Idyllwild Orchestra Director position


The mission of the Idyllwild Arts Foundation is to promote and advance artistic and cultural development through education in a beautiful, natural environment conducive to positive personal growth.

The Idyllwild Arts Academy provides pre-professional training in the arts and a comprehensive college preparatory curriculum to a diverse student body of gifted young artists from all over the world.

The Idyllwild Arts Summer Program provides arts instruction and experiences of the highest caliber to a diverse student population of all ages and abilities..

Idyllwild is a small town located at over 5,000 feet on the western slopes of California’s San Jacinto Mountains.  Even though it seems far from the hustle and bustle of city life, the town and campus frequently hosts music festivals, prominent speakers and artists, and community events.  Also, it is only two hours by car to Los Angeles and San Diego. 

OPPORTUNITY:   Orchestra Director                          

LOCATION: Idyllwild, CA 92549        

REPORTS TO:  Music Department Chair

STATUS: Part Time





Idyllwild Arts Academy welcomes experienced conductors who know the current trends in today’s musical world to apply to program and prepare 3-4 orchestra concerts each school year. This is a unique opportunity to join a boarding school community that focuses on pre-professional training for artists while at the same time emphasizing the importance of academics.  We are seeking an educator who will embrace and support the arts, and appreciate the unique environment of Idyllwild, the Academy, and its diverse and talented students.




The Orchestra Director reports to the chair of the Music Department.  Areas of responsibility include: programming and preparing the Idyllwild Arts Academy Orchestra in 3-4 programs each school year; preparing for rehearsals; preparing and conducting the annual commencement ceremony; administering grades and attendance; communicating with students outside of class as needed, attending department meetings, coordinating New Music commission, coordinating guest soloist(s); student recruitment, and general advocacy of the program. Concert production schedule is approximately 4 weeks per concert.

Idyllwild Arts provides education in which skills acquisition, interdisciplinary approaches, and culture studies are integrated into the curriculum.  Collaboration with other departments is strongly encouraged.  This is a Part Time position. 



    (Candidates must have the following minimum qualifications)


Position requires at least M.M. (Master of Music) degree in Conducting, preferably a D.M.A, (Doctorate in Music Arts)

Minimum Qualifications

  •       Will demonstrate outstanding promise through documented performances, and strong recommendations. 
  •      Highly desirable candidates will have teaching experience.
  •      A high level of comfort with high school students is desirable.
  •      Assist with other administrative duties as needed to include, but not limited to, advising  music/orchestral                   students, and attending departmental or other requested meetings.
  •      Other duties as assigned by Music Chair, Dean of Arts, Head of School or President.




Personal Qualities

  •       Acts as a model of integrity
  •       Understands and maintains professional boundaries between students and teachers
  •       Respects confidentiality
  •       Has a sense of humor and keeps things in perspective
  •       Exercises patience and good listening skills
  •       Flexible and has the ability to work under pressure
  •       Keeps a positive attitude


  •       Ability and desire to work within the Idyllwild community, Riverside County, or commute a reasonable distance,         that does not impede on-time arrival during winter months.


  •       Obtain and maintain a valid California Driver License, pass a criminal history background check as required by       California Education Code Section 44237, and pass a TB test.


  •       While performing the duties of this position an incumbent is required to regularly remain sedentary for long                          periods of time in meetings, and while processing information and paper work both manually and on a                          computer.
  •       Specific vision abilities include close, distance and color vision perception and the ability to adjust eye focus.
  •       Reaching with the hands and arms and use of hands to finger, type, and manipulate a computer keyboard                           and mouse is required.
  •       Additionally, the incumbent must be able to converse in clear English both written and orally, over a telephone                     and in person, and be able to make public presentations.
  •       Occasionally, incumbent may be required to lift up to 25 pounds, traverse uneven terrain and climb stairs                            while moving about campus, bend and stoop, conduct tours and show visitors campus facilities.
  •       Provide their own transportation for local and remote events. Work hours vary and include days, nights, and                              weekends.

           Reasonable accommodation will be considered, to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the

essential functions of this job.


Idyllwild Arts Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer


TO APPLY: submit cover letter, resume or CV, (in pdf or word doc only), and 3 rehearsal/performance videos (YouTube videos) to:  Submissions must be received by April 18, 2014 – the deadline for consideration.

Please Note: due to high volume of responses for open positions at this time, we are not able to personally respond to each applicant inquiry. Those who qualify will be contacted directly. Thank you for your interest in employment  with Idyllwild Arts.

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