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ROCmusic Executive & Artistic Director - position filled



Rochester, NY-based ROCmusic seeks an experienced Executive & Artistic Director to lead a dynamic, rapidly growing, six-year-old, El Sistema-inspired music instruction program serving approximately 130 students in four city-owned recreation centers.

ROCmusic is supported and overseen by the ROCmusic Collaborative, a unique partnership between the City of Rochester, Eastman Community Music School, Eastman School of Music (University of Rochester), Gateways Music Festival, The Hochstein School,  Rochester City School District and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

The position is based in Rochester, NY, New York State’s third-largest metropolitan area and, according to U. S. New & World Report, an affordable and a highly ranked place to live.


Position Open: July 11, 2018
Anticipated Start Date: September 2018

Reports to: The ROCmusic Collaborative
Supervises: Team of instructors/teaching artists, site coordinators, interns and volunteers



Founded in Rochester, NY in 2012, ROCmusic is a tuition-free, three-day per week, out-of-school-time music education program inspired by Venezuela’s El Sistema. ROCmusic provides string-based instrument instruction to approximately 100 students in grades 1 through 12 in two recreation centers operated by the City of Rochester Department of Recreation and Youth Services. Two additional sites are scheduled to open in the 2018-19 school year and the program is anticipated to grow to 130 students.



The Executive & Artistic Director is the senior administrative, educational and artistic officer of ROCmusic. Working in collaboration with the ROCmusic Collaborative, the Executive & Artistic Director is responsible for:

Educational & Artistic Leadership

  • Create and implement artistic vision for ROCmusic in coordination with members of the Collaborative

  • Develop and implement curriculum that ensures students achieve highest artistic standards and goals

  • Recruit, hire, train, supervise and evaluate faculty / teaching artists

  • Maintain productive and mutually beneficial relationship with Rochester City School District’s music administration and teachers

  • Build community through effective communication, involvement and accessibility

  • Conduct ROCmusic “All-Stars,” the organization’s performance group

  • Schedule and organize periodic performances throughout the year

  • Seek ways to expand ROCmusic by adding new locations or adding new instrument groups and/or musical genres

  • Develop and implement procedure to evaluate the program

Organizational & Administrative Leadership

  • Create and implement strategic vision for ROCmusic in coordination with members of the Collaborative

  • Oversee management of the organization’s finances, including implementing sound financial policies and procedures and developing an annual budget

  • Develop and execute an annual fundraising plan for contributed, earned and other revenue, including special events, to support the organization’s efforts

  • Develop systems and procedures to acknowledge and administer grants and contributions

  • Promote ROCmusic throughout the Rochester area including, but not limited to, marketing, branding, social media, website and public speaking engagements

  • Ensure that student participation and attendance is tracked and recorded

  • Recruit and coordinate volunteers and supervise administrative staff

  • Provide updates to the members of the Collaborative in a timely manner and involve members of the Collaborative on important and/or strategic matters

  • Advocate for community arts education on a local and national level



The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following competencies:


  • Ability to serve as an example of the highest level music educator and train others

  • Commitment to access, equity and inclusion in music and in all other areas

  • Ability to engage students and families from communities under-represented in classical music

  • Strong fundraising and resource management


Education and Experience:

  • A bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, in music (performance or education) is required

  • Experience leading and managing programs and personnel

  • Experience teaching music in a classroom or group setting

  • Experience working in public schools and non-profit organization



Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience. Benefits include health insurance, vacation, personal/sick time and life insurance.


Why to apply for this position:

  • Change the lives of some of Rochester’s most deserving children and families

  • High-profile and highly regarded position and program

  • Unique multi-agency/organization support network

  • Strong local foundation and government funding support

  • Significant potential for growth

  • Competitive salary and benefits



Via email, send cover letter (including salary requirements) and resume to:

Dr. Margaret (Peggy) Quackenbush
President & Executive Director, The Hochstein School



Posting: July 11, 2018