The Washington Bach Consort, the nation’s premier baroque chorus and orchestra committed to the study and performance of the complete works of Johann Sebastian Bach and his contemporaries, seeks an independent consultant to expand our award-winning educational programs.
Now in its 45th season, the Consort has made great strides in recent years, appointing new Artistic Director Dr. Dana Marsh, moving to a beautiful new office at Metro Center, expanding staff, completing a successful fundraising campaign, and continuing to grow our highly valued artistic and educational programs.
The Educational Program Coordinator will coordinate all educational events and serve as a liaison between the Consort’s musicians, actors, educators, and administrative staff. The consultant will work closely with all staff and report to the Executive Director. The position requires a strategic, but practical, thinker who can work both independently and as part of a small team.
Ensure the scheduling and production of all educational events (performances, school visits, etc.) runs smoothly, effectively, and in a financially responsible manner;
Plan and attend rehearsals and educational performances;
Stage manage dress rehearsals and educational performances;
Develop and monitor budgets for all educational initiatives in consultation with Consort staff;
Prepare and maintain payroll, records, and scheduling for educators;
Coordinate logistical arrangements with all venues, contractors, and musicians;
Obtain and organize music, costumes, and technology needed for educational events in advance of rehearsals and performances;
Lead “front of house” efforts for educational performances;
Serve as point of contact for schools and teachers;
Lead outreach and marketing efforts to grow educational programs, with equity and access being prioritized;
Help assess and improve existing programs and develop new programs with strong connections to Washington, DC public and charter school curricula;
Assist with grant reporting;
Create and maintain community partnership;
Promote positive relations between Consort educators and artistic and administrative staff.
High level of skill with Microsoft Office Suite;
Excellent interpersonal, spoken, and written communication skills;
Proven ability to develop and manage budgets and multiple projects simultaneously, as well as meet deadlines;
Background in performing arts education desirable.
Hours are part-time and flexible; nearly all performances and events are held during the school day. Time commitment will vary greatly throughout the year more during performance weeks, and less when school is out, averaging approximately 12 hours per week over the course of the year. Compensation is $17,000 to $20,000 based on experience. To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume, both of which should demonstrate your experience, qualifications, educational background, and desire to serve in this position. Send to: info (at) bachconsort.org with “Educational Consultant” in the subject line before September 26. We encourage early applications, as interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. No phone calls, please. The Consort is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
About Washington Bach Consort
ABOUT THE CONSORT
Founded in 1977 by the late Dr. J. Reilly Lewis, the Washington Bach Consort is a professional choral and orchestral ensemble based in Washington, DC, now led by Artistic Director, Dr. Dana Marsh. The Consort is committed to ensuring that current and future audiences experience the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and his contemporaries by:
1) performing the music of Bach and his contemporaries to the highest artistic standards,
2) sharing the joy of Bach’s music by broadening audiences in the nation’s capital,
3) nurturing the appreciation of Bach’s music through education and community outreach activities, and
4) interpreting the music of Bach for audiences of today, thereby ensuring his legacy.
The Bach Consort is noted for its historically informed performances of 18th-century music on period instruments. As one of the DC area’s most critically acclaimed and nationally recognized performing arts organizations, the Consort has made regular appearances with the National Symphony Orchestra, Washington Performing Arts, and the Cathedral Choral Society. In addition, the Consort has appeared at numerous festivals and presented three European tours. Recording...s include Bach’s complete motets, both J.S. and C.P.E. Bach’s Magnificats, the first American recording of the F major and G minor masses, and three solo soprano cantatas with opera luminary Elizabeth Futral. Furthermore, the Consort completed Bach’s entire 215-cantata cycle. In association with this monumental achievement, the Library of Congress welcomed the Washington Bach Consort performance recording and concert program archives into its permanent collection.
We are committed to making Bach’s vital works accessible to the Washington area’s diverse audiences, including students who may be hearing Bach for the first time. Based on our strong belief that this music has the power to change lives, all of our education programs are offered free of charge. In evaluations, the vast majority of DC teachers tell us the Consort fills a critical need by providing one of the only live, classical music education experiences for their students.
In August 2018, the Bach Consort welcomed Dana Marsh as our new Artistic Director. Acclaimed by The Washington Post as “a superb choral conductor, energetic and precise,” Marsh is an accomplished organist, vocalist, conductor and musicologist. He serves as Associate Professor of Music and Director of the Historical Performance Institute at Indiana University, where he has directed a broad range of performances and NPR broadcasts. Marsh succeeds our beloved founder, J. Reilly Lewis, who led the Washington Bach Consort for 39 years until his untimely passing in 2016.
In May 2019, the Council of the District of Columbia honored Washington Bach Consort in recognition of the 30th anniversary of the Consort’s free classical music performances. In their written proclamation, the Council cited the Consort’s musical mission to “enrich the quality of life” by “recognizing that not everyone is able to afford a regular subscription concert ticket” and celebrated the Consort’s attempt to “reach as many people as possible.”