We seek to appoint from April or September 2023, a well-qualified, enthusiastic and energetic graduate to join a successful and collegiate department as Assistant to the Director of Music and assuming some of the responsibility for the leadership of aspects of the Academic Music Curriculum.
The successful candidate will also be a very capable organist, ideally holding an ARCO or equivalent diploma, and an inspiring organ teacher, with the ability to prepare students to diploma level and for Oxbridge organ scholarships where the School has enjoyed success in the past decade. Experience in choral training and direction would be an advantage and the successful candidate will direct the Chapel Choir, assisted by the Jennifer Bate Memorial Organ Scholar. She/he will also take a leading role in coordinating the annual Jennifer Bate Organ Academy.
In the classroom, the successful candidate will be an engaging academic music teacher with excellent subject knowledge, able to teach up to and including A Level and Oxbridge entry, and with a strong ability in Harmony.
This position would suit an experienced teacher seeking a second post with promotion, career development or change of scene. However, for the right candidate, the position might also be suitable as an entry to the profession for a talented music graduate and there would be the opportunity to undertake school based Initial Teacher Training in a supportive environment. The School prides itself on its highly successful ITT programme which has been in operation for over 15 years.
The successful applicant will be an energetic, flexible and friendly team player who is able to work with initiative within a dynamic and very busy Department in which every girl’s enjoyment and musical development matters. Over 600 individual music lessons are taught per week across the Prep and Senior Schools. There are currently six organ pupils, and the School has two excellent pipe organs, one a smaller Father Willis which is in the School Chapel, and the other a three-manual instrument by Vincent Woodstock which was a gift to the School and is in the Prep School Hall. Music facilities are excellent with world class concert hall/auditorium, and there are around thirty concerts per year. The concert programme for this year can be found on the website.
The fundamentals of the strong musician are a requirement, of course: an ability to sight-read confidently, strong keyboard skills, and solid ICT skills for administration. A robust sense of humour is important, too, along with a genuine enjoyment of a wide range of music.
St Catherine’s is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff to share this commitment. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening, including checks with past employers and an enhanced DBS and barred list check. The School is an equal opportunities employer.