Lyra Music Festival and Workshop 2020
Cello Faculty Job Opening

About Lyra Music:  Lyra Music Festival and Workshop is a 3-week intensive classical music program for pianists and string players, ages 9-18, in residence at Smith College, Northampton, MA, July 5-25, 2020. Intermediate and advanced level musicians are immersed in a supportive, conservatory-style environment focusing on the study of solo and chamber music repertoire and sharing their performances with the surrounding community. Students have the option to live on or off-campus, though the majority of students choose on-campus housing. Faculty members and staff live on-campus sharing housing facilities and eating meals with students in the on-campus dining hall.

We provide a small, intensive, yet nurturing music camp focused on achieving high standards of development through encouragement rather than competitiveness, and working on the whole individual along with music-making. We maintain an unusually low teacher to student ratio, and love the family-like, supportive atmosphere that results from a small student body.  Students participate in private lessons and chamber music coachings on alternate days; as well as group music classes in subjects including theory, history and ear-training; masterclasses with guest artists; and experience multiple performance opportunities.  We are enjoying incredible growth, and are excited to continue developing the workshop with integrity and heart. Along with high level musical training, Lyra offers daily recreational activities, evening social activities, and fun regional excursions.

Position Opening: Cello Faculty
Dates: July 4 - July 25, 2020
Location: Smith College, Northampton, MA

Apply for the position: E-mail resume and cover letter to

Faculty Position Responsibilities

  • Private Lesson Teaching

  • Chamber Ensemble Coaching

  • Practice Session Coaching

  • Group Class Instruction (Classes to be determined, but may include subjects such as: Theory/Ear Training, Music History, Technique/Instrument Skills, Practice Strategies)

  • Attend and assist at all Lyra Festival/Workshop events (Concerts, Outreach, and Masterclasses)

  • If requested by Lyra, Faculty member will perform in the Faculty Concert and outreach performances

  • All faculty and staff members are required to participate in several recreational/regional activities

  • All faculty and staff members also assist with some student supervision and care-taking, including being on call from time to time in the dormitories for the campers in the evenings.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor's and Master’s Degree (minimum) in Cello Performance

  • High level of proficiency and significant Cello performance experience

  • Significant knowledge of Cello repertoire

  • 5 years private teaching experience

  • Experience teaching and working with children in middle school and high school

  • Experience teaching intermediate and advanced levels

  • Ability to work collaboratively with faculty/staff and to provide support to students to enhance their participation

  • Ability to recruit a minimum of 2 students

Desirable Skills
The ideal candidate will also have the following professional and personal qualifications:

  • An open, flexible and creative approach to teaching and problem solving

  • Enthusiastic Participation in group activities (recreational and regional activities, etc.)


  • On-campus housing for the duration of the program, residing with Lyra Music students, faculty, staff and directors

  • All meals for the duration of the program: beginning the evening of July 5-July 25, 2020

  • Salary commensurate with experience and recruitment