February 5, 2017

Available Positions

Conductor/Music Director

Summary of Position:

The Conductor/Music Director, in consultation with the President, the Executive Board, the Personnel Manager, the Treasurer, and the Music Committee of the Orchestra, is ultimately responsible for conducting rehearsals and performances throughout the season, for setting the artistic vision of the Orchestra, and for making artistic decisions appropriate to that vision.

Description of Duties:

  1. Setting the Musical Agenda. Each year, as early as possible, the Conductor/Music Director, in conjunction with the Personnel Manager and the Music Committee, where possible, sets the tentative master rehearsal/concert schedule for the dates for the following season.
  2. Identifying Soloists. The Conductor/Music Director identifies and confirms the availability of guest soloists (and the compositions that the soloists will perform) for the following season. In consultation with the President, the Conductor/Music Director negotiates the compensation for the soloists.
  3. Selecting Music. The Conductor/Music Director shall receive input and suggestions from the Orchestra members and the Orchestra Board members regarding soloists and the music to be performed. Final artistic decisions shall be determined cooperatively between the Conductor/Music Director and the membership, based on the Orchestra’s financial situation and availability of the funding resources.
  4. Publicity and Promotion. The Conductor/Music Director will provide leadership support for the promotion of the Orchestra within Orchard Park and the surrounding communities to help in building awareness and increased audience attendance. Throughout the season, the Conductor/Music Director will also be available for media interviews (radio, news, TV), as his schedule permits.
  5. Rehearsals/Sectional Rehearsals. The Conductor/Music Director shall conduct rehearsals for the Orchestra as well as sectional rehearsals with the strings, winds, brass, and percussion (as seemed needed).
  6. Concerts. The Conductor/Music Director shall conduct the Orchestra’s season concerts (generally listed as Fall, Holiday, Youth, and Spring), and may make pre­ concert musical presentations, when possible and appropriate. After the concert, the Conductor/Music Director shall attend the receptions, normally sponsored by the Women’s Committee, congratulate and make presentations, when available, to the soloists.
  7. Board and Women’s Committee Meetings. The Conductor/Music Director shall attend all Board Meetings and will report on the progress of each concert. He/she will attend the annual board meeting and give an address to the OPSO members. When his schedule permits and at the invitation of the Women’s Committee, he/she will attend Women’s Committee meetings and/or pre-concert, coffee meetings along with the soloists, if they are available.
  8. Minimum Requirements. Minimum Requirements: Bachelors Degree in Music (advanced degrees preferred), 3-5 years of experience in conducting a community orchestra (or equivalent), knowledge of the repertoire for developing a variety of classical programs that balances the players needs and audience preferences, excellent communication skills to address to the audience and community.

Applicants interested in the position should submit the following documents (PDF’s preferred) to opsosearch@gmail.com in an email that includes the applicant’s full contact information and:

  1. Brief Résumé
  2. Statement of Interest
  3. Contact Information for 3 Professional References
  4. Sample Season Programming for 4 Concerts including:
    • 2 Classical Concerts
    • 1 Christmas Concert
    • 1 Side-By-Side Concert (with advanced students in grades 10-12)

Incomplete applications missing any of the above listed parts will not be considered for review. All application materials are due by Friday, February 15, 2019.

Questions can also be addressed through the OPSO Information Line at  (716) 474-5843.