Artistic Director and Conductor of Bloomington Symphony Orchestra

Job title: Artistic Director and Conductor

Orchestra name: Bloomington Symphony Orchestra


Duties and responsibilities:

The Artistic Director is responsible for the musical growth of the orchestra. He or she is expected to:

Determine the Orchestra’s repertoire. Work with the Orchestra Committee, design programs appropriate for an all-volunteer orchestra that are also attractive to audiences.

Collaborate with the Orchestra Committee to identify and hire guest soloists to perform with the Orchestra.

Lead weekly rehearsals to ensure a high quality of performance at each concert.  Rehearsals take place on Tuesdays from 7:00 until 9:15 pm.

Work with the Personnel Manager to recruit and audition new players for the Orchestra and determine seating for each concert.

Coordinate his/her efforts with those of other paid staff and volunteers to ensure that all aspects of the performance proceed as planned.

Maintain office hours as needed to work with the Executive Director on long-range planning.

Publicize the Orchestra through press interviews and public appearances. Work with the Executive Director to promote the Orchestra and its programming to the general public.

As needed, engage in fundraising activities, including direct mailings, special fundraising events, and donor outreach alongside the members of the Development Committee.

Actively engage with and promote a good working relationship with instrumental music teachers in Monroe and surrounding counties.

Present status reports to the Board of Directors at their monthly meetings.

Serve as Chair of the Orchestra Committee, and participate in other committee(s) that would benefit from his or her presence.

Work with the Board to determine budget items related to performances.


Our ideal candidate demonstrates:

Excellent conducting skills

A strong work ethic

The ability to collaborate with musicians from a variety of backgrounds

Enthusiasm, energy, and a true commitment to our organization

A focus on partnership, both with the orchestra and its board

Preference given to candidates who reside within one hour’s drive of Bloomington, Indiana.

Benefits offered: $1,250 monthly stipend

Organization/orchestra description:


Now in its 46th Season, the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra is an all-volunteer group which performs ten concerts per year. The BSO also engages in educational outreach work throughout the community.

City:     Bloomington

State:  Indiana

Application deadline: 01/20/16

Date to remove: 01/21/16

Apply to: Artistic Director Search Committee


Phone: (812)331-2320


Application procedure:


Applicants are asked to submit a resume, cover letter, statement of artistic vision, and links to videos of their conducting to the Artistic Director Search Committee via email to


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