Monday, May 9, 2016

Houston Symphony Now Hiring A Violinist For Its Community-Embedded Musician Program; Application Deadline May 23, 2016

The Houston Symphony’s Community-Embedded Musician program is designed to dramatically expand and enhance the impact of the orchestra’s growing education and community engagement activities. The Houston Symphony will hire one full-time, salaried Community-Embedded Musician (violin)  beginning in the fall of 2016 whose primary role is to be embedded in Houston schools, neighborhoods and health-care settings as a teaching artist and performer, while also performing on stage with members of the Houston Symphony. The violinist selected for this vacant Community-Embedded Musician position will be joining three other Community-Embedded Musicians who were hired in July 2015.
This Community-Embedded Musician position is open to violinists of all backgrounds who demonstrate a passion and aptitude for education and community engagement work. In an effort to attract candidates who reflect the diversity of the greater Houston community, among its other efforts to seek qualified candidates, the Houston Symphony encourages qualified candidates of diverse ethnic backgrounds to apply. In addition, to best serve Houston’s population whose members collectively speak more than 90 languages, bilingual speaking skills will be considered a plus.
The selection process will entail both a standard Houston Symphony musical audition adjudicated by musicians of the Houston Symphony, and interviews with Houston Symphony administrative and education leadership.

Community-Embedded Musicians will have three primary responsibilities:
  • Off Stage—Education and Community Work
  • Off Stage—Planning, Administration and Assessment
  • On Stage—Rehearsals & Concerts with the Houston Symphony
For further details and a full job description, click here.
  • Accomplished violinist with proven experience as a solo, chamber and/or orchestral musician
  • Musicianship necessary to succeed in a Houston Symphony substitute musician audition
  • Interest in a hybrid musical career that incorporates orchestral and chamber performances, education and community engagement
  • Passion for working with underserved students and adults
  • Experience or potential to be a superior music educator
  • Belief in the power of music to change people’s lives
  • Desire to learn and grow
  • Experience living or working inside large, urban settings
  • Understanding of specific needs of economically disadvantaged communities
  • Bilingual speaking skills will be considered a plus
  • Must be qualified to live and eligible to work in the United States as of August 15, 2016
  • Candidates must be available for full-time work in Houston on August 22, 2016
  • Must own or have access to a vehicle that will be driven for Houston Symphony purposes and have valid driver’s license

  • Annual Salary of $40,000.00 USD, plus
  • For each on-stage orchestra service in which the Community-Embedded Musician participates, he or she will receive additional compensation at the per-service rate defined in the Articles of Agreement between the Houston Symphony Society and the Houston Professional Musicians Association (CBA). The per-service rate for the current contract year is $174.50; the per-service rate for the upcoming contract year beginning October 2, 2016 is $180.50. 
  • Comprehensive benefit package including Health, Dental, Vision, Instrument, Life, and Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance, all effective on date of hire
  • Paid Time Off: 15 vacation days, 4 personal days, 10 sick days, 9 holidays

All applicants must submit the three materials by May 23, 2016: a résumé, cover letter addressing specific questions and a musical recording of select repertoire.
Houston Symphony administrators and musicians will review each candidate’s application materials. Between June 10-16, candidates who pass through the recorded audition round should be prepared to participate in a phone or Skype interview focused on their passion and qualifications for education and community work.
On or shortly following June 17, select candidates will be identified and invited to Houston for in-person auditions, interviews and classroom demonstrations that will be held on July 18 and 19, 2016. Finalist candidates will receive the repertoire list for the live audition upon invitation. Some financial assistance for travel will be extended to all non-local candidates who are invited to Houston for the in-person round of auditions, interviews and classroom demonstration.

For complete application instructions and audition repertoire, click here.

For a printable version of this information, click here.

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Thank you, Bill. I appreciate the time you spent to post this on your blog. All Best, Emily Nelson

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