Position Description
The Children’s Choir Director is a member of the Music Academy of the West’s Administration.
The Music Academy seeks two dynamic, enthusiastic, and experienced Children’s Choir Directors to build an afterschool program in partnership with the Santa Barbara County Education Office. These new positions represent a unique opportunity to build a far-reaching after-school choral program in a community that supports education, cultural diversity, and the arts.

Primary responsibilities include building and working with children’s choirs and developing and managing parent volunteer groups. Candidates must possess knowledge of choral repertoire that promotes and embraces cultural exploration.

Direct Responsibilities
• Provide support for the Director of Innovation & Program Development as needed
• Provide support to the Children’s Choirs
• Generate and update program designs
• Coordinate the selection of music
• Conduct all rehearsals and performances
• Other duties as required

Candidate Profile
The ideal candidate is a professional with three years of experience working with children’s choirs. Formal education in choral conducting or voice studies with an emphasis in vocal pedagogy is required. Must be available after school on weekdays and some weekends. Bilingual skills in Spanish is required. Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications and social media is essential.

The Music Academy of the West seeks to hire candidates who thrive in a collaborative, highly communicative workplace. Our administration collectively informs and agrees upon the organization’s expectations for teamwork, including a positive, goal-oriented environment that positions every employee for success.

Preferred Qualifications
• Working knowledge of choral repertoire
• Superb written and verbal communication skills
• Strong social and interpersonal skills
• Excellent organizational and time management skills
• Ability to work on a team or independently and adapt to changing work priorities and schedules
• Ability to comfortably navigate internet search engines

Reporting Structure
The Children’s Choir Directors report to The Director of Innovation & Program Development.
Compensation and Benefits
The Children’s Choir Director is a part-time position, and does not include employee benefits except where required by law. Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience.

Application Process
Please email a cover letter and a current resume to Daisy Martinez at dmartinez@musicacademy.org. No phone calls, please.

The Music Academy of the West is an equal opportunity employer. A background screening will be performed as a condition of employment.

To apply for this job email your details to hr@musicacademy.org

About Music Academy of the West

The Music Academy of the West, among the world’s preeminent summer music schools and festivals, is embarking on a new chapter in its history as it expands its activities into year-round programming. Among the key initiatives in its year-round program expansion is a new community venture in Santa Barbara, California: the Sing! Program. The Academy’s distinguished teaching artists roster has included famed soprano Lotte Lehmann, composers Darius Milhaud and Arnold Schoenberg, cellist Gregor Piatigorsky, pianist Jeremy Denk, and current Voice Program Director Marilyn Horne. Academy alumni are members of major symphony orchestras, chamber orchestras, ensembles, opera companies, and university and conservatory faculties throughout the world. Many enjoy careers as prominent solo artists. In 2014 the Music Academy entered into a four-year partnership with the New York Philharmonic, resulting in unprecedented training and performance opportunities for Academy fellows, and Summer Festival residencies for Philharmonic musicians.

The Music Academy of the West cultivates discerning, appreciative, and adventurous audiences, presenting more than 200 public events annually. These include performances by faculty, visiting artists, and fellows; masterclasses; orchestra and chamber music concerts; and a fully staged opera. The 2018 Summer School and Festival will take place from June 18 to August 11 at the Academy’s scenic Miraflores campus and in venues throughout Santa Barbara. For more information, visit musicacademy.org