MS Choral Director, Music Teacher (Middle School / Upper School)
The Montgomery Academy
Location: Montgomery, Alabama
Type: Full Time
The Montgomery Academy has long considered its choral music program to be a signature program of the school. In this position, we are seeking to continue the tradition of choral excellence with an individual to serve as director of Middle School and Upper School Choruses and to teach general music.
At the Middle School level, there are two choral ensembles (a 5th/6th grade treble chorus and a 7th/8th grade chorus), that performs for student assemblies and sings in two major public concerts each school year. Students also participate in the All-State Choral Festival and Choral Performance Assessments.
The Upper School Chorus is open to students in grades 9-12. The chorus performs a wide variety of repertoire from renaissance to contemporary and has consistently received "Superior" ratings at District, State and National Festivals. In recent years, they have had successful tours in 15 states and have performed by juried invitation for Regional and National conferences of the American Choral Directors Association and the National Association of Music Education.
Along with chorus, students in the Upper School can also enroll in music theory (including AP music theory). Through the music curriculum, serious students of music can attain the theory background needed to pursue continued academic study of music at the collegiate level. Many graduates of the Academy's music program have gone on to either study music or participate in various choirs, glee clubs and ensembles at the college level.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Demonstrate a joy of choral singing throughout the MA community by recruiting and retaining a wide variety of students at multiple grade levels.
Conduct the 5th/6th grade Chorus and 7th/8th grade Chorus.
Teach music courses in the Middle School.
Select a wide musical repertoire for students to learn and perform.
Prepare community performances in the fall and spring semesters for Middle School Choruses.
Assist with the US Chorus.
Prepare individual students for All-State and Regional level choral opportunities.
Possibly teach additional music courses in the Upper School. (Music Theory)
Accompanying skills strongly desired.
Bachelor’s degree in Music, Music Education, or Choral Conducting (advanced degree preferred)
Ability to work with students at varied musical skill levels
Strong interpersonal and collaborative skills with a calm, patient and professional demeanor
Comfortable in conducting a variety of choral genres for different ages
Has a passion for personal professional development
Desire to work with children in grades 5-12 with an understanding of their developmental differences.
The Montgomery Academy is an independent, K-12, day school located in Montgomery, Alabama. The Montgomery Academy develops leaders committed to honor, scholarship, service and the pursuit of excellence.