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Part-time In-School Choir Conductor

Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Contact: Interested candidates should send cover letter and resume by e-mail:
No faxes please
Jocelyn Smith, Program Director
Chicago Children’s Choir
Chicago Cultural Center, 5th floor
78 East Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602
Founded in 1956, Chicago Children’s Choir is a multiracial, multicultural choral music education organization, shaping the future by making a difference in the lives of children and youth through music excellence.
Mission and Background
Founded in 1956 during the Civil Rights Movement, Chicago Children's Choir is the nation’s largest and one of the most renowned youth choral music education organizations. It currently serves over 3,000 children, ages 8 to 18 through choirs in 70 schools, after-school programs in 9 Chicago neighborhoods, DiMension - a vocal ensemble for men with changing voices and the internationally acclaimed Voice of Chicago. Singers are racially and culturally diverse, with 75% from low-income households, representing almost every zip code in Chicago. With an incredible breadth of repertoire, the Emmy award-winning Choir performs throughout the city, nation and world, collaborating regularly with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Ravinia Festival and Millennium Park. Recent national tours include Arizona, Massachusetts and Wisconsin, and recent international tours include South Korea, Argentina and Uruguay.
In-School Program: Serving approximately 2,500 students, the Choir offers choral programs in 70 Chicago elementary and middle schools. In many cases, the Choir’s program is the only arts education offered to students within the school.  Most schools hire the Choir to provide instruction for one or two choirs, one or two rehearsals per week. 
Job responsibilities include:
  • Direct assigned choir(s) using the curriculum and repertoire set forth by the Director of Choral Programs and Artistic Director.
  • Participate in quarterly conductor meetings and professional development workshops as scheduled.
  • Maintain high quality rehearsals and performance standards in regards to both the musical product and the level of discipline.
  • Communicate regularly with the Choir administration to ensure consistency among all programs.
  • Prepare choirs for, and participate in, all concert events.
  • Inform singers of opportunities for growth within the Choir and assist with promotion into more advanced Choir ensembles, when appropriate.
  • Recruit singers throughout the community to ensure numbers in our programs.
  • Attend and assist with all Choir events as needed.
  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in music education.
  • Experience teaching in the music education field.
  • Experience in working with children and youth from diverse backgrounds preferred.
  • Committed to working in an environment that is mission driven. 
  • Must be able to take initiative.
  • Must possess a high level of energy and self-motivation and have the ability to establish strong working relationships with individuals inside and outside the organization.
  • Enjoy working with children.
Chicago Children’s Choir does not discriminate on the basis of national origin, race, religious belief, gender or disability in admission or access to, or employment in, its programs and activities.