Assistant Conductor The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

Assistant Conductor

The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra (FWSO) seeks an accomplished and dynamic conductor to lead education, family, community concerts in addition to serving as Assistant/cover conductor for the FWSO Music Director at all services and to perform other conducting and non-conducting duties as specified by the Artistic department. Candidates must possess meaningful orchestral conducting experience in a professional and academic setting, a broad knowledge of orchestral repertoire and concert programming, be fluent in English and willing to relocate to the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Successful candidates will need to demonstrate an ability to deliver dialogs (memorized or on the spot) to audiences.

About the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra is one of the most successful orchestras in the United States, performing an impressive 200 concerts each year for an audience of 200,000 adults and children from all walks of life. Over the last 12 seasons, Music Director Miguel Harth-Bedoya has transformed the Orchestra into an ensemble that is admired the world over for its artistic excellence and commitment to community engagement. As the principal resident company of the acoustically-superb Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall, the Orchestra performs a broad range of symphonic and pops concerts. The FWSO is recognized nationally for the strength and uniqueness of its collaborations with other organizations including the Fort Worth Opera, Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Texas Ballet Theatre Southwestern Seminary Master Chorale and the Children’s Education Program of Bass Performance Hall. The Orchestra’s annual summer music festival, Concerts in the Garden, has grown to be one of the largest and most successful summer outdoor festivals of its kind in Texas, attracting an annual audience of nearly 45,000. The FWSO is a 46-week orchestra with an annual budget of $12 million and an endowment of $23 million.


  • Assist and provide support to Music Director and all Guest conductors
  • Serve as cover conductor for the Music Director, Pops conductors and guest conductors for all services.
  • Collaborate with Director of Education and VP of Artistic Administration in programming of education and community concerts.
  • Conduct FWSO Education, community and other concerts, as assigned.

Job Requirements

  • Orchestral conducting experience
  • Master’s degree in Orchestral/Instrumental Conducting preferred
  • Broad knowledge of symphonic repertoire and concert programming
  • Exceptional oral communication skills
  • Exceptional organizational skills and time management ability

Salary commensurate with experience.
Comprehensive benefits package

Conducting assignments will be commensurate with experience.

Audition procedure
Initial applicants will be notified by January 15, 2014 if they have been selected as a finalist. Finalists will interview with FWSO Administration staff and audition with the FWSO on February 15, 2014. Audition repertoire will be disclosed to finalists, when invitations are sent out. Travel, accommodations and all meals are the sole responsibility of each candidate.

Application procedure
Individuals should submit a cover letter, current resume, two letters of recommendation and contact information for three professional references. Candidates area also required to submit links (Youtube etc.) of video samples demonstrating their recent work. This should include (at the minimum) two contrasting repertoire styles. Video should be shot at close range of the conductor, taken from orchestra’s vantage point, facing the FRONT of the conductor, of either a rehearsal or performance with full symphonic or large chamber orchestral ensemble.


Please submit all materials to:
Kelly Ott, Artistic Coordinator


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