Great Falls Symphony Association Position: Music Director/Conductor

Great Falls Symphony Association

Position:  Music Director/Conductor

Salary:  A competitive salary in the range of $40,000-$60,000 will be offered depending on qualifications, experiences, and final contracted requirements.

Application Deadline:  May 6, 2016

The Great Falls Symphony Association welcomes nominations and applications for the position of Music Director, available beginning in the 2017-2018 season.


The Great Falls Symphony Association seeks an outgoing and passionate conductor for the role of Music Director to build on the Association’s tradition of excellence and help navigate new visions for the future.

The Position

The Music Director reports directly to the board and is responsible for the fulfillment of the Association’s artistic potential and its image in the community.  S/he is responsible for the repertoire, programming and artistic production, and has the responsibility for the selection, development, and replacement of musicians.  As the Association’s artistic leader, s/he must build and sustain the Association’s visibility and involvement in the community.  The Music Director is expected to work closely with the executive director, board president, choral director and staff in carrying out these responsibilities and to participate actively in the Association’s fundraising activities.

Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate will possess exceptional musicianship and conducting skills; significant conducting experience, including work with professional and amateur musicians; knowledge of a broad range of orchestral and choral repertoire; strong interpersonal, leadership, administrative, organizational and communication skills; and the ability to collaborate with the resident ensembles and other conductors in the organization.  The ideal candidate will also have the vision, the passion, and the ability to make symphonic music relevant and exciting for existing and new audiences.  Previous or current music directorship or comparable experience preferred. Applicant must be authorized for work in the US in order to be considered for the position.

The Association

The Great Falls Symphony Association is a mid-size symphonic organization located under the Big Sky of Central Montana.  The organization includes:

  • A seventy-member Symphonic Orchestra
  • A one-hundred voice Symphonic Choir
  • Two professional resident ensembles. The Cascade String Quartet and the Chinook Winds are nine individual musicians who serve as principals in the orchestra and also perform in their own Chamber Series and outreach programs.
  • A Youth Orchestra program with two orchestra ensembles serving over 100 students in grades 6 – 12.

Through these components the GFSA offers a diverse mix of activities including a seven-concert orchestral/choral series and Chamber Music series.  To fulfill a state and regional mission, the GFSA places highest priority upon programs that provide outreach for rural communities in Central Montana and throughout the entire state.

Two annual Educational Matinees reach over 3,000 students from as far as 150 miles away.  The Association’s professional string and woodwind resident ensembles serve the entire state of Montana, traveling an average of 3,000 to 4,000 miles each year presenting concerts and school programs.  In its nineteen-year history, the Symphony’s Youth Orchestra program has served countless young musicians from public, private and home schools in 20 different communities.  Additional activities include the sponsorship of a Broadway Series and other special events which reach approximately 35,000 to 40,000 people annually.

In 2004 the GFSA celebrated the 25th year of commitment to its professional string quartet residency with a concert featuring internationally known cellist Yo-Yo Ma.  Since that time the World Artist concerts have continued biennially featuring the orchestra with such artists as Itzhak Perlman, Midori, Joshua Bell, Sir James Galway, Evelyn Glennie, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and others.

The Community

Great Falls is Montana’s third largest city, and has been described as the perfect blend of big city excitement and small town charm.  The town is situated on the mighty Missouri River, and the name of the town comes from the several beautiful water falls in the city limits and the immediate area.  With safe neighborhoods, great schools, abundant recreational opportunities, excellent health care facilities, and the majestic Montana landscape in our own backyard, it is truly a unique place to live, work, and play.  Residents take advantage of over 40 miles of the River’s Edge Trail, an extensive Park system, and world class museums.  From local restaurants and unique shopping boutiques, to cultural events and performances at the Mansfield Center for the Performing Arts, to skiing and outdoor activities just minutes away, there is truly something for everyone to enjoy in Great Falls.


Application materials must include:

  • Personal letter of interest from the candidate explaining why they are the best candidate for the position and what they would bring to the position
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Sample programs conducted by the candidate
  • Names, emails and phone numbers of at least three professional references

Media materials will be requested from semi-finalists at a later date.  No phone inquiries, please.  The Great Falls Symphony is an equal opportunity employer.

Please submit applications by Friday, May 6, 2016 to:

Great Falls Symphony Music Director Search

c/o Hillary Rose, Executive Director

Great Falls Symphony Association

P.O. Box 1078
Great Falls, MT 59403

Please use “Music Director Application” as the subject line.

(MS Word or text attachments only, please.)

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