Loyola School is a Jesuit, Catholic, independent, coeducational, college preparatory secondary school located in New York City, with a student enrollment of approximately 200 young men and women. Founded in 1900 with the unique combination of the strengths of both the Jesuit and American Independent School traditions, Loyola is the only Jesuit, independent and coeducational high school in the New York City / Tri-State area. Loyola School students strive to become young men and women who are open to growth, academically excellent, religious, loving, and committed to doing justice. Loyola School is committed to challenging its students religiously, intellectually, physically, and socially.
The needs of Loyola with regard to its music program are somewhat diverse in nature, due to the small size of the school and the scope of the music program. The needs of Loyola for a full-time music teacher would be someone who would bring expertise to each of the following areas:
Academic Music Program
The Music Teacher will teach a Freshman Music History & Theory course as well as Junior and Senior Music Theory Electives (depending on enrollment). The Music Teacher will also have mentor and other faculty responsibilities.
Extracurricular Music Program
The Music Teacher will oversee the Loyola Orchestra and Instrumental Ensembles, as well as the Loyola Chorus and A Capella Group. These activities are given time during the school day, and are considered part of the extracurricular offerings of the school. The rehearsals for these activities occur before and after school, as well as during the academic schedule. These musical groups perform at the annual Christmas Concert and at the Spring Concert.
Liturgical Music Program
The full-time Director of Music at Loyola should have the background and ability to oversee the music for school liturgies in collaboration with the Campus Minister. This would include selecting the music, preparing the cantors, practicing the music with the liturgical music singers and musicians, and leading the group during the liturgies.
Musical Direction for the Loyola Players
The full-time Director of Music should have the background and ability to perform duties as the musical director of a theatrical musical. (Although Loyola will probably not perform a musical every year, the Moderator of Dramatics and the Director of Music would consult with regard to the available talent in any given year to determine the feasibility of a musical theatre offering. It would be a goal to have a musical at least every other year.) The musical director should have the ability to teach the vocal music to the cast and rehearse it with them. Ideally, the musical director should be able to accompany the cast on piano. The musical director would also teach the music to the orchestra and rehearse it with them.
Integration of the various parts of the program would be discussed between the Principal and the Director of Music.
In the tradition of the Jesuit spirit of cura personalis (care and concern for the whole person), Loyola's teachers are also expected to participate as coaches and moderators of teams and activities and to be engaged in the life of the school outside of the classroom; ability to contribute to the extracurricular and spiritual life of the school is required.