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Virtuoso Program Music Director

1.0 FTE  Faculty Position
August 1, 2024 - July 31, 2025

Introduction

San Domenico is an independent, K-12 day and boarding school with a tradition of innovation and academic excellence since 1850. Our mission is to deliver an exceptional education rooted in inquiry, reflection, and purpose. We foster a community where students are encouraged to discover their passions; lead with courage, wisdom, and kindness; and make a meaningful impact in their immediate and extended environments. Embracing inclusivity and our role in an interconnected society, we emphasize respect for a broad spectrum of diversities and encourage our students to become advocates for a better, more just future.

Located on a bucolic 515-acre campus in Marin County, San Domenico is California's oldest independent school. Comprising individuals from around the world, our student body is the foundation of our dynamic cultural and academic environment. In this unique setting, our diverse community of 680 students, including 140 boarding students from more than 20 countries, flourishes as scholars, innovators, and responsible global citizens. 

This is an exciting and pivotal time at San Domenico, as we welcome a new Head of School for the 2024-25 academic year and embark on a strategic planning process. In this context, the Virtuoso Program Music Director will play a vital role in shaping the curriculum for our most dedicated classical music students, and in meeting the needs of these modern musicians who are considering matriculation into top music schools and conservatories around the world.

The Role

Reporting to the Director of Music, this artistic and administrative position is integral to advancing the established successes of our nearly 50-year-old Virtuoso Program (VP) and overall classical music education at San Domenico. They will work closely with the music faculty in determining pedagogical approaches to best suit the students in the program, help promote the work of our students to the greater community, and help guide potential students to study within the program.

The Virtuoso Program Music Director is the primary conductor and artistic leader of the Virtuoso Program. The Virtuoso Program Music Director must embody the department’s vision, have the musical skills to communicate the vision to others, and be able to build a deep sense of collegiality among the players in the program.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Conduct Virtuoso Program orchestra rehearsals and sectionals as needed
  • Select, purchase, and arrange Virtuoso Program orchestra repertoire
  • Conduct Sinfonia orchestra rehearsals and sectionals as needed
  • Audition and interview prospective Virtuoso Program students
  • Audition and interview prospective Sinfonia students
  • Conduct annual 3-day Virtuoso Program orientation and Virtuoso parents’ meeting
  • Arrange Orchestra da Camera rotational seating
  • Arrange Sinfonia seating
  • Select, purchase, and arrange Sinfonia repertoire
  • Select personnel for chamber music ensembles
  • Rehearse/conduct Orchestra da Camera concerts
  • Select repertoire for chamber music ensembles
  • Assign coaches for chamber ensembles
  • Manage piano accompanist for Virtuoso Program soloists
  • Coach music ensembles, as needed
  • Contribute written audition feedback and advise the Director of Music Conservatory on student’s merit rankings for use in the scholarship process
  • Coordinate Virtuoso Program, Sinfonia, and solo recital logistics 
  • Work with Admissions to help recruit Virtuoso Program candidates
  • Work with Director of Music Conservatory on Virtuoso Program marketing
  • Create, teach and/or supervise seminar classes and Music Hour (theory, score, reading, rhythmic dictation, history, sight-singing, conducting)
  • Engage guest artists for sectionals, master classes, competitions, semester juries
  • Counsel and mentor students regarding musical life, career, college plans
  • Update Virtuoso Program Handbook (as needed)
  • Coordinate Virtuoso Program student ensembles for on- & off-campus events and services
  • With the Director of the Music Conservatory, recruit Virtuoso Program faculty, recommending appointments to the Head of School
  • Manage orchestra and chamber ensemble music library

Qualifications

  • The successful candidate will have the following qualifications:
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including ability to effectively communicate with internal and external stakeholders
  • Excellent computer proficiency (iPad, Mac computer, Gmail/Google Drive, MS Office – Word, Excel)
  • Must be able to work under pressure and meet deadlines, while maintaining a positive attitude and providing exemplary customer service
  • Ability to work independently and to carry out assignments to completion within parameters of instructions given, prescribed routines, and standard accepted practices
  • Master’s degree preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree required

Compensation

Salary range is $79,200-$96,800 annually, commensurate with skill set and experience. This position is classified as exempt. The School offers an excellent benefits package including medical/dental/vision/life/matching 403b retirement plan and daily lunch on work days.

How to apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to hr@SanDomenico.org describing how your experience and skills will contribute to the position, along with your salary requirements.  Please put the title of the position in the subject line of your email.

Or mail to:

San Domenico School
1500 Butterfield Road
San Anselmo, CA 94960
Attn: Virtuoso Program Music Director position

San Domenico School is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, genetic information, age, disability, medical condition, religion, veteran status, marital status or any other classification protected by applicable local, state or federal laws.

No phone calls, please.