The Eugene Symphony Association welcomes nominations and applications for the position of Music Director, available beginning in the 2017/18 season. (revised)

The Eugene Symphony Association welcomes nominations and applications for the position of Music Director, available beginning in the 2017/18 season.

The Position

The Music Director reports directly to the Association’s Board of Directors and is responsible for the fulfillment of the orchestra’s artistic potential and its connection with the community. S/he is responsible for the orchestra’s repertoire, programming, and concert presentation, and has authority over the selection, development, and replenishment of quality musicians. As the Association’s artistic leader, s/he must build and sustain the orchestra’s visibility and deepen its engagement with the community. The Music Director is expected to work closely with the Board President, Executive Director, and administrative staff in carrying out these responsibilities and participate actively in fundraising activities. Previous Music Directors include Marin Alsop, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, and Giancarlo Guerrero, each of whom have gone on to lead major American orchestras following their tenure in Eugene. The orchestra’s technical capability, combined with the population’s hunger for inspiring art and music, makes this position an ideal opportunity for a talented and ambitious conductor to thrive in a supportive and rewarding artistic environment.

Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate will possess exceptional musicianship and conducting skills; significant conducting experience, including work with professional musicians; 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 through both traditional and innovative means. Previous or current music directorship or comparable experience preferred.

The Organization

Now in its landmark 50th Anniversary season, the Eugene Symphony is widely recognized as a cornerstone of the performing arts in Oregon’s southern Willamette Valley. Under the leadership of Music Director Danail Rachev and Executive Director Scott Freck, the Eugene Symphony pursues its mission to “enrich lives through the power of music” by presenting annual classical, summer, and community outreach performances, commissioning and premiering new American works, and disseminating its performances via radio broadcasts. Guided by its Long Range Plan, first established in 2005 and updated regularly, the Eugene Symphony serves, educates, and develops the widest possible regional audience through its programs. Approximately 25,000 community members attend the Eugene Symphony’s classical, family, and special performances each year. Up to an additional 21,000 children, adults, and seniors take part in annual education and community engagement initiatives, including family and youth concerts, in-school ensemble performances, subsidized concert tickets, artist residencies, and pre-concert lectures for adults. Through its annual broadcast series on classical radio KWAX, the Eugene Symphony brings its full season of classical concerts to 45,000 monthly local and worldwide listeners.

The Eugene Symphony’s landmark 50th Anniversary season in 2015/16 includes nine classical concerts, featuring the returns of former music directors Harth-Bedoya and Guerrero, three world-premiere commissioned works by some of America’s leading composers, and a special performance with cellist Yo-Yo Ma. It also features a forward-
looking concert event entitled SymFest led by Conductor Laureate Marin Alsop, free outdoor summer performances in three communities in the Willamette Valley, concerts for student audiences, and a wide array of education and community engagement activities. The anniversary year is indicative of the scope of ambitious programming and audience engagement that has become the norm over the course of 50 years, in which the orchestra has undertaken the complete cycle of Mahler symphonies, innovative collaborations with other regional arts groups, and a long-standing commitment to the music of living American composers.

Eugene Symphony Association – Music Director Position Announcement

Updated April 13, 2016

The Eugene Symphony is a professional orchestra operating under a collective bargaining agreement, recently renewed through the 2016/17 season, and also supports the Eugene Symphony Chorus. The Eugene Symphony Association is governed by a 30-member Board of Directors and receives support from the volunteer members of the Eugene Symphony Guild; there is an administrative staff of ten including full-time and part-time employees. A separate Trustee Board oversees an Endowment currently valued at $5 million in assets. The Eugene Symphony has an operating budget of $2.7 million for 2015/16.

The City

Described on its official website as “A Great City for the Arts and Outdoors,” Eugene is known for its unique, exciting mix of arts, culture, education, scenic beauty, and passion for recreation. With a population of about 160,000, Eugene is Oregon’s second largest city and home to the University of Oregon, where the School of Music and Dance is the most respected in the Pacific Northwest. The Willamette and McKenzie rivers are magnets for water sports and recreation, and more than 100 parks and 2,600 acres of open space offer the perfect settings for outdoor activity of all kinds. As an arts and culture destination, Eugene is home to the Eugene Symphony, the world-renowned Oregon Bach Festival, the Eugene Opera, the Eugene Ballet, the Eugene Concert Choir, the Hult Center for the Performing Arts, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, and several theatre companies. Downtown Eugene is a vibrant urban environment with blocks of art galleries, restaurants, and boutique shops.

Compensation and Benefits

Compensation, including benefits, is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Critical Date Availability Periods

A small group of semifinalist candidates will be invited to visit Eugene for an interview during the period of July 29-30, 2016. At the conclusion of the initial search process, three finalists will be invited to conduct the orchestra in a subscription concert during the following periods. Applicants must confirm their availability for the interview period and subscription weeks in their application (see below).

December 3-9, 2016 • January 21-26, 2017 • March 11-17, 2017

Application Instructions

Please read the following instructions carefully. Applications must include:

 A personal letter of interest from the candidate explaining his or her interest in the Eugene Symphony

Music Director position.

 A résumé of 1-2 pages maximum

 Examples of programs conducted by the candidate (please DO NOT submit a repertoire list)

 Names and phone numbers of at least four professional references, two of whom are orchestral musicians and two of whom are artistic administrators

 Links to online videos or DVD recordings of the candidate conducting

 A confirmation of the candidate’s availability for the interview period and subscription weeks, included in the body of his or her email if sending a digital copy, or personal letter if sending a paper application.

 (Optional) Contact information for candidate’s management or representation, included in the body of his or her email if sending a digital copy, or in the personal letter of interest if sending a paper application.

Please submit these materials as individual PDF or Word files. No other file formats can be accepted.

By applying, the candidate gives the Eugene Symphony Association permission to contact all references listed in application materials. Any physical materials submitted will not be returned to the candidate.

NO PHONE INQUIRIES PLEASE. The Eugene Symphony Association is an equal opportunity employer.

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

or Eugene Symphony Music Director Search, 115 W. 8th Avenue, Suite 115, Eugene OR 97401

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