TA Residency Composition Coach/Music Director

Book to Bravo! Teaching Artist Residency (Opera Guild)


San Francisco Opera Guild is seeking teaching artists on an ongoing basis.  Please email your resume and a cover letter to guildeducation@sfopera.com with GUILD RESIDENCY TEACHING ARTIST as the subject line.

Position: Composition Coach/Music Director
Note: This position is though the Opera Guild, not through the San Francisco Opera Association



San Francisco Opera Guild, a non-profit organization that has specialized in arts education programs in the Bay Area for over 75 years, seeks experienced Teaching Artists to teach on a per project basis in its Book to Bravo! program. The program takes place at schools in various communities across the Bay Area.


San Francisco Opera Guild believes that the life lessons drawn from creative expression are the foundation of confidence and integrity. The Guild provides award-winning K-12 education programs and engaging community outreach programs, furthering its mission to give voice to potential and extend the impact of opera by bringing it center stage into the life of the community.  While San Francisco Opera Guild operates in close collaboration with the San Francisco Opera, it is an independent organization.  All inquiries should be sent to San Francisco Opera Guild as instructed below, not San Francisco Opera.

Book to Bravo! and Voices for Social Justice are twelve-week classroom residency programs in which two Teaching Artists (a Dramatist/Director and Composition Coach/Music Director) work with a class of students and their teacher in the creation of an original musical adaptation of a book or story, or matter of social significance and concern which students then design, rehearse, and perform.


Residencies take place at a school site and normally consist of a pre-program planning session with the teacher, ten 90-minute class sessions (scheduled one time per week), a performance, and a 45-minute follow-up reflection session.  This will generally require a period of about 12-14 weeks total. Preparation and planning time outside of the school sessions is also required.


  • Excellent written and verbal communication, with meticulous attention to detail.
  • Skills in planning and implementing lessons.
  • Experience working with and coaching students at the elementary and middle school levels in a classroom environment.
  • Experience in theatre and/or music.  Specific knowledge of opera is desireable but not required.
  • Ability to work cooperatively in the context of team teaching.
  • Ability to travel to school sites for weekly sessions.




  • In coordination with the Dramatist/Director, planning lessons and activities for each class (the Guild provides a curriculum guide and other support with this process).
  • Leading exercises with students to introduce vocal technique and musical concepts.
  • Coaching students in the song writing process, including teaching basic composition and theory.
  • Editing, expanding, and adding accompaniment to student-generated lyrics and songs for inclusion in the final production.
  • Creating lead sheets for distribution to students.
  • Acting as music director through the rehearsal process.
  • Providing piano accompaniment for songs during rehearsal and performance.
  • Collaborating with the Dramatist/Director on other aspects of the residency as needed.

Additional Requirements

  • Adequate piano skills to accompany students in rehearsal and performance.
  • Understanding of vocal technique and music theory.
  • Ability to write, harmonize, and accompany simple songs.


San Francisco Opera Guild is seeking teaching artists on an ongoing basis.  Please email your resume and a cover letter to guildeducation@sfopera.com with GUILD RESIDENCY TEACHING ARTIST as the subject line.

Qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records will be considered for this position in accordance with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.






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Book to Bravo! Teaching Artist Residency (Opera Guild)