Spokane Symphony: Music Librarian Equal Opportunity Employer Page 1 of 3 June 2021 SPOKANE SYMPHONY MUSIC LIBRARIAN (OPERATIONS DEPARTMENT) JUNE 2021 Full-time, Exempt Position REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: Reports to the General Manager and Music Director. Also, works directly with Conductors, Personnel Manager, String Principals and Orchestra Members. BASIC RESPONSIBILITIES: The Music Librarian plans and implements all functions relating to the purchase, rental, cataloging, preparation, and distribution of orchestral parts to Musicians, and coordinates scores with the Music Director and other conductors to ensure that all rehearsal and concert services proceed smoothly with regard to printed or manuscript music. The Music Librarian shall supervise the Spokane Symphony Chorale Librarian and any Music Library volunteers. DUTIES/MAJOR FUNCTIONS INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO: • Work with the General Manager to determine the season's budget for music purchases and rentals. • Coordinate with the Music Director and other conductors to determine the editions and publications to be used for the season's repertoire. • Work with the Personnel Manager to prepare a complete list of instrumentation requirements for each season and individual concert. • Price and order all music required for rehearsal and performance by the Orchestra, checking for program repeats and negotiating the lowest possible fees for rental music. Obtain permission from the publishers/rental agencies for all planned Orchestra radio broadcasts. • Catalog and inventory all music purchases and rentals. Number and mark with the Spokane Symphony Society stamp all purchased music. • After inventory of each piece, check same against the Society's published instrumentation requirements and inform the Personnel Manager immediately of any discrepancies, particularly where related to percussion and keyboard requirements. • Maintain the music library in a neat and professional manner, keeping all of the Society's purchased music in complete sets by instrumentation so that it is ready to be performed. • Coordinate with conductors so that rehearsal letters and/or numbers in the orchestral parts match the conductors’ scores. Spokane Symphony: Music Librarian Equal Opportunity Employer Page 2 of 3 June 2021 • Oversee the transfer bowings to orchestral string parts as received from the Concertmaster, Principals, the Music Director, and other conductors. Also the transfer articulations, dynamics, and other expressive markings as time allows. • Check new music against available Errata lists. Proofread parts and score, when necessary. • Photocopy and assemble parts as needed. • Ensure that music folders are prepared for distribution to orchestra members. Send copies of any necessary music to extra musicians when the Personnel Manager indicates extras have been hired. • Transport music to and from Symphony rehearsal and performance venues. • Oversee the collection of sheet music following concerts (and rehearsals), the erasing of markings as needed, and the return of sheet music to rental agencies or to the Society Music Library. • Work with the Personnel Manager to create copies of excerpts used in Spokane Symphony auditions. Get permission from rental agents/publishers of excerpts when necessary. • Prepare program reports for ASCAP and BMI. • Examine drafts of concert program pages for the Symphony program book as requested by the marketing department. • Provide information about pieces to be performed to the newspapers’ music reviewers as needed. • Administrate loans of music library material when applicable. • At concerts, make sure that the conductor's score for such piece is on the stand at the podium, opened to the first page, before the beginning of each piece (as directed by the conductor). • Oversee music library supplies and re-ordering. • Perform other music library services as directed by the General Manager, Music Director and other conductors. ESSENTIALS FOR THE POSITION • Previous orchestra library experience. • Computer skills and experience with spread sheet, word processing, and data base programs. • Experience with computer music notation software and/or facility with hand manuscript notation. • Ability to handle direction and requests from many people and multiple tasks concurrently. • Ability to work independently and also in a leadership role. • Exceptional project planning and organizational skills and attention to detail. Spokane Symphony: Music Librarian Equal Opportunity Employer Page 3 of 3 June 2021 • Even temperament and ability to handle rush periods. Work well under pressure. • Be a team player. • Be self-motivated. • Lifting boxes of music and paper weighing up to 50 lb. • Ability to write or erase pencil markings for extended periods of time. • Other duties as assigned. SALARY AND BENEFITS Salary is commensurate with experience. Fully paid individual health insurance, optional employee paid dental and vision plans, accrued vacation and sick leave.
About Spokane Symphony
We believe orchestral music nurtures the human spirit, enhances the quality of life and is integral to the preservation and development of culture. The Spokane Symphony is dedicated to providing high quality, professional orchestral performances and education to the Inland Northwest for the purpose of enriching and transforming lives through music.
We do this by presenting passionate, high-quality performances of classical, popular and innovative music, creating cultural enrichment for audiences of all ages and backgrounds, and aid in the artistic development of the audience and musicians by providing new musical experiences. We are also committed to developing and delivering inspirational education and community programs.
WE ARE COMMITTED TO GREAT MUSIC, EXCELLENCE AND INNOVATION, AND FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP.
ABOUT THE SPOKANE SYMPHONY
Now in its 75th Season, the Spokane Symphony continues a long tradition as the largest and most active professional performing arts organization in the Inland Pacific Northwest. It was incorporated in 1945 as the Spokane Philharmonic, becoming the Spokane Symphony Society in 1962.
Led by Music Director, James Lowe, ...The 70-piece professional orchestra performs for more than 150,000 listeners each season and provides a wide variety of exceptional educational experiences. The orchestra presents critically acclaimed performances featuring some of the world's most respected soloists.
The Spokane Symphony Society is a non-profit organization governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees. The Symphony also enjoys the generous support of the more than 300-member Spokane Symphony Associates, the Orchestra's volunteer organization.
The Spokane Symphony is dedicated to bringing cultural enrichment to residents for the Inland Northwest. Our innovative programming, for which we won an ASCAP award, includes contemporary and traditional composers from around the globe. We also pursue collaborative efforts with other arts organizations. Examples of past collaborations include:
The Invisible Collection: The Moldenhauer Archive with the Northwest Museum of Art and Culture
Les Misérables and West Side Story with Spokane Civic Theatre
La Boheme with Opera Coeur d'Alene (now Inland Northwest Opera)
City Lights with SpIFF
Uncharted with Terrain
The Grand Finale at the Festival at Sandpoint, Idaho
The Spokane Symphony outreach efforts include the Library Pass program, College Card and student discounts. Many concerts are also broadcast on 91.1 KPBX-FM.
The Spokane Symphony offers Labor Day Weekend concerts at Pavillion Park in Liberty Lake (Saturday) and Comstock Park on Spokane’s South Hill (Monday), with a program of light classics, patriotic tunes and favorites from the worlds of pop, Hollywood and Broadway.
Educational activities include the FAST (Free Access to Student Tickets) Program, the Fourth/Fifth Grades Concerts and the Link Up program of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute.
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