Music Director: Stamford Symphony Orchestra

The Stamford Symphony Orchestra welcomes nominations and applications for the position of Music Director, available beginning in the 2018–2019 season.

The Position
The Music Director reports directly to the Board and is responsible for fulfilling the artistic mission of the orchestra. He or she is responsible for the repertoire, programming and artistic production, and the selection and development of musicians. As the orchestra’s artistic leader, the Music Director must build and sustain the orchestra’s image and involvement in the City of Stamford and its neighboring towns. The Music Director is expected to work closely with the orchestra’s CEO, Chairman of the Board of Directors, and staff in carrying out these responsibilities and to participate actively in the orchestra’s fundraising activities.

Candidate Profile
The ideal candidate will be an outstanding musician with the skills and experience required to conduct a leading professional orchestra. He or she will have a broad range of repertoire, including contemporary music, and will be able to create and help implement an overarching artistic vision for the orchestra. The candidate will possess strong interpersonal, leadership, and communication skills, including a record of collaborative relationships with musicians and boards. He or she will also have a record of engagement with the audience and connection to the broader community as well as experience with music education. Residency in or near the greater New York City region is desirable but not essential.

The Orchestra
The Stamford Symphony Orchestra is based in southwestern Connecticut, which is part of the greater New York metropolitan area. Founded in 1919 and reborn in 1967, the SSO is acknowledged as one of New England’s finest orchestras and has a roster of over 60 professional musicians, all of whom are active in the New York City musical community.

The orchestra’s season includes five symphonic subscription weekends, with concerts on Saturdays and Sundays. It also includes an annual Messiah performance, two recitals, and four education concerts in affiliation with the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall. In addition to the traditional classical repertoire, the Stamford Symphony is committed to presenting contemporary composers as part of each season.

The Stamford Symphony is governed by a 27-member Board of Directors and is supported by a highly experienced professional administrative staff. The orchestra is in sound financial condition with a strong balance sheet, good revenues, and a substantial cash reserve.

Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Applications must include:
■ A cover letter explaining your professional goals and how they match the position offered
■ A resume of no more than 2 pages
■ Up to 5 sample programs conducted by the candidate over the last 3 years. Please indicate orchestra and soloists
■ A link to a video of your conducting if available.

Please submit applications electronically by October 7, 2016, to

The Stamford Symphony Orchestra is an equal opportunity employer.

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