San Francisco Boys Chorus Director and Musicianship Instructor 2019‐20 (SF/Oakland)

San Francisco Boys Chorus (SFBC)

For over 70 years, the San Francisco Boys Chorus has excelled as the Bay Area’s premier boys chorus, providing exceptional music education and unparalleled performance opportunities locally and internationally. Join our team of professionals for a rewarding professional experience.

Director and Musicianship Instructor 2019‐20:

Junior & Prep Choruses (Levels II, I) and Musicianship instructor for Apprentice Chorus (Level III)

Location and hours: 44 Page St., San Francisco, CA

  •  Mondays 4:00 – 6 PM in SF

  •  Wednesdays 4:00 – 6 PM in SF

  •  Thursdays 3:45 – 5 PM in Oakland (Prep and Junior only)


    Director & Musicianship Instructor conducts the Preparatory and Junior Chorus (grades K‐1) in combined rehearsals as well as an Apprentice Chorus (grades 2‐3) musicianship class at the San Francisco site and Preps/Juniors in the Oakland site for the season from September 2019 through early June
    2020. Possible summer camp employment opportunities. Reports to Music Education Director.

    (This position may also be divided and shared depending on availability of the candidates. Please see other SFBC positions available. San Mateo: Levels I – III Preps/Juniors/Apprentices and Level IV Intermediates. San Rafael Level IV.)

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Plan and execute rehearsals and musicianship classes under the auspices of the Education Director and provide satellite site Prep and Junior directors with repertoire and materials.

2. Program Delivery:
-Engage, motivate and challenge choristers in their choral singing and expected performance practices; foster chorus social and professional culture according to SFBC standards.
- Include in rehearsals music literacy techniques utilizing moveable do, Curwen hand signs, solfege and rhythm syllables, and level‐appropriate instruction in score reading.
- Instruct choristers in proper use of head voice and healthy vocalization through activities, games, and choral repertoire.
- Teach musicianship (sight singing and theory) under the auspices of the Music Education Director and using the SFBC curriculum.
- Help ensure chorister on‐site safety and security. Ensure the rehearsal facility is used according to SFBC agreement.
- Support the choristers at performances throughout the year as scheduled and conduct some performances TBD. Represent SFBC at various public functions as needed.

3. Evaluation

- Complete and ensure the timely distribution of chorister mid‐year and year‐end assessments.

-Work closely with SFBC faculty and Music Education Director to prepare choristers for promotion into the next chorus level.

-Participate in employment and program evaluation at the end of the year.

4. Administrative Responsibilities:
Communications with parents: monthly update email to whole group using input from satellite site directors; behavior, attendance and achievement emails, phone calls or parent conferences; behavior management plans for individual choristers as needed.
Take attendance/roll call at all rehearsals and enter weekly into SFBC database. Ensure the

- Work closely with SFBC faculty and Music Education Director to prepare choristers for promotion into the next chorus level.

Education Director is immediately informed of attendees not on the register.
- Attend twice‐annual staff professional development workshops; attend once‐monthly music faculty meetings (usually the fourth Monday, 7:00 p.m.); and thrice annual new chorister auditions.


- Minimum of Bachelor of Music preferably with an emphasis in education and experience with the Kodály method.

  •  Interest and desire to work with children and develop their musical aptitude.

  •  Two or more years of similar work experience. Proven record of classroom management that motivates and encourages young singers.

- Choral conducting experience and/or training and familiarity with choral repertoire and an understanding of vocal development in children.

  •  Ability to work as a team player with a flexible and positive attitude.

  •  Ability to play the piano is preferred, but not required.


    Commensurate with experience and qualifications.


    Send cover‐letter, resume, and references to Jennifer Cooper, Music Education Director, San Francisco Boys Chorus,

    The San Francisco Boys Chorus is an internationally acclaimed Grammy‐award winning not‐for‐profit music education and performing arts organization at the heart of San Francisco’s cultural center. The chorus serves over 220 singers from 50 Bay Area cities and more than 120 schools at four Bay
    Area rehearsal locations.

    The San Francisco Boys Chorus is an Equal Opportunity Employer.