South Bend, IN

South Bend Symphony Orchestra, a fully-professional orchestra based in South Bend, Indiana, is searching for a new Music Director who will create great musical experiences, enhance artistic excellence, inspire and engage audiences, bring innovative programming to and become involved in our community.

Beginning in the 2017-18 Season, the new Music Director will serve as the artistic leader and community ambassador for greater Northern Indiana-Southern Michigan’s premiere professional orchestra.

The South Bend Symphony Orchestra (SBSO) was founded in 1932 when a local string ensemble conceived the idea for the South Bend Civic Orchestra and appointed its instructor as the music conductor. Today, the SBSO, led by Music Director Tsung Yeh, is Northern Indiana –
Southern Michigan’s premiere professional orchestra presenting a minimum of 17 concerts each year to engage the community in the exploration of orchestral music in all of its forms. Its highly qualified musician pool is drawn from a large multi-state area.

The SBSO is a union orchestra operating on a collective bargaining agreement with the American Federation of Musicians. The orchestra employs a minimum of 75 per service contract musicians and holds membership in the Regional Orchestra Players Association (ROPA). A typical performance season includes a series of four Masterworks Concerts, performed at the Morris Performing Arts Center in downtown South Bend; a series of three Pops Concerts, performed at the Morris Performing Arts Center; a Martin Luther King Day Concert; a series of three Chamber Orchestra Concerts, performed at the DeBartolo Center for the Arts on the University of Notre Dame campus; two Holiday Pops Concerts performed at the Morris Performing Arts Center; four education concerts; a free summer concert at the Chris Wilson Pavilion in Potawatomi Park; and, a number of in-school, retirement and community center ensemble concerts, performed by three different ensembles drawn from the larger orchestra. The orchestra also offers the Dake Chamber Music Academy – a day camp for high school musicians
studying with SBSO faculty, held on the St. Mary’s College campus.

The SBSO is governed by a 37-member Board of Directors, two of whom are orchestra members and six of whom are Directors Emeriti. The orchestra operates on an annual budget of approximately $1.5 million and has an endowment of approximately $10 million. The current
Music Director, Tsung Yeh, resides in South Bend and has led the orchestra for 27 seasons. The SBSO has a full time staff of five and a part time staff of four. The orchestra serves six counties in northern Indiana and two counties in southern Michigan with a combined population of more than 860,000. The SBSO maintains strong partnerships with the University of Notre Dame and Indiana University South Bend.

The role of the South Bend Symphony Orchestra’s Music Director is:

 Artistic: In consultation with the Executive Director, Board, and staff, the Music Director drives the orchestra’s artistic decisions and activities, including programming, guest artist selection, and special projects. The Music Director also serves as principal conductor each season, conducting rehearsals, masterworks, pops, holiday, chamber, education concerts and advising three ensemble groups.

 Administrative: The Music Director works closely with the Executive Director to lead the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, both reporting directly to the Board of Directors. The Music Director makes artistic decisions within a set financial framework, and provides regular support to marketing and fundraising initiatives. Although residence in South Bend is not required, the Music Director is expected to spend significant time in South Bend in addition to rehearsal and performance time for community and Board-related matters.

 Community: The Music Director participates actively, frequently, and directly in community engagement and outreach initiatives, embracing the cultivation and stewardship of patrons, media, funders, and community members. The Music Director is committed to raising the profile of the orchestra, expanding its audience, and ensuring its ongoing sustainability.

 Community Relationships: The Music Director will play a key role in enhancing community pride in, and connection with, the SBSO. S/he will work closely with staff and volunteers to steward and build a committed core audience, representative of the community as a whole. S/he will be a powerful and effective ambassador for the SBSO capable of telling its story and generating support. S/he will be willing and able to participate actively in the orchestra’s communications, marketing, and fundraising activities, and will possess strong interpersonal skills including public speaking, the use of conventional and social media, and face-to-face contact with individuals and groups.

Please submit your resume and a cover letter expressing your interest directly onto the following
Dropbox link:

Please upload your cover letter and resume as one single PDF file. The document name must follow the following format: Candidate Last name, Candidate First Name – Cover Letter and Resume

Do not send videos at this time. Videos will be requested at a later date. All cover letters and resumes must be received by November 7, 2015. No late submissions will be considered.

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