Upper School Instrumental Music Director

    • Job Tracking ID: 512201-713841
    • Job Location: Minneapolis, MN
    • Job Level: Any
    • Level of Education: BA/BS
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: December 03, 2019
    • Years of Experience: 2 - 5 Years
    • Starting Date: August 19, 2020
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Job Description:

The Blake School seeks to hire a dynamic Upper School Instrumental Music Director for the 2020-21 school year. The Instrumental Music Director coordinates instrumental music curriculum and instruction for 80-90 Upper School students, including large ensembles, jazz ensembles and chamber ensembles. The Director also conducts the spring musical and teaches non-performing courses in their own areas of expertise.

Blake is particularly interested in candidates who will enrich the diversity of identity, lived experience and thinking that makes a community strong and empowers students to engage across differences. Blake offers highly competitive salary and benefits packages, as well as significant support for local and national professional development opportunities.

The search committee will begin reviewing applications immediately. Blake will typically cover the travel and lodging costs for finalist candidates visiting from out of town.

Experience and Skills:

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Plan and conduct the Upper School band and chamber orchestra in rehearsals, concerts and special events such as convocation and commencement
  • Plan and implement 3-day performance and service learning tour for combined band and orchestra
  • Plan and teach a non-performance course in music theory, composition, world music and/or technology
  • Coach the student led co-curricular jazz ensemble (Jazz Express) and the classical chamber ensemble (Ursa Major)
  • Rehearse and conduct the pit band for the Upper School spring musical
  • Maintain inventory of school-owned band and orchestra instruments
  • Maintain and develop the school’s band and orchestra library
  • Oversee judicious use of the band and orchestra budget
  • Schedule and supervise the work of paid section coaches
  • Collaborate with Middle School and Lower School instrumental instructors to develop curriculum and foster cross-divisional performances and divisional transitions
  • Lead an Upper School advisory, supervise a study hall and perform chaperoning duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated excellence as a musician and conductor
  • Bachelor of Music/Music Education with instrumental concentration required; Master of Music/Education preferred
  • Preference for band conducting as primary experience
  • Ability to teach/coach woodwind, brass, percussion and string instrument technique
  • Ability to differentiate instruction within large ensembles for students of varying abilities
  • Demonstrated knowledge of both traditional and contemporary ensemble repertoire, including music of diverse composers and cultural traditions
  • Ability to teach and coach jazz improvisation and technique
  • Ability to write and arrange music for differentiated instruction or instrumentation as well as combined wind/string ensembles
  • Knowledge/experience with basic wind and percussion instrument repair
  • Experience designing and teaching non-performance classes
  • Ability to imagine and implement curricular evolution in 21st-century high school level instrumental music and non-performance classes
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and strong organizational ability
  • Respect for young musicians and their potential
  • Creative, joyful approach to learning and teaching
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills



The Blake School is a pre-kindergarten through grade 12, co-educational, nonsectarian, independent day school enrolling 1,367 bright, talented students from nearly 56 Twin Cities-area communities. Founded in 1900, The Blake School has the advantage of three campuses (Minneapolis, Hopkins and Wayzata) each with its own facilities designed for specific ages, schedules and activities. The mission of the school is to provide students with an excellent, academically challenging education in a diverse and supportive community committed to a common set of values.

The Blake School believes that a diverse society enriches all individuals and communities. Diversity of race, ethnicity, national origin, geography, religion, gender, affectional or sexual orientation, age, physical ability, and marital, parental or economic status forms the fabric of our society. As a result of these beliefs, The Blake School actively seeks students, families and employees who value and contribute to the fullness of a diverse community within the context of its mission. In doing so, we recognize our responsibility to help make each person's experience a success. EOE