diary to be informed of releases!

The Lake Isle Project: The Future

 Posted by on Tuesday, February 23, 2021  The Choir Diary
Feb 232021

The FutureArtistic Director Brian Stone:

How will [the experience of putting together The Lake Isle] change my conducting? When I conduct I know where the challenging bits are for the performers, at what spots I need to be listening and where I need to be helpful, so I am as much of a resource as possible. Compiling a piece like this is done with a layering effect. After listening to every line and every performer’s recording, all of the relationships in Lake isle are so clear to me now. So, to that end, this process has impressed upon me how important it is for me to understand the intricacies of a piece of music…I will be curious to see how my ears have changed. I think that I will be using this different kind of listening when we perform together again. I will be a more detailed listener but also have a larger appreciation of the whole piece, and I will be looking at that throughout the practicing process.

Learn more about the Lake Isle Project and listen to Cantabile’s virtual performance along with the Altius Quartet and Gabriel Santiago, guitar.

The Lake Isle Project: We’re Not Alone

 Posted by on Sunday, February 21, 2021  The Choir Diary
Feb 212021

“I hoped that a project like this would be inspiring because there are others feeling the same way were are,” explains Artistic Director Brian Stone.

We talk about how we miss singing together…Connecting with one another through this struggle is especially important. But if we can open that up even further there is even another level of “I’m not alone, we’re not alone,” which is really what we need in this time. We need for people to connect with people and relate to each other. Lake Isle seems to get say “Yes, I’m feeling that too, but I know I’m not alone.” That’s really important.

Learn more about the Lake Isle Project and listen to Cantabile’s virtual performance along with the Altius Quartet and Gabriel Santiago, guitar.

The Lake Isle Project: We’re Not Alone

 Posted by on Friday, February 19, 2021  The Choir Diary
Feb 192021

We are not AloneWhy did Artistic Director Brian Stone pick The Lake Isle to record virtually?

I picked this piece because we all loved singing this music in concert with Altius [last year]. Our singers connected with it…and we connected with the other musicians in performance. When we meet at our virtual rehearsals during the pandemic, we talk about how we miss singing together, so I knew that we would connect now because we are all struggling with this new paradigm of being alone.

Learn more about the Lake Isle Project and listen to Cantabile’s virtual performance along with the Altius Quartet and Gabriel Santiago, guitar.