Responsibilities: I. Direction and instruction of the Youth Symphony (YS), the flagship ensemble of the AYSP. Maintain high performance quality of the ensemble through thoughtful artistic direction and education, modeling for students the attitude and presence of an exemplary musician. The Conductor also collaborates in developing the artistic vision for AYSP and serves as a representative of the Program in the community. II. Responsibilities and Accountabilities: Directs all weekly rehearsals (Mon., 6:30-9:15 P.M.), dress rehearsals, concerts, retreats, and tours for YS. Selects music to be performed and prepares YS for scheduled concerts. Coordinates the borrowing, rental and/or purchase of music for each concert. Responsible for preparing music bowings and fingerings, copying of parts, and folder preparation prior to the rehearsal of each new concert program. Makes recommendations to the YS tour committee for annual tour performances and locations. Coordinates YS tour performances as directed. Works in collaboration with the appropriate staff and chaperones to lead the orchestra on tour. Upholds and enforces student behavior policies as outlined in the AYSP handbook during all YS related activities including concerts and tours. Provides the Music Programs Director with feedback on sectional instructors for YS. Serves as an adjudicator for all high-school level auditions. Participates in annual recruiting efforts, visiting schools and speaking on behalf of AYSP as directed. Collaborates with the Music Programs Director in developing artistic vision and programming for the organization. Works as part of the AYSP conductor team to build and maintain relationships in the community with other music programs and arts organizations. III. Qualifications (Minimum:) Bachelor’s degree in music education, conducting, or a related field. Five years’ conducting experience conducting high-school or college aged students. Thorough knowledge of a wide variety of orchestral repertoire. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with students, parents, and audiences. Strong public speaking skills, able to energize an audience and motivate students. Demonstrated commitment to music education. Ability to respond to shifting priorities in a dynamic and changing work environment. Flexibility to work nights and weekends. (Preferred:) Master’s degree in music education, conducting, or a related field. Three years post-graduate experience conducting in a permanent position with high-school or college aged students. Salary: Position is part-time, based on experience. IV. Application Process: Please send a cover letter, resume, and salary history by e-mail to <>. In the subject field, please write “YS Conductor–Your Name”. Semi-finalists will be asked to supply a 30-minute video of the individual conducting a rehearsal via YouTube. Application Deadline: Jan. 30, 2015. EOE M/V/F/D

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