San Diego Youth Symphony (SDYS) is pleased to announce a year-long search for a new Music Director to succeed retiring Music Director Jeff Edmons. This role will be a champion for music education in San Diego County and a visible member of the SDYS leadership team. S/he is responsible, in partnership with the President & CEO, for setting the artistic direction of the organization and providing artistic and administrative leadership that helps the organization achieve its mission and goals, and position itself for a dynamic future.
The Music Director is an essential collaborative role in the SDYS organization, and we seek an outstanding musician, educator, and leader to be a part of this historic and dynamic organization. The Music Director will be active and visible in the community, serve as one of the primary spokespeople for SDYS, and will set both a personal and artistic example for the organization. S/he is an outstanding musician and committed educator, has demonstrated leadership skills, is an effective communicator, and a proven team player. This is a full-time, exempt, salaried position with benefits and includes the areas of responsibility listed below. For the full job description, including detailed descriptions of each area listed below, visit www.sdys.org/musicdirector.
Curriculum and Auditions
Student and Family Engagement
Recruiting and Outreach
An outstanding record of accomplishments as a music educator.
Excellent conducting and musicianship skills.
At least five years of experience working with youth groups.
Culturally sensitive with experience teaching diverse learners; Experience as a role model to students as musician, mentor, and citizen.
Strong written, verbal, leadership, and interpersonal skills - a track record of working well with high performing teams.
Knowledge and understanding of computer systems and technology including Google applications, video conferencing, and music notation/composition/sequencing/recording platforms.
Master’s degree in Conducting or equivalent experience.
Applicants should submit the following to HR@SDYS.org by December 31, 2021.
A thoughtful and detailed cover letter addressing your qualifications and how you feel they match SDYS specifications.
A resume of professional experience highlighting both professional engagements and work with youth groups (be specific on level). Highlight any administrative roles you have held with organizations, any opportunities to participate in curriculum development, and any experience with community engagement efforts.
Examples of repertory conducted and for whom (with a strong emphasis on youth programming).
Examples of educational or curricular materials developed.
Video examples of performances (and rehearsals if available), especially those with youth groups of various levels (links to your personal website and/or YouTube/Vimeo pages are helpful)
Additional Salary Information: Salary negotiable based on experience.
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About San Diego Youth Symphony
For 75 years, San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory (SDYS) has served as a catalyst for investing in the future of thousands of young San Diegans through the study and performance of music. Through SDYS’ flagship ensemble program in historic Balboa Park, its neighborhood engagement collaborations across San Diego County, and its early childhood music curriculum, SDYS is San Diego’s most comprehensive provider of cradle-to-college music education programming and a national leader in innovative community outreach, serving thousands of young musicians and their families every year.
At SDYS, we believe that music is a vehicle for giving young people the social, emotional, and academic skills that transcend traditional educational models and prepare them to enter a 21st-century workforce. We respect every young person who takes part in our programs and celebrate their accomplishments as musicians, as members of our community, and as future leaders in San Diego and across the nation.