Composer/Chorus Director- The Hunts Point Children's Shakespeare Ensemble

Job Type

Full Time

Published

08/01/2018

Address

425 Lafayette Street
New York
New York
10003
United States

Description

The Hunts Point Children’s Shakespeare Ensemble program is a collaboration between The Shakespeare Society and the Hunts Point Alliance for Children (HPAC). This yearlong educational initiative works with a group of fifty 4th, 5th, and 6th graders from the South Bronx to explore, research, and perform a single Shakespearean play. Students explore the plays through a variety of disciplines throughout the year, including acting, singing, dancing, combat, clowning, and design. Three fully produced performances allow the students to share their work with the community. Past productions have included A Midsummer Nights Dream, The Tempest, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, and Hamlet.


The Composer / Chorus Director of the HPSCE plays a critical role in the students’ experience of the program over the course of the school year, and in the development and quality of the final production each May. The Composer / Chorus Director is chiefly responsible for creating the music for the production and leading the Choral Ensemble, a group of 25 fourth and fifth graders within the larger Ensemble who sing all music composed for and performed in the final production. The Music Director is also an important part of the entire HPCSE Teaching Artist team and must bring not only exceptional creativity and enthusiasm to his/her duties, but also a supportive and collaborative spirit.


Responsibilities:

•      Compose all songs/incidental music in collaboration with the Co-Directors and Dramaturg 

•      Manage and direct the Choral Ensemble rehearsals  

•      Lead all music rehearsals and music-related elements of production

•      Oversee the hiring/implementation of pit musicians and scheduling musician rehearsals

•      Attend program and design meetings with the Co-Directors and team of other Teaching Artists  

•      Collaborate and team teaching with other Teaching Artists        

•      Vocal coaching the chorus ensemble  

•      Assigning vocal parts in production/rehearsal as required

•      Act as Musical Director in the last 2 weeks of the program 

•      Produce all arrangements/sheet music/lead sheets for pit musicians

•      Manage classroom behavior and collaborate with HPAC staff to enforce high expectations

•      Perform additional duties as assigned


Experience and Requirements:

•      Excellent workshop and rehearsal delivery skills with young singers (4th – 6th grade)  

•      Thorough understanding of choral vocal arrangements, vocal types, and music theory

•      Expert level piano skills (including sight reading and improvisation)  

•      Excellence with composition and arrangement

•      Strong understanding of musical styles to execute the Co-Directors’ vision of the production  

•      Advanced understanding of the voice and the ability to identify limits of individual performers and how to best merge the voice with the score

•      Ability to ensure proper vocal health performance and technique  


The Music Director will begin meeting with the Director and the team in August 2018. Selection and arrangement of music will begin in September. Rehearsals will begin in October.


Position Type:            Non-Exempt, Hourly

Location:                    425 Lafayette St, New York, NY, 10003

                                 *Classes take place in Hunts Point, Bronx, NY 

Commitment:             Late August 2018 – May 2019

Must be Available:    Fridays 3:00 – 6:00pm (Oct – Dec)

Fridays 3:00 – 6:00pm & Sundays 12:00 – 4:00pm (Jan – May)

May Production Week

*Additional planning and production meetings as required  


Please email a brief cover letter, resume with two professional references, and a sample

45-minute singing lesson plan for fifth and sixth grade students to rmcclelland@publictheater.org. Please structure the lesson with a warm-up, the teaching of a new skill or technique and a wrap-up with meaningful reflection. No phone calls, but please do not hesitate to email any questions about submitting materials. 


The Public is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Applicants from populations underrepresented in the theater field are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, familial status, sexual orientation, national origin, ability, age, or veteran status.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Please email a brief cover letter, resume with two professional references, and a sample

45-minute singing lesson plan for fifth and sixth grade students to rmcclelland@publictheater.org. Please structure the lesson with a warm-up, the teaching of a new skill or technique and a wrap-up with meaningful reflection. No phone calls, but please do not hesitate to email any questions about submitting materials.  


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