Choir Accompanist

Submitted by HRMerit on Mon, 05/14/2018 - 4:04pm


Merit School of Music is seeking a Choir Accompanist for the Instrumental and Vocal Music Program’s Summer Children’s Choir (Kindergarten – 4th Grade). The Choir Accompanist will begin no later than Monday, June 25th. The summer session runs through the week of August 13th at the Joy Faith Knapp Music Center. A successful candidate will have priority in accepting additional accompanist vacancies for the 2018 – 2019 school year.

Organization Overview

Since its founding in 1979, Merit School of Music has successfully motivated and inspired over 50,000 young people with high-quality music instruction. The School’s broad-ranging comprehensive curriculum, extensive level of financial aid, sense of community and the standard of excellence set forth by the faculty and students are major components of its success.

Merit offers a multi-leveled, structured curriculum in a college preparatory environment. Programs take place at the Joy Faith Knapp Music Center in Chicago’s West Loop and at nearly 30 locations in neighborhoods across the City. Instruction is offered to approximately 5,000 students of all ages, from infants to adults, and from beginners to the Juilliard-bound by over 150 accomplished faculty members.
Merit has an annual operating budget of $6 million, of which nearly half is supported by contributed revenue.

Merit School of Music transforms the lives of Chicago-area youth by providing the highest quality music education – with a focus on underserved communities – inspiring young people to achieve their full musical and personal potential.

Reporting Relationship

Choir Accompanist reports to the Voice Program Director.

Job Responsibilities

Responsibilities of the choir accompanist include, but are not limited to:
Accompany Children’s Choir during rehearsals and concerts
Collaborating with the Children’s Choir conductor on all rehearsal and performance related matters
Other projects as assigned

Personal Skills/Attributes/Qualifications

The ideal candidate would possess the following qualifications:
Strong communication skills
Demonstrated success as an accompanist or performer
Ability to collaborate and work well with colleagues and administrators
Ability to work well with young students
Professional and punctual
Previous experience with accompanying choirs preferred

Educational Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in Music or equivalent experience

Mondays and Wednesdays, June 25th – August 13th
5:30 – 6:30 pm


Compensation is $40.00 per hour.

Interested candidates should send résumé to:

No phone calls or faxes please.

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Merit School of Music does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religious belief, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, ancestry, veteran status, physical or mental disability or any other protected status in admission or access to, or employment in its programs and activities.