Chorus Manager

Reports to:  Director of Marketing and Operations
Classification:  Part-time Employee

The Children’s Chorus of Washington (CCW), the premier youth chorus in the DC Metro Area, is comprised of nearly 200 students in 5 auditioned performing ensembles and 2 pre-choral classes. CCW is seeking a part-time chorus manager to handle all aspects of rehearsals, chorus retreats, and self-produced and off-site performances.

Responsibilities include:

  • Preparation of music and other material for distribution at rehearsals and retreats
  • Setting up for rehearsals (check-in, attendance, seating charts, etc.)
  • Assisting with rehearsals as needed
  • Clean-up and resetting space following rehearsals
  • Managing all chorister logistics for CCW’s self-produced concerts (2-3 per season)
  • Managing all chorister logistics for off-site rehearsals and performances (10-15 per season)
  • Ensuring safety of choristers
  • Coordinating with Operations Manager to communicate information about rehearsals and performances to families and choristers
  • Assisting with uniform fitting and checks to be sure all choristers have proper attire for activities and concerts
  • Assisting with domestic and international tour planning

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • Experience working with children
  • Strong interpersonal skills with children and adults
  • Well-organized and detail-oriented
  • Ability to work under pressure, prioritize and manage multiple tasks
  • Knowledge of music and choral repertoire a plus
  • Access to a car and willing to carry and transport music, keyboard, water, and other supplies as needed

Compensation:  $20/hr

Schedule:

Approximately 20 hours per week to start, for approximately 48 weeks per year.

  • Mondays & Thursdays, 2:00-8:00 pm
  • Tuesdays, 4:00-8:30 pm
  • Wednesdays, 1:00-2:30 pm for staff meetings (remote or in person)

Some Fridays, weekends, and evenings required, depending on performance schedule

Application deadline:  August 11, 2017

Please send cover letter explaining why you are interested in and qualified for this position along with your resume via email to ccw@childrenschorusdc.org. Put Chorus Manager Application in subject line.

CCW is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified candidates of any gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, or religion encouraged to apply.

Musicianship Instructor

Employment Type: Independent Contractor
Reports to: Artistic Director
Fee: $60/hour; depending on experience

Children's Chorus of Washington (CCW) seeks two instructors to teach our Treble Chorus Musicianship classes for the upcoming season.

Responsibilities include:

  • Provide instruction in music theory and ear training for the 2017-2018 season, which is September through June
  • Collaborate with the Artistic Director to prepare and plan lessons and materials. Administer musicianship testing of oral and written assessments four times a year, and grade and record test results.
  • Communicate regularly and monitor students’ theory placement, progress, and classroom behavior with Artistic Director, ensemble directors, and parents.
  • Meet/communicate with the chorus staff prior to and during the season as needed to discuss classroom requirements (i.e. materials, supplies, room setups) and other relevant topics
  • Follow the class schedules provided by the chorus (start time, finish time) and avoid any delay or overtime without prior approval by chorus  - come 15 minutes prior to start of class to prepare materials, rooms and stay 15 minutes afterwards for clean-up.
  • Give the chorus staff 24-hours' notice if an unavoidable circumstance prevents you from reporting to work
  • Maintain professional behavior, appearance, courtesy, and language around all participants, colleagues, and general public at all times
  • Provide appropriate identifications to chorus for inspection and copying, and fill out Form I-9 prior to the first rehearsal (including fingerprinting)
  • Submit time sheets promptly in accordance with the payroll schedule

The ideal candidate should have:

  • Bachelor's degree (minimum); Master's degree or higher (preferred); or comparable educational or professional experience - experience in Kodaly, solfege, and comfortable with singing and sight-singing in solfege.
  • Minimum of three years experience working with young musicians (Ages 8-13)
  • Availability to participate in chorus activities - staff meetings, Back to Chorus Parent orientations

Schedule:

  • Mondays 5:00-6:30 p.m. (includes 15 minutes set-up and clean up)
  • September 11 - December 11 and January 22 - May 11

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to ccw@childrenschorusdc.org. Put Musicianship Application in the subject line.

CCW is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified candidates of any gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, or religion encouraged to apply.

Piano Accompanist

Employment Type: Independent Contractor
Reports to: Artistic Director
Fee: $50/hour

Children's Chorus of Washington (CCW) seeks several part-time piano accompanists for the upcoming season.

Responsibilities include:

  • Provide piano accompaniment for auditions, rehearsals, and performances for 2017-2018 season, which is September through June. Performance: December 10, 2017 and June 3, 2018.
  • Collaborate with the Conductor and Artistic Director to prepare music materials
  • Meet/communicate with the chorus staff prior to and during the season as needed to discuss rehearsal/performance requirements (i.e. music materials, supplies, instruments, room setups) and other relevant topics
  • Follow the rehearsal and performance schedules provided by the chorus (start time, finish time) and avoid any delay or overtime without prior approval by chorus
  • Give the chorus staff 24-hours' notice if an unavoidable circumstance prevents you from reporting to work
  • Ability to work with students in small group formats for sectionals, theory review, etc.
  • Maintain professional behavior, courtesy, and language around all participants, colleagues, and general public at all times
  • Provide appropriate identifications to chorus for inspection and copying and fill out Form I-9 prior to the first rehearsal - complete fingerprinting.
  • Submit time sheets promptly in accordance with the payroll schedule

The ideal candidate should have:

  • Bachelor's degree (minimum); Master's degree or higher (preferred); or comparable educational or professional experience in accompanying
  • Excellent sight reading and music transposition skills
  • Experience in working with young singers
  • Availability to participate in chorus activities- staff meetings and Back to Chorus Orientation, additional performances or substitute for other accompanists.

Available Openings:

  • PREP Classes at DC site Mondays 4:30 - 5:10 p.m. and 5:15 - 6:00 p.m.
  • Treble Chorus at DC site Mondays 4:30 - 7:00 p.m.
  • Treble Chorus at Alexandria, VA site Tuesdays 4:30-6:15 p.m.

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to ccw@childrenschorusdc.org. Put Accompanist Application in the subject line and indicate which contract you are applying for in the body of the email.

CCW is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified candidates of any gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, or religion encouraged to apply.

SING DC! Instructor

Position: SING DC! Instructor for the 2017 – 2018 school year
Reports to: SING DC! Coordinator
Classification: Independent Contractor
Hours: Early/Mid-September 2017 – Late May, hours vary based on class times

The Children’s Chorus of Washington (CCW), the premier youth chorus in the DC Metro Area, is seeking instructors for its SING DC! program. SING DC! provides introductory choral music education to students in underserved DC schools at no cost to the schools or students. In a nurturing environment where no prior training is required, participating students learn proper vocal technique, theory, and develop musicality and performance skills. SING DC! inspires a love of singing and teaches life skills such as self-discipline, cooperative decision making, and perseverance to students in our community.

The candidate will work as a team with a SING DC! accompanist to provide choral music education to elementary school children in DC. Current sites are located in Ward 8.

Responsibilities include:

  • Develop students’ individual and ensemble vocal skills through appropriate warm ups, technical exercises, musical games, and diverse repertoire
  • Prepare weekly lesson plans that are in line with SING DC! curriculum
  • Submit lesson plans on an as-needed basis
  • Maintain frequent communication with CCW staff and classroom teachers
  • Prepare and lead students at selected concerts and events
  • Provide supervision at all times to ensure the safety of each child and an orderly environment that fosters creativity, productivity, and mutual respect
  • Adhere to the class schedule
  • Inform the CCW staff and classroom teachers and/or administrators about potential absences or tardiness at least 24 hours before a class
  • Provide monthly progress reports on each class
  • Attend staff and professional development meetings as required

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in music education or a relevant field, or equivalent experience
  • Ability to work effectively in an urban school/classroom setting with a diverse student population
  • Experience teaching large choral ensembles of elementary-age children
  • Strong classroom and rehearsal management skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills with children and adults
  • Ability to pass a federal background check performed by the DC Public School System
  • Organized, energetic, and committed to creating a safe and nurturing environment for children
  • Access to reliable transportation to SING DC! sites

Ideal candidate will possess:

  • A broad knowledge of diverse musical genres and styles including, but not limited to, classical, gospel, world music, pop, and musical theater;
  • Proficiency on a secondary instrument, preferably piano;
  • Ability to demonstrate vocal techniques;
  • Passion for working with children in underserved communities; and
  • Ability to be flexible and effective in an elementary classroom environment.

Compensation: $80/class

Application deadline: August 7, 2017. We will interview candidates in August, and make our decisions by September 8.

Please send a cover letter highlighting your interest and qualifications for this position along with your resume via email to ccw@childrenschorusdc.org. Put SING DC Instructor Application in the subject line.

CCW is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified candidates of any gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, or religion encouraged to apply.

SING DC! Accompanist

Position: SING DC! Accompanist for the 2017-2018 school year
Reports to: SING DC! Coordinator
Classification:  Independent Contractor
Hours:  Early/Mid-September 2017 – Late May, 2018, hours vary based on class times

The Children’s Chorus of Washington (CCW), the premier youth chorus in the DC Metro Area, is seeking accompanists for its SING DC! program. SING DC! provides introductory choral music education to students in underserved DC schools at no cost to the schools or students. In a nurturing environment where no prior training is required, students learn proper vocal technique, theory, and develop musicality and performance skills. SING DC! inspires a love of singing and teaches life skills such as self-discipline, cooperative decision making and perseverance to students in our community.

Responsibilities include:

  • Provide piano accompaniment for SING DC! classes
  • Meet/communicate with CCW staff prior to and during classes as needed to discuss lesson plans, music required, and logistics
  • Work with the SING DC! Instructor and CCW staff to plan and prepare music prior to each session
  • Provide supervision to ensure the safety of each child, and an orderly environment that fosters creativity, productivity, and mutual respect
  • Adhere to class schedule and avoid delays or additional time without prior written approval by CCW
  • Work with CCW staff and hosting schools to communicate with students’ parents when necessary

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in piano performance/accompaniment or a relevant field
  • 2 years of accompanying experience in classrooms or with choirs
  • Experience working in an urban school/classroom setting with a diverse student population
  • Strong interpersonal skills with children and adults
  • Provide or acquire cleared background check and TB test results and CPR/First Aid certification as needed
  • Well organized, energetic, and committed to creating a safe and nurturing environment for children

Occasional evening and weekend work required.

Compensation: $50/class

Application deadline: August 7, 2017. We will interview candidates in August, and make our decisions by September 8.

Please send a cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications for this position along with your resume via email to ccw@childrenschorusdc.org. Put SING DC Accompanist Application in subject line.

CCW is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified candidates of any gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, or religion encouraged to apply.

Children’s Chorus of Washington Internship Program

As integral members of the Children’s Chorus of Washington (CCW) team, CCW interns build their professional portfolios while contributing to the mission and operations of one of the nation’s finest children’s choruses through a combination of practical work experience, personal projects, and mentorship. CCW internships are unpaid and consist of a flexible schedule (10-20 hour work week) that runs concurrent with the academic semester schedule (Fall – September through December; Spring – January through April; and Summer – mid-May through August).
 

To Apply for an Internship:

Please submit a resume and cover letter to ccw@childrenschorusdc.org.
 

Academic Internship Credit:

CCW will work with any college/university to grant internship credit upon request. The intern must present all required paperwork in a timely manner and facilitate communications between CCW and their school.
 

Interns will gain experience in:

  • General Management  and Nonprofit Management 
  • Marketing and Public Relations 
  • Music Education and Chorus Management