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JOB DESCRIPTION

 

JOB TITLE: MUSIC DIRECTOR
REPORTS TO: Board of Directors

 

POSITION DESCRIPTION

The Music Director is the artistic director and conductor of the Concord Orchestra. The Music Director reports directly to the Board of Directors and works closely with the President, Board, Librarian and Personnel Managers. The successful candidate should be experienced in performance and rehearsal practice with volunteer and professional musicians alike. They will ensure that artistic excellence is attained in all musical aspects of the orchestra’s activities, including subscription concerts, artistic partnerships, the young artist competition, and outreach. The Music Director will be expected to bring a broad and deep knowledge of orchestral repertoire. 

The Music Director will be an original and innovative thinker who can bring new ideas to all aspects of the Concord Orchestra, while embracing and building upon its achievements. Respectful of the legacy that has been set, the Music Director will play a leadership role in collaboratively creating a new future for the Concord Orchestra. 

The Music Director will cultivate the creativity of those within the orchestra and adhere to principles of fairness and sensitivity in all matters pertaining to orchestra personnel such as artistic planning, auditions, solo assignments and seating, etc. 

The Music Director should also be prepared to advance the interests of the Concord Orchestra and be its public face.  The Music Director must be an excellent communicator, public speaker, and a strong leader with a commitment to working collaboratively with musicians and staff. 

This is a part-time salaried position.

 

QUALIFICATIONS
  • Masters Degree in music performance/conducting or commensurate experience as demonstrated in the submitted application materials
  • Experience conducting and delivering compelling performances with professional and volunteer orchestras
  • Mastery of at least one instrument, ability to coach all sections to realize desired level of play and musical interpretation.
  • Experience performing as a member of an orchestra. Soloist experience a plus.
  • Effective and efficient rehearsal technique
  • Reside within commuting distance from Concord to facilitate attendance at performances, weekly rehearsals, Board meetings, planning meetings, community outreach events, and audience development efforts

 

CANDIDATE PROFILE
  • Experience in developing imaginative programming, using diverse repertoire
  • Interest in modern and contemporary music within the broad range of symphonic repertoire
  • Musical and personal leadership skills, including ability to motivate, inform, and elicit the best efforts of musicians learning challenging and unfamiliar repertoire
  • Awareness of current performance practice and sensitivity to the changing role of orchestras and modes of performance
  • Ability to inspire and communicate musically and orally with audiences both on and off the stage
  • Appreciation for the non-profit status of the organization and willingness to collaborate with the orchestra volunteers and board to run the orchestra and operate within budgetary limits
  • Willingness to represent the orchestra in the life of the community, support fundraising, and participate in the promotional endeavors of the orchestra.
  • Able to commit to an early September through mid-May weekly Tuesday evening rehearsal schedule (30 – 34 weeks) and a minimum of five orchestra programs performed annually, all in Concord
  • Able to commit to multiple concert performances in the same weekend

 

MUSICAL RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Programming and repertoire
    • Plan programming for each season’s concerts which have historically been in October, December, January, March, and May.  Programming plans should be submitted to the Board by end of February and must include the specific version (if necessary) and instrumentation
    • Provide some content for and participate in review of program books and publicity materials
  • Music Library
    • Work with the Librarian to ensure that music is available as needed and within the budget constraints
  • Rehearsals and Concerts
    • Prepare and conduct weekly rehearsals, dress rehearsals and concerts. There are typically six or seven Tuesday evening rehearsals, one Thursday evening dress rehearsal and two concerts.  May (historically a Pops format) has three concerts
    • Engage with audience during and after concerts via commentary during performance and receptions after concerts
  •  Musicians
    • Participate in selecting new members, substitute players, and additional musicians when needed due to instrumentation requirements. Determine section seating
    • Create a committed and strong musical atmosphere of growth for all musicians in the Orchestra
    • Coordinate sectionals as part of concert preparation, as necessary
  • Soloists
    • Attract and select all guest artists, staying within budget constraints and consulting with the Board of Directors. Work with the board and orchestra members on coordination and interaction with soloists
  • Musical collaborations
    • Collaborate with the Board to identify and approach local arts groups to appear with the Orchestra and coordinate their participation
  • Young artist competition
    • Participate on the panel to judge the annual Young Artists Competition. Prepare winner for performance with orchestra
  • Guest Conductors
    • Collaborate with Board of Directors to periodically feature a guest conductor
NON-MUSICAL RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Board
    • Attend monthly board meetings as a non-voting member and provide a brief Music Director report at each meeting
    • Work with Board to develop and establish long-range artistic plans and business strategies for the development of the Concord Orchestra, and work to achieve its immediate and future goals
  • Fundraising
    • Assist with grant writing and other financial opportunities specific to repertoire and music output
  • Community outreach
    • Available to assist with community outreach and audience development projects

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