Position Opening (Orchestra Conductor) Associate Conductor, Philharmonia Orchestra Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra, Elgin IL
Position Opening (Orchestra Conductor)
Associate Conductor, Philharmonia Orchestra
Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra, Elgin IL
The Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra
The Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra (EYSO), an In-Residence Ensemble in the
Arts Center at Elgin Community College, is home to five orchestras, brass choir,
percussion ensemble, and large Chamber Music Institute, with 350 students from
over 60 Chicago area communities. Founded in 1976, the EYSO is under the leadership of Artistic
Director Randal Swiggum, now in his 16th season, and was twice named Youth Orchestra of the
Year by the Illinois Council of Orchestras.
Position Description: Conduct Philharmonia, an intermediate level symphony orchestra of 95
players (middle school/high school age), which rehearses Sunday afternoons, September to May.
Sample of recent repertoire: Shostakovich Symphony No. 5 Finale, Beethoven Egmont Overture,
Walton Music from Hamlet, Mozart Marriage of Figaro Overture, Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet,
Vaughan Williams London Symphony Finale, Sibelius Finlandia, Berlioz March to the Scaffold.
Specific duties include collaborating with the Artistic Director and staff to:
Plan, rehearse, and conduct three major concerts per season
Assist with season auditions (May/June)
Plan and lead Fall Camp (August)
Attend summer EYSO Artistic Staff Retreat (June)
Conduct occasional extra performances (e.g. school outreach or run-out concerts, etc.)
Recruit new students
Write program notes
Prerequisites: Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s desirable.
Energetic, experienced conductor with excellent musicianship and teaching skills; strong
knowledge of string technique, pedagogy, and diverse repertoire; comprehensive rehearsal style
that can creatively integrate broad learning (e.g. theory, history, culture) beyond performance skills,
in the tradition of CMP (Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance).
Excellent verbal/written communication and interpersonal skills, computer skills, collaborative spirit,
strong personal organization skills, intellectual curiosity, desire to grow and be challenged in a
progressive youth orchestra with a vibrant organizational culture and strong sense of mission.
Position is staff appointment at Elgin Community College.
Salary: Part-time, competitive based on experience.
Please submit cover letter, resume with references, supporting materials (program notes, writing
sample, etc.—optional) and video links (optional) via email (preferred) to Susan Thorne, EYSO
Philharmonia Search Committee Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org and Randal Swiggum, Artistic
Director at email@example.com. Or mail materials to EYSO, P.O. Box 6508, Elgin, IL 60121.
Phone (847) 841-7700 for more information. Applications will be accepted until June 30, 2014, or
until position is filled. Projected start date: August 1, 2014.
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