Contractor -Music Director, DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards

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Job Summary:

Position responsibilities will focus on collaborating in the development of the annual Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Theatre Awards (DSM HSMTA), which will take place on May 14, 2020. The Music Director will be responsible for creating cohesive medleys involving various musical numbers from different musicals, teaching medleys to students, vocal coaching high school students, and rehearsing and conducting a live orchestra.


  • Music direction and production of DSM HSMTA performance including the creation of cohesive theatrical medleys for opening number, lead actor/actress numbers, and finale.
  • Conducting of a live orchestra during the awards ceremony.
  • Collaboration with director on music needs throughout the awards ceremony to create a cohesive and artistically exciting performance.
  • Work to utilize skills and talents of students to improve their skills and prepare for performances.
  • Teach and rehearse student medleys.
  • Accompany during choreography and staging rehearsals as needed.
  • Work with the DSM Education & Community Partnerships Department on the musical needs of the performers and performance as a whole.
  • Creating a positive and equitable atmosphere for high school performers and groups with the knowledge that ultimately, the purpose of the DSM HSMTA are to highlight fantastic educational programs from across North Texas.

 Required credentials, experience and skills:

  • 3+ years experience music directing musical theatre.
  • Ability to play piano and direct an orchestra. The Music Director will also be responsible for the hiring of the DSM HSMTA orchestra which must include all union musicians.
  • Ability to read music and compile several song medleys.
  • Selected candidates may be required to fill out a Conflict of Interest form.
  • Strong ability to understand the DSM HSMTA as a competition based on collaboration and not divisiveness and convey this attitude to all involved in the production.
  • Demonstrated reliability, punctuality, and professionalism.
  • Candidates must successfully complete a criminal background check.
  • Ideal candidate will have a passion for arts education and working with young people, educators and artists and 3+ years experience working with high school students.
  • Strong communication and good interpersonal skills; at ease relating to people from varying educational, cultural and social backgrounds.
  • Availability for all key meetings, rehearsals and tech/performance dates beginning in early February 2020 through May 2020, including weekend and evening rehearsals as needed. Tentative dates include:
    • February 7, 2020: Production Meeting
    • March 13, 2020: Production Meeting
    • April 10, 2020: Production Meeting
    • April 25, 2020: Rehearsal
    • May 2, 2020: Rehearsal
    • May 9, 2020: Rehearsal
    • May 11, 2020: Tech
    • May 12, 2020: Tech/Dress
    • May 13, 2020: Tech/Dress
    • May 14, 2020: Awards Show
  • Strong belief in collaboration both within the organization and outside of the organization
  • Bachelor’s Degree with a major in arts-related and or educational area preferred.
  • Fluency in Spanish or additional languages is a plus.


DSM does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and termination of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, sub-contractors, vendors, and clients.

Location: Dallas, TX
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