JOB TITLE:  Music Director/Conductor

REPORTS TO:  Executive Director


Qualifications: The Asheville Symphony seeks an outstanding musician and conductor with significant conducting experience; a deep understanding of composers and their orchestral and choral repertoire and the current music climate; a proven ability to craft powerful musical experiences while remaining fiscally responsible; dedication to artistic excellence; the ability to attract high-caliber guest artists; a passion for music education; strong interpersonal, leadership and communication skills; the vision, passion and ability to make symphonic music relevant and exciting for existing and new audiences.




  • Maintain primary responsibility for the artistic planning, operation and development of the orchestra
  • Advise on matters of policy which concern the overall growth of the orchestra and suggest courses of action to improve and enhance the orchestra’s artistic objectives consistent with the organization’s goals and budgetary parameters
  • Plan the concert season including but not limited to subscription concerts, education and holiday concerts, chamber orchestra, pops and special concerts
  • Select repertoire to be performed and guest artists to be hired with consultation from the Executive Director and Artistic Affairs Committee
  • Determine the number and kind of rehearsals required
  • Participate in the selection of orchestra personnel in accordance with the Orchestra Policy, including but not limited to conducting auditions, monitoring musicians’ performance levels, appropriately communicating artistic concerns to musicians and initiating termination for artistic reasons, when deemed appropriate and advisable to maintain performance standards
  • Determine concert stage set-up to present the orchestra at its best, both acoustically and artistically and determine seating within each section
  • Rehearse and conduct performances as outlined in the Music Director and Conductor contract
  • Present pre-concert lectures and other community concert talks
  • Adhere to the artistic planning schedules


  • Maintain frequent and regular communication with the Executive Director and Orchestra Manager
  • Work collaboratively with the orchestra’s staff
  • Maintain close communication with musicians, especially section Principals
  • Make radio, television and other appearances
  • Participate in developing goals for the organization
  • Work with the  Board members, volunteer organizations and committees
  • Attend Board and Executive Committee meetings whenever possible
  • Communicate the accomplishments and artistic mission of the organization to the public through the media and at public speaking engagements
  • Continue to build and maintain fruitful relationships in the local, national, and international music community


  • Become a visible part of Asheville and Buncombe County
  • Assist in the general promotion of the orchestra by being available for public appearances, fundraising activities and community events
  • Sustain and enhance relationships with partner organizations and entities in the community such as other arts and cultural organizations, music educators, and civic leaders
  • Represent the orchestra at various civic, educational and social functions

Affiliate Organizations

  • Support the efforts of the Asheville Symphony Guild, Asheville Symphony Chorus, Asheville Symphonettes, MusicWorks!, and the Asheville Symphony Youth Orchestra.  Advise groups as necessary.


Asheville Symphony – Growth and Success: Over the course of the past decades, the Asheville Symphony has achieved unprecedented levels of artistic excellence, creative programming, audience engagement, and community involvement. Since the Symphony’s humble origins as a volunteer orchestra in 1960, we have grown to serve more than 40,000 of the region’s music lovers each year with performances, community programming and music education for youth. Our seven Masterworks concerts each year, as well as a holiday concert and a choral concert, are each attended by 1800-2100 loyal and enthusiastic audience members. We also offer the community a full roster of education and youth programs, including live performances for all 2nd-, 3rd-, 4th- and 5th-graders in Asheville and Buncombe County schools and our newest endeavor, MusicWorks!, an after-school program that teaches underserved children life skills through music education. Our programs are supported by our 400-member volunteer Guild and our high school volunteers, the Symphonettes. Other programs under the Symphony’s umbrella include the Asheville Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Asheville Symphony Chorus. Currently, the Asheville Symphony operates on a budget of approximately $1.8 million, employing an 80-100 member orchestra and a full-time staff of six.  Concerts are performed in the 2300-seat Thomas Wolfe Auditorium located in the US Cellular Center.

Festival – Asheville Amadeus: In March 2017, ASO will host internationally renowned violinist, Midori, for a 10-day festival celebrating the music and life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Asheville Amadeus debuted in March 2015 with pianist Emanuel Ax, and is a community-wide music event with complementary theatrical performances, lectures, exhibitions, and education programs. Over 20,000 people, many of whom were new patrons, attended dozens of events in multiple venues during Asheville Amadeus 2015. Because of Midori’s dedication to the support and nurturing of young musicians, the Festival will explore music as a culture of mentorship.

About Asheville, NC:  Asheville is the largest city in Western North Carolina and is the regional center for medical services, manufacturing, transportation, banking and professional services, shopping, dining and the visual and performing arts.  At 2,200 feet in elevation, Asheville is located on a plateau divided by the French Broad River, at the hub of the Great Smoky and Blue Ridge Mountains.  The Asheville area is world renowned as a bustling tourist destination attracting over 5 million visitors and tourists each year who come for the natural beauty and vibrant hospitality the city offers.  Asheville is an outdoor mecca for recreation activities and home to George Vanderbilt’s Biltmore Estate.  Every year, Asheville is listed in varied publications as one of the top 10 cities in which to live, retire, visit or dine. Asheville’s population is close to 90,000 and Buncombe County is approaching 240,000.  Academic institutions in the region include The University of North Carolina, Asheville, Mars Hill, Appalachian State and Western North Carolina Universities, Warren Wilson, Montreat, Brevard, and Asheville Buncombe Technical Colleges.

To learn more about Asheville-Buncombe’s creative culture, the economy, and innovation check out the video “Asheville Creates.” The video can be viewed at

Compensation: Commensurate with experience and competitive with other orchestras in our budget catagory

Application Procedure: Applications must include a cover letter outlining specific interest and qualifications for the position along with a Resume/CV.

Please do not send videos or any other electronic media. Selected candidates may be asked to provide a video for consideration at a later date.

Application Deadline: 7/22/2016


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