neighborhood choir director
Status: Non-exempt, hourly
Reports to: Music Director
Choir directors for Neighborhood Choir teach between 10–30 children in grades 1–6 at school or community locations in once weekly, one-hour rehearsals culminating in an end-of-semester informal performance. They will select repertoire (in collaboration with SDCC staff) and will contact parents/schools when needed in planning/organizing local performances.
The choir director should have experience in level 1 Orff and Kodaly along with music literacy and vocal skills to develop the healthy, young child voice. Spanish speaking ability is a plus. The choir director educates and inspires the children, teaching songs along with basic theory techniques (beat vs. rhythm, dynamics, etc.), basic sight-reading skills, proper vocal technique and performance etiquette.
Neighborhood Choir is a community outreach program of the San Diego Children’s Choir and participating children are encouraged to audition for our ensembles if interested in a more committed environment.
Depending on availability, choir directors may direct anywhere from 1-4 Neighborhood Choirs weekly, repertoire may be the same at multiple rehearsal sites. Most choirs rehearse after-school, but schedules and days of week are flexible and to be determined.
- 3+ years of received private vocal coaching
- Piano proficiency (though an accompanist will be provided for rehearsals and performances)
- Comfort using solfege as a rehearsal tool, and with use of the Curwen hand-signs
Please send an email with the subject name of the position for which you are applying, including a cover letter and CV with three references, to Michele Tondreau at firstname.lastname@example.org. Links to video of teaching and/or performances may be included, if available.