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ESYO CHIME Lead Teaching Artist: Winds and Percussion

Position: ESYO CHIME LEAD TEACHING ARTIST: Winds and Percussion
Location: CHIME Proctors, Proctors Theatre, 432 State St, Schenectady, NY 12305
Employment Type: Part-Time, hourly

Overview: CHIME (Creating Harmony Inspiring Musical Excellence) is the Empire State Youth Orchestra’s intensive instrumental music education program that operates in partnership with the Schenectady City School District to address fundamental inequities preventing universal access to high-level music opportunities. CHIME works with the schools, other community partners and families to empower youth to develop a strong sense of personal identity and community through ensemble-based music instruction. While instrumental offerings, grade levels served and program hours vary by location, central to CHIME is the conviction that access to outstanding musical ensembles, cultivated through an immersive, open and inspiring approach, is transformative and ought to be available to all. CHIME Teaching Artists work to motivate and empower young people to participate to their fullest potential. Experience teaching and the belief that music can serve as a vehicle for social change is a must. ESYO is committed to equity and inclusion, and cultivating a program staff that reflects the diversity of our students’ lived experience is a critical priority. People who identify as Black, Latino, Indigenous and/or LGBTQIA+ are strongly encouraged to apply.

  • Lead/Conduct various wind/percussion ensembles and chamber music (NYSSMA Levels 1-4); lead sectionals; teach small group classes; and possibly lead large group activities (including Musicianship/non-playing instruction) on the following days:
    • Mondays, 2:30-7:00 pm
      Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 2:30-6:00 pm
      Thursdays, 2:30-4:30 pm
      Fridays, 4:00-6:00 pm
  • Serve as CHIME Lead Wind & Percussion Teaching Artist for the CHIME Proctors site programs, Monday through Friday during the program times listed above:
    • Oversee the group assignments/placements, wind/percussion repertoire, and wind/percussion student assessments.
    • Assist with revisions and recommendations to the CHIME curriculum for winds/percussion.
  • Participate in weekly meetings with ESYO Associate Music Director, CHIME Director, and various teaching teams at the CHIME Proctors site.
  • Attend performances and professional development opportunities as scheduled on CHIME calendar.
  • Collaborate effectively with the CHIME Director, Associate Music Director for CHIME, and CHIME Teaching Artists to implement the CHIME curriculum. Requirements
  • Embrace a flexible working environment to deliver a responsive program that is constantly developing to meet the needs of the students and greater community.
  • Work collaboratively with the CHIME team to ensure a safe, fun, and positive learning experience for all students.
  • In coordination with the Associate Music Director for CHIME and CHIME Director, implement thoughtful and aspirational lessons for small groups and/or private lesson students.
  • Encourage and prepare students to successfully undertake auditions for performing opportunities outside of CHIME (NYSSMA, ESYO performing ensembles, summer festivals, college auditions, etc)
  • Track student progress and fill out periodic student progress evaluations.
  • Attend CHIME performances (dates will be provided in advance)
  • With the support of CHIME Administration, review student recordings for auditions.
  • Undertake periodic curricular training that may cover music pedagogy and learning styles, positive youth development, child protection, classroom management, etc.


  • Ability to lead effective and engaging rehearsals for a variety of wind and percussion ensembles.
  • Knowledge of pedagogical approaches for winds and percussion.
  • Ability to coach small ensembles of woodwinds, brass or percussion.
  • 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 inspire while meeting each student where they are.
  • Ability to work with students on individual technique, solo repertoire and individual growth goals in a variety of teaching settings.
  • 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 and program directors on shared pedagogical and curricular goals, and proactively identify ways to be supportive in any kind of shared classroom setting.
  • Willingness to be flexible and open to occasional changes in scheduling and events in order to maintain a positive learning experience for our students.


  • Bachelor’s degree in music or equivalent professional experience; knowledge of instrumental pedagogy and practice on your instrument(s)
  • Prior teaching experience
  • Professional performance experience
Salary & Benefits
  • $40-$50/hr depending on experience; all non-instructional engagements, professional training, team meetings are paid; $20/hr.
  • Studio space for private teaching: Studio space at Proctors and/or the ESYO building at 45 MacArthur Drive in Scotia will be available for additional teaching following CHIME Proctors Teaching Artists’ contracted CHIME hours, free of charge. Space will be available to CHIME Teaching Artists on a first come, first served basis 5:30-9 pm on the day(s) you are contracted to teach for CHIME.
  • Performance space for studio classes/recitals: CHIME Proctors Teaching Artists will be able to use either the CHIME Addy orchestra rehearsal space or a space at the ESYO building for studio performances once a semester, free of charge, while contracted as CHIME Proctors Teaching Artists.

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 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 any questions or to learn more about CHIME.