Somerville Public Schools
Employment Opportunities


E Somerville Community
Somerville Public Schools
Somerville, Massachusetts

Job Details
Job ID: 3251990 Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
Posted: April 3, 2020 Starting Date: Immediately

Job Description
2021-2021 SCHOOL YEAR
Pending Budget Approval

Symphonic Ensemble Conductor
El Sistema-Inspired After School Program

Job Goal: The El Sistema/Community Schools program at the East Somerville Community School is seeking a Symphonic Ensemble Conductor for our El Sistema inspired, intensive after school music program. The program provides exceptional ensemble-based music instruction to students in grades 3–8 in string and full orchestras, wind ensemble, sectionals and musicianship classes. Our goals are to promote character development, positive citizenship and increased musical and academic achievement.

Applicants should be motivated, inspiring individuals who have strong leadership skills and believe in the capacity of an El Sistema program to affect social change.
The Symphonic Ensemble Conductor will provide group instruction, repertoire selection, large and small group rehearsal, rehearsal conducting and performance conduction. This position will be supervised by the Director of El Sistema Somerville.

• Bachelor’s Degree in Music/Music Education, Advanced Degree preferred
• Previous conducting experience
• Excellent musicianship and artistry as a teacher/performer
• Strong conducting skills and previous experience working with mixed-instrument groups, bands or wind ensembles
• Exemplary performance skills on a primary wind or brass instrument
(performance skills on multiple instruments desired)
• Strong understanding of ensemble pedagogy
• Strong commitment to El Sistema’s philosophy of social change through music
• Experience working with children from diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills
• Self-motivated and willing to collaborate in a team-teaching environment
• At least 2 years of prior group teaching experience preferred
• Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred

• Lead symphonic rehearsals for beginning and advancing students, lead sectional rehearsals as needed
• Lead and Assist full orchestra rehearsals and coordinate lesson plans with all teaching artists
• Develop, refine and implement repertoire and curriculum in collaboration with the Director of El Sistema Somerville
• Select and arrange repertoire to meet the needs of students at various ages and ability levels
• Develop and teach engaging rehearsals:
o Establish routines and encourage development of strong fundamental skills on all instruments
o Incorporate a variety of strategies (developing embouchures, movement, ear training, music reading) and activities (exercises, games, demonstration, listening, etc.)
o Maintain excellent classroom management
o Adapt to the needs of students at various levels and with various learning styles
o Encourage peer teaching
• Collaborate closely with the Director of El Sistema Somerville and all El Sistema Teaching Artists to achieve program-wide learning goals
• Help recruit new students by promoting the program and giving instrument demonstrations in various School Buildings throughout the Somerville Public School District
• Maintain a positive and nurturing rehearsal environment
• Set and maintain high standards for student behavior and music learning
• Enforce program rules and policies

Terms of Employment:
• Scheduled School Year (September-June)
• 2 days per week - Wednesday and Fridays - 2pm – 5:30pm
• 36 weeks / Up to 7 hours per week
• Hourly rate based on experience

Position Reports to: Director of El Sistema

Applications are only accepted online through School Spring.

Please do not mail or email resumes. Only resumes that are submitted through School Spring will be considered.

Should you need assistance with the online application process, please contact the Human Resources Office via email at

Somerville Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Somerville Public Schools actively seeks applicants with diverse backgrounds. Grade level and content licensure is required when applicable. Dual licensure including SPED, ESL, ELL, or bilingual licensure and/or proficiency in a language or languages other than English is preferred.

Position Type: After school/Evening
Positions Available: 1

Welcome to E Somerville Community!

The East Somerville Community School (ESCS) is a diverse school in an ethnically rich neighborhood. ESCS lives its motto, "Every Student Can Succeed," by preparing students to achieve at high levels in their next stage of education, while applying the skills of life-long learning. The dedicated staff members provide regular education and special education services through a team approach, which combines high quality, challenging classroom instruction with academic support. ESCS offers the best qualities of a large school with a welcoming and respectful atmosphere that makes each student feel valued and part of a community.
Equal Opportunity Employer
Somerville Public Schools is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws.

Job Requirements
  • Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States required

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    Contact Information
    Evan Perry
    50 Cross Street
    Somerville, Massachusetts 02145
    Phone: (617) 625-6600