Community Music Center of Boston

34 Warren Avenue
Boston, MA 02116

Date Posted:
August 06, 2019

Eastern Massachusetts



Conductor - CMCB Chamber Orchestra


The Conductor will lead the Chamber Orchestra, Community Music Center of Boston’s largest instrumental ensemble. The primary responsibilities include leading the rehearsals and direction of the ensemble, composed of students ranging from school age to adults. The Conductor selects the repertoire from a wide range of styles/composers and is encouraged to include music written by women and composers of color. The conductor is responsible for creating and fostering a warm, productive environment that makes students feel inspired, motivated, and welcome.

Start Date: Classes Begin Saturday, September 07, 2019 with a Faculty Orientation on Thursday, September 05, 2019

Status: Part-Time (Saturday Afternoons 3:15PM – 5:30PM)

Reports to: Director of In-House Programs and Faculty Council, and Registration Staff

Specific Responsibilities

• Select accessible and diverse repertoire for a chamber orchestra of various ages and experience levels.

• Assist with recruitment, retention, and ensemble development.

• Conduct weekly rehearsals on Saturdays from3:15PM – 5:30PM, aided by an assistant conductor.

• Prepare the Chamber Orchestra to perform a minimum of three times including the currently scheduled performances: December 14, 2019, March 21, 2020, and June 13, 2020

• Maintain attendance sheets and communicate with students and front office staff when multiple absences occur.

• Assist with Fall and Spring Ensemble Auditions

General Responsibilities

• Be knowledgeable about CMCB’s mission and policies

• Teach students according to curricular guidelines

Specific Responsibilities

Ensemble Management and Retention

• Manage ensemble and work with Registrar on resolving scheduling conflicts

• Accurately update and maintain studio attendance sheets

• Maintain open and regular communication with parents and students to support educational progress

• Contact students/parents if there are any unexpected absences

Communication and Participation

• Attend department meetings and annual all-faculty meeting as scheduled

• Participate in departmental events, competitions, recitals, and concerts and encourage students to attend

• Participate in annual ensemble auditions

• Communicate clearly with Front Office regarding teaching schedule changes

Respond to requests from CMCB staff in a timely manner

• A Bachelor’s degree in music performance or education with knowledge in the field of conducting or equivalent experience

• A minimum of 2 years teaching experience

• Must have experience working with diverse populations of students

• The successful candidate will have a commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion as pedagogical and professional values

• Ability to teach group classes composed of a diverse range of ages

• Availability on Saturdays: 3:15PM-5:30PM

• Knowledge in a diverse range of styles preferred (i.e. Classical, Rock, Blues, Jazz, Folk, World Music, and/or Popular Music)

• Fluent score-reading in treble, alto, and bass clefs, knowledge of music theory including but not limited to meters, key signatures, and transcription.

• Ability to motivate and/or inspire others

• Excellent Interpersonal Skills (engaging and professional)

• Effectively communicate with others

• Demonstrated ability to actively listen to and learn from others

• Knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word and Excel) – Ongoing training is provided in this area

• Arranging skills are a plus but not required

• Bilingual (Spanish, Mandarin, or Cantonese) skills are a plus but not required

How To Apply:

Please upload your resume and cover letter to:

Please direct the cover letter to: Marie Tai, Chief Operations Officer

Please no phone calls, emails or walk-ins

Apply by:
August 16, 2019
About this Organization:

Founded in 1910,Community Music Center of Boston (the Music Center) transforms lives throughout Greater Boston by providing equitable access to excellent music education and powerful arts experiences.  The Music Center serves more than 5,000 students each week, on-site at our South End facility in the Boston Center for the Arts and in more than 40 outreach locations, including public schools, community/senior centers, and medical facilities. We are the largest external provider of arts education in the Boston Public Schools. Core Music Center programs include individual and group instruction in more than 25 instruments; outreach instruction in Boston Public Schools; an Intensive Study Project providing private instruction, theory and performances to prepare students for college-level study; early childhood programs; and music therapy for individuals with a wide range of physical, cognitive, emotional and/or social life needs.

Community Music Center of Boston is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Community Music Center of Boston policy prohibits discrimination and harassment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age (40 or over), disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, parental status, political affiliation, union membership, genetic information, or history of participation in the Equal Employment Opportunity process, grievance procedure, or any authorized complaint procedure.