The Gunnery is seeking candidates for a musical director for the winter production. Applicants must enjoy working with high school students of all ages, both in and outside the classroom, must understand and embrace the values of a boarding school community, and must bring passion and energy to the classroom. Further, they should have a devoted interest in music and theater. They must be experienced in teaching and directing music, and be comfortable working in many styles.
This part-time position is responsible only for the vocal and instrumental performance of the cast and accompanying band or orchestra. We are seeking a candidate who has a B.A. or B.M. in Music or Music Education; Masters preferred.
The general responsibilities winter musical director at The Gunnery include:
Responsible for teaching all of the music involved in the show, and schedules and leads all orchestra/band rehearsals.
Nurtures a culture of positive engagement for every student. Empowers and motivates participants to perform on stage and off to the best of their capabilities.
Attends creative meetings with the director, producer, and choreographer to better understand the overall vision of the show and works collaboratively with the entire production team.
Studies the script and music, then participates in auditions to evaluate the vocal abilities of each potential cast member and offer suggestions on which individuals might be best suited for a particular role based on the vocal performance required.
He or she will also help audition and hire musicians for the band or orchestra, when applicable, with the approval of the director and producer.
Coordinates all orchestra equipment including pit setup and teardown and transportation of equipment.
Possesses arranging, transposition and orchestration skills to adapt scores as needed to the vocal needs of the students.
Helps prepare production pre-materials such as rehearsal/performance calendars and binders.
Creates rehearsal tracks for students to work on music independently as needed.
Uses The Gunnery’s online learning management system (Highlander Nation) to post information including syllabi, rehearsal tracks, scheduling information, attendance and discipline.
Provides guidance to students, including vocal coaching, that promotes their educational, musical and personal development.
Assesses the progress of students on a regular basis and provides written reports as required.
Creates a rehearsal environment that is conducive to learning and appropriate to the maturity and interests of the students.
Sets an example of professional behavior in rehearsal and in performance.
Strives to implement, by instruction and action, the school’s philosophy of education and the goals and objectives for the Performing Arts Department.
Checks school-based email on a regular and consistent basis and responds to emails in a timely manner.
Attends all scheduled rehearsals and all performances
August 2018 (day TBD) - Pre-production meeting
November 12, 2018 - First meeting with students
November 27, 2018 - Start of typical weekly schedule: Mondays (3:15 - 6), Tuesdays (3:15 - 6), Wednesdays (12:15 - 3), Thursdays (3:15 - 6), Fridays (3:15 - 6), Saturdays (12:15 - 3)
November 28 and 29 - Auditions
Sunday, February 17-20, 2019 - Tech Week
Performances: February 21, 22, and 23
No classes during Winter Break: December 12, 2018 - January 2, 2019
Interested candidates must provide: a resume, cover letter, transcript(s) and at least two letters of recommendation. (No phone calls please.) Offer of employment will be contingent upon a successful background check.
Send via email or mail to:
Elizabeth Dayton DaytonE@Gunnery.org
Director of Dramatic Arts
99 Green Hill Road,
Washington, CT 06793