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22 Jan 2019

Contract Music Director / Assistant Director

Des Moines Performing Arts  Des Moines, Iowa, United States

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Job Description

Summer 2019

Des Moines Performing Arts seeks a dynamic, highly qualified Music Director/Assistant Director for its Summer Camp Programs. The position invites emerging professional music directors enrolled in graduate programs or equivalent experience to collaboratively lead a series of musical theater-based performance camps for young artists in grades 3-8.

Music Director/Assistant Director will be responsible for:

  • Participating in production meetings and camp planning prior to start of sessions
  • Auditioning participants and assisting Director in casting decisions
  • Leading music rehearsals
  • Facilitating daily skill-based workshops outside of rehearsals
  • Providing piano accompaniment/vocal parts during rehearsals
  • Assisting the director as needed with blocking, student coaching, and giving notes
  • Creating a safe and supportive atmosphere for participants to explore, grow, and create

Required skills and experience:

  • MA or MFA candidates preferred, Bachelors in music required
  • Demonstrated ability to teach vocal music
  • Previous experience working with youth
  • Rehearsal-level piano proficiency or higher
  • Excellent communication, organizational and facilitation skills

This position will begin early June 2019. Applicants must be available a minimum of 40-45 hours per week. The position will conclude early August. Stipend provided. Possibility of housing assistance, for non-local candidates.

Please submit your cover letter/letter of interest, resume and online application at
No compressed files, please.
Candidates may be asked to provide samples or a portfolio to further demonstrate qualifications at a later point in the process.

Applications will be reviewed beginning February 22, 2019.

Des Moines Performing Arts’ Summer Program offers excellent practical experience for early-career Directors and Music Directors with an interest in working with youth to develop their educational theater and production skills.

Job Categories: Theatre. Job Types: Contract. Job Tags: assistant, director, music, summer job, teaching, and theatre. States: Iowa.
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