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Commitment: Monday thru Friday, 7:45-9:30AM + concerts Fall 2016: September 11th – December 19th (no classes Nov. 22-24) Spring 2017: January 8th – June 15th (no classes Feb. 19-23 and Apr. 16-20) Organization Description: The mission of Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program (JQOP) is to ensure the long-term musical and social success of all students, and to positively impact them and their families through quality education and performance. JQOP is inspired by El Sistema, the Venezuelan program that uses intensive, joyful, ensemble-based music instruction to help children develop social-emotional skills. In the 2017-18 school year, JQOP will serve 200 students in eight ensembles, including the Children’s Choir. All rehearsals take place before school at Josiah Quincy Elementary School in Chinatown. For more information, visit our website at www.jqop.org. Position Description: The Choir Director will lead a vocal ensemble of 15-20 students in 2nd-5th grade. Choir students are in 2nd-5th grade and have varying levels of singing experience. This position will be supported by a Teaching Artist, who will play piano accompaniment during rehearsals and assist with sectionals. The Choir Director will select repertoire, plan a weekly schedule of rehearsals, sectionals, and small-group lessons, and facilitate student learning of ear training, music notation, and vocal technique. The Choir Director will teach in alignment with JQOP’s curriculum, pedagogy, and El Sistema’s philosophy of musical excellence and social inclusion for all students. All staff will ensure the highest quality learning experience for all students, support each child holistically, and be an active member of the Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program community. Responsibilities ·Lead daily choir rehearsals and sectionals, comprised of 15-20 students in 2nd-5th grade ·Team teach with the Choir Teaching Artist choral repertoire, ear training, vocal technique, and music theory in the context of ensemble rehearsals, sectionals, and small-group lessons ·Collaborate with the Choir Teaching Artist and Program Manager to create a shared curriculum and pedagogy for the choir, as well as ensemble goals and evaluation tools for student progress ·Attend all staff meetings and professional development opportunities offered through the program ·Attend all concerts and community events/performances (gigs) for your ensemble Qualifications ·Music education background/degree preferred ·2+ years experience leading youth choirs & working with young choral students in a group setting ·Strong knowledge of vocal pedagogy, repertoire, technique, and classroom management skills ·Commitment to El Sistema’s philosophy of social change through music instruction ·Passion for teaching and willingness to go above-and-beyond to ensure success for all students ·Flexibility and the capacity to work under frequent observation ·Strong interpersonal, professional, and communication skills If interested, send a cover letter and résumé to Graciela Briceno at gbriceno@jqorchestra.org.

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