Greater Connecticut Youth Orchestras is located in Fairfield, Connecticut. https://gctyo.org
Greater Connecticut Youth Orchestras seeks energetic and talented educator/conductors to lead its Symphony and Concert Orchestras. Candidates must be passionate about engaging students ranging in age from 6th-10th grade in the joy of learning repertoire from a variety of genres.
The Orchestra conductor works closely with the Music Director to develop:
-Programs that will challenge our students to grow musically and allow them to achieve their goals.
-Extra performance opportunities
-Commissions and community collaborations
-Conduct weekly Saturday morning rehearsals with some Sundays from September through middle of May.
-Communicate with coaches and establish effective rehearsal plans.
-Assist with auditions at the end of August.
-Attend staff meetings.
-Communicate with parents.
-Communicate with Executive Director.
-Conduct 3 or more concerts per year.
-Orchestral conducting experience and knowledge of orchestral repertoire.
-A history of programming for this age group and excellence in youth musical development
-Bachelor’s degree in Music or Music Education is required. Preference given to those with an advanced degree in Orchestral Conducting.
-Ability to establish the highest standards of music performance, while being supportive, understanding and approachable.
-A demonstrated appreciation for and understanding of the needs of high-performing students.
-Cover Letter addressing interest, experience with, and desire to work with youth orchestras.
-A minimum of three professional references with contact information.
-Recent conducting videos (within 2 years) – 3-5 video links (ex. Youtube, Dropbox) totaling a maximum of 90 minutes consisting of both rehearsal and performance.
- Applicants of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
Please send all materials to:
Deadline for application: 5/1/21
About Greater Connecticut Youth Orchestras
Greater Connecticut Youth Orchestras has been providing music education and performance opportunities to young musicians since 1961. Our developmentally progressive program gives ensemble members the opportunity to play at the highest level both individually and collectively. Students in grades 5-12 audition for a spot in one of three full orchestras, two string orchestras, a wind orchestra, or percussion orchestra. Some musicians also participate in jazz, chamber, or steel pan groups.
GCTYO instructors are both professional musicians and music educators who are tuned in to educational best practices and child development. They bring out the best in each student by challenging them to work hard as individuals and members of a group. Musicians feel engaged by the process and supported by their conductors and peers. The result is a positive, exciting learning experience with clear, measurable musical and social progress through the years.
GCTYO strives for diversity and inclusivity in an environment that is both fun and musically challenging. Through rehearsals and formal performances, young musicians gain valuable experience and an important sense of achievement and self-confi...dence while fostering lifelong friendships and a love of music. Rehearsals are held in Fairfield and at least three performances each season are given at The Klein in Bridgeport. Additional concerts may be held at other venues. GCTYO maintains a robust financial assistance program so that all students who want to can participate.
GCTYO Principal Orchestra musicians are able to play full-length concert programs of classical music. Most students do not have access to this level of music in their school orchestras or even other youth orchestras. GCTYO is ahead of the curve in challenging its advanced students to perform difficult music usually reserved for college or professional orchestras. Musicians take great pride in their performances and feel good about bringing music to the community. Watch and listen to a concert here. [https://vimeo.com/499019318]
GCTYO is committed to advancing equity in its program through a wider range of musical programming, increasing the diversity of its staff and board, and being sensitive and responding to the needs of our students.