Music Director The Brookline Symphony Orchestra

Music Director 

The Brookline Symphony Orchestra welcomes applications for the position of Music Director, available beginning in the 2017-18 season. 

The Position 

The music director is responsible for developing the programming for the orchestra’s four-concert season, for conducting weekly rehearsals of the orchestra, and for conducting all authorized performances of the orchestra.  In addition, the music director will follow the Personnel Policies developed by the Player’s Committee (PC) in determining seatings and will work with the PC to audition potential new players. The music director is also expected to work closely with the board of directors in carrying out these responsibilities and to assist in developing connections to other local cultural organizations.

Candidate Profile 

The ideal candidate will possess exceptional musicianship and conducting skills; significant conducting experience; knowledge of a broad range of repertoire; strong interpersonal, leadership, and communication skills; vision, passion, and ability to make symphonic music relevant and exciting for existing and new audiences, as well as to enhance orchestra members’ understanding.  Previous or current music directorship or comparable experience preferred.  Finalists will be invited to prepare and conduct a concert during the 2016-17 season.

The Orchestra

The Brookline Symphony Orchestra was established in the late 1950’s and flourished for many years, but in the early part of this century went on a 10-year hiatus. Revived in 2010 with a goal to again become an integral part of the Brookline community and to reach beyond Brookline’s borders, the orchestra is well on its way to achieving that objective.
The orchestra is comprised of approximately 65 musicians (advanced amateurs, professionals, and students) who volunteer their time to present concerts of the highest quality.  The stated mission of the orchestra is to provide qualified volunteer musicians under professional leadership an opportunity to enhance their skills while enriching the cultural life of the community through affordable performances and outreach events.  As part of this mission, the Brookline Symphony presents a number of free outreach events annually, including free full orchestra concerts at schools, nursing homes, and hospitals.
Additional information about the orchestra, including audio excerpts, orchestra member biographies and past concert programs, can be found at our website:


As a community orchestra on a limited budget, the Brookline Symphony can offer limited compensation for this part-time position.  Contact the search committee at for additional details.


Applications should be received no later than April 25 2016 and can be submitted by completing the online form available at
Applications must include:
• personal letter of interest from the candidate 
• cv including repertoire conducted by the candidate
• names and contact information of three professional references 
• a link to video recordings of rehearsals and concerts conducted by the candidate
• a sample season of 4 concert programs that would be suitable for the Brookline Symphony

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