Instructor of Singer Songwriter (Commencing Fall 2013)

  • Interlochen, MI
  • Full-time

Company Description

Interlochen Center for the Arts is the recipient of the National Medal of Arts and the only organization in the world that brings together: a 2,500-student summer camp program; a 500-student fine arts boarding high school; opportunities for hundreds of adults to engage in fulfilling artistic and creative programs; two 24-hour listener-supported public radio stations (classical music and news); more than 600 arts presentations annually by students, faculty and world-renowned guest artists; a global alumni base spanning eight decades, including leaders in arts and all other endeavors. For information, visit Interlochen online at


Interlochen Center for the Arts includes:


Interlochen Arts Academy

Interlochen Arts Academy, a fine arts boarding high school, offers the highest quality artistic training combined with comprehensive college-preparatory academics. The Academy also offers post-graduate opportunities.


Interlochen Arts Camp

Young artists from around the world gather at Interlochen each summer to learn, create and perform alongside leading artists and instructors. Programs are offered to students in grades three through twelve.


Interlochen College of Creative Arts

Adult artists thrive on opportunities to learn and express themselves creatively. The College of Creative Arts offers programs in a variety of arts disciplines.


Interlochen Public Radio

Classical Music: 88.7 FM, Interlochen; 88.5 FM, Mackinaw City; and 100.9 FM, East Jordan/Charlevoix

News Radio: 91.5 FM, Traverse City; 90.1 FM, Harbor Springs/Petoskey; 89.7 FM, Manistee/Ludington

Streaming online at  Through two listener-supported broadcast services, Interlochen Public Radio (IPR) connects northwest Michigan with arts, news and culture on a global scale. IPR also gives significant focus to local and regional news, information and artists.


Interlochen Presents

Interlochen brings dozens of world-renowned artists to northwest Michigan, enhancing the region’s position on the global arts map. Interlochen presents more than 600 events each year by students, faculty and guest artists, making Interlochen one of the nation’s largest arts presenters.

Job Description

Interlochen is seeking an experienced and dedicated singer-songwriter to continue the development and implementation a new curricular program designed to instruct talented and motivated high school students in the discipline of popular music songwriting.  This program leads students to creative approaches to popular musical composition by developing skills in melody, harmony, arranging, and lyric writing, while seeking to nurture a distinct individual writing and performance style.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will maintain an active studio of private singer-songwriter students.  He or she will teach lyric writing, digital composition, performance practice, studio seminar and private song development lessons.  Faculty are also responsible for helping to prepare students for college and conservatory auditions and are expected to take a leading role in recruiting efforts to maintain an outstanding private studio.  All faculty are expected to participate in a variety of student and campus activities. 


A Music degree or performance equivalent, with substantial professional performance and demonstrated teaching expertise is required. The successful candidate must be able to create an exciting and challenging teaching and performing environment that fosters a successful learning atmosphere.  Significant experience, both as a performer and teacher who understands the needs and capabilities of young, developing, high caliber singer-songwriter performers at the high school or college level will be an essential quality of the ideal candidate.  Interlochen expects its performance faculty to establish and maintain national visibility and credibility for both themselves and their studios. Excellent guitar teaching and performing skills, fluency in the use of music technology tools and recording equipment, and a high level of professional organization are essential.

Additional Information

Compensation and Benefits: 

A competitive salary and benefit package is being offered, commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Application Process:


  1. Interested candidates need to complete the online application by clicking the "I am interested" green button.
  2. Once the online application has been completed, candidates should send:  a letter of interest, digital audio recordings demonstrating performing ability, unofficial educational transcript and three current letters of recommendation to:   (Electronic submissions preferred)



Materials submitted will be held in strictest confidence, and references will not be contacted without the permission of the applicant.


The search will remain open until filled with a priority deadline of resume review being May 15th, 2013.