The Williston Northampton School, an independent co-educational boarding and day school in Easthampton, Massachusetts with a culturally diverse educational community of 540 students in grades 7-12, is seeking to hire a full time Director of Choirs for the 2018-19 academic year. Responsibilities will include leading the upper school Male and Female Concert Choirs, Middle School Choir, and the community-wide Teller Chorus. Candidates will also collaborate with the theater department as music director for all musical productions. Opportunities to teach AP Music Theory or other classes are possible.
All candidates should possess demonstrable passion for music, excellent communication skills, and the ability to engage and intellectually excite students in the pursuit of learning and making music. A bachelor’s degree in music (or equivalent) is required, a master’s degree in choral conducting is preferred. Excellent teaching and pedagogical skills are expected, particularly with regard to vocal technique, choral conducting, and piano proficiency. The successful candidate will also assist students with opportunities to participate in state choral festivals and be involved with both the state’s ACDA and MMEA chapters.
This position includes involvement with our afternoon program, as well as student advising. Depending on the interests of the candidate and the needs of the school, residential responsibilities could be part of this position. Driving a school mini-bus is also an expectation of this position. Candidates must possess a valid driver’s license; must have the ability to work in a school environment by successful completion of all legally required and school required background checks including the state mandated CORI, Criminal Offender Record Information, SORI, Sex Offender Record Information and Fingerprint based criminal background check.
It is important that candidates possess the flexibility, energy, commitment to teamwork and appreciation for adolescents that life in an independent school boarding community requires. Please direct all inquiries, including a cover letter, current resume, and contact information for three references, to Peter Valine, Dean of Faculty, at firstname.lastname@example.org