Director/Conductor, Powers Youth Orchestra (part-time)

Powers Music School seeks an experienced conductor and educator with superior musical, administrative, and interpersonal skills to lead and cultivate the orchestra's premiere large ensemble. Founded in 2013 as the Massachusetts Youth Symphony Project, the orchestra is comprised of approximately 30 students from Belmont and surrounding communities. Now re-branded as Powers Youth Orchestra, we seek a conductor who shares our vision of providing an exceptional environment for students to learn standard orchestral repertoire while building the musical, communicative, and interpersonal skills that are vital for performing with others.

DUTIES: Reporting to the Director of Education and Community Programs, The PYO Director:

  • Conducts weekly rehearsals from 3:00-5:00 pm each Saturday
  • Prepares the group for annual concerts in December and May
  • Holds auditions 3-4 days per year - currently in early June
  • Works with the Conductor of Powers’ String Orchestra and Chamber Program Director on concerts, audition scheduling, ensemble policies
  • Expands recruiting efforts by strengthening relationships with public and private school band and orchestra directors
  • Attends the school’s annual faculty meeting in September and the annual piano concerto competition in February

Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s preferred in orchestral conducting, music education, or music performance. Three years professional conducting experience required, some of which preferably with youth in an educational setting. Candidates must have a thorough knowledge of appropriate orchestral repertoire for young musicians and demonstrate effective rehearsal techniques.


START: June 2019

Commensurate with experience.

The successful candidate for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.


Music Therapist (part-time)

Powers Music School seeks an experienced and energetic Board-Certified music therapist with outstanding abilities to work with students of all ages, especially older adults. Currently, Powers employs one music therapist offering weekly individual sessions but is seeking to expand its offerings through on and off-site group instruction and sensory sensitive performances. This is an ideal opportunity for a creative, self-motivated individual to join and help grow a vibrant department.


  • In consultation with department coordinator, develop, plan, and lead group sessions (on or off-site) based on community need
  • Lead individual sessions with students of all ages
  • Attend annual faculty meeting and open house
  • Explore opportunities for enrollment growth


  • Master’s degree or equivalent work experience
  • Board certification strongly preferred
  • Documented work experience of at least 3-5 years preferred
  • Experience and expertise working with older adult populations
  • Effective communication skills with clients, families, and colleagues
  • Strong proficiency in multiple instruments – voice, guitar, piano, percussion, etc.

START: flexible

COMPENSATION: Competitive and based on experience and qualifications. Additionally there may be opportunities to perform in faculty recitals, Neighborhood Concert Series and Musical Storytelling events.


Piano Instructor (part-time)

Powers Music School seeks an experienced piano instructor with outstanding abilities to teach students of all ages, especially younger children. The current piano department is comprised of twelve faculty members who teach private lessons and coach chamber music.


  • Teach private lessons
  • Teach group classes based on department need
  • Attend annual faculty meeting and open house
  • Explore opportunities for enrollment growth
  • Potential opportunities to work with the school’s community and summer programs


  • Master’s degree in performance, pedagogy or equivalent work experience
  • Documented successful teaching experience
  • Effective communication skills with students, parents, and colleagues

START: January 3, 2019. Thursday availability preferred.

COMPENSATION: Based on experience and qualifications.


For all Open Positions:

A passionate community committed to playing, learning, and growing together, Powers Music School is located in Belmont, MA. Powers welcomes over 900 students weekly, offering private music lessons in nearly 30 instruments, early childhood and group classes, jazz and rock bands, Suzuki instruction, orchestra, music theory, and composition. The school is also home to summer programs for strings, chamber music ensembles, and young children.

To apply:
Send cover letter, resume and 3 references by email to dacsadi@powersmusic.org or by mail to:
Dr. Daniel Acsadi
Director of Education
Powers Music School
PO Box 398, Belmont, MA 02478


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