The Music Director is the most recognizable face of the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. The Music Director reports to the Board through the President/CEO, and he or she is responsible for the fulfilment of the organization’s artistic vision. Through collaboration and mutual respect, the Music Director, Board, staff, musicians and volunteers will work together to heighten the Mansfield Symphony’s visibility in the community, establish new partnerships, and develop new audiences.


The MSO’s Music Director defines the artistic vision of the ensemble, and will work closely with the staff of Renaissance Performing Arts to select the Orchestra’s repertoire within limits set by the budget. The Music Director possesses sole responsibility for rehearsing and preparing the ensemble, and has complete freedom of artistic expression in interpretation, rehearsal practice, and other elements of style.


The Music Director is responsible for communicating instrumentation and other performance needs to the Symphony Operations and Personnel Managers; coordinating music needs with the Symphony Librarian; confirming orchestra personnel in cooperation with section leaders and Personnel Manager; working closely with the Chorus Director to assure proper preparation of the Mansfield Symphony Chorus; and assisting in writing copy for the annual brochure and program notes. The Music Director is an ex-officio member of the Renaissance Board of Directors.


Exceptional musicianship and conducting skills; innovative programming with a strong awareness of community appeal; thorough knowledge of both classical and pops orchestral repertoire; significant experience conducting a professional orchestral/choral ensemble; congenial personality; evidence of successful collaboration with others, including administrative staff, Board, and musicians, other ensembles, affiliated community organizations, and artists in various media; effective rehearsal technique; strong interpersonal and leadership skills; the ability to handle conflict with diplomacy; a proven vision, passion and ability to make symphonic music relevant and exciting for existing and new audiences.

Preferred skills

The ideal candidate for the Music Director of the Mansfield Symphony has the ability to inspire the ensemble to greater heights of performance and expression; strong communication skills; an understanding of marketing needs; a Master’s degree in orchestral conducting or equivalent degree/experience.

To apply, please send the following:

(1) Personal letter of interest in this position, (2) Résumé detailing education and experience; (3) Sample programs conducted; (4) High quality video recording demonstrating conducting experience, clearly labeled, non-returnable; (5) Names and phone numbers of three professional references. Application materials will not be returned.

Application materials may be mailed to:

Renaissance Performing Arts
Attn: Chelsie Thompson
138 Park Ave West
Mansfield, OH 44902

To submit electronically:

Submit application materials in PDF form to The subject line should read: “Application” followed by your name in parentheses, e.g. Application (John Doe). If your application packet is included as an attachment to an e-mail, please also provide your name, mailing address, phone number and e-mail address in the body of the e-mail message.

All materials must be received by April 19, 2016. No phone inquiries, please. The MSO is an equal opportunity employer.


About the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra and Chorus

Since its founding in 1930, the Mansfield Symphony has grown from a fine regional orchestra into a professional orchestra with a rich musical legacy that includes such noted soloists as Jerome Hines, Frank Guarrera, Itzhak Perlman, Leonard Rose, Lorin Hollander, Peter Nero, and Sarah Vaughn. In 1997, the Renaissance Theatre and the Mansfield Symphony merged, forming the not-for-profit umbrella organization now known as the Renaissance Performing Arts Association.

Today, the Mansfield Symphony is one of the premier small-budget orchestras in the country, drawing not only talented local performers, but also numerous young musicians from some of the greatest music schools in the country, including the Conservatory of Music at Oberlin College and the Cleveland Institute of Music. The annual symphony season includes three classical concerts and three pops concerts every year. A Symphony Chorus was added as a permanent part of the Mansfield Symphony Society in 1977. The MSO maintains two youth orchestras, serving students in grades 6-12, and performs to over 8,000 local students each year through its Operation Bridge Building education program.

The Mansfield Symphony is generously supported by season sponsor, OhioHealth, and is a member of the League of American Orchestras. For more information on the symphony’s history and 2015-2016 performances, click here.


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