The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s OrchKids Program is pleased to announce that it is now accepting woodwind, brass, string, and early childhood musicianship applications for its class of OrchKids Teaching Fellows for Fall 2021 – Spring 2023. Two Fellowship positions will be accepted from these instrument families next year.

About the OrchKids Program: OrchKids is a year-round, during and after school music program designed to create social change and nurture promising futures for youth in Baltimore City. In collaboration with several community partners including Baltimore City Public Schools, OrchKids provides music instruction, instruments, tutoring, performance opportunities and meals to students free-of-charge. The program works to provide a meaningful platform for promoting equity in arts education, student voice, as well as high quality, intensive musical training. Currently serving over 1,900 students in grades Pre-K to 12, OrchKids operates in ten public schools in Baltimore City.

Fellowship 2021-23 Application Packet

About the OrchKids Fellowship:

The OrchKids Fellowship is designed to train a new generation of teaching artists and social entrepreneurs. Nestled in the heart of Baltimore City, OrchKids Fellows develop their unique teaching voice and philosophy through rigorous professional development, immersive teaching experiences and collaborative leadership.

Through this two-year program, Fellows receive training in nonprofit administration, project cultivation, and teaching in both private and large group settings.

Successful Fellows demonstrate and embrace OrchKids’ educational philosophy which aims to simultaneously foster students’ instrumental skills (i.e. technique, musicianship, and the learning of diverse challenging repertoire) AND creativity (e.g. improvisation and composition). OrchKids‘ educational approach also centers itself around fluency in using music as a tool for social change. This is accomplished through restorative, classroom management techniques, trauma-informed teaching, an awareness of racism and implicit bias, and co-generative student learning.

Each month, the cohort of Fellows will have the unique opportunity to gain targeted learning opportunities via learning modules in nonprofit management in the areas of development, education/programming, operations, marketing, as well as perspectives from leaders in the arts education field. Additional professional development opportunities include administrative and teaching shadowing, regular feedback and reflection practices, conversations on literature relevant to our work and field, and participation in our collective composition workshops. A large part of the fellowship is the cultivation of performances for the community. Fellows will program, curate, and perform in at least one community engagement concert each year involving OrchKids students, developing their entrepreneurial skills as they use their art to connect with local neighborhoods.

What does an Orchids Fellow Look Like…

  • Embraces OrchKids’ mission, goals, and guiding principles, and educational philosophy
  • Commits to learning about and becoming a dedicated member of the Baltimore community
  • Serve as a consistent and compassionate mentor to OrchKids students
  • Teaches in private, group, and ensemble settings weekly; the Fellow may work as a co-teacher or lead teacher based on previous teaching experience
  • Organizes and performs one concert a year that aims to engage the community
  • Leads and assists with a variety of administrative and organizational projects
  • Attends Professional Development workshops and meetings that cover a variety of educational, social justice, and anti-racist topics
  • Participates in all collaborative composition project weeks (approximately 3 per year), in which staff and visiting teaching artists lead students in creating a collective and original performance

General Qualifications:

  • Strong desire to use music for social change, striving to engage with and make a positive and sustainable impact on one’s community
  • Commitment to developing oneself as an educator, performer, and community activist through mentor feedback and self-reflection
  • Passion for working with youth and desire to serve as a role model to students
  • Considerable experience teaching beginner – intermediate level students
  • The confidence to lead students in the classroom
  • High-level performance skill on one’s instrument
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively with a diverse team of people
  • Willingness to jump in and embrace OrchKids’ approach to music-making through creative composition, improvisation, and diverse repertoire
  • Bachelor’s Degree (or working toward degree) in a relevant arts field required

Wind (Brass or Woodwind) Fellow Qualifications:

  • For Brass players: experience or familiarity playing and teaching a range of brass instruments, including trumpet, french horn, trombone, baritone and tuba; training in early level instrumental brass pedagogy highly preferred
  • For Woodwind players: experience or familiarity in playing and teaching a range of woodwind instruments is ideal; ability to play all orchestral woodwind instruments at a professional level is not required; training in early level instrumental woodwind pedagogy highly preferred

String Fellow Qualifications:

  • Experience or familiarity playing and teaching a range of string instruments, including violin, viola, cello, and double bass
  • Training in early level instrumental string pedagogy highly preferred

Musicianship Fellow Qualifications:

  • Experience working with groups of young children (pre-k through 3rd grade) in educational activities involving music, movement, and singing
  • Familiarity with a wide range of early childhood pedagogical methods including Orff, Kodaly, Dalcroz, Gordon, etc.
  • Training in early childhood education highly preferred

Hours and Compensation:
Two-year commitment, September – May each year. 30 hours/week, including occasional weekends and evenings. Teaching hours will be approximately 20 hours/week. $18,000 stipend per year. $200 monthly housing stipend as applicable (non-Baltimore residents). Additional paid work available during the OrchKids’ 4 week summer program and 3 collective composition weeks which take place during the school year. Opportunity to participate in additional paid work with partner organizations.

How to Apply:
Please submit all application materials to, using the subject line, “OrchKids Fellowship Application.” Required application materials include:

  1. Current resume (outlining your teaching, performance, and administrative experience)
  2. Cover letter that details why you are interested in working for OrchKids, what the fellowship would mean to you, and any relative experience
  3. Link to a video of a recent solo performance (e.g. concerto, sonata movement, or unaccompanied solo work)
  4. If possible, a link to a video of teaching experience with a student in the past year (in person or virtual)

Applications are due Monday April 5th, 2020