The Assistant Conductor is an integral member of the artistic leadership team and conducting staff of the Omaha Symphony. In collaboration with key staff, s/he is responsible for creatively planning and executing the Omaha Symphony’s industry-leading Education and Community Engagement concerts and activities. These highly-visible programs are essential to the Omaha Symphony’s mission and serve nearly 30,000 participants annually. The Assistant Conductor also provides vital support for the Omaha Symphony’s Music Director, Principal Pops & Resident Conductor, guest conductors, and musicians as cover conductor for all of the orchestra’s activities.
The Assistant Conductor position is a two-season appointment (2017/18 and 2018/19 seasons), with the potential for an additional two-season extension. Winning candidate must be available to begin work in Omaha on or before November, 27, 2017.
Write, program, host, and conduct Education and Community Engagement concerts, residencies, and tours, in collaboration with and as assigned by the Music Director, Principal Pops & Resident Conductor, and Omaha Symphony staff.
Conduct other programs as assigned. Assist with offstage conducting needs, prepare scores and call sound/light/supertitle cues as required.
Serve as cover conductor for all other Omaha Symphony orchestra services including the MasterWorks and Symphony Joslyn classical series, Symphony Pops, Symphony Rocks, Movies, and Family series, special concerts, and fee engagements.
Participate in mentoring relationships with Omaha Symphony Music Director, Principal Pops & Resident Conductor, and senior staff. Actively engage with Omaha Symphony musicians and guest artists.
Plan and host Community Engagement activities, including pre-concert lectures and events with community partners.
Administrative duties which will include, but are not limited to, attending artistic planning meetings, as well as staff, board, and committee meetings.
Public relations duties, which will include media appearances, public speaking engagements, and other functions where the Assistant Conductor represents the Omaha Symphony.
Candidates are requested to submit the following materials to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Friday, August 18, 2017.
All materials must be submitted electronically, with written materials sent as either PDF or MS Word files. Candidates will be notified once their application has been received.
References and/or letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation are strongly encouraged.
a. Videos must show recent conducting experience and would ideally include a varied selection of repertoire. Performance and/or rehearsal videos are acceptable.
b. Videos must be of the conductor from the orchestra’s vantage point.
c. Videos must submitted via YouTube, Vimeo, or similar online video hosting services. Do not send videos as files attached to emails. If videos are password protected, please be sure to include password information. If using YouTube, videos may be marked as “unlisted” but please DO NOT mark videos as “private.” Online video submission must be easily accessible by multiple users.
An audition committee including Omaha Symphony conducting staff, musicians, and administrative staff will review applications and may further screen potential candidates through preliminary interviews and contact with references. The committee will select up to seven candidates and up to four alternates to invite to the live audition.
On September 15, 2017 candidates will be notified of their invitation to the live audition, and all other applicants will be informed that they have not been selected to continue the audition process.
The audition with orchestra will take place on Sunday, October, 15, 2017. The first round of the audition will include podium time for all invited candidates on identical repertoire. The audition committee will then select up to four finalists to advance to the interview and second conducting round. During the panel interview with the audition committee, candidates will be expected to present outlines of an education program and a separate community engagement initiative of their design, in addition to general interview Q&A. The second conducting round will include a demonstration of audience communication and rehearsal of selected repertoire.
Finalists will be notified about the outcome of the audition by Friday, October 20.
The ideal candidate will demonstrate exceptional musicianship and conducting skills, and have a broad knowledge of orchestra repertoire in particular and familiarity with all genres of music in general. S/he will have strong communication, interpersonal, leadership, and organizational skills. Creativity, flexibility, and the ability to work under pressure are extremely important to this position.
A minimum of five years’ conducting experience with symphony orchestras, including with education concerts, is required. Bachelors level college or conservatory degree in music or conducting required, and an advanced degree or training is preferred.
A detailed knowledge of orchestra operations, including familiarity with concert programming, professional performance practice, and the parameters of a union work environment are essential for this position. The successful candidate must be able to work well with resident and visiting artists with a broad spectrum of personalities. Assistant Conductor must work days, evenings, and weekends as required.
Assistant Conductor shall reside in Omaha for the duration of the appointment. Applicants must legally be able to work in the United States.
Additional Salary Information: Salary will be $40,000 for the 2017/18 season (pro-rated based on starting date) and $41,080 for the 2018/19 season. Annual salary is based on a July 1 – June 30 fiscal year.
The Symphony will purchase or provide all scores required to fulfill conducting and cover duties.
The Assistant Conductor is eligible for the following benefits: Paid Leave (sick, vacation, personal, bereavement); Health and Dental Insurance; Life, AD&D, and Long-term Disability Insurance; Flexible Spending Account; Workers’ Compensation; Complimentary Tickets: Available, depending on sales.
Celebrating its centennial in 2021, the Omaha Symphony employs Nebraska’s largest complement of professional performing artists and is widely regarded as the finest musical ensemble in the region. The orchestra offers MasterWorks, Symphony Pops, Symphony Rocks, Movie Music, and Family Concerts from Omaha’s Holland Performing Arts Center, an architectural and acoustic marvel in the heart of downtow...n. A chamber orchestra series is also presented at the Joslyn Art Museum. In addition to performing concerts of the highest caliber, Music Director Thomas Wilkins, Principal Pops Conductor Ernest Richardson, and the versatile musicians of the Omaha Symphony engage the community through nationally recognized education programs, community partnerships, tours, and other special events. The Omaha Symphony Association operates with an annual budget of approximately $7.5 million. The endowment exceeds $25 million. The musicians recently ratified a five-year master agreement. Music Director Thomas Wilkins is contracted through the 2020/21 season.
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