Assistant Conductor (Full Time) – Baltimore Symphony

Assistant Conductor (Full Time) – Baltimore Symphony

Date of Posting: March 10, 2014. Updated March 17. Apply promptly
Application Deadline: April 18, 2014
Audition Date: Friday, May 23, 2014
Location: Baltimore, MD

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is recognized nationally and internationally for its artistic excellence and innovation. One of only 17 full-time US orchestras and the largest cultural organization in Maryland, the BSO is the only American orchestra to have two homes—the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore and the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda, MD. The orchestra has in place a strong, stable leadership team – Music Director Marin Alsop, President and CEO Paul Meecham and Board Chair Ken DeFontes – in addition to a highly competent senior management team. The BSO recently announced a new three-year contract through 2016 with its musicians, and the extension of Marin Alsop’s contract as Music Director through 2021.

This position presents an excellent opportunity to be part of a renaissance that has seen the launch of a series of nationally renowned new initiatives, an impressive growth in audiences since Marin Alsop’s 2007 appointment, and a financial turnaround. As the BSO begins planning to celebrate its centennial in 2016, it is embarked on a campaign to increase its endowment significantly over the next few years.


The Assistant Conductor provides artistic support to the Music Director and guest conductors and serves as cover conductor for all orchestral programs.


  • Provide artistic consultation to conductors during rehearsal with particular attention to balance and articulation
  • Assist in rehearsal preparation (piano and chorus rehearsals, sectionals, vocal coaching, etc.)
  • Serve as cover conductor for all classical subscription weeks as well as some pops productions, special events, and any other programs as assigned
  • Assist Music Director and VP of Artistic Operations in artistic research as assigned
  • Participate in artist auditions as assigned
  • Participate in educational and community outreach activities as assigned
  • Participate in artistic planning as assigned
  • Serve as conductor for runout, education, or summer concerts as assigned (conducting opportunities are not guaranteed but may be assigned at the discretion of the Music Director)


  • Professional orchestral conducting experience
  • Master’s degree in orchestral/instrumental conducting preferred
  • Experience as assistant and/or cover conductor
  • Broad knowledge of orchestral repertoire
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Responsive and professional demeanor
  • Ability to work effectively with a wide range of personalities
  • Ability to commit to a 52-week season including residence in Baltimore, MD

AUDITIONS: Auditions will be held Friday, May 23, 2014.

REPERTOIRE: To be announced

     Assistant Conductor Auditions
     ATTN: Meg Sippey
     Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
     1212 Cathedral Street
     Baltimore, MD 21201-5545

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, April 18, 2014


  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • References and/or letters of recommendation
  • Video Recording
    • Video recording should show recent conducting experience ideally demonstrating a varied selection of repertoire.
    • Video perspective should show front view of the conductor from a reasonable distance.
    • Recordings must have been made within three months of application.
    • DVD submissions should be copies and not originals as they will not be returned. Selections should appear as separate tracks. Please provide track listings along with date of performance for each. Please also be sure to label the DVD with your name.
    • Videos may also be submitted via YouTube, Vimeo, or similar online video hosting services. Do not send videos as files attached to emails.   If videos are password protected, please be sure to include password information. If using YouTube, videos may be marked as “unlisted” but please DO NOT mark videos as “private”. Online video submission must be easily accessible by multiple users.

COMPENSATION: Commensurate with experience; Full Benefits

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