Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra Music Director

Music Director

Company: Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra
Location: Grand Junction, CO
Date Posted: July, 8 2014
Source: 4EntertainmentJobs
– $58,000.00 The Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra welcomes applications for the position of Music Director, available beginning in the 2016-2017 season. The Position The Music Director is responsible for the repertoire, programming, guest artists and artistic production, and has ultimate authority for the selection, development, and engagement of musicians. As the orchestra’s artistic leader, s/he must build and sustain the orchestra’s visibility and involvement in the community. The music director is expected to work closely with the executive director, board president, and staff in carrying out these responsibilities and to participate actively in the organization’s fundraising activities. The music director reports directly to the board of directors and is responsible for the fulfillment of the orchestra’s artistic potential and its image in the community. Candidate Profile The ideal candidate should possess exceptional musicianship and conducting skills; significant conducting experience, including work with both professional and semi-professional musicians; knowledge of a broad range of repertoire; strong interpersonal, leadership, and communication skills; vision, passion, and ability to make symphonic music relevant and exciting for existing and new audiences; ability to motivate and elicit the best efforts of the musicians; possess an effective and efficient rehearsal technique; minimum of a Master’s Degree preferably in orchestral conducting, as well as previous or current music directorship or comparable experience. Residency in Mesa County is desirable.

The Organization Mission Statement:
To engage and enrich our community through symphonic music. History The Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra began as the Mesa College Symphony in the 1930’s. In 1978, community leaders and musicians founded the Grand Junction Musical Arts Association, now the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra (GJSO). In August of 1987, Maestro Kirk Gustafson joined the GJSO as the resident conductor and will remain with the Symphony until his retirement at the end of the 2015
– 2016 season. The GJSO, now in its 37th season, provides high-quality orchestral performances and educational programs to the residents of Mesa County, the Grand Valley and the Western Slope of Colorado. The GJSO is proud to be the largest professional orchestra between Denver and Salt Lake City and one of the largest arts organizations in the Grand Valley. The organization has grown to a subscriber base of over 900 individuals and is a Level Six orchestra based on guidelines of the League of American Orchestras. The Symphony performs at the newly renovated 1100 seat Avalon Theatre in downtown Grand Junction and in the 1500 seat Grand Junction High School Auditorium. The Symphony currently plays six classical subscription series concerts and two symphonic pop concerts in its season. Each summer, the orchestra performs a free outdoor concert for 3,000-5,000 community members. The largest fundraiser is the annual Gala which is held in the fall. The GJSO also produces three Rockestra concerts and a Rocker Ball fundraiser under the direction of Dr. Calvin Hofer, Professor of Music at Colorado Mesa University. The GJSO further benefits by the existence of two groups
– the Symphony Guild and the Grand Junction Symphony Foundation, both of which were established to ensure the longevity and success of the GJSO. The Guild hosts fundraising events and provides an extensive group of volunteers for the organization. The Foundation is a permanent endowment for the GJSO. The music education programs encompass an annual Children’s concert that has an attendance of over 2500 elementary children each year; a Concert in the Classroom Program that sees the GJSO musicians entering nearly every elementary school in Mesa County to perform in chamber ensembles; the new Symphony Storytime, in collaboration with the Mesa County Libraries, where a book and an instrument from the orchestra are showcased together; a Young Artist Competition each year that gives the winner the opportunity to perform with the full orchestra at a subscription concert; the Crystal Baton program, which is a composition contest for middle school students; and the Instrument Petting Zoo, which is a hands-on interactive program that teaches children about different instruments of the orchestra.


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