Neighborhood Choir and School Program Conductor
The Neighborhood Choir and School Program conductor provides a highest quality learning and performance experience for youth ages 8-18. As a faculty member with Chicago Children’s Choir, the Conductor will create meaningful opportunities for young people to express themselves, learn music authentically from an array of genres and cultures, develop their musical and performance skills and build emotional intelligence. The Conductor will elevate the artistry of their ensembles and encourage deep exploration of the historical and social context of music and its relevance today. In addition, they will thoughtfully engage their community and build participation and retention in their programs.
This full-time, year-round role includes approximately 50 percent teaching hours; 40 percent planning, preparation and community engagement; and 10 percent travel time.
Our faculty engages in ongoing professional development on a wide range of topics from Trauma Informed Care to World Music Pedagogy. There is much that our conductors not only give to their students, but also gain as educators and musicians in the CCC community. Our conductors help facilitate student learning through organization-wide curricula such as Black History Month, Canto Latino and Paint the Town Red, in addition to assisting in the development, evaluation and documentation of such curricula. Faculty members also engage in smaller-scale performance learning projects with their individual School Programs, including but not limited to school assemblies, community concerts and performances. From time to time, conductors may also be called upon to assist with special collaborations with other musical organizations such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Ravinia Festival and Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Musical and Educational
- Facilitate student learning in assigned choirs, incorporating the curriculum set forth by CCC faculty in addition to self-selected repertoire.
- Teach choral music through a lens of cultural responsiveness and authenticity, maintaining a dedication to equity and anti-racism.
- Lead all rehearsals and performances for designated ensembles.
- Maintain rigorous learning and performance standards.
- Administer singer assessments twice yearly and use associated data to inform instructional practice.
Community Engagement, Communication, and Relationship Building
- Communicate regularly with school and community partners to ensure the best possible experiences for all stakeholders.
- Communicate effectively with families to foster deep and meaningful relationships with the Choir.
- Recruit singers for participation in CCC programs, maintaining an ensemble size that allows for an enriching experience.
- Educate families on opportunities for growth within the Choir and assist with promotion into more advanced CCC ensembles, when appropriate.
Organizational Support and Administrative
- Actively participate in meetings, professional development workshops and staff training as scheduled.
- In collaboration with the Senior Program Director, support the Neighborhood Choir Program Assistant in delivering the best experience possible.
- Attend and assist with organizational concerts and events.
- Strong choral music educator and conductor capable of teaching diverse music through culturally responsive methodologies.
- Dedication to anti-racism and equity.Passion for working with diverse youth ages 8-18 and for fostering deep and authentic relationships with their families and communities.
- Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in music (master’s degree and major in choral music education or choral conducting preferred).
- Commitment to collaboration in a team of fellow music educators, as part of a larger organizational staff and with families and community partners in a mission-driven environment.