Director of Choral Music
Concord Academy, an independent college preparatory school for grades 9 through 12 located in Concord, Massachusetts, seeks to fill the role of director of choral music in its performing arts department, to begin July 1, 2021. Chartered in 1922, the school currently enrolls approximately 400 boarding and day students from ten countries and territories and fifteen states.
Students are engaged in a community animated by a love of learning, enriched by a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives, and guided by a covenant of common trust. Students and teachers work together as a community of learners dedicated to intellectual rigor and creative endeavor. In a caring and challenging atmosphere, students discover and develop talents as scholars, artists, musicians, and athletes and are encouraged to find their voices. The school is committed to embracing and broadening the diversity of backgrounds, perspectives, and talents of its people. Common trust challenges students to balance individual freedom with responsibility and service to a larger community. Such learning prepares students for lives as committed citizens.
We actively seek applicants who reflect and support our mission-driven commitment to creating and maintaining a diverse and equitable school community. The successful applicant will have demonstrated experience with inclusive teaching practices and a commitment to advancing the core tenets of the school’s mission.
Concord Academy Mission Statement
We are a community animated by love of learning,
diverse and striving for equity,
with common trust as our foundation.
Honoring each individual, we challenge and expand
our understanding of ourselves and the world
through purposeful collaboration and creative engagement.
We cultivate empathy, integrity, and responsibility
to build a more just and sustainable future.
The successful candidate will be an accomplished musician and an energetic, innovative educator with excellent interpersonal skills, demonstrated organizational ability, and a passion for working with adolescents and supporting their discovery and creative potential through music. In addition to having an advanced degree and three or more years of teaching at the secondary or undergraduate level, preferred qualifications include a background in world music, composition and arranging, and experience using established and emergent technology resources. Strong candidates will have experience supporting diverse groups of students through inclusive curriculum and practices. As a core faculty member in a vibrant, collaborative performing arts department, the successful candidate will be encouraged to develop and implement innovative curriculum and work on interdisciplinary projects within the department, as well as with other departments throughout the school.
The position will range from approximately half- to full-time depending on the responsibilities taken on by the candidate. In addition to the direction of the chorus and the auditioned CA Singers, responsibilities will consist of a mutually agreed-upon combination of the following offerings dependent on the experience and interest of the candidate: basic voice group instruction, musical direction for mainstage productions, music theory classes through an advanced level, and music history classes. Additional opportunities could include individual music lessons and mentoring student a cappella groups.
The school anticipates being open for in-person learning for school year 2021-2022 and may need its faculty to be able to adapt to remote or Hyflex (some students in the classroom and some remote) teaching modes if conditions and best practices require. The school provides a competitive benefits package, and salary is commensurate with experience. All faculty members at Concord Academy participate fully in the life of the school; responsibilities include advising, serving on committees and/or clubs, and periodically providing an adult presence at school events. Coaching an athletic team is welcomed but not required and is remunerated separately. On-campus housing may be available, but it is limited, and faculty members are not required to live at the school.
Interested candidates are asked to send a cover letter and
Laura Twichell ‘01
Interim Dean of Faculty