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After-School Orchestra Teaching Artist- Low Strings/Cello

  • Part Time
  • Newberg, OR
  • Salary: $35/hour
  • proof of vaccination against COVID-19 required, must pass a background check, must submit an audition video with application materials

Website Junior Orchestra of Yamhill County (JOY)

JOY is a project of the Yamhill Enrichment Society (YES).

Organization Overview

JOY (the Junior Orchestra of Yamhill County) is a collaborative project of the Yamhill Enrichment Society (YES), a 501(3)c organization dedicated to transforming the lives of Yamhill County youth by providing access to music and literacy enrichment. JOY is an El Sistema member organization, which is aimed towards using music as a tool for social change, and is committed to supporting the growth of curricular strings programs in Yamhill County.

The mission of JOY is to transform the lives of underserved youth in Yamhill County through high-caliber, intensive orchestral music instruction through emphasizing teamwork and collaboration, promoting student creativity, and engaging the community. The program currently consists of In-School programming for kindergarten and first grade students and After-School orchestras for grades 2-5 at Edwards Elementary. In Fall 2022, we expect to serve around 110 students after-school in Grades 2-5. JOY is also actively working towards program expansion in McMinnville and Newberg.

Position Overview

The JOY Teaching Artist’s primary responsibility will be to lead and co-teach rehearsals in the After-School orchestra program. Collaborating with other members of the instructional team, the Teaching Artist will be directly involved in developing, implementing, and carrying out the curriculum and defined teaching objectives at the guidance of the Edwards Site Director. As a Teaching Artist (TA), the candidate must be able to demonstrate proficient performance technique, communication skills, and equitable classroom management strategies. Knowledge of orchestral instrumental performance and pedagogical practices and their implementation are a must.

As a Low Strings TA, the candidate would be working with students in grades 2-5 in both group rehearsals on basic string and orchestra technique and providing specialized feedback and assistance with cello students in both group rehearsal, cello sectionals, and the occasional one-on-one lesson. The ideal candidate would demonstrate proficiency in teaching and playing the cello. Teaching Artists are also expected to participate in and lead concerts with the teaching team.



This is a part-time position. The first day of JOY is Tuesday, September 6, 2022. The JOY After-School Orchestra at Edwards runs on Tuesdays-Fridays from 2:20-5:00pm. JOY Teaching Artists lead and plan the annual JOY Summer Day Camp (August 8-12 and 15-19). As part of onboarding and preparation, JOY Staff take part in 10-15 hours in meetings and trainings in August before the start of the academic year. Additional hours could be added based on program needs, and opportunities for professional development through El Sistema USA, OR-ASTA, and other state and national music education organizations may be provided.


Qualifications and Experience


  • Completed undergraduate degree in music discipline (music education preferred)
  • Bilingual (Spanish and English)
  • Demonstrated mastery of your primary instrument.
  • Ability to teach foundational cello skills in both group and individual settings.
  • Passion for impacting students’ lives through music, especially primary age students and underserved youth.
  • Ability to work well in a racially and culturally diverse community.
  • Commitment to creating a nurturing atmosphere with evident mutual respect for students, parents/guardians, volunteers, and co-workers.
  • Effective and equity-driven classroom management.
  • Prior experience teaching school-age, elementary children.
  • Attention to detail and organizational skills.
  • Creativity and excellent critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Ability to work well on a team and collaboratively-minded.
  • Punctuality, professionalism, and a commitment to excellence.
  • Attendance at Summer Camp and other August meetings and events.
  • Maintains a driver’s license, good driving record, and access to a car as needed for work responsibilities.
  • Must pass a Newberg School District background check and provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.


  • Basic knowledge of upper string (violin, viola) posture and technique.
  • Masters degree in music education or other music related field
  • Two years teaching experience (applied studio, group/classroom instruction, or both)
  • Suzuki (or comparable) Method Certification and/or training.
  • Conducting experience, especially with beginning ensembles.


To Apply

Please submit the following electronically to Program Manager Danielle Howard Dye ( by June 30, 2022.

  1. Resume and cover letter
  2. Contact Information and Names of 3 professional references
  3. Performance sample on your primary instrument. Guidelines for the performance sample are indicated below.

Performance Sample

  • Please keep Performance Sample video a maximum of 10 minutes in length and minimum of 3 minutes.
  • Clips need to have been recorded within the last 12 months to be considered valid submissions.
  • One selection must be a work by Johann Sebastian Bach (excerpts-repeats omitted-are fine)
  • One selection of your choice preferably in a contrasting style (popular, jazz, folk, contemporary, etc…)
  • Include with your performance clip submission the title and composer of your selection.
  • Candidate’s video must be of professional quality. The performer and their instrument must be clearly seen and audible. Do not record in a space where a TV/phone/computer/device is on and can be heard– your submission may be disregarded if this is the case.
  • Accompanists are not required for this video submission.
  • Please upload videos to YouTube (unpublished) and submit links with your materials.

Finalists may be asked to demonstrate a sample lesson with students for observation.


Work Setting

This job is primarily performed in a classroom environment where the majority of the time will require ambulating around the room. There is some stationary (desk) work when needed or for at-home planning; regular computer work and work with other office equipment; regular communication with teachers, staff and students, and occasional lifting and/or moving up to 40-45 pounds.


Yamhill Enrichment Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value, honor and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in our employment and education programs. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are enthusiastically encouraged to apply.

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