Resident Conductor: Oregon Symphony

Resident Conductor

Position Title: Resident Conductor
Reports To: Music Director and Artistic Administrator
FLSA Status: Full time, exempt

Summary:  The Resident Conductor supports the artistic vision of the Oregon Symphony and its Music Director by performing the following:

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Conduct Family and Youth Education concerts;
  2. Conduct classical and popular Special and Community concerts, as scheduled;
  3. Cover Classical subscription and other concerts, as scheduled;
  4. Conduct Classical subscription concerts as requested by the Music Director, when appropriate;
  5. Speak to audiences before, during and after selected concerts;
  6. Represent the Association to donors and other constituencies in private and public settings;
  7. Provide artistic support to the Music Director, guest conductors and recording personnel;
  8. Provide administrative supports to staff by participating in scheduling and programming discussions, which includes ability to create programs appropriate for a particular audience;
  9. Other duties may be assigned as appropriate.

Qualifications:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Outstanding musicianship and conducting skills; professional orchestra experience preferred in a variety of formats, including classical, pops, youth and community — as well as flair for public speaking in English to those same constituent audiences; Ability to program effectively in a timely fashion with a familiarity of a range of repertory and musical styles, and with a sensitivity to budgetary considerations; availability to work collaboratively and diplomatically with different constituencies, including staff, musicians, and the educational community.

Other Qualifications:  The Resident Conductor should be available for the majority of the 38 week season, but it is negotiable, plus available for consultation and planning during the off weeks.

Education and/or Experience:  Training from a recognized program with a Master’s Degree in conducting or an Artist’s Diploma preferred.

Goals and Timeline: The Oregon Symphony seeks to appoint a Resident Conductor for the start of the 2013/14 season.  This is a full time two-year appointment with the possibility of extension.

Auditions: Auditions will be held in Portland February 4 and 5, 2013.

Application Procedure: Candidates are requested to submit a current resume, list of references, and DVD playable on a Blu-ray player (please no video files or videocassettes or Web links) no later than December 31, 2012 to Charles Calmer, Artistic Administrator, Oregon Symphony, 921 SW Washington Street, Suite 200, Portland, Oregon 97205.  Please note that materials will not be returned.  No phone inquiries, please.

An offer of employment with the Oregon Symphony is contingent upon satisfactory proof of full-time, ongoing employment authorization in the United States and a satisfactory background check.  The Oregon Symphony is an equal opportunity employer.

Compensation and Benefits: Negotiable, with a benefit package available.   When not officially required to be in Portland, the Resident Conductor will be free to accept guest conducting engagements.

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Organization Description: Founded in 1896, the Oregon Symphony under Music Director Carlos Kalmar has become recognized as one of the nation’s great ensembles dedicated to the highest artistic standards.  The 76 musicians currently perform 90 concerts per season during the 38-week season.  Programming includes 16 weeks of subscriptions, 6 Youth, 3 “Kids” performances, in addition to approximately 15 classical and popular specials.  The current budget is $14 million.



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