With approximately 2,500 students passing through its doors every
week, the Peabody Preparatory is Baltimore’s premier community
school for the performing arts. It is open to students of all ages
and levels of ability with offerings ranging from early childhood
classes to program for adults and professional musicians.
The Sr. Chair for Large Ensembles will be responsible for the
strategic development and oversight of the Peabody Preparatory's
large ensemble program. Which currently represents over 500
students and provides a comprehensive large ensemble education to
students with a broad range of abilities, backgrounds, and ages;
and provides oversight and supervision to ensembles within this
area. In addition, the Sr. Chair for Large Ensembles will be
responsible for identifying and spearheading the development of new
large ensemble opportunities to grow the Preparatory's reach for
youth and adult students.
Director of the Preparatory
Peabody Youth Orchestra
Peabody Young Artist Orchestra
Peabody String Ensemble
Peabody Wind Orchestra
Peabody Wind Band
Peabody Concert Bands
Misbin New Directions Ensemble
Adult Ensemble Program
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Responsible for the recruitment and retention of ensemble
faculty in collaboration with leadership and HR.
- Mentor, supervise, and manage all ensemble conductors, coaches,
and teaching associates.
- Oversee faculty evaluation program for all large ensemble
- Oversee all area hiring committees to ensure JHU hiring
policies and procedures are followed and to ensure a diverse
candidate pool. Prepare candidate lists for the Director of the
Preparatory for approval.
- Mentor and supervise the onboarding of all new conductors.
- Approve substitutes, sectional coaches, and clinicians as
- Supported by the Director of the Preparatory and JHU, as
needed, manage and work to resolve any area faculty or issues that
may develop throughout the year.
- Coordinate area chair/conductor meetings, events, and
professional development opportunities.
Students & Families
- Supervise and oversee the creation and revision, as needed, of
curriculum to ensure a comprehensive educational strategy within
each ensemble with a focus on diversifying the curriculum.
- Oversee and develop the overall annual programming direction
for the large ensemble program and work with each conductor on
appropriate repertoire selections and approval of all final
- Oversee the recruitment and retention of students for the large
ensemble program, including recruitment, auditions, placements, and
- Work with the Director of the Preparatory, campus staff, and
marketing to create a comprehensive marketing strategy for ensemble
music student recruitment and retention.
- Work with the Preparatory Education Manager and marketing to
coordinate the creation of content for course catalog, area
publications, and web pages serving as an approver for all large
- Work with parent organizations and work to create an
overarching parent advisory organization for the large ensemble
- Attend and support, as needed, retreats, concerts, and
- Supported by the Director of the Preparatory and JHU, as
needed, manage and work to resolve any area student or parent
issues that may develop throughout the year.
- Work with the Director of the Preparatory on strategic plans
for area departmental expansion, including developing adult-focused
- Work with the Director of the Preparatory and Conservatory
ensemble program to develop a teaching assistant program to enhance
the educational experience of Preparatory ensemble students and
further connect the two ensemble programs.
- Oversee area enrollments and class details in the ASAP
registration system, Peabody's online registration system.
- Working with the Business Office and conductors, determine the
course of action for under-enrolled classes.
- Working with Ensemble Conductors, Preparatory Education
Manager, and Conservatory Concert Office, plan and oversee the
rehearsal and performance calendar.
- Approve tour or additional external performances beyond the
- Working with the Director of the Preparatory, create and update
policies and procedures, as needed, for the large ensemble
- Partnering with the Concert office, oversee the Preparatory's
instrument and music inventory.
- Partnering with the Preparatory Education Manager to
coordinating schoolwide large ensemble competitions and
- Serve on Peabody Preparatory's leadership team(s).
- Working with Director of the Preparatory and Business Office to
develop the departmental 5-year dance budget, including enrollment
projections and monitoring activity during the fiscal year.
- Oversee summer dance programs and work with the Business office
on individual program budgets including enrollment
- Participate in periodic meetings with the Business Office and
the Director to review year-to-date results and projections.
- Bachelor's degree in music, conducting, or music education is
required. Master's in music, conducting or music education, or arts
or business administration is preferred.
- The candidate should have strong administrative experience
(supervisory experience in a music institution a plus) and be
committed to mentoring faculty and teaching students of all ages
with a broad range of abilities and backgrounds in private and
group class settings.
- Community music school and youth orchestra experience is
- Ability to work collegially but independently
- Ability to multi-task and think strategically
- Excellent communication, conflict resolution, and
- Possess a high comfort level with technology, ideally, with
extensive experience with Microsoft Office Suite products; online
database management systems experience preferred.
- Candidates must submit the following materials:
- Cover Letter addressing interest, and relevant experience.
- Curriculum Vitae or resume.
- Recent conducting videos – 3-5 video links (ex. Youtube,
Dropbox) totaling a maximum of 20 minutes. Performance video is
required, rehearsal video is optional.
- Video or recording of a media interview and/or a concert talk
is strongly encouraged, but not required.
- Three (3) professional references with contact
- Successful finalists will be invited to campus over the summer
to work with current students and meet with search committee
members and representatives of the PYO Parent Resource
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