Orchestra Director – Northside High School

Orchestra Director – Northside High School

Fort Smith Public Schools
Fort Smith, AR
Posted On:
June 9, 2015


The Fort Smith Public School District is currently seeking qualified Strings teachers. Low string experience would be an asset, but overall qualifications will be considered. Located in Fort Smith Arkansas, the FSPS Orchestra Program serves 1,000 Strings students across 4 Junior Highs and 2 High Schools. The school district is very supportive of the Orchestra Program, which has maintained a long tradition of excellence within the State of Arkansas. The district’s Superintendent is a past President of the Fort Smith Symphony Board of Directors and is extremely supportive of quality music programs in the schools. The school district has been dedicated to providing an instrument to every student who needs one. The Orchestra is currently experiencing significant yearly growth in the number of students joining the program.

This full-time Strings position is for the Director of the Northside High School Orchestra. Teaching certification is required. This position will entail teaching these 4 class periods daily: 1 Orchestra class at Northside High School, 2 Beginning Orchestra classes and an Advanced Orchestra class at Darby Junior High. Each class period lasts roughly 50 minutes. Students audition for All-Region Orchestra, participate in Solo & Ensemble Contest, and perform at Region Contest. The teacher’s daily schedule is structured so that there is a close relationship between the high school program and the two junior high schools that feed it. There is time to collaborate with the Orchestra Director of Kimmons Junior High each day. Applicants should be able to offer comprehensive string instruction that addresses fundamental through advanced performance techniques specific to each instrument. The position is strings only; no full orchestra experience is required. Opportunities for full orchestra performance are available at the Director’s discretion. The current Orchestra Directors are seeking applicants with a team work ethic and a dedication to meeting the needs of the students.


Additional resources and opportunities available in Fort Smith

For the new Director, the Fort Smith Symphony would like to extend the opportunity to perform as a member of the symphony beginning with the upcoming 2015-2016 season. Now in its 90th season, the Fort Smith Symphony is the oldest symphony in the State of Arkansas. Under the artistic direction of John Jeter, the Symphony has received critical recognition for its internationally-released recordings of the music of William Grant Still. The Symphony has been recognized nationally for being one of the most successful orchestras in its budget category in the nation.

The University of Arkansas Fort Smith offers a youth honors orchestra program through the Academy of the Arts. The Academy is a preparatory school of the arts for students of all ages that includes music, theatre, and the visual arts.

Each summer, the University of Arkansas Fort Smith hosts a week-long ‘Jazz Improv for Strings Camp’ taught by renowned saxophonist Don Bailey and local string specialists. This is one of the few strings camps in the country with this specific focus.

Orchestra parent organizations provide FSPS students with scholarships for summer music camps, honor orchestras, and weekly private lessons with the string specialist of their choice.

The community provides ample opportunities for freelance performing and private studio teaching.


Teaching Certification and Prior Strings Experience

How to Apply

For an application or to contact Human Resources, 1) go to http://www.fortsmithschools.org, 2) click the ‘Educators and Staff’ link near the top, and 3) click on ‘Human Resources’ in the drop-down box that appears.

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