West Virginia Symphony, Music Director


Music Director


The WVSO has established itself as the region’s premier source of professional orchestral performances. The WVSO annually serves a multi-generational audience base of over 75,000 people and each season provides a Symphonic series, Pops series, and joint performances with the Charleston Ballet of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker.

While the largest number of concerts take place in Charleston, the WVSO has a statewide impact. Dedicated to serving the citizens of our state, the WVSO is committed to reaching out to all demographics, from the youngest students attending our Young People’s Concerts, to the more mature student enrolled in our new course offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at West Virginia University-Charleston. Other education and outreach programs include Touring and Run-out performances across the state; Symphony Sunday on the campus of the University of Charleston; grade-segmented performances of Young People’s Concerts in Charleston, Parkersburg, and Morgantown for students from across West Virginia; the Kanawha County Strings Program (WVSO musicians teaching in local schools); and ticket discounts to colleges/universities.


The Music Director reports directly to the Executive Committee of the Board and is responsible for the fulfillment of the orchestra’s artistic product and its image in the community. In collaboration with the board and staff, s/he is responsible for the repertoire, programming, and artistic production, and has primary authority for the selection, development, and replacement of musicians, in accordance with the musicians’ union contract and the fiscal parameters as set forth by the Board. As the orchestra’s artistic leader, s/he must build and sustain the orchestra’s visibility in the community. The Music Director is expected to work closely with the President, Board Chair, Board committees, and staff in carrying out these responsibilities and to participate actively in the orchestra’s fundraising activities.


Candidates must possess exceptional musicianship and conducting skills; significant professional conducting experience, including work with professional musicians and knowledge of a broad range of repertoire. Ideal candidates will also demonstrate strong interpersonal, leadership, and communication skills; enthusiasm for and experience with music education and community engagement; vision, passion, and ability to make symphonic music relevant and exciting for existing and new audiences. Candidates should be prepared to commit to engaging with the West Virginia community.


This position will commence with the 2017-2018 season. As part of the search process, WVSO plans to invite candidates as guest conductors for the 2016-2017 season.


Deadline for all materials is December 31, 2015.


The application must include a personal letter of interest and statement of artistic vision, a CV (including a current repertoire list and names and contact information for three references), and links to video recordings (which may include at least one rehearsal) if possible. Please do not include materials that are not specifically requested. Email all application materials to: JTackett@wvsymphony.org. All applications will be accepted in the strictest of confidence.

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