The Winston-Salem Symphony seeks an experienced, innovative, inspiring, collaborative, and community-minded leader to craft and implement its artistic and educational vision and mission as it moves into its next chapter in service to the Piedmont Triad region. Qualified candidates will demonstrate exceptional musical, programmatic, technical and leadership talent and will have a minimum of five to ten years of experience creating imaginative programming and conducting professional orchestras in classical, choral, pops and children’s/family repertoire while serving as a Music Director, Assistant, Associate or Resident Conductor.
Duties, Responsibilities, Position Requirements:
Please visit the Winston-Salem Symphony website for a complete Candidate & Position Description (www.WSsymphony.org)
Competitive salary commensurate with experience
Following successful completion of a 90-day probationary period and in accordance with prevailing employee policies and benefit plans, this position offers a robust benefits package subject to then current plans but likely to include employer-paid medical, dental, vision, short and long-term disability, accidental death and dismemberment insurance premiums, life insurance to one-time annual salary (limit of $100,000); annual paid time off including three weeks of paid vacation, ten paid holidays, up to 6 paid sick days, and 10 paid Family Care days (12 weeks Family Care without pay); complimentary concert access, and more.
The Winston-Salem Symphony (WSS) begins its 71st season in June 2017 as one of the Southeast’s most highly regarded regional per service orchestras. With a budget of $2.6 million, its performance season includes: 6 Classics Series masterworks doubles; 4 Kicked-Back Classics casual masterworks singles; 4 Pops Series singles and 2 performances of Carolina Christmas; 3 Discovery SeriesConcerts for Kids; 2 performances of Handel’s Messiah; 1 Concert for Community featuring WSS and Youth Symphony musicians performing side-by-side; a free Holiday Concert benefitting the Salvation Army Food Pantry; three youth orchestra ensembles; an Academy of Music & Arts collaboration with The Salvation Army of Winston-Salem that provides after-school instrumental music instruction to under-served youth; and a multitude of educational and community engagement programs. For more information visit the WSS website at: www.WSsymphony.org.
Candidates should submit the following materials electronically no later than Friday, June 30, 2017 using the online application (see yellow link box on upper right)
Please include the following:
Written Materials: (1) A Personal Statement of Interest not to exceed one page; (2) a résumé. Please upload PDF files.
Videos: (1) YouTube or Viimeo link to a one-minute speaking video that addresses (in English) why you are interested in this position; - can be recorded on hand-held smartphone (2) YouTube or Vimeo links to conducting videos not to exceed 20 minutes in total length, demonstrating at least two (2) different styles in front of a full symphonic or chamber orchestra in rehearsal and performance, taken from the orchestra’s vantage point facing the front of the conductor (at least one video must demonstrate rehearsal conducting and all videos must reflect work in the last five (5) years); Please mark YouTube videos as UNLISTED instead of PRIVATE.
References: The names and contact information of three professional references (including name, affiliation, address, phone number and e-mail). Please upload PDF or MS Word file.
Applications will be considered incomplete without all required materials – incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
Additional materials may be requested later in the application process.
Applications will not be accepted from agents or other representatives. No phone calls please.
All applications will be treated confidentially. No materials will be returned.
Applications received after Friday, June 30, 2017 will not be considered.
The Winston-Salem Symphony Association is an equal opportunity employer.
The Winston-Salem Symphony (WSS) is one of oldest and most respected professional arts organizations in North Carolina’s Piedmont Triad, an area of over 1.6 million residents that serves as one of the primary manufacturing and transportation hubs of the southeastern United States. Recognized as an artistic leader and lauded for its high quality performances, the Winston-Salem Symphony was establis...hed in 1946 as a civic orchestra on the campus of Salem College, incorporated as a professional orchestra in 1952, and hired its first full-time conductor (Maestro John Iuele) in 1955. Since then, two other exceptional Music Directors have led and nurtured the artistic growth of the orchestra: Maestro Peter Perret (1979-2004) and Maestro Robert Moody (2005-2018).
Over the past 70 years, the Winston-Salem Symphony has grown into a nationally recognized regional orchestra employing 78 professional musicians on a per service basis. Under Robert Moody’s inspiring leadership, the Winston-Salem Symphony has experienced remarkable growth, artistically and otherwise. During his tenure, the orchestra added to its strong Classics Series and core in-school music education programs new Kicked-Back Classics, Plugged-In Pops, and Discovery Concerts for Kids performance series, two annual performances of A Carolina Christmas as a Pops add-on, two annual performances of Handel’s Messiah, and Concert for Community (a second free full-orchestra concert including a side-by-side performance with our most advanced Youth Orchestras Program ensemble). It has also assimilated the Youth Orchestras program it has been a key partner in for decades, adding a third ensemble to the program; and most recently it started a new Academy of Music & Arts partnership with The Salvation Army of Greater Winston-Salem that provides free after-school instrumental music instruction to under-served youth.
Overall, the orchestra currently performs 35-40 concerts of classical masterworks and popular repertory each year. The Symphony also boasts a nearly 120-voice volunteer Symphony Chorale and an inspiring music education program that includes a wide array of in-school and community-based education offerings.
A volunteer Board of Directors comprised of 40 elected and five ex-officio Directors governs the Winston-Salem Symphony. Merritt Vale has served as President and CEO for 18 years, leading an administrative team of 12 full-time/4 part-time personnel, and 2 contract team members. The WSS has successfully balanced its budget 14 of the last 17 completed fiscal years. This consistent success is attributable primarily to a period of increasing ticket sales and individual donations, and the earnings from a modest but growing endowment.
The Symphony is presently engaged in the “Quiet Phase” of a major Comprehensive Campaign, the first major fundraising campaign in 20 years and only the second major campaign in its history. The campaign seeks to raise $7 million in support of initiatives supporting two key areas of focus: Artistic Excellence and Engagement and Education. The campaign is expected to produce support for both project and endowment-oriented initiatives, including providing funds to support experimentation with innovative artistic, audience development, and education-focused offerings, with guidance from our new Music Director’s vision and our donors’ passions.
For more information about the WSS, visit the WSS website at: www.WSsymphony.org.