VYOA Music Director & Vermont Youth Orchestra Conductor

40 Hours per week based at Elley-Long Music Center Reports to the VYOA Board of Directors and supervises artistic staff The VYOA Music Director demonstrates a genuine love for working with young people and an understanding of young musician development.

MUSICAL RESPONSIBILITIES: Conduct all rehearsals and performances of the VYOA’s top-tiered orchestra (including international tours) and auxiliary ensembles, serve as substitute conductor for other ensembles, direct artistic planning process including the selection of guest artists and senior soloists, oversee all artistic staff (orchestral and choral), lead student recruitment strategies, participate in annual and mid-year auditions and placements, oversee the Music Inspires program in partnership with the Executive Director, manage the Endangered Instruments Program, and coordinate all music purchases and rentals ensuring that bowings and markings are clear.

NONMUSICAL RESPONSIBILITIES: Collaborate with the VYOA Board of Directors and Executive Director in long-range planning, participate at all monthly Board meetings, work closely with the Executive Director in creating and monitoring the artistic annual budget, maintain collaborative relationships with private and school music teachers, play an active role in fundraising and publicity activities, knowledgeable of current artistic activities in the orchestral field, and work with the Executive Director in creating new activities for the VYOA and its students. Qualifications: Masters Degree in Music from an accredited music school, DMA in Orchestral Conducting preferred. Knowledge of youth choral programs and repertoire a plus. Qualities: Passion for developing young people as individuals and musicians; approachable, engaging, collaborative and attentive to the needs of students and colleagues; ability to galvanize students; ability to manage day-to-day demands and deadlines; vision to develop inspiring, innovative, and collaborative programs.

Experience: Conducting and designing programming for youth orchestras How to Apply: Submit the following materials:
Cover Letter addressing interest and experience with youth orchestras
Curriculum Vitae
Three (3) references with contact information
Recent Conducting Videos – both rehearsal and performance All materials should be submitted to mdsearch@vyo.org. Video links to Dropbox or YouTube can be used in place of electronic file attachments. No DVDs please.
Elley-Long Music Center at Saint Michael’s College
223 Ethan Allen Avenue
Colchester, VT 05446 Phone: 802-655-5030
Fax: 802-655-5034

Due Dates and Timeline:
Materials accepted September 15, 2016 – November 1, 2016
Application Review November 1 – November 15, 2016
Semi-finalist phone interviews December 2016
Finalist visit and interviews in Colchester, VT February 5, 2017
Announcement March 2017

Appointment Begins No later than July 1, 2017

Salary Range: Compensation will be competitive with similarly sized organizations and commensurate with experience. Benefits include paid vacation and sick leave, health insurance, and retirement package. The Vermont Youth Orchestra Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All final candidates will be asked to undergo a criminal records check.

About the Vermont Youth Orchestra Association: Over 300 students in grades 1 – 12 from across Vermont and neighboring states participate in our three orchestras, two choruses, beginning string ensemble, community outreach programs, and summer camps, making the VYOA our region’s premier youth orchestra and chorus program. With a mission “to develop young people as artists, citizens, and leaders through the shared pursuit of musical excellence,” the VYOA is committed to providing instrumental and choral experiences for students of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. All of our students leave the VYOA with a respect for music, for learning, and for the arts, attributes that will enhance and inform their adult lives in our communities and beyond. All programs are based at our beautiful home, the Elley-Long Music Center at St. Michael’s College. VYOA orchestras and choruses will perform over 20 performances at Elley-Long Music Center, the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, and schools throughout the state.

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