St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, a PK-12 co-educational school and one of the premier independent schools in Mississippi, invites applications for a Middle School choral music instructor, with primary teaching responsibilities focused in grades 5-8 (5th grade performing arts, and 6th, 7th, and 8th grade choir).
For this position, strong candidates should possess a demonstrable command of choral singing techniques, an understanding of music theory, and a working knowledge of appropriate repertoire for differing ages, including the changing voice and differing voice parts. S/he will be interested in exploring new techniques and disciplines through active membership in professional music organizations and should be able to integrate drama into their general music curriculum. S/he will be able to collaborate with other choral faculty/staff to plan and produce choral curricula and concerts, as well as collaborate with the theatre and music faculty by working on the annual middle school musical. A degree in music education with a choral/vocal emphasis is required, and post-graduate studies and teaching experience, particularly at the Middle School level, are preferred. Scheduled to begin in August 2018, this position could be either part-time or full-time.
Founded in 1947 and grounded in the Episcopal tradition, St. Andrew’s has two campuses and a large, close-knit community. The school emphasizes a comprehensive approach to education and boasts outstanding academic, athletic, and artistic programs, as well as excellent college placement and a nationally-recognized global studies program. The school has a strong commitment to diversity and being an inclusive community.
Composed of grades 5-8, St. Andrew’s Middle School includes approximately 340 students and 40 faculty members located on the school’s North Campus in Ridgeland, which also houses the Upper School. The Middle School offers a challenging, integrated curriculum that meets the developmental needs and interests of adolescents. Middle School students learn to relate abstract concepts to practical applications and to ask questions rather than be satisfied with the simple acceptance of new ideas. In addition to their academic classes and a host of artistic and athletic opportunities, students also attend weekly Chapel service and regular cultural enrichment and character building activities, on and off campus, including with local service learning and an expanding array of travel options. The Middle School also features a strong advisory program that matches each student with a teacher who builds a close relationship with that student.
In keeping with the characteristics of excellence for all St. Andrew's faculty and staff, strong candidates will be professional, self-driven, team-oriented, life-long learners who pursue excellence and contribute positively to the life of the school in various ways. They will be creative, growth-oriented, passionate about teaching, and comfortable working with pre- and early-adolescents. They will embrace fully the school's mission and will strive to meet the needs of our diverse student body, to collaborate effectively across grade-levels and departments, to bring music to life for the students, and to inspire them to want to learn and to develop and share their talents.
As an Equal Opportunity Employer and institution explicitly committed to nurturing a diverse community, St. Andrew’s does not discriminate in violation of the law on the basis of the protected categories of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender, and sexual orientation), age, disability, genetic information, or military/veteran status in its employment practices or hiring practices. The school encourages applications from all qualified candidates and especially encourages applications from members of traditionally underrepresented groups in independent schools. St. Andrew’s also offers a competitive benefits package, including extensive professional development and travel opportunities. More information about the school is available at www.gosaints.org.
To apply, please submit a cover letter addressing the characteristics and responsibilities specified above, a current resume or CV, a copy of higher education transcripts (unofficial copies will suffice initially), and a list of at least three professional references. All materials should be submitted electronically as PDFs and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, specifying "Middle School Choral Music" in the subject line.