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OrchKids Ensemble Conductor/Director

  • Part Time
  • Baltimore, MD
  • $70/hr USD / Year
  • Salary: $70/hr

Website Baltimore Symphony Orchestra OrchKids

Department: OrchKids

Reports to: Director of Education

Classification: Part-Time

Compensation: $70/hour

Location: School site may vary

Times: Times will vary depending on teaching artist availability and specific school site hours

There are jobs, and then there are jobs where you get to make a difference. Members of our dedicated OrchKids team know how excellent music education can create pathways to success and transform lives. As we continue to grow, nurture, and expand our programming, we strive to build our team with dedicated and experienced individuals who wish to share the power of music with our exceptional students.

Organizational Summary:

OrchKids is a year-round, during and after school, music program designed to foster social change and nurture promising futures for youth in Baltimore City’s least-resourced neighborhoods and schools. In collaboration with several community partners, including Baltimore City Public Schools, OrchKids provides music education, instruments, academic assistance, performance, and mentorship opportunities, as well as meals and connection to social services at no cost to our families. Currently OrchKids works with nine public schools in Baltimore City, serving children from Pre-K through 12th grade. OrchKids is an acknowledged leader in the El Sistema-inspired and social-change through music movement throughout the world.

Job Summary:

The OrchKids Ensemble Conductor and Director is a dynamic educator who leads OrchKids string or wind ensemble students which may range from grades 2-12. Ensembles are separated into two main groups: beginner and advanced. The Ensemble Conductor/Director helps guide the musical development of the program’s ensemble players through weekly rehearsals and sectional plans.

The OrchKids educational philosophy focuses on student-centered learning, evidence-based teaching practices relevant to our students’ lives, creation and improvisation, inclusion, student voice and agency, and ensemble music-making. This methodology aims to promote synchronicity and community as well as simultaneously cultivating high artistic instrumental skills (i.e. technique, learning challenging repertoire) and fostering creativity (e.g. improvisation and composition).

OrchKids supports the professional development of all our teaching artists by providing compensated and mandatory training on topics including trauma-informed teaching, classroom routines and practices, implicit bias and racism within the context of Baltimore City, and other pedagogical resources. Support and feedback is also provided through teacher observation, reflection meetings, and regular communication with Program Managers, Director of Education, and Manager of Programs. OrchKids Teaching Artists also have the opportunity to participate in a number of student concerts and partake in our unique Collective Composition workshops, during which we work with our students to create and perform new, original music.

Specific Responsibilities:


Must have an up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination status and submit proof of vaccination
(From A person is up to date with their COVID-19 vaccination if they have received all recommended doses in the primary series and one booster when eligible. Getting a second booster is not necessary to be considered up to date at this time.)

Teaching Responsibilities:

  • Lead rehearsals of wind or string ensembles (either beginner or advanced level ensembles) in accordance with the OrchKids curricular and educational philosophy as outlined in OrchKids orientations and teacher professional development sessions
  • Serve as a consistent and compassionate mentor to OrchKids students
  • Hold students to high artistic standards, cultivating both their technical and ensemble skills
  • Embrace OrchKids’ mission, goals, and guiding principles
  • Perform administrative duties essential to running one’s own classroom, including photocopying, room setup/breakdown, lesson planning, etc.
  • Supervise students during transitions and breaktime
  • Attend required concerts, meetings, events and professional development sessions
  • Actively incorporate into classes the perspectives, strategies, language, routines, and other pedagogical tools conveyed through the OrchKids professional development sessions
  • Maintain professional, prompt lines of communication with OrchKids staff
  • Creating substitute rehearsal plans if there is a necessary absence
  • Deciding on and communicating ensemble repertoire selection at the start of each semester
  • Researching and programming diverse and dynamic instrumental genres, styles, and composers
  • Additional tasks/responsibilities:
    • Requesting in advance (at least 24 hours) any needs for copying of parts or scores
    • Maintaining the scores and instrumental parts once copies are provided
    • Establish an ensemble rehearsal plan ahead of rehearsal time and communicate it to any relevant sectional coaches or support teachers
    • Supply requests/maintenance/managing ensemble needs
    • Respond to emails within 48 hours


  • Passion for working with youth and desire to serve as a role model to students
  • Strong classroom management skills
  • Considerable experience leading beginner – intermediate level student ensembles
  • In-depth knowledge of beginner to intermediate pedagogy and repertoire relevant to either wind or string ensemble instruments
  • Willingness to jump in and embrace OrchKids’ approach to music-making through creative composition, improvisation and playing a variety of musical genres
  • Flexibility and ability to work collaboratively with the OrchKids team and instrumental departments
  • Punctuality, professionalism and excellent interpersonal skills

 OrchKids Principles of Inclusion:

BSO OrchKids believes in the principles of diversity and inclusion for students and all parties involved in the program regardless of race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or socio-economic status. We are proud to serve students of all backgrounds and abilities and our expectation is that all students will be treated equally, nurtured to ensure their success and we will meet them where they are. As a team, we expect and are prepared to make reasonable accommodations to address and support differences in learning styles, behaviors, and cultural differences. Our expectation is also that we treat all parties involved in BSO OrchKids (teaching artists, staff, school staff, families, community members, etc.) with respect and in accordance with our principles of inclusion.

The Baltimore Symphony is an Equal Opportunity Employer:

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, differing physical abilities, genetic information, age, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors.

How to Apply: 

Please submit a cover letter and resume to No phone calls.

Applications are currently being received on a rolling basis and candidates will be contacted based on openings and qualifications. Finalists will be asked to demonstrate teaching and rehearsal skills in the interview. Should a position no longer be available at the time of the candidate’s interview, they may be asked to be listed on the OrchKids substitute teacher list.

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