Youth Symphony Orchestra Conductor Youth Orchestras of Prince William

 – Woodbridge, VA 22192
Full-time, Contract
Youth Orchestras of Prince William (YOPW), an exceptional youth music program in the Prince William Region, seeks an energetic music educator to serve as a Youth Symphony Orchestra (YSO) Conductor. YOPW is a community driven organization looking for a candidate that will help furthering its mission through his/her artistic vision and by connecting with students, families, school teachers, private instructors and supporters.

This is a per service contract position. This position reports to the Executive Director.

Youth Symphony Orchestra Conductor responsibilities include:

  • Conduct the Youth Symphony Orchestra (YSO) at Monday night rehearsals and concert series at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas
  • Conduct auditions for YSO in May and September
  • Determine the repertoire to be performed by YSO
  • Conduct YSO for community events as needed
  • Actively recruit students for this ensemble
  • Post music scores on the online board
  • Positively engage with Prince William County Schools teachers
  • Attend local school concerts as needed
  • Evaluate both the entire YSO’s performance and that of individual musicians in the YSO
  • Communicate to the Executive Director any requirements regarding needs of a musical nature, such as extra rehearsals, sectionals, and coaching assistance throughout the year.
  • Determine, in consultation the Operations Coordinator, concert set-up to insure the best acoustical and visual configuration and assist with set-up
  • Carrying out all required duties in a manner consistent with the policies, procedures, goals, and objectives established by the Board of Directors
  • Attend staff meeting as needed


Minimum qualifications:

  • Demonstrated excellence as a conductor with 5+ years’ experience
  • 5+ years’ experience as an educator with classroom experience
  • Demonstrated knowledge of repertoire VBoda Grade Music 6
  • Awareness of YOPW’s brand and place in the local community
  • Evidence of being deeply committed to upholding and further developing YOPW’s mission

Preferred qualifications:

  • Resident of or seeking to establish a permanent residence address in Prince William County
  • Educator with passion for youth music education
  • Ability to connect and relate to youth
  • Ability to undertake some music-related administrative responsibilities including uploading music, posting information and communicating via email with students and families
  • Willingness to be part of an art community
  • Interest in working with a diverse group of people
  • Self-motivated and energetic
  • Excellent time-management and organizational skills with attention to detail
  • Strategic, creative, and innovative thinker
  • Strong leadership and decision-making skills
  • Impeccable ethics
  • Ability to thrive in high-pressure situations

Hiring Process:

The search committee will select the top two candidates to work and prepare the ensemble for the November and May concert respectively. Interview will take place on late-September. The Board will offer the position on June 2018.

For season calendar and more information visit us at


$220 per service for rehearsals and concert


September 8, 2017


Send an email to with the following information. All information is required.

  • A resume or CV
  • Three references including name, affiliation, phone number, and email address
  • In a one page written document discuss why you feel you would be a good fit as YSO Conductor
  • Up to three videos demonstrating your conducting skills. The video(s) must be submitted via website link(s)
  • Submit two sample 45-60 minute music programs

Job Type: Contract

Job Location:

  • Woodbridge, VA 22192

Required education:

  • Bachelor’s

Required experience:

  • Orchestra Conducting: 5 years
  • class room: 5 years

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