Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program

885 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02111

Date Posted:
January 27, 2020

Eastern Massachusetts



Teaching Artist (Low Strings)


Teaching Artists (TAs) assist Orchestra Directors with set up, tuning instruments, helping students during rehearsals, and leading instrument sectionals, small-group lessons, and music theory classes. The seven string orchestras include students in kindergarten through seventh grade, with various levels of experience ranging from beginner to six years in the program. TAs will be assigned to one or two ensembles, and support students from multiple ensembles through private and small-group lessons. TAs will work in collaboration with the Program Manager and Orchestra Directors to facilitate both ensemble learning and individual student progress. TAs will teach in alignment with JQOP’s curriculum and the El Sistema’s philosophy of musical excellence and social inclusion. All staff will ensure the highest quality learning experience for all students, support each child holistically, and be an active member of the Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program community.

Teaching Artist (Low Strings) Responsibilities:

  • Team teach and support full-orchestra rehearsals of 30-40 students

  • Lead low string sectionals, small-group, and private lessons as planned by the Orchestra Directors and Program Manager; work with students on repertoire, sight-reading, ear-training, and string technique

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

  • Attend 3 annual concerts and 2 community events/performances (gigs) for your ensemble

  • Experience working with young string players (ages 5 to 10), preferably in group settings

  • Knowledge of string pedagogy, repertoire, technique, as well as classroom management skills

  • 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 Kathryn Pappalardo, Program Manager, 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:
February 06, 2020
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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