The Bolles School seeks a dynamic, talented, and committed choral director to continue the tradition of excellent choral instruction and performance at the middle and upper school levels. The choral director will provide leadership and instruction at both school divisions for chorus opportunities. There are currently two middle school choruses, an upper school women’s chorus, and an upper school men’s chorus; all choruses perform concerts throughout the year featuring a variety of music genres and difficulty levels.
The Fine and Performing Arts Department at Bolles is one of the School’s most prominent strengths with a highly regarded faculty, a vibrant guest artist program, and a rich multi-grade level curriculum in drama, chorus, dance, band, and visual arts.
The Bolles School searches worldwide for teachers who are experts in their field of instruction because such teachers involve students actively in the learning process and stimulate their learning to the highest level.
Position Purpose: Responsible for preparing instrumental or vocal music curriculum and providing instruction to upper and middle school students; teaches music fundamentals and techniques to students. This position will commence with the 2018-19 academic year.
Prepares course objectives and outline for course of study following curriculum guidelines; plans and implements an engaging and comprehensive choral music program to include vocal technique, ensemble performance, student leadership, music theory and music history/culture
Evaluates students’ interest, aptitude, temperament, and individual physical characteristics to determine suitable placement for beginner vocalists
Instructs students in music theory, harmony, score and sight reading, composition, and music appreciation
Leads and accompanies the middle and upper school choruses
Provides individual and group vocal lessons outside of class time if needed (i.e., zero hour, activities)
Leads full choral rehearsals during class and instructs students on their individual parts with regard to the fundamentals of musicianship and performance; some rehearsal time outside of the regular school day may be necessary
Organize and direct 4 annual choral concerts; perform at other school events as requested, and seek out appropriate opportunities to participate in festivals and other community events
Provide supervision and oversight for other contracted program staff (i.e. accompanists, guest conductors, choreographers) and all parent choral volunteers
Adapts teaching methods and instructional techniques to meet students’ varying needs, interests, and abilities
Critiques performances to identify areas of improvement and to reinforce correct techniques
Conducts choral groups in regular and special performances for school programs, community activities, concerts and festivals
Serves as the Music Director for music theater productions as appropriate
Maintains order in the classroom and on school grounds
Manages the acquisition, distribution, collection, storage, and upkeep of necessary teaching materials including sheet music and other choral supplies/instruments
Counsels pupils when school challenges arise
Discusses pupils' academic and behavioral attitudes and achievements with parents
Keeps attendance and grade records as required by school
Communicates effectively both orally and in written form to parents/colleagues in response to inquiries of both student/professional nature
Coordinates class field trips, leads domestic and international tours as appropriate, and accompanies students for choral performances
Maintains regularly scheduled office hours to assist students outside of class
In conjunction with the Director of Fine Arts, coordinates aspects of the fine arts component with regard to facility use, scheduling, space utilization, lighting and sound, building organization and maintenance
Makes full use of professional development opportunities (further education, reading, workshops, conferences, etc.) and demonstrates creative initiative in keeping current in one’s own discipline
Bachelor’s degree in Music/Music Education with an emphasis on choral music from a four- year college or university or post graduate work in subject matter required; advanced degree preferred
A minimum of three years teaching experience in the choral and general music required; experience and enthusiasm for working with students in grades 6th through 12th
Must possess outstanding musicianship; demonstrated knowledge and competency to lead a choral program
Ideal candidate would be an experienced vocalist and conductor with ability to sing/play instrument to demonstrate musical scales, tones, and rhythms; strong pianist preferred
Fully aware of choral literature and materials for middle and high school performers
Ability to demonstrate musical excerpts and sound vocal technique; advanced knowledge of vocal skills
Experience transposing and arranging both instrumental and a Capella music
Excellent verbal and written communications skills
Strong interpersonal skills essential for attracting and retaining students in the program
Demonstrated dynamic leadership and classroom facilitation skills
Eagerness to collaborate with others to advance the school’s artistic initiatives
Willingness to contribute to the broader life of the school community
Demonstrates and enthusiastically support the School’s Mission and values of courage, integrity, compassion, and excellence
Perform in a manner that reflects positively on The Bolles School
Builds deep relationships with students, families, faculty and staff to foster a culture of inclusion
Performs other duties as requested
Interested candidates are required to submit their application and resume via our Career Center located at www.bolles.org.
About The Bolles School
The Bolles School is a nationally renowned, independent day and boarding School serving over 1,650 students in Pre-K through grade 12 on four campuses in Jacksonville and surrounding communities. A leader in academics, arts, and athletics, the School is firmly rooted in the principles that have characterized its community and traditions for nearly 85 years: pursuing excellence through courage, integrity, and compassion. The vast resources and expert instruction available to students as they explore and hone their individual interests and strengths are embodied in the School’s motto -- All Things Possible -- and students eagerly embrace the myriad of opportunities available to them both in and out of the classroom.