Title:               
Choir Conductor, Grades 1-2
Choir Conductor, Grades 2-4
Choir Conductor, Grades 4-8
Choir Department Chair (To be selected from the Choir Conductor applicants. Please note on your application if you would like to be considered for Choir Department Chair.)
Department: OrchKids
Reports to: OrchKids Artistic Director, Site Coordinator, and Choir Department Chair
Classification: Independent Contractor 
Hours:
After-school hours during the September – May school year. 
During school hours in the June – July Summer Session.
Some evening and weekend commitments.
Salary: Commensurate with experience.
Start Date: September 2014
Inquiry: Please submit a cover letter and resume to orchkids@bsomusic.org. No phone calls. Applications for multiple teaching artist positions are welcome. Finalist will be asked to demonstrate teaching and rehearsal skills at interview.

Job Summary:
The Choir Conductor leads the OrchKids choral ensembles in accordance with the mission and educational goals of the OrchKids program.  Working with students in large vocal rehearsals of 30 – 40 students, the Choir Conductor is responsible for selecting repertoire and developing curriculum in collaboration with OrchKids choir faculty.  In addition to ensuring the highest quality music experience for students, the Conductor also facilitates positive individual, family, and community growth through guidance and role modeling.

The Choir Department Chair works with artistic staff from other departments to develop and ensure the success of programmatic/pedagogical goals.  The Department Chair also maintains clear communication between department instructors and artistic staff.

Responsibilities include:

  1. Choir Conductor:
    • Lead choral rehearsals of 25-40 students grades K through 8 after school.
    • Create and implement lesson plans that promote choral, musicianship, and social skills development.
    • Implement successful behavior management strategies.
    • Prepare and lead students at selected concerts and events.
    • Attend all relevant OrchKids’ performances.
    • Collaborate with OrchKids teaching artist faculty to create curriculum, select appropriate musical material, and design creative learning opportunities for students.
    • Attend all OrchKids staff functions including, but not limited to, staff meetings and professional development.
    • Maintain strong lines of communication with OrchKids Site Coordinator, OrchKids Artistic Director, OrchKids staff, and students’ family members.
    • Assistance with other program activities, as needed.
  2. Additional Responsibilities for Department Chair:
    • Coordinate monthly departmental meetings.
    • Attend no less than one monthly meeting with artistic staff.
    • Communicate repertoire to the Choir department.
    • Help define pedagogical goals for existing levels.
    • Help develop teaching staff.
    • Oversee departmental framework development.
    • Manage the substitute teacher database.


Experience and Qualifications:

  • Experience teaching and mentoring school-age children (K-8).
  • Fine artistry skills as a vocalist.
  • Proficiency on a secondary instrument, preferably piano.
  • Training and experience teaching Gordon, Orff and/or Kodaly pedagogies.
  • Strong classroom management skills.
  • Ability to work effectively with children of diverse backgrounds.
  • Passion for and belief in OrchKids’ mission.
  • Desire to be a motivational mentor and role model for OrchKids students and community.
  • High level of professionalism and excellent interpersonal skills.

 
About the Organization:
Under Baltimore Symphony Orchestra music director Marin Alsop’s artistic leadership and direction, OrchKids is the cornerstone of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s efforts to expand the Orchestra’s relevance within the broad and diverse Baltimore community. Believing that music and mentorship open doors and that every child should have the opportunity to experience making music, the BSO's OrchKids has the following mission: (1) Use music as a vehicle to provide Baltimore City children with mentoring, encouragement and vision for a promising future. (2) Create an after-school program devoted to music appreciation, academics, citizenship, community awareness, family and health (emotional, social and physical). (3) Continue to develop the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as an accessible community resource. For more information, visit www.bsomusic.org/orchkids

The Baltimore Symphony is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
The BSO is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer. Discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, sexual orientation, or national origin is prohibited.