Education and Ensemble Coordinator

Position: Education and Ensemble Coordinator
Department: OrchKids
Reports to: OrchKids Director of Education
Classification: Part-Time; Temporary
Compensation: $20/hr
Location: Baltimore, MD
Dates/Times: Monday-Friday, June 17 – July 3 (3 hours/day); Monday – Friday, July 8 – 26 at Goucher College (9am – 4:30pm; 1 hour lunch break)


For over a century, the BSO has been recognized as one of America’s leading orchestras and one of Maryland’s most significant cultural institutions. As the largest cultural institution in Maryland, the BSO is internationally recognized and locally admired for its innovation, performances and recordings, and educational community initiatives including OrchKids. 

OrchKids uses music as a vehicle for students to develop 21st century skills (creativity, collaboration, leadership, etc.) that are transferable to all areas of their lives. Marin Alsop, Music Director Laureate of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and OrchKids Founding Director, shaped OrchKids into the cornerstone of the BSO’s community engagement efforts across the city with her artistic leadership and direction. OrchKids was founded in 2008 with 30 students at one elementary school with seed funding from Marin Alsop and Founding Donors Rheda Becker and Robert E. Meyerhoff.

OrchKids now works with seven schools in Baltimore City, serving over 1,800 children from Pre-K through 12th grade during school, after school, and in weeklong workshops. 

In collaboration with several community partners OrchKids provides music education, instruments, academic assistance, meals, mental health resources, connection to social services, as well as performance and mentorship opportunities at no cost to students and families. OrchKids is an acknowledged leader in the El Sistema and social-change through music movement throughout the world.

The OrchKids Education and Ensemble Coordinator plays a critical role in supporting and coordinating the development of educational initiatives for OrchKids students. Working closely with the Director of Education and Ensemble Directors, the Education Coordinator will also be a key figure in assisting four instrumental ensemble needs with repertoire preparations, rehearsals and sectionals, and concert implementations along with other educational needs. The position lives in the education department of OrchKids and often interacts/collaborates with the Associate Director of Programs, Program Managers, Director of Development, and Vice President of OrchKids.


  • Be present for all summer concert/event set up and support needs
  • Identify and problem-solve logistical challenges that need to be rectified proactively and in real time, in collaboration with OrchKids Director of Education
  • Interact with and maintain knowledge of student rosters in regards to class and ensemble needs
  • Critical member of the OrchKids education team and active participant in all matters related to educational initiatives during the summer program
  • Participate in all team meetings, orientation meetings, professional development sessions, and teacher meetings
  • Personal commitment to professional development and effectively personal skills in working with and collaborating with team members  
  • Interact and communicate with all program teams and teaching artists  as needed
  • Serve as a general thought-partner with OrchKids Director of Education


Summer Ensemble Coordination:

  • Logistics support:
    • Maintain rosters and individual part assignments
    • Create and modify stage plots
    • Music folder maintenance and preparation, including extra music copies and student name tags
    • Prepare and distribute post-summer practice packets
    • Rehearsal and sectionals set-up needs
    • Support and coordinate needs with ensemble directors
  • Communication support:
    • Rehearsal and sectionals communication with ensemble leaders and teachers
    • In collaboration with the OrchKids Director of Education, plan the necessary schedule for any dress rehearsals (if applicable)
  • Artistic Quality Control:
    • Regularly communicate any ensemble issues or areas where support is needed with the Director of Education
    • Set a high standard of excellence for both rehearsal and performances

Teaching Artist Support:

  •  Instrumental sub coordinator and program support team member
    • Communicate with substitute teachers when a teaching artist is out for any reason, ensuring lesson plans and all relevant information is shared
  • General teacher and classroom support as needed
  • Administrative tasks such as printing, copying, and distributing educational and ensemble materials


  • Embrace OrchKids’ mission, goals, and guiding principles
  • Interpersonal skills 
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Prompt and consistently clear communication 
  • Problem solving in real-time/immediate needs 
  • Teamwork and collaboration
  • Planning ahead, anticipating needs 
  • Experience working with Google Suite (Google doc, drive, etc.)

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and OrchKids use the BSO mission and shared values (Appendices) to govern decisions, actions, and behaviors. These values guide how we conduct our work and professional relationships: Creativity, Respect, Excellence, Education/Engagement, and Diversity. We are focused on a people-first culture for our patrons and our entire BSO family. 

The BSO is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, differing physical abilities, genetic information, age, parental status, military service, other non-merit factors. 

The BSO is committed to improving and protecting the health of our musicians, staff, and our communities. We comply fully with the COVID-19 requirements of the state of Maryland and the city of Baltimore. It is required that employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of vaccination as a condition of employment. 


Please submit a cover letter and resume to Please no phone calls. 

Applications are currently being received on a rolling basis and candidates will be contacted based on openings and qualifications. Finalists will be asked to demonstrate teaching and rehearsal skills in the interview. Should a position no longer be available at the time of the candidate’s interview, they may be asked to be listed on the OrchKids substitute teacher list. 


OrchKids provides Baltimore youth with equitable access to community-based, high-quality music instruction and programming that teaches musical and social skills transferable to all areas of their lives.



In October 2021, the BSO Board of Directors approved the following shared values, or “BSO Creed”: 


  • We believe the BSO is first and foremost an artistic institution that is dedicated to the finest creative musical expression.   
  • We seek to facilitate opportunities for creative approaches that allow musicians, staff, board, and partners to collaborate to serve our mission.    
  • We strive to inform all decisions with our commitment to innovation and continuous improvement.


  • We believe the BSO should value, appreciate, and treat all individuals – patrons, staff, musicians, guest artists, and volunteers with compassion, respect, and dignity.    
  • We seek to create a welcoming, safe, and enjoyable environment for all.   
  • We strive to embrace all human differences and commit to caring and civility towards all with whom we work and serve. 


  • We believe it is an honor to present great music to stir and nurture the soul.   
  • We seek to attract, develop, and retain the best talent in all musicians, staff, board, and volunteers. Everyone who works at the BSO has an important role to play in our success.        
  • We strive to act with uncompromising integrity and transparency.  


  • We believe deep connections to the diverse communities we serve are essential to our mission.   
  • We seek to inspire and educate with powerful and meaningful musical experiences for audiences of all ages.    
  • We strive to nurture the talents of musicians of all ages with accessible educational initiatives and programs.     
  • We strive to create a culture where musicians, staff, board, and volunteers communicate, collaborate, understand, and appreciate each other’s work.   


  • We believe diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging – with respect to race, gender, and personal identity – are cultural and strategic imperatives.    
  • We seek to create a culture of excellence that ensures access and inclusion of diverse voices in all that we do.  
  • We strive to use the universal language of music to bring people together and embrace our multicultural society.

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