Teaching Artist | Music Director | Composer
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Who we are.
Storycatchers Theatre is a non-profit that works with youth inside incarceration facilities, detention centers, and post-release programs to write true personal stories, overcome traumatic experiences, and empower their individual growth. The youth turn their narratives into powerful musical theatre performances for their families and communities, facilitating discussions that create change in themselves and their audience.
Who should apply. And what we offer.
We’re looking for a Music Director/Composer who is great at the piano/keyboard and is familiar (or is willing to learn) in the musical theatre and hip-hop styles. They create music with ease and creativity – a mature, patient explorer who likes trying different genres and working (and learning) with youth as they turn their stories into musical theatre. This person is a teacher, mentor, and a musical collaborator who riffs with the team but is also able to work alone to create music that brings out powerful emotion in simple and accessible ways.
What our Musical Directors / Composers do.
The Music Director/Composer works inside juvenile justice facilities in a program staffed with two other leaders – an Artistic Manager and Program Manager. Together with teaching artists and 8-12 teenage, predominately African American youth, the MD/Composer will lead music sessions, help youth formulate musical ideas, and compose original music for a script inspired by the youths’ written stories.
Program sessions take place ~40 weeks/year, 2-3 times per week, and culminate in a weekend of fully-realized public performances, all accompanied on the piano by the Music Director.
Some things you might do in a typical program cycle.
- Work with youth to create beats or melodies from their lyrics.
- Adlib a riff, melody or beat to accompany a theatre game or workshop.
- Lead musical collaboration sessions with youth to nurture their own writing and composition skills.
- Score songs written for a performance.
- Work from home composing or mastering new pieces of music for an audio recording.
- Accompany youth on the piano in a performance.
What you’ll need to be a great candidate.
- Must be an excellent piano/keyboard player.
- Significant experience in performance (preferably musical theatre) and familiarity with hip hop and/or urban music.
- Experience working with youth with a history of trauma preferred.
- Significant composing experience. Examples will be requested.
- Experience scoring music is preferred.
- Experience in teaching music to young people unfamiliar in performance art.
- Must be able to meet tight deadlines.
- Must pass a criminal background check.
- Valid driver’s license.
This employee must work successfully with all persons in the organization without regard to ethnicity, religion, age, national origin, physical challenge, sexual preference or gender.
Location and Required Hours:
Programs take place inside a justice facility located at the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center – 1100 S. Hamilton, Chicago, IL.
The schedule is weekday late afternoons until 5 PM, with some early evening performances – usually 5 per year, scheduled quarterly.)
Part-time salary: $25-30/hour
For part time employees, we pay for all off-site prep time. That means composition time, curriculum planning and staff meetings, artist trainings – anything you are required to do for each program session, performance or professional development.