Winston-Salem Symphony: Music Director

Music Director

Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States Part-time

Position Title:  Music Director


Position FLSA StatusPart-time, Exempt


Position Overview:

The Winston-Salem Symphony seeks an experienced, innovative, inspiring, collaborative, and community-minded leader to craft and implement its artistic and educational vision and mission as it moves into its next chapter in service to the Piedmont Triad region.  Qualified candidates will demonstrate exceptional musical, programmatic, technical and leadership talent and will have a minimum of five to ten years of experience creating imaginative programming and conducting professional orchestras in classical, choral, pops and children’s/family repertoire while serving as a Music Director, Assistant, Associate or Resident Conductor.


Duties, Responsibilities, Position Requirements:

Please visit the Winston-Salem Symphony website for a complete Candidate & Position Description ( or click on the following link for a PDF of the full Music Director position description:

Link to Music Director Position Description PDF



Competitive salary commensurate with experience


Other Benefits:

Following successful completion of a 90-day probationary period and in accordance with prevailing employee policies and benefit plans, this position offers a robust benefits package subject to then current plans but likely to include employer-paid medical, dental, vision, short and long-term disability, accidental death and dismemberment insurance premiums, life insurance to one-time annual salary (limit of $100,000); annual paid time off including three weeks of paid vacation, ten paid holidays, up to 6 paid sick days, and 10 paid Family Care days (12 weeks Family Care without pay); complimentary concert access, and more.


Organization Description:

The Winston-Salem Symphony (WSS) begins its 71st season in June 2017 as one of the Southeast’s most highly regarded regional per service orchestras.  With a budget of $2.6 million, its performance season includes: 6 Classics Series masterworks doubles; 4 Kicked-Back Classicscasual masterworks singles; 4 Pops Series singles and 2 performances of Carolina Christmas; 3 Discovery Series Concerts for Kids; 2 performances of Handel’s Messiah; 1 Concert for Communityfeaturing WSS and Youth Symphony musicians performing side-by-side; a free Holiday Concert benefitting the Salvation Army Food Pantry; three youth orchestra ensembles; an Academy of Music & Arts collaboration with The Salvation Army of Winston-Salem that provides after-school instrumental music instruction to under-served youth; and a multitude of educational and community engagement programs.  For more information visit the WSS website at:


Organization Location:

Winston-Salem, North Carolina (to learn more, visit the Chamber of Commerce and Visit Winston-Salem websites at: and


Application Deadline & Procedure:

Candidates should submit the following materials electronically no later than Friday, June 30, 2017 using the online application (in blue box at bottom)

 Please include the following:

  • Written Materials: (1) A Personal Statement of Interest not to exceed one page; (2) a résumé
  • Videos: (1) YouTube or Vimeo link to a one-minute speaking video that addresses (in English) why you are interested in this position—can be recorded on smartphone and uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo (2) YouTube or Vimeo links to conducting videos not to exceed 20 minutes in total length, demonstrating at least two (2) different styles in front of a full symphonic or chamber orchestra in rehearsal and performance, taken from the orchestra’s vantage point facing the front of the conductor (at least one video must demonstrate rehearsal conducting and all videos must reflect work in the last five (5) years);
  • References: The names and contact information of three professional references (including name, affiliation, address, phone number and e-mail). Please upload PDF or MS Word file.
  • Applications will be considered incomplete without all required materials – incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
  • Additional materials may be requested later in the application process.
  • Applications will not be accepted from agents or other representatives. No phone calls please.


All applications will be treated confidentially.  No materials will be returned.

Applications received after Friday, June 30, 2017 will not be considered.


 The Winston-Salem Symphony Association is an equal opportunity employer.


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