The MSYO Music Director is responsible for the artistic operation and development of the ensemble as part of the education programs of the Mobile Symphony Orchestra (MSO).
The ideal candidate will possess a passion for developing young people as individuals and musicians. The MSYO Music Director must be approachable, engaging, collaborative, and attentive to the needs of students and colleagues. The ability to manage day-to-day demands and meet deadlines in an organized and efficient manner is required. This position requires residence in Mobile, Alabama.
Start date: June - July 2019
Bachelor’s Degree in Music or Music Education
Experience conducting and programming for high school or youth orchestras
Additional, Desired Qualifications
M.M., D.M.A., or Ph.D. in Orchestral Conducting, Music Education, or other music field
The Mobile Symphony Youth Orchestra's mission is to provide young instrumental musicians along the Gulf Coast of Alabama, Florida, and Mississippi with an opportunity to learn orchestral repertoire and work with other young artists. The ensemble regularly features world-renowned soloists, typically on the season finale concert. The MSYO is the flagship ensemble of the Mobile Symphony Orchestra’s extensive, award winning education programs. The MSYO performs up to six concerts each season in the historic Saenger Theatre in downtown Mobile, as well as other venues in the region.
Responsibilities and Duties
Conduct and schedule all rehearsals, concerts, auditions, student retreat and other functions of the Mobile Symphony YouthOrchestra
Program repertoire that is appropriate for an advanced, high school aged, full symphony orchestra
Collaborate with sectional coaches and assistant conductors as needed
Establish and maintain active and constructive relationships with band, orchestra, and instrumental teachers in the Mobile Bay area and in coastal Mississippi and the panhandle of Florida
Actively scout and recruit new musicians for MSYO
Serve as primary contact and ambassador of the MSYO as well as a community liaison for the MSO organization and all of its artistic and educational
Work closely with the MSO leadership and staff to ensure that the MSYO functions efficiently within the confines of the MSO season schedule and fulfills the educational mission of the organization
Provide support and data management related to development activities as needed
Prepare the MSYO budget, submit and track expenses
Serve as a mentor and advisor for students preparing for college
Maintain yearly statistics and provide reports to MSO leadership about MSYO musicians
Develop rapport and actively engage parents and guardians in the music education process
Other duties as assigned
Additional Administrative Duties
Depending on the applicant’s experience and expertise, additional duties related to the MSO education programs may be offered.
Please submit the following, via email, to email@example.com
Letter of interest
Statement about applicant’s philosophy of music education
List of at least 4 professional references (with correct e-mail and telephone contact information)
Links to video(s) of recent conducting (posted on/at YouTube or Drop Box – include both rehearsal and performance)
Deadline for Materials
All materials must be received by April 19, 2019
April 22 – 26, 2019 – phone interviews
May 10 and 11, 2019 – finalist auditions and interviews in Mobile, AL
Additional Salary Information: Compensation commensurate with experience - The Mobile Symphony offers a competitive benefits package including health and dental insurance and 401K matching contributions.
About Mobile Symphony, Inc
The Mobile Symphony is the largest professional performing arts organization on the central Gulf Coast. It was reorganized from a presenting to a performing organization in 1997 in order to better meet the cultural and music education needs of the community and Mobile Bay area. In addition to concert productions, The Mobile Symphony dedicates more than one-fifth of its $1.8 million budget to education.