Job Opening: GTCYS Sinfonia East Conductor
Reports to: Artistic Director
Status: Part-time
Start Date: August 2018

About Sinfonia
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.

To Apply
Email a cover letter, resume, and names of three professional references to Executive Director Megen Balda at megen@gtcys.org. 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.


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