Please review the complete Teaching Artist position description prior completing your application to ensure understanding of minimum qualifications, work conditions, and other important information:

Position Title: Teaching Artist / Teaching Artist Ensemble

Department: Arts Education & Partnerships

Employment Type: Independent Contractor

Pay Scale: Variable based on program type and number of artists (up to five individuals); starting at $180 (per artist) per 45-60 minute program session

Position Summary: Washington Performing Arts seeks Teaching Artists and Teaching Artist Ensembles to provide education and community programs throughout the D.C. Metro Area. Teaching Artists may submit multiple programs for consideration to be listed on the artist roster for programs such as Concerts in Schools, Embassy Adoption Program, and Capital Arts Partnership artist residencies. Teaching Artists are independent contractors who work directly with the Arts Education & Partnerships staff to be placed in schools and other community event spaces based on program requests received by Washington Performing Arts.

Application Deadlines: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and will be reviewed according to the following deadlines. In order to be considered for programming beginning at the start of the school year, applications must be received by the fall deadline.

Fall Deadline: July 31st

Spring/Summer Deadline: January 31st

In this application, you will be asked to submit:

  • Resume
  • Biography (of individual or ensemble/organization)
  • Promotional Photo (of individual or ensemble/organization)
  • Program Description(s)
  • Work Samples (optional)

Please include work samples that are as recent as possible and that reflect the type of work you are interested in presenting as a Teaching Artist. Work samples may include a recorded performance or rehearsal, digital portfolio, links to website content, or other supporting materials.

Applications will be reviewed by the Arts Education & Partnerships department with input from other stakeholders. Reviewers will consider qualifications of applicants, artistic quality and curricular connections of the proposed program(s), and current needs of the Washington Performing Arts Teaching Artist roster when selecting new Teaching Artists.

Questions? Contact Education & Community Program Manager, Valerie Murray, at

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Eligible age range: 9-18 years old

Deadline for Online Submissions: Rolling admission 

Next In Person Live Audition:  Applicants will be invited to a live audition on a rolling basis (see information below)


Auditions for Children of the Gospel Choir consist of two rounds: 

  • a preliminary online screening through and 
  • a secondary live in person audition with COTG faculty 

1. Register for the preliminary online audition through 

  • Select Children of the Gospel Choir Vocal Auditions by clicking the “Submit” button.
  • You’ll be prompted to sign-in or create a free account at the bottom of the page.

2. Using the audition portal, submit video recordings of two (2) selections:

  • Star Spangled Banner (a cappella)

And one of the following selections: 

  • Bridge Over Troubled Water - any arrangement
  • Encourage Yourself - Donald  Lawrence
  • Ordinary People - John Legend
  • I Love the Lord - Whitney Houston
  • Something's Coming - from West Side Story
  • Love on Top - Beyonce
  • If I Ain’t Got You – Alicia Keys 
  • Feeling Good – Various Artists (may be performed a cappella)
  • Your second selection should include musical accompaniment such as piano, guitar, or prerecorded track. 

3. Washington Performing Arts Staff will notify you of your audition results and, if applicable, schedule your in-person live audition date/time.

4. Candidates who advance to Round 2 will participate in the following activities as a part of live auditions. 

  • Candidates will sing two (2) selections
  • Candidates will participate in musicianship exercises.
  • Candidates will also participate in movement/ stage presence exercises

Auditions are typically scheduled at the beginning of each of two performance cycles: 

  • September – December 
  • January  – June 

Deadline for Online Submissions: Rolling admissions

Next Live Audition: Applicants will be invited to a live audition on a rolling basis with the next anticipated as August 24th.   

If you have questions contact us at 

Washington Performing Arts