Job Posting

Violin Teaching Artist and Artistic Administrator

This position reports to the Executive Director and Artistic Director.


  1. Teach violin and string sessions – (private lessons, small groups and larger ensembles)
  2. Coordinate teachers’ schedules, repertoire and classroom needs
  3. Coordinate payroll for all professional teaching staff
  4. Organize assessments and document program and students’ progress; coordinate teacher/parent meetings
  5. Oversee maintenance of instruments and classroom equipment
  6. Maintain communication with OrKidstra teachers (professional teachers, undergraduate assistant teachers and mentors), students and program families
  7. Direct and oversee events—all performances, field trips and professional development opportunities
  8. Work with board and staff to help maintain media presence and keep websites and social media updated

There are two areas of work:

1. Violin Teacher (approx. 60%)

  • Teach, coach and conduct violin and larger ensembles
  • Perform with children and other teaching artists

2. Artistic administration: (approx. 40%):

  • With the Artistic Director and Executive Director and all other professional teaching staff coordinate the choice of repertoire for the year
  • Order and organize the music needs for each group
  • Book all extra events and organize the yearly calendar
  • Communicate with all the teachers weekly
  • Visit each class (band, choral, strings etc.) regularly
  • Work closely with Program Coordinator to:
    • Oversee registration process and term schedules
    • Be responsible for booking spaces for classes and workshops
    • Advise teachers of changes in plans, rooms, repertoire
    • Ensure music and music supplies are available
    • Book, confirm and coordinate volunteers



  • Dedicated and passionate violin teacher and accomplished performer (ARCT or equivalent)
  • A love of kids, creative learning skills and sense of humour
  • Passion for music and social justice
  • Excellent communication skills with the English language: verbal, written and listening
  • Proven administrative experience
  • Excellent multi-tasking ability and exceptional organizational skills
  • Computer skills with advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office including Excel
  • Ease with using all Social Media as communications tools (esp. Facebook and Twitter)
  • Current clean police records check for service with the vulnerable sector
  • Inter-cultural sensitivity


  • Suzuki Certification
  • Good piano playing skills (RCM Grade 9 up)
  • Familiarity and interest in a variety of musical styles
  • Knowledge of Sibelius or Finale
  • Education degree/arts administration background
  • Experience in conducting
  • Additional languages

Job location and hours:
The OrKidstra program is based in the Bronson Centre in central Ottawa and while most classes and administration takes place there other programs and events take place in various locations in Ottawa. The work takes place in the after school hours 2:00 to 7:00 pm Monday through Friday in term time, but these hours maybe varied during school holidays

The position is a salaried part-time position for 20 to 25 hours a week. Salary range is commensurate with experience and number of hours. A performance review will take place after one month and three months. This position may develop into a full time position in the future.

Application Process:
Please submit a brief letter and resumé by email to Tina Fedeski, the Executive Director at by July 18th, 2013. Please provide the names and contact details for two references (one professional, one character). Information about the Foundation and its programs can be found on-line at Please do not make telephone enquiries. Position will begin late August, 2013.

The Leading Note Foundation appreciates the effort that goes into every application, but will only respond to those individuals who are called to interview.

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Type of Work: 
Education Level: 
University (Undergraduate)
Prefered Method(s) of Application: 
By E-Mail

Employer Details

The Leading Note Foundation

Tina Fedeski
370 Elgin St., Suite No. 1
Ottawa, ON K2P 1N1

The Leading Note Foundation is a registered charity whose mandate is to empower Kids and build community through music. Since 2007 it has provided music educational opportunities for children from under-served communities in Ottawa through its OrKidstra program (see With hundreds of children from over 40 cultural backgrounds, OrKidstra is far more than a music program — it is first and foremost a social development program, giving the children a sense of belonging and a sense of achievement, and life skills to help them achieve their true potential.