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Volunteer opportunity available: Sea Chantey Singers Music Director

The UNH Marine Docents are trained in marine science and work in teams to provide educational programs throughout New Hampshire. The Chantey Singers are a group of docents that provide programs on the history of sailing vessels using narration and chantey songs.  We are searching for a music director that will work with us as we continue to share our enjoyment of singing chantey songs and expand the educational focus of our programs.

  • Provide music/chorus direction for the UNH Marine Docent Chantey Singers
  • Plan and organize rehearsals of chantey group at least monthly usually on the first Tuesday of the month after the Docent Meeting (approximately 11:30 – 1:30)
  • Work with chantey singers to plan educational performances. These performances occur about twice per month in schools, senior living facilities, and other public venues.
  • Provide musical leadership during performances
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including a desire to have fun while working and learning
  • Interest in learning the history and culture of chantey songs and exploring ways to share this knowledge with others
  • Basic knowledge of music education
  • Ability to play a keyboard or other musical instrument: and willingness to use this skill to assist chantey singers to learn new music and improve our performances
  • Willingness to work with a diverse group of enthusiastic docent volunteers with varying levels of singing skills
  • Large portfolio of chantey music—each chantey singer has a notebook of songs
  • CD recording of Docent Chantey Singers from a live performance at River Woods with several of the most frequently sung songs
  • File Box of extra copies of music to provide to singers who don’t have copies of specific songs. (Currently maintained by a chantey singer)
  • Excel Database of all songs by name, category/type of chantey, and soloists (Currently maintained by a chantey singer)
  • Props and amplifier system stored at the Marine Docent Center
  • Draft of a “chantey story” being developed by several singers and reviewed by the entire group (narration with suggested songs to improve the educational/historical elements of our programs)
  • Marketing materials for encouraging organizations to schedule our programs
  • Exploration of sharing of management of the chantey group is encouraged
  • UNH Marine Docent Coordinator and Volunteer Coordinator oversee all docent programs
  • Performances are scheduled by staff with input from the chantey singer group

Apply for this position!

If you are interested, please fill out the online Sea Chantey Director Form.

Chantey Sampler

Click on the links below to listen to some of our favorite chanteys.

Haul on the Bowline

Blow the Man Down

By-Bye my Roseanna