Orchestra Intern/Symphonia Conductor
Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH
Starting in the 2024-2025 school year, the Music department seeks a full-time, 1 year term teaching intern to work with the department as an orchestra intern, educator and Symphonia orchestra conductor. Candidates should be interested in being part of a collaborative group of teachers and working with highly motivated high school students in a diverse, mostly residential community.
We are looking for a dynamic candidate who will be an active participant in the academic, athletic, co-curricular and residential programs at the Academy.
This position provides aspiring teachers the opportunity to work closely with a mentor and other experienced faculty members across campus. Enthusiasm for working with adolescents both inside and outside of the classroom is essential. Providing extra help, advising, working as dormitory faculty, and assisting with extracurricular activities are integral parts of the job.
The Music Department seeks a passionate and highly motivated orchestral conductor/educator to join the department as the Symphonia orchestra conductor and teaching intern. The orchestra intern will assist the director of orchestras in all the artistic, teaching, and organizational areas of an extensive program with three orchestras – auditions, sectional rehearsals, rehearsal preparation, and preparation and marking of parts. The orchestra intern will direct the Exeter Symphonia (an intermediate string orchestra), will coach several chamber music groups in the instrumental chamber music program. and co-teach the Chamber Orchestra (an advanced group of strings and winds).
The ideal candidate will bring orchestral conducting skills, excellent musicianship, a knowledge of diverse musical repertoire, initiative, and a desire to work with highly motivated high school students in a diverse, mostly residential community. The candidate should also have skills in arranging music for different levels. They would have a desire to work with students on building fundamental skills, such as string or wind technique, and knowledge of different styles of music. Additional opportunities exist to gain experience working collaboratively with other ensembles including campus choirs, the concert and jazz bands, and small contemporary music groups. The candidate should be comfortable in the classroom setting as well with opportunities to teach music theory or music appreciation courses.
- Master’s degree in music with demonstrated success leading string and/or symphonic ensembles and strong interest in education.
- An ability to work with developing string players on the fundamental technical and musical skills of ensemble playing is required.
- Experience or interest in diversity and cultural competency education (conferences, seminars, in-service programs, coursework, independent study).
- A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and to serving the needs of a diverse community.
- Willingness to enforce all school policies and rules governing student behavior.
While individual responsibilities will vary from one faculty position to another, the major job duties of all faculty interns include the following:
- Teaching: Interns will work with experienced faculty, co-teaching in the fall and working with increasing independence in winter and spring trimesters. Interns will observe and eventually facilitate student-centered discussions around a Harkness table with highly motivated students.
- Cultural Competency: Interns are expected to demonstrate respect for diversity of identities and experiences, an orientation toward equity and inclusion, and cultural competency in all aspects of Academy life.
- Residential Life: Interns generally live in campus housing and play a critical role in cultivating Exeter’s community-centered student dormitory life. Interns are generally responsible for one night of dormitory duty per week, and one weekend per month.
- Extracurricular Activities: Interns are generally expected to participate in the school’s extracurricular activities (e.g. athletics, student clubs, community service, and the arts).
- Criminal and driving background check.
To be considered applications must include the following documents (please upload as three distinct documents):
- CV or resume.
- Cover letter indicating a specific interest in teaching at a residential high school that is actively committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
We encourage all interested applicants to review the course catalogue, available here: