Conductor, Sistema Ravinia Youth Orchestra Program – Austin Neighborhood Ravinia – Chicago, IL

Job Description The Conductor will lead multiple levels of beginning orchestras of elementary and middle school students for Sistema Ravinia at Catalyst Circle Rock, located in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood. They will assist with selecting repertoire and arrange music as necessary. The conductor will be part of a team of instructors that will inspire all participating students and be responsible for maintaining a standard of excellence for Sistema Ravinia. This is a contract position that averages 4-6 hours per week, reports to the Nucleo (Site) Manager, and is paid an hourly rate. Sistema Ravinia is in session during the school year and 5 weeks during the summer.

Duties and Responsibilities

· Serve as a conductor for the Sistema Ravinia beginning orchestras at Catalyst Circle Rock

· Collaborate with the Site Manager to provide high-quality orchestral instruction for every student

· Communicate effectively with students and instructors

· Assess student progress (musical literacy, proficiency and appreciation) on an ongoing basis

Qualifications Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

· Enthusiasm for El Sistema model and its philosophy of social change through music

· Interest and ability to be a motivational mentor and role model for students, parents, and community

· Superior interpersonal skills

Education and Experience

· Strong background in conducting, orchestral repertoire, curriculum, pedagogy, and music education

· Experience working with young children, youth orchestras or in the El Sistema music education model

· Bachelor’s degree in music education or performance with 2-3 years related work experience preferred

Additional Information

Work Environment

· Working after school two to three times per week in the Austin neighborhood with some evenings and weekends required for concerts and special activities

· Interaction with young students, parents and administrators where the safety of the students is paramount

Ravinia is an equal opportunity employer.

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