Music Director – McLean Youth Orchestra

Music Director – McLean Youth Orchestra

Date: April 3, 2014. Apply by April 15.
Location: McLean, VA

Duties & Responsibilities: The McLean Orchestra requires a Youth Orchestra Music Director with long-range vision, leadership and a strong commitment to building the McLean Youth Orchestra (MYO) program in the community. As Music Director of the MYO, this individual will serve as the Youth Orchestra’s primary conductor and oversee all artistic matters for the ensemble, including recruiting, auditions, rehearsals and repertoire selection. The MYO is under the governance of the McLean Orchestra Board of Trustees, and the MYO Music Director reports directly to the board.

  • Oversees all activities of the MYO programs
  • Conduct all rehearsals and concerts of MYO
  • Collaborates with McLean Orchestra Music Director, Executive Director, and Board of Trustees to plan the concert season 
  • Determine all repertoire to be performed, number of full rehearsals, and number of sectional coaching sessions required for each program 
  • Maintain a presence in the national youth orchestra community 
  • Actively recruits students and oversees auditions, both for admission to the orchestra and seating placement
  • Establishes audition requirements for all instruments 
  • Help develop a long-range artistic plan for the orchestra 
  • Serve as an artistic liaison for the MYO with schools and community music educators 
  • Help develop the overall public image of MYO by playing a visible and active role in the community


  • Proficiency on a string instrument preferred
  • Substantial conducting experience
  • Master’s Degree in orchestral/instrumental conducting preferred
  • Experience conducting youth orchestras or other student ensembles is extremely desirable
  • Thorough knowledge of symphonic repertoire and concert programming
  • Strong leadership and personal communication skills, particularly with young people
  • Strong commitment to music education
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills
  • Exceptional organizational skills and management ability
  • Local candidates preferred

Compensation: Up to $25,000.

About: The McLean Youth Orchestra is the premier youth orchestra in the Washington, D.C., region, offering gifted young musicians a challenging repertoire, opportunities to work with professional musicians, and travel opportunities not found with any other youth orchestra.

Founded in 1983, the MYO is the youth arm of the McLean Orchestra, and was created to provide the finest possible musical education to students who represent the future of classical music in the community. Originally designed for young musicians between the ages of 12 and 18, the group has now expanded this past season to include students as young as 10.

The MYO Repertory Ensemble (MYORE) was formed to allow younger players to perform in a string orchestra, performing literature with some occasional woodwind assistance. Each season, the groups perform 3 concerts and 2 chamber concerts. These include professional guest artists and talented youth soloists.

MYO chamber groups perform in a variety of settings and showcase their talents for the Virginia Federation of Music Clubs. Weekly rehearsals, sectional tutoring, and workshops provide a rich musical experience. The annual Henrietta Anderson Concerto Competition awards prizes to further their musical education and the opportunity to perform in a recital that is free and open to the public.

Performances have taken place at the US Congress for the Congressional Awards Services, the Kennedy Center, and Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Japan. MYO also has a strong international focus, helping students to expand their global musical experiences through exchange programs such as in Chiba, Japan.

To Apply: By April 15, 2014, email the following to Jennifer Seamster, Acting Executive

  • Letter of interest, resume and three professional references 
  • List of repertoire rehearsed and a list of repertoire performed
  • Sample programs for a youth orchestra concert (musicians ages 10-18) 
  • If available, video work sample that is a maximum of 30 minutes in length and should be a close front-view perspective of a recent rehearsal or performance, video recordings can be linked via YouTube

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