Work with MYS

Current Employment Openings

Beginning Strings Teachers (violin, viola, and cello)

Artistic Operations Assistant

About MYS
Metropolitan Youth Symphony serves approximately 500 students through 13 orchestra, band, jazz, string and percussion ensembles located in Portland and Hillsboro. Making music education available to musicians at all levels of experience, MYS offers theory classes, instrumental coaching, and opportunities to collaborate with performers across artistic disciplines. Each season MYS ensembles present four concerts at Portland’5 Centers for the Arts venues and eleven community concerts throughout the Portland/Vancouver area. With a core commitment to access, MYS provides tuition-free beginning strings classes, as well as tuition assistance, loaner instruments, and in-school concerts at low-income schools to reach over 5,000 students each season.

Beginning Strings Teacher Job Description

About MYS Beginning Strings: In keeping with MYS’ mission of making music education available to musicians at all levels, the Beginning Strings Program grants students, who might not otherwise have an opportunity to learn an instrument, the resources to get started. This two-year program provides students of low-income backgrounds with an instrument and instruction with the goal of preparing them to enter our entry-level string ensemble in their third year of playing.

Classes and lessons take place weekly at three metro area locations: Bienestar de la Familia in NE Portland’s Cully neighborhood, Faubion School in NE Portland, and Lincoln Street Elementary School in Hillsboro. Each student will receive one 20-minute one-on-one lesson each week (which may be either in-person or via an online tool) and one 90-minute group class after school. Classes will have a maximum enrollment of 10 students, and all students in the group will be learning the same instrument (violin, viola or cello).  Instructors will work with a set of expected technical and musical benchmarks intended to prepare students to join MYS’s Overture Strings at the end of their second year of instruction. Instructors will continually assess progress of individual students and consult with MYS artistic leadership regarding students who are making slower or faster progress than expected. Instructors may be asked to participate in assessment tests for prospective new students.  

The teachers of Beginning Strings are dedicated musicians who enjoy working with beginning level string students (violin, viola or cello).


• Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education or Performance
• At least one year of experience working with students with no previous instrumental experience

Interested candidates should send a resume and introductory email to

Artistic Operations Assistant Job Description

Metropolitan Youth Symphony is seeking an Artistic Operations Assistant to assist with concert production and general operations. The Artistic Operations Assistant supports music program operations and is primarily responsible for the music library and assisting the Artistic Operations Manager with production, logistics and office duties as specified below. This position is part-time, 10-15 hours per week mid-August through May.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

I. Concerts, Rehearsals, and Special Events

  1. Assist with load-in, stage transitions, and load-out of all concerts (approx. 11 per season)
  2. Attend weekly daytime Saturday rehearsals (September-May), acting as on-site liaison and point of communication for families and artistic staff
  3. Fulfill duties of Artistic Operations Manager when they are unavailable

II. Office

  1. Music Library: Copy all music for Saturday rehearsals (9 ensembles), assist with music library filing and maintenance, maintain repertoire history for all ensembles, maintain program archive
  2. Auditions: assist in scheduling of auditions and preparing audition materials
  3. Instrument inventory:  maintain instrument inventory, storage area, and acquire maintenance services when necessary. Assist Artistic Operations Manager with rentals and distribution of instruments
  4. Assist Artistic Operations Manager with additional tasks as needed


  1. Excellent organization, communication, and computer skills (MS Word, Excel)
  2. Ability to work independently, make sound judgments, and utilize interpersonal skills in working with a variety of staff, students, and volunteers
  3. Applicants should be able to work in a fast paced and deadline-oriented environment
  4. General knowledge of classical music and ability to read music is essential
  5. Hours for office components are flexible during normal business week, however availability for weekend rehearsal and concerts is required
  6. Ability to lift 40 lbs

Preferred Skills:

  1. Topical Spanish language proficiency
  2. Basic knowledge of common string instrument maintenance
  3. Valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle

Interested candidates should send a resume and introductory email to