MUSIC DIRECTOR JOB DESCRIPTION Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra JOB TITLE: Music Director/Symphonic Orchestra Conductor

MUSIC DIRECTOR JOB DESCRIPTION
Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra
JOB TITLE: Music Director/Symphonic Orchestra Conductor
The Music Director is the artistic supervisor of the Youth Orchestra, charged with primary
responsibility for the following: training and artistic development of the Youth Orchestra; conducting
the Symphonic Orchestra at rehearsals and performances; supervising and advising the conductors of
the Concert Orchestra and Repertory Orchestras; engaging additional qualified individuals needed to
assist in training; selecting music to be performed; and auditioning, selecting and placing members.
In addition, the Music Director is responsible for developing and executing a recruitment program,
maintaining close liaisons with school and private music instructors, and carrying out public relations
activities on behalf of the Youth Orchestra.
The Music Director reports to the Executive Director; works closely with the Board of Directors; serves
as an ex officio member of the Board, and as artistic advisor to the Board and its Committees. The
Music Director carries out all required duties in a manner consistent with the policies, procedures,
goals and objectives established by the Board of Directors.
MUSICAL RESPONSIBILITIES
Coordinates with Librarians and Executive Director on the purchase or rental of scores; ensures that all
bowings and markings are clear and consistent before study parts are copied.
Stays abreast of repertoire for youth instrumentalists choosing repertoire appropriate to the group;
ensures the effective use of all orchestra players.
Assists the FSYO with the planning and organizing of auditions for membership in FSYO and judging the
auditions, which will take place near the end of the 2014-2015 season to place student musicians for the
2015-2016 season and a schedule set to fill vacancies for the 2015-2016 season prior to the second
rehearsal.
Conducts all rehearsals and concerts as agreed by contract.
Exercises leadership in developing the total artistic quality of the orchestra.
Collaborate with the Executive Director and Board of Directors in developing long-range artistic plans for
the orchestra such as: subscription concerts, special concerts, chamber ensemble programs, tours, etc.
Select works to be performed and determine the number of rehearsals and type of rehearsals
(sectionals, etc.) required.Oversee student auditions and competitions; establish musical criteria for both. In consultation with
judges, select and approve players; select principal players, determine seating within each section.
Select coaches, judges, and guest artists, as needed.
Determine the stage setup to present the orchestra at its best acoustically and visually; collaborate with
Executive Director and/or Operations Manager in arranging for any special musical needs.
Conduct all rehearsals and concerts as agreed by contract and supervise the work of any assistant
conductors.
Exercise leadership in developing the total artistic quality of the orchestra.
NON – MUSICAL RESPONSIBILITIES
Assists the Executive Director as liaison with schools and community music educators to develop a
collaborative working relationship.
Assists the Executive Director in playing a visible and active role in the community; helps develop the
overall public image of the orchestra in the community and beyond.
Assists in the general promotion of the orchestra by being available for public appearances for ticket
campaigns, fund drives, etc.
Stays abreast of artistic activities in the orchestra field; recommends to the Executive Director new
activities that may advance the orchestra’s objectives.
Assist the FSYO in the development and implementation of a recruitment program in the local
community through the public schools and their music instructors.
Assist FSYO in its fund raising efforts and developing relationships with local and state governments,
music organizations, and patrons and potential patrons, which relationships are intended to increase the
exposure, opportunities and funding of the FSYO.
Serve as the orchestra’s artistic liaison with schools and community music educators; develop a
collaborative working relationship.
Play a visible and active role in the community while helping develop the overall public image of the
orchestra in the community and beyond.
Assist in the general promotion of the orchestra by being available for public appearances for ticket
campaigns, fund drives, etc.
Strengthen the voluntary culture of the orchestra institution by working with Board members, parents,
and other volunteers on special projects designed to help the orchestra.
Attend Board meetings as possible and provide reports on artistic activities as needed.
Stay abreast of artistic activities in the orchestra field; recommend to the Board new activities that may
advance the orchestra’s objectives.OTHER
Meet with the other Conductors of the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra to coordinate the events,
policies and artistic direction of the orchestra, seat the orchestra, and discuss any and all problems that
they may encounter with the orchestra, FSYO volunteers, and FSYO Board members.
Perform other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.
Anticipated time commitment of ten-to-fifteen hours per week.
Application Procedure: Please send resume and cover letter to musicdirector@fsyo.org by January 15,
2015.

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