Sinfonia is GTCYS’ first full orchestra with strings, winds, brass, and percussion. Students are introduced to rehearsal, listening, and ensemble skills, while developing musical elements of style and phrasing. Sinfonia performs original works for youth orchestra and arrangements of classic symphonic repertoire, generally at difficulty levels II – III. Sinfonia string players typically have 3-5 years’ experience, and woodwinds, brass, percussion have 1-4 years’. Students are typically in grades 6 – 9, with some younger and older. GTCYS’ orchestras, including Sinfonia East, are increasing in racial and ethnic diversity, especially students from Hispanic and African American communities. A new addition in fall 2018, Sinfonia East will serve musicians in the east metro and parallel Sinfonia West, becoming GTCYS’ ninth school-year orchestra. The Sinfonia East conductor is responsible for leading the orchestra to develop students’ orchestral skills, while instilling lifelong values such as discipline, teamwork, and service. The conductor will be a role model for students and a member of GTCYS’ esteemed Artistic Team comprised of eight conductors. GTCYS is serious about breaking down barriers, connecting with underrepresented students in meaningful ways, and including diverse perspectives in our programming. To help our team carry out this important work, we are seeking a conductor with experience working with various racial and ethnic communities and fostering a diverse and inclusive learning environment.
About the Role
The ideal candidate would be an active member of the music teaching and/or performing community. She/he/they would bring to GTCYS an authentic passion for orchestral music education, the skill and energy to inspire young students to a high artistic level, a commitment to access and inclusion, ability to creatively contribute to GTCYS’ artistic vision, and an interest to commit to the position for at least 3 years.
Conduct weekly Sinfonia East rehearsals (90-minute rehearsals in the east metro, September through May; day of week tbd) and up to six performances a year, including at Orchestra Hall
Teach, motivate, and communicate with students in a clear, positive, and respectful manner
Select repertoire and communicate with GTCYS’ librarian
Communicate rehearsal expectations to sectional coaches
Write weekly rehearsal follow-up e-mails to students
Oversee the Sinfonia Rehearsal Assistant
Communicate and work collaboratively with GTCYS’ administrative staff to plan Sinfonia’s schedule of activities (sectionals, concerts, retreats, special projects, social activities, leadership opportunities)
Assist with auditions and placement of new and returning GTCYS students
Help with student recruitment initiatives
Maintain and enhance communication with area instrumental music teachers, parents and other members of the community with an eye towards mutual professional development, problem solving, and maintaining and heightening GTCYS’ profile in the music education community
Serve as a member of the Artistic Team; attend monthly team meetings and annual conductor retreat
Understand and adhere to GTCYS’ Policies and Procedures as set forth in the Student Handbook, in the Child Protection Policy and/or by the Executive and Artistic Directors
Master’s degree preferred in music education, conducting, and/or performance, or comparable experience
Teaching and/or conducting experience in an educational and/or large ensemble setting
Ability to effectively conduct, teach, inspire, and motivate young students ages 10 – 14 in a full orchestra
Aptitude for working with the various orchestral instruments, including strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion
Excellent communication skills
Nurturing persona and belief in a student-centric approach
Ability to work flexibly and creatively with fellow conductors, rehearsal assistants, staff, parents, and volunteers
Availability to attend evening and weekend activities including two orchestra retreats, auditions and concerts, plus monthly conductor meetings and annual retreat.
Ability to successfully pass a criminal background check.
GTCYS is dedicated to building an inclusive, culturally diverse, and equitable environment. We encourage qualified applicants to apply, including applicants of color and others with experience working with underrepresented communities.
Email a cover letter, resume, and names of three professional references to Executive Director Megen Balda at email@example.com. Application deadline is March 23, 2018. The selection process will include screening interviews, in-person interviews, and teaching observations. Learn more about GTCYS at www.gtcys.org.
About Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies
The Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies (GTCYS) transforms young musicians of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds by breaking down barriers to music instruction and providing exceptional year-round orchestral experiences. Led by Artistic Director Mark Russell Smith, outstanding conductors, and coaches from the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO) and Minnesota Orchestra, GTCYS serves 1,000 students ages 8-18 through eight academic-year orchestras and two summer programs. Due to increased demand, GTCYS will add a ninth school-year orchestra in fall 2018. In 2016, GTCYS launched a new afterschool program, Harmony, which provides violin instruction to underserved students at Riverview Elementary School in St. Paul’s West Side neighborhood.
Each year, GTCYS shares more than 25 concerts with 12,000 audience members at locations across the region including Orchestra Hall, The Ordway, and Ted Mann Concert Hall, plus free community concerts at homeless shelters, schools, and care centers. Renowned for its rich international touring history, GTCYS toured Argentina in June 2016 and performed by invitation at the Granada International Festival of Music and Dance (Spain) in 2014. Symphon...y’s 2018 Tour will introduce students to Germany, Poland, and Hungary. In total, GTCYS will inspire more than 17,000 children and adults through our educational programs, free community activities, concerts, and special events this year.
Founded in 1972, GTCYS’ 16,000 alumni include leaders in every field who developed lifelong values of teamwork, discipline, and community engagement during their GTCYS experience. With the help of generous donors, GTCYS will award more than $100,000 in need-based tuition and tour scholarships this year. Through a unique partnership since 2011, GTCYS and the SPCO work together to strengthen our community, build future audiences, provide educational opportunities for students, and promote the value of classical music. For more information, visit www.gtcys.org.