Jackson Preparatory School in Flowood, MS, seeks a professional leader who is committed to advancing the performing arts program and empowering students through creative instruction and artistic performance opportunities.
The Show Choir Director will report to the Chair of the Performing Arts Department, Head of Senior High and Head of Junior High. S/he will work closely with academic and administrative staff across the campus and with the Applause parent groups. The Show Choir Director (hereinafter referred to as the Director) will lead students in the spiritual, educational, and artistic aspects of fulfilling Jackson Prep's mission "to inspire and challenge students toward academic, athletic, and artistic excellence, instill personal integrity through biblical values, and equip students to pursue lives of distinction in service to society.”
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The Director will:
Direct the Junior High show choir (Fusion) and the Senior High show choir (Reveillon), including the teaching of a dedicated class for each group.
Manage all aspects of the annual show choir program including music selection, choreography, music arrangements, rehearsal schedule, student and parent communications, budget, costumes, competition entry forms, and travel arrangements.
Select and direct the show choir band.
Oversee the production of the show choir sets.
Participate in the selection, rehearsal, and production of a Fall Musical.
Prepare students for participation in show choir competitions during the season.
Prepare students for participation in the Christmas concert and the show choir showcase.
Coordinate rehearsals/performances with the calendar scheduler and the person in charge of securing each building needed to use.
Manage the show choir budget.
Communicate with others in the department regarding all aspects of the show choir program including coordinating all activities of the choral department.
Schedule and run rehearsals for all show choirs including choreography clinics with choreographers and other rehearsals throughout the year.
Follow the Jackson Prep calendar and policies.
Schedule and plan the annual show choir “Cadenza Ball” awards ceremony to be held at the end of the year.
Schedule, obtain judges for the Fusion and Reveillon auditions in the spring, including a parent meeting following auditions.
Plan and run the Show Choir Masters Summer Show Choir camp, bringing in clinicians and inviting area show choirs.
Direct and work with the parent organizers and Applause for the Show Choir Masters Competition that is held in January. Recruit and send information to show choirs all over the country.
The Director will motivate students to develop an interest in and appreciation of the arts. The ideal candidate will be an experienced leader who will be required to oversee all artistic and administrative aspects of the show choir program and should possess the following qualifications:
Bachelor's and/or Master's degree in Music.
5 or more years of experience supervising show choir and/or expertise in directing music and choreography.
Proficiency with vocal music and piano.
Must exhibit successful leadership, organization, public relations, communication, and business skills.
Exceptional interpersonal skills demonstrating the ability to respond thoughtfully and decisively to the diverse needs of faculty, students, and their families.
Excellent work ethic, modeling respect, honesty and integrity.
Ability to follow Jackson Prep policies.
Familiarity with current technology, as well as social media tools; Jackson Prep is a Google school.
Jackson Preparatory School's Philosophy
Jackson Preparatory School seeks to provide excellence in education in an atmosphere conducive to the intellectual, cultural, social, spiritual, and physical development of its students. The school recognizes the needs of our times and accepts the challenge to develop each student's potential to the greatest extent possible.
Jackson Preparatory School strives to be a school where learning and character are nourished; where teachers and students are valued as individuals; where differences are respected and talents are nurtured; where success and honest effort are recognized and failures become instructive; where judgments are tempered with compassion and achievements with humility; where education is not an end in itself but a means to the individual's fulfillment as a contributing member of the world community.
Jackson Preparatory School's Statement of Diversity
Respect and understanding of differences are necessary parts of preparation for life in today's complex world. To achieve the broader educational goal of preparing students to participate in the world community, Prep is committed to diversity in race, color, and national origin in the student body, faculty, and programs.
For consideration, applicants should submit a formal letter of interest, a detailed resume, and video of one of your group’s performances to IWanttoServe@jacksonprep.org. The video can be of a vocal group performance or show choir performance that you have directed.
About Jackson Preparatory School
Jackson Preparatory School inspires and challenges students toward academic, athletic and artistic excellence, instills personal integrity through biblical values, and equips students to pursue lives of distinction in service to society.