Georgian Bay Symphony Music Director

Job Title: Music Director

About the Georgian Bay Symphony

The Georgian Bay Symphony was founded in 1972. It is a regional orchestra whose primary location is
Owen Sound, 2 1/2 hours north west of the Greater Toronto Area. The GBS is a community orchestra,
with 55 volunteer musicians and 5 professional principal string players, serving the City of Owen Sound
and the Counties of Grey and Bruce. The players in the orchestra form a teaching base for the area,
both in schools and on a private/individual level. The musicians are also involved in a wide
variety of other organizations in an area with a particularly rich artistic environment.
The orchestra rehearses Wednesday nights from September to May and performs 5 main
concerts per season on Saturdays at the 761 seat Regional Auditorium located in the Owen Sound
Collegiate. Additionally two smaller concerts are held Sunday afternoons at various locations in the
region. Occasionally, there are extra special concerts. The GBS has a Youth Orchestra Program under its
The Symphony’s annual operating budget is $180,000. To supplement ticket sales, sponsorships
donations, foundation grants and some government funding are important sources of funding. The
Georgian Bay Symphony is considered an important contributor to the region’s cultural quality of life.
The GBS collaborates with many other regional organizations: SweetWater Music Festival, Georgian Bay
Concert Choir, Owen Sound Little Theatre, Tom Thomson Art Gallery, Summerfolk Music Festival, the
Kincardine Music Festival, the Ontario Hockey League Jr. “A” Owen Sound Attack.

Position Profile: Music Director

Scope: The Music Director provides leadership through conducting, programming, planning, and
community involvement. He or she works closely with the Business Manager and reports to the
Georgian Bay Symphony’s Board of Directors or designee.

Education, Skills and Experience: The successful candidate will demonstrate high artistic standards
Knowledge of significant symphony orchestra repertoire
Strong understanding of musical techniques and instruments
Experience in conducting and/or planning classics, pops and chamber music in a variety of
Evidence of exemplary leadership and communication skills; personable, approachable team
Demonstrated ability to bring out the best in the musicians and inspire audiences
Preferred minimum Master’s degree in music or equivalent
Roles and Responsibilities: The Music Director performs the duties normally expected of a
conductor/music director.

On-podium Performance and Preparation:
Present compelling performances that connect with a variety of audiences
Assure high standards through inspiration of musician abilities, critical evaluation, and
optimization of the Georgian Bay Symphony’s creative potential
Provide clear interpretation of music while encouraging individual expression of musicians
Identify special production needs and coordinate with appropriate personnel in a timely

Manage artistic projects; develop the season’s program and long range artistic plans in
collaboration with the Business Manager and Board of Directors
Build relationships with musicians, patrons, donors, volunteers, and government leaders
Serve as an important community ambassador and work in partnership with the Business
Manager and Board leaders in representing and promoting the Georgian Bay Symphony
Meet regularly with the President or designee to review input from musicians, audience
feedback, performance and programming success
Oversee the musical administration responsibilities of the operation including management of
Librarian, Personnel Manager and Stage Director.


Must be submitted electronically, by email to
Subject: Music Director Search

Deadline to receive applications is midnight on Sunday December 8th
2013. Applications should be
accompanied by
a letter of interest
one, 1 page summery vitae and one full resume
additional evidence of artistic work
3 sample programs relevant to the Georgian Bay Symphony
3 orchestral programs outside of the traditional Overture/Concerto/Symphony format that were
successful in your career
3 references

Applications will be kept in confidence; however, professional references will be contacted for
candidates to be considered among the finalists.

The Selection Committee will present a short list of candidates to the Board at their January 2014
meeting. Short listed candidates will be asked to be available for six rehearsals and one performance
during the 2014-15 concert season. Tentative concert dates are Saturdays: October 18th
2014, Dec 13th

2014, February 7
2015, and March 28th
David Adair
Business Manager
Georgian Bay Symphony
P.O. Box 133
Owen Sound ON N4K 5P1

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