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Orchestra Brass & Winds Coach | Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras


Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras (CYSO) announces an immediate opening for a Winds & Brass Coach working with our Debut Orchestra.


Led by conductor Dana Green, CYSO’s Debut Orchestra provides predominantly middle school-aged student musicians with their first exposure to high level full orchestra training. Debut Orchestra’s season includes biannual seating auditions, weekly rehearsals, sectionals and performances at local venues such as Chicago Cultural Center, Northwestern University's Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, and the Fine Arts Building’s Studebaker Theater.

The Winds & Brass Coach will work directly with Debut Orchestra’s woodwind, brass, and percussion players, providing instruction in instrumental technique, intonation, rhythm, tone quality, and musical interpretation. The coach will work with the students in split rehearsals each week as well as assist the students during full orchestra rehearsal time. The coach will consult with the conductor and work collaboratively in determining each week’s coaching format. Pending experience and other factors, the Coach may also conduct the full orchestra on one piece per concert cycle.

The Coach must have an intimate knowledge and skills in all woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments, and demonstrate an ability to work with students with varying musical abilities. The Winds & Brass Coach is expected to be present at all rehearsals, seating auditions, and performances throughout the season. Debut Orchestra rehearses on Saturdays from 10:00 am-12:00 pm. There are approximately 30 weeks per season from late August through May.


  • Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education required
  • Master of Music degree in Music Education or Music Performance preferred
  • Orchestral training and performance experience required
  • Related teaching and coaching experiences required
  • Must have ability to communicate easily and effectively with youth and families; excellent interpersonal skills; and ability to create a supportive learning environment


Start date Saturday, August 28, 2021

Yearly stipend of $3200 paid over nine months, September through May


Please send a cover letter, résumé, and list of three references to: Madalyne Maxwell, Director of Operations No phone calls please.

Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras’ dedication to equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) is inseparable from our commitment to musical excellence. We value the unique role and contribution of every member of our team and recognize the importance of a staff that reflects the experience and background of our students in order to equip them to excel as the next generation of leaders. CYSO staff regularly participate in antiracism, anti-bias, and other EDI training and actively seek candidates for all artistic and administrative roles who are equipped and committed to furthering this work.

CYSO is an equal opportunity employer.

Contact Info:
Madalyne Tregellas Maxwell
Job Type: Freelance/Contract/Temp
Location: Chicago Loop