School Choir Conductor

Chicago Children's Choir
Chicago, IL
Type of Position: 
Application Deadline: 
Friday, October 15, 2021


Conductors for Chicago Children’s Choir serve a vital role as part of our music faculty. They have the unique opportunity to work with singers in School Programs throughout the city of Chicago, inclusive of families from a wide variety of racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. Conductors also also collaborate with educators of over 15 part-time and full-time music faculty with world-class training and professional experience in music education, performance, ethnomusicology, commercial music, musical theater and dance. Our faculty also engages in ongoing professional development on a wide range of topics from Trauma Informed Care to World Music Pedagogy. There is much that our conductors not only give to their students, but also gain as educators and musicians in the CCC community.

Our conductors help facilitate student learning through organization-wide curricula such as Black History Month, Canto Latino and Paint the Town Red, in addition to assisting in the development, evaluation and documentation of such curricula. Faculty members also engage in smaller-scale performance learning projects with their individual School Programs, including but not limited to school assemblies, community concerts and performances. From time to time, conductors may also be called upon to assist with special collaborations with other musical organizations such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Ravinia Festival and Lyric Opera of Chicago.


Chicago Children’s Choir School Choir Programs

Chicago Children’s Choir offers choral programs in 70 Chicago elementary and middle schools. Arts education varies significantly throughout the city of Chicago; CCC is proud to partner with many schools to build, expand or begin the choral experience through our School Program.  Most schools hire CCC to provide instruction for one or two choirs, one or two times per week. The Director of School and Community Partnerships works with the conductor to set individual schedules. Conductors work collaboratively to set and implement the curriculum across all School Programs. 


Key Responsibilities 

Musical and Educational

  • Facilitate student learning in assigned choirs, incorporating the curriculum set forth by CCC faculty in addition to individually-selected repertoire.

  • Teach choral music through a lens of cultural responsiveness and authenticity, maintaining a dedication to equity and anti-racism.

  • Maintain rigorous learning and performance standards.

  • Facilitate auditions at each assigned School Program and Neighborhood Choir location.  

  • Prepare choirs for, and participate in, performance events throughout the year.

  • Administer singer assessments twice yearly for School Programs and Neighborhood Choirs and use associated data to inform instructional practice.

Community Engagement, Communication and Relationship Building

  • Communicate regularly with school and community partners to ensure the best possible experiences for all stakeholders. 

  • Communicate effectively with families to foster deep and meaningful relationships with the CCC.

  • Recruit singers for participation in CCC programs.

  • Maintain ensemble numbers that allow for productive and successful learning experiences for all singers. 

  • Educate families on opportunities for growth within the Choir and assist with promotion into more advanced CCC ensembles, when appropriate.

Organizational Support and Administrative 

  • Actively participate in meetings, professional development workshops and staff training as scheduled.

  • Communicate regularly with administrative staff to ensure equitable experiences amongst all programs.

  • Attend and assist with organization-wide events and events involving other School Programs and Neighborhood Choirs.


  • Strong choral music educator and conductor capable of teaching diverse music through culturally responsive methodologies.

  • Dedication to anti-racism and equity.

  • Passion for working with diverse youth ages 8-18 and for fostering deep and authentic relationships with their families and communities.

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in music (master’s degree and major in choral music education or choral conducting preferred).

  • Experience teaching music. 

  • Experience working with children and youth from diverse backgrounds is preferred.

  • Commitment to collaboration in a team of fellow music educators, as part of a larger organizational staff and with families and community partners in a mission-driven environment.  

  • Creativity, flexibility, self-motivation, energy and enthusiasm for this vitally important work.


“OTR” Life Experience: 
We know that many of your most character-building experiences – where resilience, grit and grace were required to persevere – do not show up neatly on a resume. So, we want to hear some of the “OTR” (“off the resume”) moments for you. In order to be on the CCC team, EQ (Emotional Intelligence) is not a nice-to-have…it’s a must. So, show us your EQ. 

A Not-So-Fun Fact: 
We know research tells us that while men apply to jobs when they meet an average of 60% of the criteria, women and people of color tend to only apply when they feel they’ve checked every single box. If you are unsure that you’ve checked every box above, but you think you have what it takes to enhance the CCC as we grow our team, we want to hear from you.  

Chicago Children’s Choir is an equal opportunity employer that actively pursues candidates of diverse backgrounds and experiences. We are committed to providing diversity, equity, and inclusion training to all employees, and we do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnicity, nationality or national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, pregnancy status, marital status, age, medical condition, disability, or veteran status in admission or access to, or employment in, its programs and activities.

Compensation and Benefits: 

Part-time salary commensurate with experience.

Application Procedure: 

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should send a resume and cover letter to [email protected], with the job title in the subject line.

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