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Available position:


(Ensemble Leader/Low Strings preferred)

Teaching Artist Summary

CHIME (Creating Harmony Inspiring Musical Excellence) is the Empire State Youth Orchestra’s instrumental music education program that operates in coordination with the Schenectady, Troy, and Albany City School Districts. The CHIME program places children on a path to musical excellence and cultivates skills needed to succeed in all areas of life, including collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking. While instrumental education offerings, grade levels served, and hours vary by location, the conviction that pursuing musical excellence is transformational, and that such an endeavor should be available to all, is central to CHIME. The Teaching Artist will work to inspire and motivate children to participate to their fullest potential. Experience teaching and the belief that music can serve as a vehicle for social change is a must.

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Instrumental Teaching Artists Overview (1 position open)

Commitment: CHIME Troy program hours are 2:30-4:30 pm,  Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; teaching artists are scheduled 2-5 pm in order to allow for set-up/clean-up and any necessary staff prep immediately before/after programming. Additional commitments include a weekly staff meeting following program hours, and occasional required Professional Development sessions outside of scheduled program times. All scheduled prep, planning and meeting time is paid.

Location: CHIME Troy, Oakwood Community Center (313 10th St, Troy NY 12180)

Reports to: ESYO CHIME Program Manager

Employment Type: Part-Time (approx. 15 hrs/week teaching; 2 hrs/week prep & meetings) 

Job Expectations

  • Embrace a flexible working environment to deliver a reactive program that is constantly developing to meet the needs of the children and greater community.
  • Implement curriculum and repertoire for ensembles, sectionals, and individual students.
  • Undertake ongoing training that may cover music pedagogy and learning styles, positive youth development, child protection, working with challenging behavior, shadowing of different roles within the community including teachers, social workers, community workers, etc.
  • Assist with the development and implementation of systems and procedures for monitoring and evaluating the music program and individual children.
  • Facilitate any need for student recordings.
  • Pivot to virtual instruction as necessary.
  • Work collaboratively with the CHIME team to ensure a safe, fun, and positive learning experience for all students.



  • Excellent classroom management skills and strategies 
  • Excellent musicianship and artistry both as a performer and teacher.
  • Ability to work with diverse personalities and populations and to teach in mixed instrumental groups with students of different musical levels.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Ability to collaborate with teachers on shared pedagogical and curricular goals and proactively identify ways to be supportive in the classroom. 
  • Willingness to be flexible and open to changes in scheduling and events in order to maintain a positive learning experience for our students. 


  • Preferred: Bachelor’s degree in music or equivalent; knowledge of string pedagogy and ensemble instruction experience 
  • Strong low string experience lower strings preferred. 
  • Ability to arrange repertoire for mixed level/mixed instrument ensemble.

How to Apply

Empire State Youth Orchestra is an equal opportunity employer and a drug free workplace. Please send a cover letter and resume to Zoë Auerbach, CHIME Program Manager, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the position and your first initial and last name in the subject line. For those curious about the work we do, but not ready to apply, please reach out to Zoë with your questions to learn more about CHIME.