Music and Dance Coordinator

Music and Dance Coordinator

To ensure that Music & Dance remains an integral part of Folk School programming and campus and community life. This coordinator is responsible for scheduling and overseeing Music & Dance classes, as well as planning and running a full schedule of annual concerts and dances. The Music and Dance Coordinator reports to the Programming Director.

  • Hire instructors/musicians for all music and dance classes
  • Plan program schedule for dance weekends and Winter Dance & Music Week and serve as onsite coordinator during these events
  • Schedule callers and bands for Tuesday night contra dances
  • Friday night concerts: Schedule and pay performers; emcee and run sound
  • Saturday night contra dances: Schedule and pay callers & musicians; set up hall and run sound
  • Also serve a support role for English Country dances held once/month, scheduled by Carl Dreher
  • Count attendees of concerts & dances for report to development office
  • Fall Festival: Book and schedule performers, emcees, and sound techs
  • Organize and oversee the annual Christian Harmony Singing in July
  • Set up sound for other events as needed (auctions, Olde Folks Party, etc.)
  • Assist marketing with advertising and publicity for music & dance programs
  • Work with program director on annual budget, board reports, and other program issues
  • Maintain the organization of the music studio and the stage area of the Community Room
  • Buy supplies as needed, monitor Music & Dance budget, and complete necessary paperwork
  • Lead closing ceremony as needed when Program Operations Assistant is off
  • Lead Morningsong upon request, approximately once a month
  • Join the Campus Tour rotation, leading this activity approximately 4 times per year
  • Serve as liaison to the dance teams that use our facilities for practice
  • Interface with Brasstown Concert Association for any special needs for their Sunday concert series (and count attendees)
  • Promote the Folk School while traveling to other locations
  • Sing, dance, play...enjoy!

Education and Experience Requirements

  • Musician (preferably of a traditional Appalachian acoustic instrument) and/or dancer (ideally contra, square, and/or English country)
  • Knowledge of Music and Dance resources in the southeastern U.S. -- or ideas of how to tap into these resources
  • Skilled in setting up and troubleshooting sound systems
  • Strong administrative skills to keep track of weekly, monthly, and yearly responsibilities and a large volume of contacts (class instructors, musicians/bands, and dance callers)
  • Computer proficiency (Mac or PC) with knowledge of Microsoft Word & Excel and email. Familiarity with Facebook is a plus
  • Professional-quality writing skills (very good spelling, correct grammar, etc.) to use in promoting Music & Dance classes via emails to past students, Facebook, and flyers
  • Post-secondary education (college, community college, etc.) is preferred, but not required
  • Comfort speaking in front of an audience, such as serving as emcee for a concert
  • Friendly team player
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and dedication to the mission of the Folk School

Physical Demands

The position requires that the employee be able to walk unaided up and down hills and over uneven terrain, bend, stoop, and have use of fine and gross motor skills. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and to work at a computer. The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or touch objects, tools, or controls and to talk fluently. The employee must occasionally lift up to 40 pounds and be able to work nights, weekends, and holidays as required by event schedule.

Organization Name: 
John C. Campbell Folk School
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Salary range: 
This is a full-time position with benefits. Annual compensation is discussed during the interview process. The Folk School offers competitive pay and benefits package while working in a joyful and enlivening environment.
Job Type: 
Full Time
Southwestern NC
Cherokee County
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How to Apply: 

Please submit the following materials at or by USPS:

Karen Beaty
Programming Director
John C. Campbell Folk
One Folk School Road
Brasstown, NC 28902

  1. Cover Letter that expresses your desire to work at the Folk School and reasons for interest in the position
  2. Resume detailing education and work experience
  3. Contact Information for three professional references

Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until position is filled.