Position:  Music Director (MD).  The KSO was founded in 1935, has an operating budget of $3,500,000 per year and performs a subscription series of eight Masterworks pairs, four Pops concerts, five Chamber Classics, Holiday Pops concerts, and numerous education and community outreach concerts each season.  It utilizes a core of 24 full-time musicians, has a deep commitment to education and community partnership and these programs make up more than 80% of the KSO’s total service count.  The KSO serves as the orchestra in residence for the Knoxville Opera Company and performs annually with the Appalachian Ballet Company.  Responsibilities:  The MD is responsible for the overall artistic achievement of the KSO.  S/he exercises authority over artistic matters, recognizing that this also involves close collaboration with the Executive Director, the Executive Committee, and the Board of Directors.  The MD works within the limits established by the association’s  budget and the terms of the working agreement with the musicians.  S/he selects the music to be performed at concerts that he/she is to conduct and determines the rehearsal schedule required for those programs.  This is done cooperatively with the management, and programs are subject to Board approval.  The MD may be called upon to advise on the selection of guest conductors and concert programs.  The MD oversees the selection of guest soloists within the approved budget.  The MD works  with the Board leadership and Executive Director to develop an artistic vision for the KSO.  The MD is responsible for maintaining and raising the overall artistic quality of the Orchestra.  The MD plans the concert season as a whole, including all of the concerts and programs previously described above and any other performances given by the orchestra or presented under his aegis.  Within the terms of the working agreement between the musicians and the Association, the MD is responsible for conducting auditions, hiring personnel dismissing players, and determining seating within each section.  The MD works with the Board and Executive Director to establish a strong public presence in the community.  This includes donor cultivation, working with community educators, working with volunteers, representing the Orchestra at civic and social functions, and speaking on behalf of the Orchestra.  Where appropriate, the Music Director works with the leadership of other cultural organizations in the community.  Qualifications:  The new MD will be a visionary leader and superb musician with the following qualities:  (1) Strong musical and conducting skills, including an acute ear for intonation, balance and color;  a practical understanding of all orchestral instruments, and clear technical conducting skills.  (2)  Thorough knowledge of the orchestral repertoire and range of styles, including choral music, music for chamber orchestra, as well as symphonic works.  (3)  Interpretive skills that go beyond technical competence, enabling and encouraging the communication of the music’s emotional content with commitment, passion, and appropriate stylistic knowledge.  (4)  An effective and efficient rehearsal technique, working in a collaborative manner, resulting in performances that balance technical proficiency with musical and emotional communication.  (5)  A personality that balances leadership qualities with a collaborative nature both on and off the podium.  The MD will understand the roles of management, Board members, volunteers, and musicians in the overall fabric of the KSO, and will work with the administrative and Board leadership to create a sense of harmony and consensus.  (6)  The ability to inspire others both on and off the podium.  (7)  The maturity to place the best interests of the Orchestra ahead of personal considerations. (8)  The willingness and the ability to represent the Orchestra throughout the community and to be seen as a member of the greater Knoxville community.  This includes presence at donor functions, civic events, at other arts and educational institutions, and in other public settings.  It is expected that the MD will make Knoxville a first priority in his/her professional life and the ideal candidate will look forward to making the Knoxville community his/her home.  (9)  Ease and comfort in public speaking, whether to the audience as a whole, or in any of the various public forums where it is required.   Compensation:  Competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.  Timeline:  The Knoxville Symphony Music Director Search Committee will review material and identify finalists in the winter/spring of 2014.  Finalists will be invited to conduct a Masterworks concert in the 2015-16 season.  The new MD will be announced in the spring of 2016 and will begin his/her tenure with the 2016-17 season.  Deadline:  Jan. 15, 2014.  Submission Contact Information:  Applications and inquiries can be directed to the Catherine French Group, which is managing this search.  Please do not contact the KSO offices directly.  Submit:  A cover letter and resume.  Please limit the resume to five pages (a repertoire list is not requested at this time).  A biography may be submitted as well, but a resume is preferred.  All applications will be considered confidential.  Do not submit press packets and/or video material at this time.  Electronic submissions are strongly preferred..  Please send to:  Knoxville Symphony Music Director Search, c/o Catherine French Group, 2500 Q Street, NW, Suite 623, Washington, DC 20007; or by e-mail:  <>.  MS Word or Adobe Acrobat attachments only, please.  Optional:  Upload a job description either .doc or .pdf from (Knoxville_Music_Director_position_announcement_final.pdf).

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