Rappahannock Youth Symphony 2016-17


APPLICATION POSITION: SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONDUCTOR CLASSIFICATION: YOUTH ORCHESTRA REPORTS TO: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SUMMARY: The Rappahannock Youth Orchestra was founded in 1996 by Mrs. Deborah Tripp as a 501(s)3 organization to enhance the standard of playing in public, private and home schools. Since 1996 the RYO/RYS has given opportunities from the ages 10-18 to perform throughout the community. Our three orchestral ensembles serve students from the Fredericksburg, Stafford, Spotsylvania, Orange, King George and surrounding areas. The educational and social benefits complement the RYS experience as they improve their performance skills. The mission of the RYS is to provide young dedicated musicians the opportunity to develop advanced ensemble and performance skills that will enable them to grow to their fullest potential as musicians, and in doing so, to enrich the community through the art of music performance. Our rehearsals are both fun and disciplined, as each of our professional conductors strives for excellence on both individual and collective levels. Conductors work with both the full orchestra and in sectionals, and the musical selections challenge even the most accomplished musicians. We also provide instruction in music theory, history, technique and etiquette. This professional training culminates in four full orchestral performances each season. In addition to musical development, the RYS also places strong emphasis on community consciousness by collaborating with other local arts organizations. Ultimately, our goal is to inspire and facilitate a rich environment. Orchestra Conductors are responsible for conducting all rehearsals and concerts of their ensemble and are under the supervision of the RYS Executive Director (ED). Orchestra Conductors shall carry out their responsibilities in consultation and coordination with the Executive Director, the other artistic members of the RYS and with the Board of Directors (BoD). These responsibilities will remain within the scope and limits outlined in the RYS By-Laws and within the RYS annual budget. The Symphony Orchestra is an advanced full orchestra for strings, winds, brass and percussion. Students are typically in 8th-12th grades. Rehearsals take place on Monday nights from 6:30-8:30pm at T. Benton Gayle Middle School (100 Panther Drive, Fredericksburg, VA 22406). Concerts occur in December, March and May. Auditions take place in September and June. Salary is negotiable and commensurate with education and experience. Contractual terms are from September 1 to June 30.

EXPECTATIONS, COMPETENCIES & REQUIREMENTS PROFESSIONAL EXPECTATIONS 1. Demonstrates strong interpersonal skills by maintaining a good working relationship with the orchestra members, parents, other staff personnel, the ED and the BoD. 2. Carries out policies, procedures, goals and objectives as establishes by the BoD. 3. Communicates clearly with the ED, students, staff, parents and BoD. 4. Works as a member of a professional music performance and education team. 5. Projects enthusiasm that motivates students. 6. Interacts in a respectful and sensitive manner with regards to students’ feelings. 7. Instills respect and professionalism in students by behaving and dressing in a professional, respectful and appropriate manner. 8. Demonstrates a sound working knowledge of orchestral instrument and techniques. 9. Has an in-depth knowledge of classical repertoire/literature. 10. Commits to rehearsal and performance schedules. COMPETENCIES & REQUIREMENTS 1. Conducts ensembles at all rehearsals and performances. 2. Communicates notices and announcements to students at rehearsals. 3. Participates in all auditions as required by the ED. 4. Provides seating assignments to the ED. 5. Selects literature to be played by the ensemble in consultation with the ED. 6. Assists with the recruitment of new members. 7. Maintains excellent relations with other music instructors, professional musicians and musical/artistic organizations in the community. 8. Notifies the ED in the event that absence from a rehearsal is necessary as far in advance as possible and arranges for a substitute. 9. Assists the ED and BoD in the promotion of growth within the RYS by sustaining community interest in RYS. GUEST CONDUCTING OR OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES: Orchestra Conductors are encouraged to participate in professional engagements and activities not in conflict with the Rappahannock Youth Symphony’s goals and schedules. EMPLOYEE EVALUATION: The Executive Director shall conduct a performance evaluation of all Orchestra Conductors at mid-year and prior to the end of the contract year. EXTENT OF SERVICES/ATTENDANCE/PUNCTUALITY: It is understood that Monday evening’s rehearsals (6:30-8:30pm) and concert weekends are required and that rehearsals, concerts and other events may take place in morning, afternoon and evening venues. Continued employment is contingent upon successful fulfillment of job requirements. All Orchestra Conductors shall devote sufficient time, attention and energies to the performance under this agreement as those responsibilities may require. MINIMUM EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: 1. Bachelor’s Degree in music performance or education, Graduate Degree preferred. 2. Suitable experience in teaching or conducting orchestras, music programs, etc.

APPLICATION SHOULD INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING: 1. Cover letter to include the following: a. Summarizes any experience you feel makes you a strong candidate, b. Articulates your understanding of the youth orchestra environment, c. Identifies which age/experience ensemble you feel to be most suited, d. Describes how your participation as a Conductor will enhance the RYS 2. Two (3) letters of reference 3. Resume 4. Complete application to include contact information, etc. 5. If possible a DVD or audio recording of a representative performance (excerpts with speaking is desired but not required). Submit via post to: Rappahannock Youth Symphony PO Box 41252 Fredericksburg, VA 22404 Phone: 540-440-1468 Or submit via email to: Rebekah Noë, Executive Director Rappahannock Youth Symphony ed.rysymphony@gmail.com DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION – MAY 10, 2016



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