The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s OrchKids Program is pleased to announce that it is now accepting violin, viola, musicianship, and brass applications for its class of OrchKids Teaching Fellows for Fall 2019 – Spring 2021.
About the OrchKids Program: OrchKids is a year-round, during and after school music program designed to create social change and nurture promising futures for youth in Baltimore City. In collaboration with several community partners, including Baltimore City Public Schools, OrchKids provides music instruction, instruments, tutoring, performance opportunities and meals to students free-of-charge. The program works to provide a meaningful platform for promoting equity in arts education, student voice, as well as high quality, intensive musical training. Currently serving over 1,300 students in grades Pre-K to 12, OrchKids operates in seven public schools in Baltimore City.
About the Orchids Fellowship: Through this two-year fellowship program, Fellows will gain significant teaching experience in this vibrant organization, as well as professional development in nonprofit administrative roles and performance cultivation. Fellows will spend more than half of their time teaching in both private and large group settings, embracing OrchKids’ educational philosophy which aims to simultaneously foster students’ instrumental skills (i.e. technique, learning diverse, challenging repertoire) AND creativity (e.g. improvisation and composition). Fellows will participate in all OrchKids teaching artist professional development seminars which center around the topics of using music as a tool for social change, classroom management techniques, trauma-informed teaching, racism and implicit bias, and collaborative student composition. Each month, fellows will also have the unique opportunity to gain targeted learning opportunities via 2-hour modules in non-profit management skills in the areas of development, education/programming, operations and marketing. For performance cultivation, fellows will program, curate, and perform in at least one community engagement concert each year involving OrchKids students, developing entrepreneurial skills as they use their art to connect with local neighborhoods. This fellowship program also allows for opportunities for Fellows to interact with and learn from BSO musicians and staff.
Embrace OrchKids’ mission, goals, and guiding principles
Commit to learning about and becoming a dedicated member of the Baltimore community
Serve as a consistent and compassionate mentor to OrchKids students
Teach in both private and group settings, embracing OrchKids’ educational philosophy
Organize and perform one concert a year that aims to engage the community
Lead and assist with a variety of administrative and organizational projects
Attend Professional Development workshops and meetings that cover a variety of educational and social justice-minded topics
Participate in all collaborative composition project weeks, in which staff and visiting teaching artists lead students in creating a collective and original performance
Strong desire to use music for social change, striving to engage with and make a positive and sustainable impact on one’s community
Commitment to developing as an educator, performer, and community activist through mentor feedback and self-reflection
Passion for working with youth and desire to serve as a role model to students
Considerable experience teaching beginner – intermediate level students
Personable demeanor and the confidence to lead students and assert oneself in the classroom
High-level performance skills on one’s instrument
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively with a diverse team of people
Willingness to jump in and embrace OrchKids’ non-traditional and non hierarchical approach to music-making through creative composition, improvisation, and playing a variety of musical genres
.• Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field required, Master’s Degree preferred.
Brass Fellow Qualifications:
Experience or familiarity playing and teaching a range of brass instruments, including trumpet, french horn, trombone, baritone and tuba
Training in early level instrumental brass pedagogy highly preferred, but not required
String Fellow Qualifications:
Experience or familiarity playing and teaching a range of string instruments, including violin, viola, cello, and double bass
Training in early level instrumental string pedagogy highly preferred, but not required
Musicianship Fellow Qualifications:
Experience working with groups of young children (pre-k through 3rd grade) in educational activities involving music, movement, and singing
Familiarity with a wide range of early childhood pedagogical methods including Orff, Kodaly, Dalcroz, Gordon, etc.
Training in early childhood music highly preferred, but not required
Hours and Compensation:
Two-year commitment, September – May each year. 30 hours/week, including occasional weekends and evenings. $18,000 stipend per year. (Additional paid work available during the OrchKids summer program.) Depending on availability, free housing with an OrchKids donor may be available to fellows.
How to Apply:
Please submit all application materials to email@example.com, using the subject line, “OrchKids Fellowship Application.” Required application materials include:
Current resume (outlining your teaching, performance, and administrative experience)
Cover letter that details why you are interested in working for OrchKids, what the fellowship would mean to you, and any relative experience
Link to a video of a recent solo performance (e.g. concerto, sonata movement, or unaccompanied solo work)
Applications are due Monday April 29, 2019
About Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's OrchKids Program
OrchKids is a year-round, during and after school, music program designed to create social change and nurture promising futures for youth in Baltimore City neighborhoods. Under Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Music Director/OrchKids Founding Director, Marin Alsop’s artistic leadership and direction, OrchKids is the cornerstone of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s community engagement efforts across the city. Founded in 2008 with 30 students at one elementary school – with seed funding from Marin Alsop and Founding Donors Rheda Becker and Robert E. Meyerhoff.
OrchKids now works with eight schools in Baltimore City, serving over 1,300 children from Pre-K through 12th grade.
In collaboration with several community partners, including Baltimore City Public Schools, OrchKids provides music education, instruments, academic instruction, meals, as well as performance and mentorship opportunities at no cost to students and families. OrchKids is an acknowledged leader in the El Sistema and social-change through music movement throughout the world and serves as a replicable model for other cities.