The InterSchool Orchestras of New York invites applications for the role of Music Director and Conductor
Founded in 1972, the InterSchool Orchestras of New York (ISO) is in its forty-sixth season, offering a sequential music education program - one committed to providing the finest quality orchestral experiences for young people in New York City. ISO musicians are committed to service by performing community concerts and championing diverse music through partnerships with other cultural organizations.
The core of ISO is its six sequentially tiered orchestras and two symphonic bands, made up of over 300 students that reflect the face of New York City, representing a multitude of ethnic, cultural and economic backgrounds. The ISO is committed to continuing to increase the diversity of its ensembles. The ISO orchestras and bands rehearse weekly at various venues throughout New York City. ISO’s goal is to strike the balance between challenging students by expecting excellence, while nurturing them in a respectful, supportive, and warm learning environment. ISO’s training orchestras are conducted by seasoned professionals; the younger groups have coaches who lead sectional rehearsals and provide individualized attention to students. For some ISO musicians the outstanding orchestral preparation helps lead to future studies in conservatories, while for others ISO nourishes a life-long love of music. The more than 5,000 alumni of ISO include both professional musicians and music lovers in a variety of careers.
At the core of ISO’s mission is the belief that music is a communal experience and exists not merely for its own enjoyment, but to be shared with the greater community. ISO ensembles perform more than twenty concerts each year in major venues ranging from Lincoln Center and Symphony Space to community centers, nursing homes and houses of worship, reaching an audience of more than 10,000. For 2017-18 all members of the ISO senior class will participate in an alumni fundraising event, and the ISO is introducing new partnerships at hospitals and homeless shelters.
With its scholarship and sliding-scale tuition programs, ISO provides more than $250,000 each year in financial aid, ensuring accessibility for all regardless of ability to pay. ISO also provides opportunities for individual instruction for those students whose families cannot afford lessons. These include a Mentorship Program in which members of the top orchestras work with the less advanced groups in sectionals, and the Endangered Instrument Program, which offers subsidized lessons on French horn, oboe, bassoon, viola, and double bass.
In 2004 the ISO was awarded a League of American Orchestra’s Bank of America Award for Excellence in Orchestra Education, and, in 2006, it was inducted into the Channel 13 Community Hall of Fame.
The organization is committed to maintaining fiscal responsibility as it takes advantage of the myriad opportunities for partnerships, collaborations, master classes, guest artists, and international touring and exchange.
ISO is working hard to raise its profile and increase participation by developing new relationships with school music teachers and administrators, individual music teachers, community music schools and other music educators. In addition, it aspires to reach an ever-widening group of individuals, corporations and foundations to expand it funding base.
Retaining students into their high school years is a great challenge for the more advanced ISO ensembles as students’ extracurricular options and academic pressures increase. Succeeding in this area, in the highly competitive NYC environment is, a particular challenge for the ISO – where the most accomplished students can be also opt for participation (dependent on successful auditions) at Juilliard or Manhattan School Pre-College programs, the New York Youth Symphony and other high quality musical organizations.
Music Director and Conductor Position
Responsibilities for the position of Music Director and Conductor include, but go well beyond, the traditional roles for a youth orchestra. Primary responsibilities fall into five key areas:
Conductor of the ISO Symphony
Artistic supervision of the training orchestras and their faculty of about 20 conductors and coaches
Music educator responsible for developing and guiding the sequential curriculum of all ISO ensembles
Partner with the ED in recruitment and retention of students
Member of the ISO administrative leadership team, with responsibilities including, but not limited to, community engagement and fundraising
The Music Director must be able to effectively communicate with students, parents, board, colleagues, and the wider community. He/she should bring a strong commitment to the organization’s mission and be willing to actively participate in its advancement.
Conducting duties specific to the ISO Symphony include planning and conducting rehearsals and concerts. The ISO Symphony, consisting of approximately 60 advanced students, ages 12-19, plays both standard orchestral and non-traditional repertoire. The ensemble performs at least 5 concerts each season, including a gala performance each season at a major NYC venue like Carnegie Hall or Lincoln Center. The ISO Symphony rehearses for three (after school) hours on Wednesdays during the academic year.
The successful candidate will:
Have significant professional experience with youth orchestras
Be passionate about working with young people
Be a team player
Have a proven ability to connect with young people, their parents, members of the artistic and administrative staff, the board, and the community
Be committed to a leadership role for the entire organization
Have an interest in growing the organization from an educational point of view and in growing the ISO’s presence in the community
Demonstrated success as a conductor and music educator
At least two years’ paid professional experience with a youth orchestra
Proven skills as a team player, and as an effective supervisor
Please Note: Finalists will be invited to one of the following three pairs of dates for audition and interviews. If they present a challenge for your calendar, please let us know.
Tuesday, January 9-Wednesday, January 10
Tuesday, January 16-Wednesday, January 17
Tuesday, January 30-Wednesday, January 31
Applications: Please submit the following, electronically, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A one-page letter that expresses interest in and qualifications for the position
A detailed curriculum vitae
A list of professional references (at least three, including names, titles, addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses)
Additional printed programs of concerts presented in the past three years, and video demonstrating your work as a conductor may be requested at a later date, should you advance beyond the first round.
Submission Deadline: December 1, 2017
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with experience.