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String Orchestra Director

The String Orchestra Director will lead one of JQOP’s seven string ensembles. Each orchestra is comprised of students with a specific playing level, from beginners (1-2 years on instruments, first/second grade) to advanced (5-6 years on instruments, sixth/seventh grade). The String Orchestra Director will follow the JQOP Curriculum and work in collaboration with Support Teaching Artists to select repertoire, plan daily lessons, prepare for concerts, and ensure that students learn appropriate strings technique, music notation, and orchestra culture. Additionally, as JQOP equally supports social development and musical growth, the String Orchestra Director will ensure that social-emotional skills are developed within the fabric of rehearsals and sectionals, including, but not limited to, leadership, kindness, self-control, and perseverance. The String Orchestra Director will work with all JQOP staff and teachers to ensure the highest quality learning experience for all students.

Supervisor: Program Manager
Commitment: Mon, Tues, Thur, Fri: 7:15-9:15AM & Wed 12:20 to 3:30PM
Spring 2020: February 5th – June 19th (no classes Feb. 17-21 and Apr. 20-24) + March 13 and June 12 evening concerts
Compensation: Part-time salary (no benefits), exact amount is dependent upon experience.

Lead a string orchestra of 7-10 students in 6th-7th grade
Team teach the following with 1-2 Support Teaching Artists: orchestra repertoire, strings technique, music theory, leadership/mentorship, and social development; context for lessons includes orchestra rehearsals, instrument sectionals, and small-group lessons
Collaborate with administrative staff and Teaching Artists to create a shared curriculum and pedagogy for the orchestra, 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

2+ years experience leading youth orchestras & teaching young string players in a group setting
Strong knowledge of string pedagogy, repertoire, technique and curriculum development
Strong teaching and classroom management skills, education background/degree preferred
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
Strong interpersonal, professional, and communication skills

How to Apply:
All interested candidates, please submit a resume and cover letter to Kathryn Pappalardo, Program Manager, at

It is the policy of Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program to provide all persons with equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, marital status, country of origin, disability, or age.

Apply by:
February 05, 2020

Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program
Boston, MA 02111 United States

Posted 01/30/2020