IDEAL SKILLS, QUALIFICATIONS & EDUCATION
- Must be impeccably organized, self-motivated, and able to prioritize multiple projects with meticulous attention to detail
- Must possess the ability to stay calm, think clearly and maintain a professional demeanor under pressure
- A college degree is preferred, but a combination of education and experience will be considered
- Must possess excellent client service, interpersonal communication and problem solving skills when working with parents, students, teachers and professional personnel
- Must maintain professional integrity when working with confidential information
- Must be a team player who is able to remain flexible in quickly-changing circumstances
- Must possess the ability to handle diverse and varying workloads
- Must be committed to attending all Sunday rehearsals, the annual overnight retreat and tours
- Must possess working knowledge of orchestral percussion instruments
- Must be proficient with Microsoft Office Suite software including Outlook, Word, Excel and Access
- Must have a valid driver license, auto insurance and regular access to a vehicle
- Must be at least 18 years of age
- Must have ability to lift 25 pounds (will be asked to do this for much of the non-office work, i.e. rehearsal and concert production)
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Pacific Symphony Youth Ensembles:
Pacific Symphony Youth Ensembles (PSYE) is a premier pre-professional music performance program, nurturing and inspiring young musicians in grades 6 through 12. PSYE provides members with high-quality and innovative artistic experiences, which strive to encourage musical development, personal growth and lifelong learning through the art of classical performance.
The Youth Ensembles program is one of the largest pre-professional musical training programs in the country and comprises three performing ensembles that are united by the artistic vision of Pacific Symphony Music Director Carl St.Clair. The ensembles include Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra, Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble and Pacific Symphony Santiago Strings, and are each aimed at excelling student musicianship in a nurturing environment through professional repertoire and unique performance experiences.
The 250 students who participate in these three Youth Ensembles during the 2015-16 Season also represent 75 school music programs in and beyond the Orange County community. Musician membership in PSYE is determined by an annual audition process held in June of each year. The current season attracted more than 600 candidates for the program.
Pacific Symphony Youth Ensembles primarily performs in the world-class Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, and also performs in community venues across Orange County such as the Newport Beach Public Library, Calvary Church of Santa Ana and Friends Church of Yorba Linda. All PSYE performances are free of charge and open to the community.
In addition to each ensemble’s regular weekly rehearsals at the University of California in Irvine, students enjoy a variety of interactions with Pacific Symphony musicians including regular sectional coachings, master classes and side-by-side performances. Each ensemble enjoys an annual weekend retreat, where musicianship and camaraderie are elevated in a unique weekend experience of intensive rehearsals and bonding activities which provide mentorship, artistic development and promote teamwork within the ensemble.
Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra:
Founded in 1993, Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra (PSYO) is a prestigious pre-professional orchestra that has been recognized as one of the most outstanding youth orchestras in the country. Led by Pacific Symphony Assistant Conductor Roger Kalia, PSYO masters the pillars of professional orchestral repertoire each season while creating a stimulating educational experience for musicians to actively broaden their artistic horizons.
Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra cultivates the talents of symphony orchestral musicians in grades 9 through 12 through a variety of world-class artistic experiences and performance opportunities, including a three-concert series at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. PSYO also enjoys a side-by-side performance with the professional musicians of Pacific Symphony, where students perform in concert with their professional counterparts as part of Pacific Symphony’s Family Musical Mornings.
Each season, students enjoy an interaction with Pacific Symphony Music Director St. Clair, regular coaching sessions with Pacific Symphony professional musicians and a concerto competition that allows the winner(s) to perform as soloist(s) during the PSYO Season Finale. As a culmination of the 2015-16 Season, PSYO embarked on a-once-in-a-lifetime 10-day international performance tour to China, where students visited and performed in the cities of Beijing, Wuzhen and Shanghai.