Handel and Haydn Society

9 Harcourt Street
Boston, MA 02116

Date Posted:
July 29, 2019

Eastern Massachusetts



Musicianship Teacher


Position description:

Handel and Haydn Society seeks a highly-qualified teacher to educate, inspire, and engage students in weekly musicianship classes. Students are members of four H+H Youth Choruses: Treble Chorus (grades 4-6), Youth Chorale (grades 6-9), Chorus of Tenors and Basses (grades 6-12), and Chorus of Sopranos and Altos (grades 9-12).

The H+H musicianship curriculum uses a sound-first approach to teaching music literacy. Students are taught pitch using moveable-do solfge (la-based minor) and rhythm using the Takadimi rhythm system. Emphasis is given to building camaraderie and connection among the students through their musicianship studies as this is a complement to their ensemble rehearsals.

The position involves teaching three (3) 40-minute classes weekly. Musicianship classes are held at the Boston Latin School (free parking, easily accessible by T) on Saturday mornings during the school year from September through May.

This position is supervised by the Lead Musicianship Teacher and will be filled for the September 2019 to May 2020 program year, with possible



  • A passion for sharing music with all people, in particular with children.
  • Minimum of two years experience working in a youth educational setting.
  • Collegiate study in music and/or education and excellent musicianship skills.
  • Experience with the Takadimi rhythm system, and Gordon's "Music Learning Theory" or the Kodaly method is highly desirable.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to relate to and engage school-aged children and teenagers with genuine warmth and energy.
  • Exceptional communication skills and attention to detail.
  • Pro-active approach, flexibility, and positive attitude extremely important.
  • Sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds of students and their families.
  • Fluency in Spanish, Cape Verdean, Vietnamese, Haitian, Mandarin, or another language spoken by new Bostonians is desirable
  • Authentic interest in advocacy for music education and the Handel and Haydn Society.
  • Availability to work in Boston on Saturday mornings from 9am to 12:15pm, September to May is essential.

This position is paid hourly, at a rate commensurate with experience. Contract may be extended for future seasons based on performance.

How To Apply:

The Handel and Haydn Society is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in the workplace by maintaining a staff that represents the traditions and voices of contemporary Boston. Interviews will not be scheduled until we have a diverse pool of candidates from which to select.

Please submit resume, cover letter, and references.

The Handel and Haydn Society requests Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) for all members of the Education Program faculty. Finalists in this search will be asked to complete a CORI Acknowledgement Form.

For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.
Apply by:
September 23, 2019
About this Organization:

The Handel and Haydn Society is internationally acclaimed for its performances of Baroque and Classical music. Based in Boston, H+H’s orchestra and chorus delight more than 50,000 listeners each year with a ten-concert subscription series at Symphony Hall and other leading venues in addition to a robust program of intimate events in museums, schools, and community centers. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Harry Christophers, the ensemble embraces historically informed performance, bringing classical music to life with the same immediacy it had the day it was written. Through the Karen S. and George D. Levy Education Program, H+H also provides engaging, accessible, and broadly inclusive music education to over 11,500 children each year through in-school music instruction and the Vocal Arts Program that includes six youth choruses.

Founded in Boston in 1815, H+H is among the oldest continuously performing classical music ensembles in the United States and is unique for its longevity, capacity for reinvention, and distinguished history of premieres. H+H began as a choral society founded by middle-class Bostonians who aspired to improve the quality of singing in their growing American city. They named the organization after two composers—Handel and Haydn—to represent both the old music of the 18th century and what was then the new music of the 19th century. In the first decades of its existence, H+H gave the American premieres of Handel’s Messiah (1818), Haydn’s Creation(1819), Verdi’s Requiem (1878), and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (1879). Since its founding, H+H has given more than 2,000 performances before a total audience exceeding 2.8 million.

In addition to its subscription series, tours, and broadcast performances, H+H reaches a worldwide audience through ambitious recordings including the critically-acclaimed Haydn The Creation, the best-selling Joy to the World: An American Christmas, and Handel Messiah, recorded live at Symphony Hall under Christophers’s direction.