Associate Conductor, Richmond Symphony Richmond, Virginia

Associate Conductor, Richmond Symphony

Richmond, Virginia

Founded in 1957, the Richmond Symphony (RSO) is committed to providing outstanding and innovative concert experiences of symphonic music of all kinds, through its main concert series including Masterworks, Metro, Casual Fridays, Rush Hours, Pops, LolliPops, and Discovery, and is led by Music Director Steven Smith. The Richmond Symphony sponsors a 150-voice volunteer chorus as well as four youth orchestras, ranging from beginning to advanced students, including two string and two full orchestras. During each 38-week concert season, a complement of 36 full-time core and 33 per-service musicians make more than 200 public appearances, where as many as 250,000 Virginians across the Commonwealth are reached through concerts, education programs, statewide touring, and weekly radio broadcasts on 88.9 WCVE-FM. The RSO has recently been awarded a matching grant in order to purchase a large mobile outdoor performing space, allowing the Symphony to significantly broaden its reach to communities throughout the Greater Richmond Region.

The Richmond Symphony seeks a talented and enthusiastic conductor to lead a number of its education, family, pops, and classical concerts, as well as the top youth orchestra (RSYO). The ideal candidate possesses strong communication and organizational skills as well as strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with staff, colleagues, students, and parents. In addition to being a positive and imaginative leader, the candidate should have the ability to pay significant attention to detail, efficient time-management skills, experience researching programs and artists, and be flexible and adaptive in a highly-charged, fast-paced environment.

Compensation is commensurate with experience, and includes full benefits.

Key Responsibilities:

Rehearsal/performance responsibilities: RSO educational programs (Discovery school-day and LolliPops family concerts, Come and Play), RSYO concerts, and a number of other programs as assigned

Programming responsibilities: participation in programming discussions with the Music Director, Executive Director, Director of Education and Community Engagement, Director of Orchestral Operations, Director of Advancement and Patron Communications, Board of Directors, and related committees

Audition responsibilities: RSYO auditions, covering for the Music Director as needed for RSO auditions

Other roles/responsibilities: speaking engagements, interviews with the media, in-school conducting, and covering for or assisting the Music Director and guest conductors as needed


Masters degree in conducting or higher, or equivalent experience preferred

Experience conducting a wide variety of levels (i.e., high school, college, community, and/or professional); weighted consideration will be given for youth orchestra experience

Authorization to work in the United States

Richmond Symphony employees are required to complete an I-9 and to provide Employment offers are contingent on a job-related criminal background check. corresponding documentation when they begin work, which could consist of a trial period. Failure to do so may result in the forfeiture of a position and/or trial period.

Applicants must submit, by May 15, 2015, 11:59 pm:

Video recording (YouTube or Vimeo; please provide link and password)

Full resume and repertoire list of music performed in concert

A cover letter and 2–3 letters of reference

3 sample programs:

o Chamber orchestra concert (similar to a Metro series concert)

o Discovery school day concert

2 hours (with intermission)

Provide brief concert summary that describes the concert concept

Core orchestra instrumentation: – – Tmp+1 – strings

50 minutes (including speaking)

Target audience: grades 3–8

Theme of your choice, but SOL (Standards of Learning)/curriculum


Provide brief concert summary that describes the concert concept and

outlines curriculum connections (1–2 paragraphs)

Provide full script or an outline of narration (in-concert narration/script should speak to the curriculum connection, but focus on listening skills)

Provide timings and cuts if necessary

Rentals OK

Instrumentation: – – Tmp+3 – Hp Pf – strings

1 hour (without intermission)

RSYO instrumentation: – – Tmp+3 – Hp Pf – strings

o Youth orchestra program

Electronic submission is highly encouraged Invited Candidates information:

Candidates invited to audition will be notified no later than June 30, 2015.

Auditions will take place on September 8, 2015.

Invited candidates will interview with a committee consisting of the Music Director, Executive Director, musicians, staff, and board members.

The audition will include conducting the RSO and RSYO (repertoire including a concerto and other assigned works; list provided upon invitation to audition), and an introduction of one of the assigned works as if to an audience.

Finalists may be invited to conduct a concert program in the fall of 2015.


To apply, please submit requested application materials to:

Miriam Fogel

Operations Assistant

Richmond Symphony

612 East Grace St., Suite 401

Richmond, VA 23219


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