South Dakota Symphony Youth Orchestra Music Director/ South Dakota Symphony Orchestra Assistant Conductor

The South Dakota Symphony Youth Orchestra Music Director/South Dakota Symphony Assistant Conductor is an educator and an artist who is passionate about orchestral music and truly enjoys working with young musicians.  As Music Director of the South Dakota Symphony Youth Orchestra (SDSYO), he/she is responsible for ensuring high quality musical experiences for young musicians.  He/she will support and further the mission of the SDSYO through the development of strategic and educational initiatives, creation of dynamic recruitment and retention practices, building of lasting relationships throughout the community, and encouragement of young musicians to reach their potential.

As Assistant Conductor of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra (SDSO), he/she is an integral part of the organization’s artistic, educational, promotional, and audience and patron development initiatives.   He/she will cover all SDSO programs, conduct designated pops and runout performances, and play a key role in the organization’s educational programming.  Individuals who demonstrate efficiency, flexibility, creativity, effective communication skills, and a commitment to classical, pop, educational, and promotional orchestral performances and events will be successful in this position.  He/she will report to the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra Music Director and Executive Director.

South Dakota Symphony Youth Orchestra Responsibilities:

Develop and implement a dynamic, long‐range artistic and educational vision for the entire SDSYO program in collaboration with the SDSO Music Director, Executive Director and Director of Operations and Education, SDSYO staff, and SDSYO Advisory Board.

Conduct all rehearsals, performances, and activities of four SDSYO orchestras – Youth Orchestra (advanced full orchestra), Sinfonia (beginning string orchestra) and Prelude Strings (introductory string orchestra) as well as the new Honors Orchestra (beginning/intermediate string orchestra).

Participate in activities of the Philharmonia orchestra (intermediate full orchestra) as needed.

Be part of the creation team and participate as conductor and clinician in the SDSYO/Dakota Academy of the Performing Arts summer music camp.

Supervise the Youth Orchestra String Quartet/Dakota String Quartet mentoring program.

Create and implement a strategic recruiting plan for all levels of the SDSYO program.

Serve as primary liaison with public and private schools and community music educators to develop a collaborative working relationship.

Adjudicate/supervise all entry and chair auditions as well as the SDSYO Concerto Competition.   Establish musical criteria for each process.  Supervise all SDSYO conductors and coaches.

Maintain effective communication with SDSYO members, parents, coaches, and staff.

Assist in the development and maintance of the SDSYO budget.

Play a visible and active role in the community at large:  develop the overall public image of the SDSYO and serve as the primary face and voice of the SDSYO. South Dakota Symphony Orchestra Responsibilities:

Cover all SDSO concerts and runouts.

Conduct designated pops concert(s) and long‐running Hoven runout (with chorus).

Participate in SDSO Educational programs including the High School Residency, Young People’s Concerts, and Family Concerts.

Appear at and participate in promotional, educational, audience development, and donor development events, including speaking and hosting engagements.

Work closely with the SDSO Music Director and Executive Director on season programming, guest artist selection, and program development.

Candidate Qualifications & Characteristics

An energetic, engaging, warm personality with the ability to inspire youth to reach their full potential.

Meaningful orchestral conducting experience in an academic or professional setting, extensive knowledge of symphonic repertoire, and experience with the concert production cycle.

Ability to convey excitement about classical music and music education with audiences of all ages and levels of knowledge.

Proactive self‐starter who is resourceful, flexible, and comfortable embracing change.

A results and team‐oriented work style characterized by an imaginative approach to problem solving and the ability to handle creative as well as administrative tasks.

Able to develop programming ideas in consideration of goals, audience, and budget.

Bachelor’s degree in music or music education required.  Master’s preferred. Compensation $28,000/year for 10 months (August 15 – June 15) The SDSYO Music Director/SDSO Assistant Conductor will be an independent Contractor.  Benefits are not included in this position. Application Procedure Application Deadline:   May 6, 2015   Applications are reviewed as they are received.  Applicants are encouraged to apply early. Final auditions will be held in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on June 5 & 6, 2015.  Interested candidates must be available to travel to Sioux Falls on these dates to be considered. Qualified Candidates are required to submit the following:

Cover letter that outlines your interest in and specific qualifications for the position.

Current resume or CV

List of repertoire performed

Three professional references

Conducting footage showing a minimum of two styles of music and diverse conducting abilities. Footage should be captured from the orchestra’s perspective. All materials, including video, are encouraged to be sent electronically (by email link, Dropbox, YouTube, or other electronic means).  If you are unable to submit electronically, please send the above materials, along with conducting footage (DVD format only) by mail.   Please submit materials to: Jennifer Boomgaarden Executive Director South Dakota Symphony Orchestra 301 S. Main Avenue Sioux Falls SD   57110 (Please include “SDSYO Music Director/SDSO Assistant Conductor” in the subject line of your email.) No phone calls, please.   The South Dakota Symphony Orchestra is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Organization Description The South Dakota Symphony Youth Orchestra program is designed to enhance the musical abilities of youth in a group setting that also builds leadership skills, promotes discipline, and develops educated listeners and future arts supporters.   The SDSYO completes its seventh season in May 2015.  The SDSYO is comprised of four separate ensembles: Prelude Strings, Sinfonia, Philharmonia, and Youth Orchestra.   Each orchestra performs four concerts each season, and members of the Youth Orchestra participate in a side‐by‐side performance with the SDSO annually.  In 2015‐16, SDSYO will launch an eight‐week Honors Orchestra designed to introduce students to SDSYO.  The SDSYO is guided by an Advisory Board, consisting of SDSO administrators, community leaders, parents, and students.  The SDSYO is a significant educational program under the umbrella of the SDSO.   The South Dakota Symphony Orchestra is based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, a vibrant and growing community serving a region that touches 5 states.  The SDSO is a dynamic regional orchestra of 86 professional musicians that performs in the 1800‐seat, acoustically superb Washington Pavilion.  The orchestra’s season consists of 7 Classical concerts, 4 Pops concerts, 3 Chamber concerts, family and educational concerts, special programs (Lakota Music Project and Music as Medicine), and regional tours.  The SDSO enjoys a growing audience and enthusiastic community support.  Artistically, the SDSO is led by Maestro Delta David Gier who has guided the orchestra to new musical heights.  Over the past several years, the orchestra has seen significant growth in its musical prowess and the scope of products and services.  Known for innovative programming and state‐wide outreach, the SDSO has a strong heritage upon which to build an even stronger future.  Recent and upcoming guest artists include Anthony Ross, Time for Three, Yo Yo Ma, Emmanuel Ax, Eliot Fisk, Emanuele Arciuli, and Dawn Upshaw.  Concerts are broadcast on South Dakota Public Radio.  Musically, the SDSO performs well above its $2‐million budget.    For more information about the SDSO and SDSYO visit To learn more about Sioux Falls, South Dakota, visit


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