The Houston Symphony is seeking two full-time, salaried Community-Embedded Musicians, whose primary role is to be embedded in Houston schools, neighborhoods and healthcare settings as a teaching artist and performer, while performing select concerts with the Houston Symphony.
These positions are open to violin, viola, and cello.
Application deadline is September 4, 2018.
The Community-Embedded Musician is a unique hybrid position (Teaching Artist + Orchestral Musician) designed to bridge the gap between the Houston Symphony and the diverse Greater Houston community. The Houston Symphony will hire two salaried Community-Embedded Musician string players, to begin employment in the fall of 2018, whose primary roles are to be embedded in Houston schools, neighborhoods and health-care settings as a teaching artist and performer, while also performing on select concerts with the Houston Symphony. These positions are full-time, not term-limited, and salaried with comprehensive benefits including Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, and paid time-off.
The Community-Embedded Musician positions are open to violinists, violists, and cellists of all backgrounds who demonstrate a passion and aptitude for education and community engagement work. To attract candidates who reflect the diversity of the Greater Houston community, the Houston Symphony encourages qualified candidates of diverse ethnic backgrounds to apply. Please read on for a detailed job description, candidate qualifications and application instructions.
Community-Embedded Musician has two primary responsibilities:
1) Education and Community Engagement Work includes string instruction, music appreciation classes, and workshops for students of all ages; interactions with hospital patients through bedside performances; and performances for social service organizations and other community settings.
2) Select Concerts with the Houston Symphony include:
• Classical Subscription: up to three (3) programs (3 concert weekends consisting of three concerts per weekend)
• Family Subscription: Up to four (4) programs (4 back-to-back concert services)
• Student Concerts: Up to twenty (20) concerts
• Additional substitute opportunities with the orchestra may be available
• Must successfully complete the standard Houston Symphony substitute audition (details below)
• Accomplished violinist, violist, or cellist with proven experience as a solo, chamber and/or orchestral musician
• Interest in a hybrid musical career that incorporates orchestral and chamber performances, education and community engagement
• Passion for working with underserved students and adults
• Experience or potential to be a superior music educator
• Belief in the power of music to change people’s lives
• Desire to learn and grow
• Experience living or working inside large, urban settings
• Understanding of specific needs of economically disadvantaged communities
• Bilingual speaking skills will be considered a plus
• Must be qualified to live and eligible to work in the United States as of October 22, 2018
• Must have a valid driver’s license and continuous access to a reliable vehicle capable of transporting your instrument and CEM materials
COMPENSATION & BENEFITS
• Annual Salary of $40,000.00 USD, plus the following:
• For each on-stage orchestra service in which the Community-Embedded Musician participates, he or she will receive additional compensation at the per-service rate defined in the Articles of Agreement between the Houston Symphony Society and the Houston Professional Musicians Association (CBA). The per-service rate for the current contract year is $187.00.
• Comprehensive benefit package including Health, Dental, Vision, Instrument, Life, and Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance all effective on date of hire
• Paid Time Off: 15 vacation days, 4 personal days, 10 sick days, 9 holidays
To apply, please click on the provided link.
About Houston Symphony
Founded in 1913, the Houston Symphony is one of America’s oldest performing arts organizations with a distinguished musical history. The Houston Symphony performs over 170 concerts for more than 350,000 people every year, featuring an innovative and broad spectrum of classical, popular, education and community-based symphonic programming.
The Houston Symphony is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against otherwise qualified applicants on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, age, sex, marital status, national origin, disability or handicap, veteran status, or any other protected class.