The most accessible orchestra on the planet, the acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra is known for trailblazing performances, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and a deep connection to its city. As a community-supported orchestra, generous giving by individuals and institutions at all levels drives the continued success and growth of the institution. Conductor Leonard Slatkin, who recently concluded an acclaimed decade-long tenure at the helm, now serves as the DSO’s Music Director Laureate, endowed by the Kresge Foundation. Celebrated conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik is the orchestra’s Principal Pops Conductor, while the outstanding trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, the DSO offers a performance schedule that features Classical, PNC Pops, Paradise Jazz, and Young People’s Family Concert series. One of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, Orchestra Hall will celebrate its centennial in 2019-2020. In addition, the DSO presents the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series in seven metro area venues, as well as a robust schedule of eclectic multi-genre performances in its mid-size venue The Cube, constructed and curated with support from Peter D. & Julie F. Cummings. A dedication to broadcast innovation began in 1922, when the DSO became the first orchestra in the world to present a radio broadcast and continues today with the free Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series, which also reaches tens of thousands of children with the Classroom Edition expansion. With growing attendance and unwavering philanthropic support from the people of Detroit, the DSO actively pursues a mission to embrace and inspire individuals, families, and communities through unsurpassed musical experiences.
Position Summary: The Education Coordinator is an important member of the Community & Learning team at the DSO. Reporting to the Director of Education, the Education Coordinator works directly with schools, administrators, students, families, teaching faculty, administrative staff, orchestra musicians, funding partners, municipal leaders and community partners to provide a wide range of music education experiences. The major initiatives involved include enrichment programs, such as Partner Schools, Educational Concert Series, Classroom Edition Live, In-School Concerts, and Young People’s Family Concerts/Tiny Tots, and community-based training programs, such as the Detroit Pistons Bucket Band and Dresner Foundation Allegro Ensemble. The Education Coordinator will serve as a primary contact for many schools and student-serving organizations and will play a leading role in deepening these relationships. Increasing the participation of people from underrepresented communities is a goal of every member of the Community & Learning team and is at the core of the Education Coordinator’s purpose at the DSO.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
Works closely with the Director of Education to manage aspects of Educational Concert Series and Classroom Edition webcast, including marketing, attendance, in-school visits, and evaluation.
Develops and oversees the full scope of anticipation, engagement and response activities for the DSO’s Discovery initiatives. This includes, but is not limited to, organizing enrichment activities for Tiny Tots, YPFC performances, and other special events.
Coordinates in-school activities such as Partner Schools Program, Dresner Foundation Allegro Ensemble, Detroit Pistons Bucket Band, PNC Grow Up Great, In-School Concerts and other engagements as needed.
Assists in developing marketing collateral, and distributing communications to teachers and students for Educational Concert Series, educational outreach initiatives and in-school residencies
Assists in the management of the DSO Education Board Committee, Musician’s Education Committee and other committees as assigned.
Performs other duties as assigned
Required Position Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
Strong organization, communication, and problem solving skills, as well as the ability to work in a fast-paced, deadline-driven work environment
Strong interpersonal skills to work with a wide variety of stakeholders, including but not limited to musicians, staff, students, families, community members, and leaders in the field
Able to work some Saturdays and other non-traditional working hours
Ability to operate in a PC network environment and proficiency with all Microsoft Office programs and Google online app suite required
Preferred Position Qualifications:
Degree and/or experience in music education or arts administration
Experience working in youth education/development
Experience working with diverse and underserved populations
Familiarity with Core Music Standards/National Standards for Music Education
Personal Attributes and Competencies:
Dynamic serf-starter with entrepreneurial spirit who can think strategically and with imagination
Passionate about improving peoples’ lives through music education and enrichment
Commitment to fostering a positive work environment
Action-oriented, decisive, quick study with proven ability to accurately analyze information and act
A positive attitude and the ability to provide superior customer service
Responds to challenges with tenacity, integrity and patience
Strategist that is motivated by deadlines and measurable outcome
Primary Reporting Responsibility: Director of Education
Qualified candidates should submit a one-page resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
About Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Internationally acclaimed conductor Leonard Slatkin is Music Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) and the Orchestre National de Lyon (ONL). He also maintains a rigorous schedule of guest conducting and is active as a composer, author, and educator.
Highlights of the 2015-16 season include a three-week Brahms festival in Detroit; engagements with the St. Louis Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and NHK Symphony in Tokyo; debuts with Beijing's China Philharmonic Orchestra and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra; and a summer tour of Japan and China with the ONL.
Slatkin’s more than 100 recordings have garnered seven Grammy awards and 64 nominations. His recent Naxos recordings include works by Saint-Saëns, Ravel, and Berlioz (with the ONL) and music by Copland, Rachmaninov, Borzova, McTee, and John Williams (with the DSO). In addition, he has recorded the complete Beethoven and Tchaikovsky symphonies with the DSO (available online as digital downloads).
A recipient of the prestigious National Medal of Arts, Slatkin also holds the rank of Chevalier in the French Legion of Honor. He has received Austria’s Declaration of Honor in Silver, the Americ...an Symphony Orchestra League’s Gold Baton Award, and the 2013 ASCAP Deems Taylor Special Recognition Award for his book, Conducting Business.
Slatkin has conducted virtually all of the leading orchestras in the world. As Music Director, he has held posts with the New Orleans, St. Louis, and National symphony orchestras, and he was Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He has served as Principal Guest Conductor of London’s Philharmonia and Royal Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, and the Minnesota Orchestra.