Artistic Director and Symphony Orchestra Conductor
Minnesota Youth Symphonies
Location: Saint Paul, Minnesota
Type: Part Time
Required Education: 4 Year Degree
The Artistic Director is to oversee the education and artistic development of all MYS students in preparation of rehearsals and performances. The Artistic Director is charged with maintaining the standard of excellence among the artistic staff through interaction, evaluation, example, curricula and artistic leadership. The Artistic Director is an ambassador to the greater community of professional musicians, public and private school music teachers, studio teachers and potential students.
The Artistic Director will work with the administrative staff to engage qualified artistic staff to serve as conductors, coaches, sectional leaders and instructors. The Artistic Director is responsible for developing and executing a recruitment program, maintaining close liaison with school and private artistic instructors, and carrying out public relations activities on behalf of the Minnesota Youth Symphonies.
The Artistic Director reports to the president of the board of directors and works closely with the Executive Director and is an artistic advisor to the board and its committees. The Artistic Director attends the regularly scheduled board meetings as an ex-officio (non-voting) member and attends committee meetings to provide needed input and expertise. The Artistic Director carries out all required duties in a manner consistent with the policies, procedures, goals and objectives established by the board of directors.
As a conductor, this person is responsible for the conducting, education and overall artistic development of the SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, the most advanced orchestra of the Minnesota Youth Symphonies. Symphony Orchestra meets Saturday mornings from 8:45 am- 11:45 am at Highland Park Middle School in Saint Paul from September 2022 to April 2023.
This is a part-time position with conducting responsibilities on Saturday mornings and other hours throughout the week as needed. Estimated total hours per week between 5-10.
Program Management and Artistic Leadership
Organize and facilitate artistic team through collaborative decision-making
Communicate a dynamic long-term artistic vision for MYS
Manage artistic team alongside Executive Director
Collaborate with artistic and administrative staff on program activities and issues; serve as a resource for artistic staff
Serve as artistic advisor to the board and its committees. Communicate the artistic vision of MYS to the board and provide regular reports on progress. Attend the regularly scheduled board meetings as an ex-officio (non-voting) member and attend other meetings as necessary.
Collaborate with conductors to select repertoire for orchestras
Serve as coach for sectionals based upon instrument expertise
Community Relations and Program Development
Participate in auditions, evaluating the skills and techniques of students in area of expertise
Assist with recruitment of students by direct solicitation, developing recruitment materials, workshops, or by helping develop relationships with private lesson teachers, school orchestra and band teachers, or individuals with connections to young musicians
Serve as the public face of MYS in the broader community, communicating the mission and accomplishments of the organization
Conduct Symphony Orchestra during Saturday rehearsals and performances
Recruit students for Symphony from surrounding school districts
Select literature for the ensemble
Plan rehearsals, including selecting literature for sight-reading, sectionals and special events such as side-by-side rehearsals
Prepare students for performance opportunities throughout the year
EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
Able to pass a criminal background check
Able to work in a professional, respectful and appropriate manner as outlined in MYS Administrative Guidelines and Policies manual, including the MYS policies regarding harassment, sexual harassment and anti-discrimination
Able to adhere to venue COVID-19 guidelines for performances which include either proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative COVID-19 test result
Substantial conducting/teaching experience with students at the advanced high school, college or professional levels (All-State level or beyond.)
Substantial experience with professional level orchestral repertoire. Recent repertoire has included Mahler: Symphony 2, Rachmaninoff: Symphony 2; Prokofiev: Lt. Kije
Substantial performing or teaching experience on an orchestral instrument at the college, advanced community or professional level
Demonstrated ability to engage with and inspire advanced high school level student musicians in an empathetic and positive way
Lesson and rehearsal planning skills
Strong interpersonal communication skills including the ability to engage with parents, school directors and studio teachers
Computer literacy and familiarity with Microsoft Office or similar applications
Demonstrated experience leading a small, highly engaged, artistic team
Prior experience in non-profit music or higher education environment preferred
HOW TO APPLY:
To apply, please forward your resume, a cover letter, and a recording of a recent performance (or an opportunity to view an upcoming rehearsal or performance) to Amelia Hemmingsen, Executive Director, at [email protected].
Applications will be accepted through January 21st, 2022. The first round of interviews will take place mid-February 2022. Final interviews are scheduled for either Saturday, March 5th or Saturday, March 12th, 2022.
Founded in 1972, Minnesota Youth Symphonies (MYS) is one of the nation’s premier youth orchestra education programs. MYS provides the opportunity for young people to develop their musical abilities through a comprehensive and nurturing musical environment. MYS is dedicated to top-notch orchestral training for children, grades elementary through high school, offering a year-round mix of programs to meet the varying needs of young musicians, regardless of their ability to pay. Learn more about MYS at www.mnyouthsymphonies.org.