Employment Opportunities

Community Music School Faculty Openings

The Community Music School™, a program of The Music Center™ in Battle Creek, Michigan, offers private instruction in most band and orchestra instruments, piano, voice, and guitar, as well as Music First classes for infant through 5 years. Prospective faculty with the following qualifications are invited to submit resumes at any time: Bachelor’s degree in music or related area, proficiency and continuing performance on major instrument, three years teaching experience, two professional references, able to pass a background check.

Please contact us via our contact form for information on openings. No phone calls, please

Part-time Grant Specialist, Supporting the Community through Music

If you like music, have a passion for helping others, and want to set your own hours, then please consider applying for the part-time position (20 hours a week) of Grant Specialist at The Music Center. You’ll have the chance to experience being a part of the organization that runs the Battle Creek Symphony, the Community Music School, multiple choir programs, and music classes in a variety of categories. The work we do uses music as a platform for change and to support our community members of all ages and musical interests. In our last pre-covid year, we secured grants that allowed us to reach over 13,000 kids, mostly at-risk. The Grant Specialist will write and manage all grants, assemble and submit grant requests, put together supplemental materials required for applications, and write final reports. The Grant Specialist will manage a well-organized grant system including maintaining detailed records, prioritizing multiple projects, meeting deadlines, and tracking grant progress.

A 2-year degree in business, communications, or equivalent is required, plus excellent writing, editing, proofreading, and computer skills (Word, Excel, Outlook); detail-oriented and able to work under tight deadlines; able to work quickly and produce quality work; able to plan, shift priorities if necessary, coordinate multiple projects to meet deadlines; able to overcome roadblocks when seeking solutions, and able to work independently as well as collaboratively as part of a team.

Since The Music Center is a non-profit, our pay isn’t at the top of the scale at $14 to $20 an hour (based on experience), but you’ll also get free tickets to most of our events and join a strong team which is moving forward, even at this difficult Covid time. And, we are very flexible on the office hours for this position so, within reason, you can set your own.

You can email your resume to Careers@YourMusicCenter.org. Please include a cover letter as a writing sample. NO calls.


Battle Creek Symphony
Operations Manager/ Education Outreach Coordinator

Interested in a fast-paced exciting position in the music arts? The Battle Creek Symphony is seeking a part-time Operations Manager and Education Outreach Coordinator. The successful candidate will be responsible for the smooth execution of Battle Creek Symphony concerts and events including the supervision of all symphony technical personnel and orchestra personnel duties. Attention to detail is a must. Ability to work with little supervision, a high degree of reliability, capacity to multi-task and meet strict deadlines, and ability to function well under pressure are of utmost importance for this position.

This rewarding position requires a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Music, Arts Administration, or equivalent, along with 1 – 3 years’ experience in orchestra operations including technical requirements for concert production and budget management. The Operations Manager will also need knowledge of symphonic music, proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel, strong organizational skills with meticulous attention to detail, and excellent communication skills--both verbal and written.

Hours and compensation are 18/hours per week (except for concert weeks where hours may reach 30 hours) at $15/hour.

This is an excellent position for those seeking a full-time career in Arts Administration.  Previous Operations Managers are now holding leadership positions with the Grand Rapids Symphony, Cincinnati Orchestra, and Philadelphia Orchestra, among others.

If you are qualified, please send a cover letter, resume and references to careers@yourmusiccenter.org.  No phone calls, please.

About the Battle Creek Symphony and The Music Center, the parent organization of the BCSO

The Music Center is dedicated to the highest standards of music performance and education and to making our community better than ever by embracing diversity, equity, and inclusion. By using music as a tool for change and as a platform to embrace everyone, our goal is to normalize diversity wherever we serve.

We provide musical listening, learning, and performance opportunities to people of all ages and skill levels. Established in 2000, The Music Center offers programs including I.M.P.A.C.T.: FREE after school classes/Sojourner Truth Choir, Ars Voce, the FREE Battle Creek Boychoir and Girls Chorus, Battle Creek Community Chorus, the Community Music School, and Michigan's oldest continuously running orchestra, the Battle Creek Symphony.


Battle Creek Symphony openings

See the Auditions page for current openings.