Associate Music Director, Strathmore Children's Chorus: Apprentice Chorus

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Associate Music Director, Strathmore Children's Chorus: Apprentice Chorus


The Associate Director, Apprentice Chorus, trains and conducts the Apprentice Chorus ensemble for Strathmore Children’s Chorus (SCC). Apprentice Chorus comprises about 40 choristers ages 8 to 11 (grades 3 to 6 inclusive). Apprentice Chorus rehearses from after Labor Day through early June on Tuesdays from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. Limited changes to this schedule are possible with discussion among chosen director and Strathmore Hall and rental space availability. Performance dates and Tech rehearsals are mandatory. A collaborative pianist and parent volunteers are provided for rehearsals and performances.


  • 2023
    • Monday, June 12, 5:00 p.m. – TBD Auditions (AMP)
    • Tuesday, June 13, 5:00 p.m. – TBD Auditions (Music Center 402)
    • Monday, August 21, 5:00 p.m. – TBD Auditions (AMP)
    • Tuesday, August 22, 5:00 p.m. – TBD Auditions (Music Center 402)
    • Tuesday, November 21, 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Tech
    • Wednesday, November 29, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tech (if needed)
    • Tuesday, December 12, 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Tech
    • Thursday, December 14, Concert (5:30 p.m. call, 7:00 p.m. concert)
    • Monday, December 18, 5:00-8:00 p.m. Mid-Year Auditions (AMP)
    • Tuesday, December 19, 5:00-8:00 p.m. Mid-Year Auditions (AMP)
  • 2024
    • Saturday, April 27, All Day Maryland Young Voices Festival
    • Thursday, May 16, 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Tech
    • Tuesday, May 28, 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Tech
    • Friday, June 7, Concert (5:30 p.m. call, 7:00 p.m. concert)


These may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Collaborate under the Artistic Director and with artistic staff to plan two to three concerts annually, selecting repertoire for Apprentice Chorus to contribute to larger concert themes as applicable
  • Assist in teaching music literacy skills in the rehearsal context and as on-line asynchronous learning modules for Apprentice Chorus
  • Teach and conduct weekly 60-minute rehearsals
  • Supervise and conduct Apprentice Chorus, including hired instrumentalists as applicable for this ensemble, for two SCC-produced concerts annually at the Music Center at Strathmore
  • Assist SCC staff with supervision and logistics as needed for SCC-produced concerts
  • Complete written evaluations for choristers twice annually, deadline determined by Artistic Director with SCC staff
  • Prepare Apprentice Chorus for occasional special community events upon request, on mutually agreed to schedule determined at least eight weeks in advance
  • Work in collaboration with the Artistic Director to continue to grow the larger SCC and its offerings
  • Meet with Artistic Director and staff monthly during the season to consider policies, review procedures, coordinate concerts and various performances, and other work of the program
  • Communicate weekly with Artistic Director on rehearsals, concerts, and procedures
  • Correspond with parents as needed


Qualified candidates will possess the following skills and be able to make a multi-year commitment to build the choral program at SCC.

  • Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in Choral Music Education; Master’s or equivalent preferred
  • Minimum five years’ experience conducting age-specific treble chorus vocal ensembles
  • Highly knowledgeable with quality repertoire representing bel canto vocal instruction and international representation of treble-voiced choral music
  • Highly knowledgeable with training in vocal pedagogy and music literacy for this age group
  • Leadership and artistic creativity to develop repertoire programming that maximizes choir potential
  • Vocal skills and ability to direct and teach by example
  • Educational and mentoring skills that foster personal growth and learning in children and youth
  • Superior leadership skills
  • Work well with a team
  • Work independently with little or no supervision


Satisfactory completion of this job includes successfully:

  • Delivering top-quality choral performances and highly effective music education curriculum
  • Contributing to a collaborative, organized, creative and committed organizational culture
  • Organizing a substantial set of part-time responsibilities
  • Maintaining positive relationships with colleagues, students, parents, staff, partners, and volunteers


  • Demonstrates exceptional organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Employs excellent communication skills
  • Works consistently to resolve issues in a responsible and timely fashion
  • Displays a high degree of dependability and reliability
  • Contributes ideas to improve effectiveness of education department operations and programs


This is a non-exempt, part-time, salaried position without benefits. The salary range is $6,500-$8,000.


To apply for this position via our job portal, please submit:

  • Cover letter
  • Résumé
  • Links to video recordings of three varied selections of repertoire conducted by the applicant, with the total time of the combined selections not to exceed 20 minutes
  • Link to one teaching segment of choral rehearsal, up to 15 minutes maximum

Only qualified applicants will be contacted.

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Job Details (for job postings)

Job Category: Education/Teaching
Position Type: Part Time
Salary Range (annual): $5,000-$10,000
Experience: 5-10 Years
Education Level: Bachelor's Degree