The successful applicant will perform as Principal Viola with the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra and as a member of the Symphony’s resident professional string quartet, Musaeus. Residency in or near Lethbridge, AB is required.
A typical concert season consists of six Symphony Series events, two to three Symphony Extras events, and two or three special events/concerts and educational outreach events.
The position, September 1st to May 31st, typically consists of weekly Monday night rehearsals with the orchestra. Additional rehearsals, including dress, are held before each concert, for a total of approximately 60 services per Season. In addition, rehearsals with Musaeus for Symphony Extras (typically six to nine services per event) and third-party bookings are scheduled separately as needed.
Please email or mail a letter of application, resume, a list of three references complete with contact information, and a recent recording (within the last year) in MP3 / WAV format by email / link or on USB / CD / DVD to:
Audio or video submissions exceeding 25 MB must be received on a USB drive or made accessible via a link to a live URL. Application deadline is January 31, 2018.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to Lethbridge, Alberta during the Spring portion of the 2017-18 concert season for an interview and audition process, including rehearsals with Musaeus and rehearsals and a concert with the Symphony. Transportation and lodging will be provided by the LSO for shortlisted candidates.
Please note that other potential income opportunities exist through additional Musaeus engagements, other regional per service orchestras, and the University of Lethbridge Conservatory of Music. For further information regarding the Conservatory of Music, please contact Breeanne Fuller, Director of Conservatory, 403.329.2304 or email@example.com.
A copy of the current contract and further information is available by contacting Glenn Klassen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional Salary Information: The annual salary for the 2017-18 Season is CA $13,980. In addition, there is remuneration for Symphony Extras; paid third-party bookings are also probable. The Principal Player shall be considered a self employee professional, not an employee of the Association, and as such shall be free to pursue a career outside the operations of the Association, provided those activities do not conflict with services properly scheduled by the Association that require the Principal Player’s participation.
Based in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, the Lethbridge Symphony has been entertaining audiences since 1960 and it remains a vital part of the arts in southern Alberta, drawing audiences from Lethbridge and the surrounding area. Our first 50 years of music were created by volunteers, with a resident professional music director (starting in 1978), and string quartet, Musaeus (founded in 1982). Under t...he leadership of music director Glenn Klassen, the skilled amateur players, outstanding local professionals, and talented students who make up your Symphony
collaborate with many fellow community arts groups.
We produce a dozen large events annually, including the Symphony Series (with the full orchestra), Symphony Extras (featuring smaller ensembles), plus our ever-popular Kids Choir and Feel the Beat programs, as well as our annual Love Notes fundraiser. Through specially designed programs such as Access Pass, Children’s Pass, we make the wonder and excitement of live classical music accessible to everyone.
Many of our area’s leading performers, including the University of Lethbridge Opera Workshop and Conservatory of Music, Vox Musica, Chinook Chamber Singers, and the Southern Alberta Suzuki Strings, are frequent partners. The Lethbridge Symphony has also performed with internationally recognized artists including John McDermott, ASANI, Doc Walker, and Jan Lisiecki.
Our diverse funding model brings together concertgoers, sponsors, donors, and government agencies to create a strong financial base. We are enormously grateful to our community of supporters – a family that brings great music to life in Southern Alberta through continuing investment in our work. This allows the Lethbridge Symphony to continue inspiring thousands of people each year with memorable musical experiences for audiences of all ages.