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Peabody Preparatory – Sr. Chair for Large Ensembles

Johns Hopkins University
Maryland, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Aug 7, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Arts, Music, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Curriculum & Instructional Development, Other Academic Affairs, Business & Administrative Affairs, Community Relations & Institutional Outreach, Executive, Executive Directors
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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.

Reports to:

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
Jazz Ensembles
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 conductors.
  • 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 needed.
  • 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.


  • 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 selections.

Students & Families

  • Oversee the recruitment and retention of students for the large ensemble program, including recruitment, auditions, placements, and family education.
  • 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 ensemble content.
  • Work with parent organizations and work to create an overarching parent advisory organization for the large ensemble program.
  • Attend and support, as needed, retreats, concerts, and masterclasses.
  • 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 programs.
  • 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 regular season.
  • Working with the Director of the Preparatory, create and update policies and procedures, as needed, for the large ensemble programs.
  • 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 concerts.
  • 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 projections.
  • 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 preferred
  • Ability to work collegially but independently
  • Ability to multi-task and think strategically
  • Excellent communication, conflict resolution, and problem-solving skills
  • 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 information.
    • 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 Organization.

The Johns Hopkins University is committed to equal opportunity for its faculty, staff, and students. To that end, the university does not discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, marital status, pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status or other legally protected characteristic. The university is committed to providing qualified individuals access to all academic and employment programs, benefits and activities on the basis of demonstrated ability, performance and merit without regard to personal factors that are irrelevant to the program involved.

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

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