The Production Manager coordinates operational functions (technical and logistical) for all Masterworks (MW), Pops, and Classic Accents (CA) series concerts. In addition, the Production Manager oversees all technical elements of Symphony contracted engagements and co-presentations. This is a full time staff position that provides overall supervision for each area in the production department including, but not limited to, Stage Crew, Piano Tuners, Electrics, Properties, Sound, Projections & Special Effects, Costumes, and Stage Management. The Production Manager reports to the Director of Artistic Operations and works within an Operations team of four, alongside the Symphony Librarian, Orchestra Personnel Manager, and seasonal Education Intern. This position manages, on average, a crew of three persons.
Manage operations, in collaboration with Symphony administrative staff and venue crews, to ensure proper execution of Symphony presented and co-presented events, rehearsals and concerts.
Oversee the running of all Symphony presented events, which includes collection, preparation, and distribution of information and event sheets pertaining to schedules and logistics.
Oversee and monitor actions at venues and rehearsal in coordination with relevant staff to ensure the smooth running of services and engagements.
Maintain and distribute production notes to all involved parties.
Maintain appropriate records, database, and filing system for information related to operations including equipment manuals, venue specifications, production note history, maintenance history and payments, stage plots, etc.
Managing and hiring of any and all stagehands.
Maintenance and preventative care of Symphony equipment, including two Symphony-owned pianos
Procuring any and all backline necessary for concerts and events
Processing payment requests for all tech vendors (audio, piano tunings, backline, etc.)
Tracking and managing all show expenses, including backline, stagehand, and security costs
A strong sense of professionalism, good judgment, and leadership
A creative and resourceful problem-solver
Knowledge of classical music and experience in the classical music industry
Meticulous, highly organized, and task-driven
Able to meet multiple deadlines simultaneously
Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills
Ability to work well under pressure
Ability to lift at least 25lbs
Ability to drive the Symphony’s box truck
Ability to work weekends and evenings
Knowledge of musician and stagehand unions
About Memphis Symphony
In Memphis, music matters. Twenty-one musicians formed the Memphis Sinfonietta and performed their first concert at the Goodwyn Institute in January 1953. When audiences swelled past capacity, the Sinfonietta moved to downtown’s Ellis Auditorium -- later renamed in honor of the founding conductor and music director, Vincent de Frank. By 1960, the Sinfonietta matured into the Memphis Symphony Orchestra (MSO). In January 2003, the orchestra came home to the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, one of the nation’s best acoustic facilities for live orchestral music.
The MSO is directed by a board of community, business, music, and civic leaders and has had only four Music Director/Conductors in it's lifetime. Alan Balter replaced Maestro de Frank on the podium as music director and conductor in 1984. Less than a year after Balter retired in 1998, Maestro David Loebel joined the symphony. Maestro Loebel retired in 2010 and was replaced by Music Director Mei-Ann Chen and in the 2016-17 season, Principal Conductor Robert Moody was brought aboard, eventually transitioning into the role of Music Director at the top of the 2017-18 season.
The 550-member MSO family, inclusive of core... and per-service musicians as well as a thriving volunteer chorus, brings symphonic music to more than half a million people annually, whether they tune in on the radio or attend a live performance. The MSO works hand-in-hand with artistic organizations such as Stax Music Academy, Playhouse on the Square, Opera Memphis, Ballet Memphis, the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, the Brooks Museum, and The Cultural Development Foundation of Memphis to push the limits of artistic invention and wow concert-goers with unique entertainment. Such bold programming has garnered national attention and awards in recent years. The MSO believes strongly in its responsibility to engage with the community.
The Memphis Symphony Orchestra is one of the most innovative orchestras in the country. The MSO takes community engagement to a new level, forging partnerships with Soulsville and Federal Express to engage the community in mutually beneficial activities beginning with receptions, mentoring, and work presentations. Recognizing the opportunities for replicating the program in other orchestras, the Mellon Foundation awarded the MSO one of four grants to ensure the future of American orchestras. The Memphis Symphony Orchestra family enriches the cultural appeal of the city, making Memphis a place where it is truly possible for everyone to “get into the music.”