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Orchestra Director


Park Tudor is an independent school in Indianapolis, Indiana that takes pride in upholding a tradition of academic excellence that began in 1902. As a college preparatory school for children ages 3 through grade 12, we provide an exceptional learning environment where children are encouraged to explore opportunities, exceed expectations, and expand possibilities.  Small class sizes, a safe and caring atmosphere, and numerous extracurricular activities that include the arts and athletics, ensure that each child at Park Tudor receives a unique educational experience catered to his or her individual passions.
 
Mission Statement:
To create an inspiring college-preparatory learning environment, with exceptional educators and extraordinary opportunities, that prepares and motivates students to become balanced, confident, and resourceful lifelong learners.
 
Core Values:
  • Integrity
  • Intellectual Engagement
  • Resourcefulness
  • Respect
  • Responsibility
Job Description: 
Park Tudor is currently seeking an experienced, dynamic Orchestra Director for the 2021-2022 school year. There is a long-standing tradition at Park Tudor that encourages a healthy balance between academics, arts and athletics. The Orchestra Director is an integral position in the Fine Arts Department in supporting Park Tudor’s vision of igniting curiosity, instilling compassion, inspiring courage in students while providing opportunities to dive deeply in an area of passion.
 
In collaboration with the Director of Fine Arts, the Orchestra Director is responsible for leading, directing and providing artistic vision for the strings curriculum and orchestral performances across all divisions of the school. The Orchestra Director also collaborates closely with all fine and performing arts faculty members, the Director of Fine Arts and other school leadership to ensure strong, cooperative relationships and high artistic standards.
 
Principle Roles & Responsibilities
  • Instruct beginning strings in 5th grade; the 6th, 7th-8th and 9th-12th grade Orchestras; and Young Strings levels as needed
  • Instruct and oversee chamber music groups after-school.
  • Collaborative leadership and artistic vision for the Music Department; define programming, curriculum development, and interdisciplinary collaborations to ensure students are engaged in a relevant, challenging, thought-provoking learning environment with age-appropriate experiences.
  • Conduct and manage all aspects of the String and Orchestra Concerts to include artistic direction, budgeting, production meetings, organizing, scheduling and managing rehearsals; student supervision; communicating and liaising with all parties involved, including student musicians, parents, production team and school at large.
  • Collaborate with Young Strings faculty to support aspects of management to include curriculum, repertoire, rehearsal schedule and budgetary oversight in collaboration with Director of Fine Arts.
  • Work in collaboration with the Band Director, Choral Director and Technical Theatre Director for technical support and stage management of select concerts and share management responsibilities of Auditorium facilities.
  • Coordinate guest musicians, field trips, events and other exceptional opportunities related to strings and orchestra.
  • Direct and supervise all school orchestra performances, including concerts, orchestra, soloists, and small ensembles.
  • Maintain a current inventory of all fixed assets within the department.
Additional Responsibilities
  • Lead and manage Chamber groups for the Upper and Middle School.
  • Seek opportunities to integrate and coordinate interdisciplinary opportunities where appropriate. 
  • Meet regularly with department-specific faculty to ensure vertical and horizontal alignment of the curriculum; attend Fine Arts Department and appropriate Divisional meetings.
  • Meet with the Director of Fine Arts and Administrative Directors as appropriate to co-manage instrumental music budget, including the Young Strings, considering both short and long-term financial needs.
  • Work with Admissions, Counseling, Communications and Development as needed.
  • Coordinate with technology department and media services on technology, books, a/v equipment, etc. to support curriculum and teaching.
Qualification Requirements:
A Master’s Degree is preferred in Music Performance and/or Music Education with an expertise in string pedagogy, and extensive teaching experience. Possess an enthusiasm for teaching students at a range of age and ability levels and working with students who enjoy varied interests within the school community. Values a highly collaborative approach to teaching and learning, a growth mindset and a good sense of humor. 
 
  • Mastery of at least one string instrument and on-going experience with chamber and/or symphonic music.
  • Advanced aural skills to deal with complex problems of orchestral intonation; advanced skills in sight-reading and transposition, especially as applied to the preparation of orchestral scores for performance.
  • Advanced skills in musical analysis to provide the basis of artistic interpretation and the preparation of scores for performance.
  • Competence in selecting a variety of age-appropriate music in standard literature and arrangements for successful growth for each unique ensemble.
  • Practical experience in composition, orchestration, and arranging.
  • Knowledge and understanding of all instruments used in orchestral performance; functional keyboard skills.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the history of music, with its relationship to Western civilization, with a desire and intention to bring a greater diversity to the ranks of classical music performers, composers of color and gender.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of orchestral repertoire, chamber music of each historical era. 
  • Knowledge of current solo artists, contemporary music, and performance practices.
  • Expressive baton technique and podium presence.
  • Rehearsal technique: Ability to recognize, diagnose, and correct musical, interpretive, rhythmic, balance, and intonation problems in an efficient, sequential, and creative manner. 
  • Willingness to engage in all aspects of the Park Tudor community while promoting and supporting the School’s mission, vision, and values
Park Tudor School offers excellent pay and a comprehensive benefits package. Our professional development focuses on Mind, Brain, and Education research and application, Equity and Inclusion, and Community Engaged Learning. Professional development opportunities are also available for participation in conferences, workshops, and membership in professional organizations. Park Tudor is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Those who would add to the diversity of our staff are strongly encouraged to apply. 
 
Interested candidates should send their cover letter, resume/CV, and teaching philosophy to hr@parktudor.org and complete the online job application. Please ensure you provide the names and phone numbers of three references who can speak to your abilities for this position. We welcome any supplementary materials such as: recordings of your conducting and teaching, sample course syllabi, course descriptions, examples of special projects, or a link to website showcasing performances by groups under your leadership or your personal performances. Review and consideration will begin on or around February 16th, 2021
 
Submit electronically only: cover letter, teaching / conducting CV, and teaching philosophy. Please insure you provide the names and phone numbers of three references who can speak to your abilities for this position. We welcome any supplementary materials such as: recordings of your conducting and teaching, sample course syllabi, course descriptions, examples of special projects, or a link to website showcasing performances by groups under your leadership or your personal performances.