Metropolitan Youth Symphony Music Director (Portland, OR)

In its 42nd season, the Metropolitan Youth Symphony serves approximately 500 young musicians in the Portland metropolitan area and southwest Washington. The mission of MYS is to educate, develop, and promote young musicians. We believe that the study of music is a vehicle to promote life lessons such as discipline, commitment, and teamwork, and that it is important to encourage the whole student. As such, we structure our programs to give our students the best performance opportunities possible while encouraging balance in student’s lives and involvement in activities outside of MYS. We make music education and performance opportunities available to musicians at all levels of experience and ability, offering 12 ensembles that include orchestra, band, Jazz, and string ensembles. Each season MYS presents 3 concerts in professional concert halls, 8 community concerts throughout the Portland/Vancouver area, and 15 outreach concerts at underserved schools. In addition we have a mid-week chamber music program that performs an annual concert and performs in multiple engagements throughout the area, and a beginning strings class for low-income youth. The annual budget of the organization is approximately $600,000. For more information about MYS, please visit the MYS website at


Commensurate with experience.


The MYS Music Director serves as the artistic leader of the organization, overseeing the music education and development of MYS students in orchestras, bands, string ensembles, Jazz, and chamber music programs, and supervising our artistic team of 10 conductors to enable students to achieve musical excellence. The Music Director conducts all performances of the MYS Symphony Orchestra and advanced strings chamber music ensemble, and serves as the primary artistic liaison with the community: parents and students, funders, music professionals, school educators, local and state government, and the media.

In addition the Music Director oversees repertoire and program scheduling for all ensembles of the organization; auditions new students; participates in fund raising and community outreach/recruitment; develops relationships with public and private educators and professional musicians; and reports monthly to the board of directors.


Exceptional musicianship and conducting skills; dynamic personality with proven record of success in student, parent, and audience relations, orchestral development, and innovative programming; strong interpersonal, leadership, and communication skills; conducting experience with youth.


Candidate must be available to start July 18, 2016 or as mutually agreed.




Please mail cover letter, resume, list of three references with contact information, three letters of recommendation (may be sent under separate cover, may be the same or additional references) and audition cd (preferably sent as a YouTube link or Vimeo channel).

Send to:
Search Committee, Metropolitan Youth Symphony
4800 SW Macadam Ave, Suite 105
Portland, OR 97239
OR, email to:

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