Breckenridge Music Festival, Breckenridge, CO Invites applications for Position of Conductor and Music Director

Breckenridge Music Festival, Breckenridge, CO
Invites applications for Position of Conductor and Music Director

The Breckenridge Music Festival seeks a dynamic and creative artistic leader to assist an established summer festival in shaping a diverse, fresh and inspiring program of chamber orchestra and chamber music performance, building on established quality, in an intimate summer music festival setting.

Background: Entering its 34th year, Breckenridge Music Festival’s core programming is centered in a 45-member chamber orchestra of professional musicians drawn from orchestras across the nation. The Festival Orchestra is featured in concerts of varied programming. The Breckenridge setting attracts a mix of devoted orchestral patrons from major metropolitan areas and family vacationers who do not regularly visit a concert hall. With the goal of reaching both kinds of audiences with the pleasure of live performance, the Festival Orchestra season is programmed with an intentional balance of repertoire that challenges and inspires, and programming from outside of traditional concert hall fare to intrigue audiences less in touch with standard orchestral repertoire.

Musicians of the Festival Orchestra are also featured in concerts of chamber music—both in the main stage setting, and additional events in private home settings.

Outgoing conductor Gerhardt Zimmermann, retiring after twenty-two seasons as Music Director and Conductor, has built a cohesive ensemble of increasing excellence, most of whose members return for multiple seasons, citing the quality of the music making, the quality of their colleagues and respect for their conductor as the major attractions.

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Mission of the Breckenridge Music Festival: To provide premier musical and related arts experiences on a year-round basis in Summit County, Colorado. To produce diverse programming, including a classical orchestral summer series; a non-classical performance series; a winter performance series; and diverse musical experiences including in-home concerts of chamber music and ongoing educational programs.
The Breckenridge Music Festival strives to be a valued partner of the County’s towns and businesses, in making a high-quality and far-reaching impact on the quality of life in our community for residents and visitors alike.

Position Description: The Music Director of the Breckenridge Music Festival is the principal architect of the annual summer festival program. The music director works closely with the executive director and board of directors to ensure the quality, diversity and financial sustainability of the festival. The music director’s ability to engage and inspire all of the organization’s constituents, including audiences, donors and musicians, is the foundation of success in this position.

The ideal candidate will have a superior knowledge of the chamber orchestra repertoire, as well as a good working knowledge of chamber music repertoire. He/she will be a dynamic and sensitive artist with the ability to inspire musicians and audiences with compelling repertoire and interpretations, who can build on the momentum of the Festival’s growth with both its musicians and its public. He/she will have creative approaches to integrating music with broad appeal in a high-quality season series. Good interpersonal and communication skills are a must, as audience engagement is a distinguishing characteristic of the Festival, and a relaxed and respectful working atmosphere is a hallmark of the ensemble. He/she will have a minimum of three years music director/artistic director experience with ensembles at ICSOM- or ROPA-equivalent level.

The Music Director’s responsibilities include the following:

Design programming for summer Festival Orchestra concerts; curate and coordinate programming for chamber music concerts, both main-stage and in-home, approximately 9 months in advance of each summer season, in consultation with executive management and the Program Committee.

Annually, select orchestra members invited to return for the following summer, and work with the Orchestra Personnel Manager to audition and select musicians for vacancies.

Identify appropriate guest artists and guest conductors to perform with the Festival Orchestra, within the parameters of the annual approved budget, and coordinate with the executive director on artistic administration pertaining to these guests.

Work closely with the music librarian to verify music rental or purchase decisions in a fiscally prudent and timely manner that ensures that music is circulated to string principals well in advance of the festival season.

Provide timely and complete programming information to BMF staff to ensure that marketing, development and administrative responsibilities related to the festival season can be appropriately planned and executed.

During the five‐week festival season, rehearse and conduct the Festival Orchestra for orchestral events not specifically programmed for a guest or assistant conductor.

Maintain a presence in donor stewardship and cultivation during the festival and, as possible, throughout the year.
Collaborate with development staff and executive director helping to identify fundable projects within the framework of the festival.

Specific skills and experience must include:

Demonstrated capacity to develop creative and engaging chamber orchestral and chamber music programs;

Ability to connect with audiences and engage and excite concert goers, both novice and experienced. An appreciation for the importance of audience development, and creative ideas for connecting community members of all ages with the performance experience;

An understanding of the structure and function of the nonprofit music organization, including the roles and responsibilities of board, staff, and artistic personnel, and experience working successfully with board members and administrative management.

Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

Application Process:
Applications will be accepted until October 15, 2013. Applicants must provide the following information with their application:

A current resume accompanied by a cover letter describing your vision for a summer music festival, plus a list of three professional references. Note: Applicant names will remain confidential, and candidates will be notified before references are contacted.

Five samples of programs conducted within the last 2 years, including concerto artists;

Samples of reviews and media coverage of programs conducted within the last 2 years;

An electronically submitted video (preferred) or DVD of one live performance of a full work, and at least one rehearsal;

Proposed programming for three chamber orchestra concerts reflecting the applicant’s vision of a summer music festival which will, over a season, interest multiple targeted audiences, from experienced listeners to casual visitors.

Successful finalists will be invited to conduct the Festival Orchestra for two programs during the 2014 summer season (July 15 to August 16, 2014) as part of the decision-making process.

Additional information about the Breckenridge Music Festival can be found

Please submit application materials as described above by email to: All applications will be acknowledged.

To submit a video electronically (preferred), please follow these steps:
1 Sign in to your YouTube account
2 Click on upload, and select your video
3 Click on edit
4 Under the Basic info tab, find Privacy Options in upper right. Click arrow to expand privacy options
5 Set the privacy options for your video to Private
6 Enter the email address: and click “send.”

To submit a physical DVD, mail to:
Breckenridge Music Festival
Music Director Search
PO Box 1254
Breckenridge, CO 80424


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