Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program

885 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02111

Date Posted:
August 05, 2019

Eastern Massachusetts



String Orchestra Director (Elementary)

This part-time String Orchestra Director will lead one of JQOP’s seven string ensembles. Each orchestra is comprised of students with a specific playing level, from beginners (1-2 years on instruments, K1/K2) to advanced (5-6 years on instruments, sixth/seventh grade). The String Orchestra Director will follow the JQOP Curriculum and work in collaboration with Support Teaching Artists to select repertoire, plan daily lessons, prepare for concerts, and ensure that students learn appropriate strings technique, music notation, and orchestra culture. Additionally, as JQOP equally supports social development and musical growth, the String Orchestra Director will ensure that social-emotional skills are developed within the fabric of rehearsals and sectionals, including, but not limited to, leadership, kindness, self-control, and perseverance. The String Orchestra Director will work with all JQOP staff and teachers to ensure the highest quality learning experience for all students. The String Orchestra Director will report to the Program Manager.

String Orchestra Director Responsibilities:

  • Lead a string orchestra of 30-40 students

  • Team teach the following with 1-2 Support Teaching Artists: orchestra repertoire, strings technique, music theory, and social development; context for lessons includes orchestra rehearsals, instrument sectionals, and small-group lessons

  • Collaborate with administrative staff and Teaching Artists to create weekly ensemble goals

  • Communicate effectively with parents/guardians about ensemble updates, student progress and behavior management plans with support from the Program Manager

  • Assist Program Manager in implementing mid-year and end-of-year assessments for students

  • Attend all staff meetings and professional development opportunities offered through the program

  • Attend all concerts and community events/performances (gigs) for your ensemble

  • 2+ years experience leading youth orchestras & teaching young string players in a group setting

  • Strong knowledge of string pedagogy, repertoire, technique and curriculum development

  • Strong teaching and classroom management skills, education background/degree preferred

  • Commitment to El Sistema’s philosophy of social change through music instruction

  • Passion for teaching and willingness to go above-and-beyond to ensure success for all students

  • Strong interpersonal, professional, and communication skills

How To Apply:
All interested candidates, please submit a resume and cover letter to Christopher Schroeder, Executive Director, at

It is the policy of Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program to provide all persons with equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, marital status, country of origin, disability, or age.

Apply by:
August 14, 2019
Salary commensurate with experience
About this Organization:

Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program (JQOP) is a creative youth development program and recognized partner of the Boston Public Schools that uses an intensive and unique ensemble-based music curriculum to help underserved children develop the executive functions and social-emotional skills necessary to succeed at school and in life.

In the 2019-20 school year, JQOP will expand to serve over 200 students in eight ensembles, including seven string orchestras of various levels (ages 4-14) and an ensemble for students with special needs. All rehearsals take place before school at Josiah Quincy Elementary School in Chinatown. Students in pre-kindergarten through seventh grade attend the program every weekday for 1.5 hours before school, participating in orchestra rehearsals, general music classes, and group lessons. JQOP welcomes any child to participate, regardless of musical ability, cultural background, developmental delays, or financial limitations.

JQOP is inspired by El Sistema, the Venezuelan initiative that uses music education as a vehicle for social change. We believe that every child can learn to express music deeply, receive its many benefits, and make different critical life choices as a result of this learning. 

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