St. Mark’s School of Texas seeks an experienced and skilled string musician to lead the St. Mark’s Orchestra program beginning in the 2019-2020 school year. The position requires a full-time string class instructor and orchestra director for a traditional graded string program of approximately 90 boys across grades 4th through 12th. A strong candidate will possess experience as a string teacher and conductor, with a degree in string performance, string pedagogy, or music education. Moreover, candidates must demonstrate the ability to teach heterogeneous string classes and to develop excellent string orchestras as students progress through the program. In addition to his or her teaching assignment, the Orchestra Director will also serve as an advisor in the St. Mark’s advisory program and should have a desire to participate in activities that occur outside of the classroom, such as sponsoring a club and camping in our outdoor program.
St. Mark’s School of Texas is a vibrant learning community, and successful candidates will have a love of working with boys and will be generative in the ways they think about teaching and learning. Character and leadership education is an important element of the School’s program that spans all Divisions and is integrated throughout the curriculum.
Grade 4, Preparatory Strings: students with no prior experience playing a string instrument.
Grade 5, Elementary Strings: Continuation of Preparatory Strings.
Grades 6, 7 & 8: Intermediate and Advanced string classes are grouped according to playing proficiency. The ensembles include players from the previous classes and others with private lesson background. At the Middle School level, many of the students study privately, and a number participate in the TPSMEA Middle School Honors Orchestra.
Grades 9, 10, 11 &, 12 – The Upper School Orchestra is an auditioned ensemble of approximately 25 players (6-6-6-6-2) which meets daily for 45 minutes. String orchestra literature of the baroque, classical, romantic, and 20thcentury is studied, along with relevant aspects of music history and theory. The USO performs at school functions and the Independent School Association of the Southwest Fine Arts Festival, as well as concerts in December and May.
Serving as an advisor to a small group of boys
Contributing to the broader community by participating in the wilderness program or club program depending on experience
Participating in the character and leadership education program
Experience / Qualifications & Skills
A bachelor’s degree in string performance, string pedagogy, or music education; an advanced degree is preferred
Five or more years of experience teaching strings and conducting orchestra
A love of subject matter and an enthusiasm for working with young people and colleagues
About St. Mark's School of Texas
Founded in 1906, St. Mark's School of Texas is a non-sectarian, college-preparatory, independent day school for boys in grades one through twelve. The School’s charter states that it is “designed to afford its students well-rounded physical, intellectual, moral, and religious training and instruction.” The School is intended to be a diverse community of teachers and students who share a love of learning and who strive for high achievement in whatever they undertake.
St. Mark’s aims to prepare young men to assume leadership and responsibility in a competitive and changing world. To this end, the School professes and upholds certain values. These values include the discipline of postponing immediate gratification in the interests of earning eventual, hard-won satisfaction; the responsibility of defending one’s own ideas, of respecting the views of others, and of accepting the consequences for one’s own actions; and an appreciation for the lively connection between knowledge and responsibility and the obligation to serve.