Job Summary:   The Assistant Conductor shall be responsible for covering the LO Music Director and Guest Conductors for all services of the LO and conducting LO rehearsals and concerts as assigned. The Assistant Conductor serves as a community ambassador for the LO, and is a critical member of the team for planning and executing LO artistic, education and community engagement initiatives.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Prepare and study all scores for LO repertoire to ensure readiness to step in for the Music Director or a guest conductor in the event of illness, emergency or other circumstances that prevent their appearance.
  • Cover all LO Classics Series and Music without Borders Series concerts. Conduct rehearsals and concerts (or portions there-of) of LO as assigned by Music Director (Pops, runouts, MakingMUSIC and other education-related concerts will be the most typical conducting assignments). Assistant Conductor should not expect to conduct Classics and Music Without Borders series concerts, especially not early in his/her tenure.
  • Conduct all off-stage ensembles (“banda,” etc.) as required by repertory. Assist with choral warm up, pre- and/or post-rehearsal mini-rehearsals/coachings with players, soloists, as needed.
  • Provide Music Director with written and verbal feedback on artistic matters relating to repertory (balance, intonation, dynamics, ensemble issues, etc.).
  • Assist Music Director and General Manager in programming future LO seasons; specific accountabilities to include: set concert themes and determine repertoire for all educational concerts to meet school curriculum goals and maximize attendance; researching/evaluating potential guest artists, guest conductors, and composers; researching instrumentation needs; writing program outlines and/or scripts; artistic budget development support.
  • Collaborate closely with the Education & Community Engagement Director in support of education and community engagement initiatives.
  • Represent the LO in speaking engagements and other public relations activities as assigned by LO staff
  • Actively support relationship building efforts with key community stakeholders, as guided by LO staff members.
  • Serve on the Education & Community Engagement Committee of the Board of Directors and other committees/task forces as assigned.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Music Director or General Manager

Education/Skills Required:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in music, conducting, or related field, and instrumental conducting training required
  • Minimum 3 years equivalent experience required
  • Complete knowledge of symphonic repertoire and experience in concert programming
  • Ability to work flexible hours including, evenings, weekends, and holidays
  • Exceptional oral communication skills
  • Exceptional organizational and time management skills

DEADLINE TO APPLY: February 1, 2017
Send application materials to:
Candidates should submit a cover letter, current one-page resume, two letters of recommendation, and contact information for three professional references. Candidates are also required to submit a short 5’-7’ video sample demonstrating their recent work. This should include two contrasting repertoire styles. Video should be shot at close range of the conductor, taken from orchestra’s vantage point, facing the FRONT of the conductor, of either a rehearsal or performance with full symphonic or large chamber orchestral ensemble. Videos must be sent electronically with links and dates of performances (Dropbox, YouTube, Vimeo, etc.).
Finalists will be identified by February 17, 2017, and invited to audition live in front of the Louisville Orchestra and meet with the search committee on March 24, 2017. Travel, accommodations, meals, and all expenses related to the audition process are the sole responsibility of each candidate.


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