Program Summary: 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.
Commitment: We are seeking string, woodwind and brass Teaching Artists for a variety of teaching positions within the CHIME program, at both the Yates and Proctors program sites. Depending on the applicant’s availability and area of specialty, a variety of teaching positions/schedules could be possible.
In addition to contracted teaching time, CHIME teaching artist positions include periodic staff meetings with CHIME Director, Operations Manager and/or CHIME Conductor (can be attended virtually, and will be scheduled around staff availability). There are also occasional required Professional Development sessions outside of scheduled program times. All program-scheduled meeting time is paid.
Additional Position Benefits:
Empire State Youth Orchestra is an equal opportunity employer and a drug-free workplace.
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.