Meadowmount School of Music seeks a highly accomplished violinist/violist/cellist to serve in the role of Artistic Director for the renowned summer school in upstate New York. Partnering with the Board of Directors and Executive Director, the Artistic Director will supervise all musical aspects of the school, maintaining the highest artistic standards, and engaging faculty, students and staff to create a vibrant, inclusive, supportive environment and community for the development of great string playing. The Artistic Director should be familiar with and enthusiastic about the intensive practice and study program for which Meadowmount is known, while interested to innovate and build on that legacy through new and expanded musical experiences. This is a year-round position with residency during Meadowmount’s 7-week summer session.
Administer the musical program at Meadowmount
Plan, coordinate, oversee, implement and evaluate all aspects of the musical program of study for 7-week residential summer school for violinists, violists and cellist ranging in ages 13 to 32 (with younger and older students possible) from late June to mid-August (June 26-August 13, 2022) including admissions, scholarships, curriculum, faculty and assignment of students to faculty and chamber groups. Collaborate closely with the Executive Director
Hire faculty, guest artists and accompanists a minimum of 6 months prior to start of program. Dates, fees and contracts coordinated with Executive Director.
Recruit, select, engage and oversee teaching faculty to attract a high level of string players from around the U.S. and abroad to Meadowmount’s program, including a focus on diversity among students and faculty.
Serve as a teaching faculty member for 6-8 students, including one private lesson per student weekly; and one weekly studio class.
Oversee the chamber music program including the assignment of students to chamber groups, and personally coach 3-4 groups including weekly studio class. Assign groups to faculty by the end of May.
Hire and oversee accompanists (currently 6), assign accompanists to students.
Select and engage Guest Artists (3 or more per summer) to teach master classes, private lessons and other activities, each for 2-7 days
Arrange performances by students, faculty and guest artists on campus, overseeing concert programming, and attending all performances and rehearsals as needed. Student concerts currently take place on campus three nights per week and are open to the public.
Oversee concert programming for concerts off-campus at community venues, as well as outside the Adirondack area. Help promote Meadowmount through performances and other activities outside the summer session.
Set audition standards, review all recorded auditions (currently 300+) in February each year, ranking applicants on merit
Award scholarship amounts for individual students based on ranking and teacher preference by February 15 for admissions letters
Maintain recordkeeping for scheduling rehearsal rooms and concert halls; support faculty and accompanists in scheduling classroom use.
Biweekly collection of faculty work hours.
Assist in designing posters, post cards, advertising the summer program.
Implement the summer Chamber Music Competition and select two (2) judges for the competition held the 5th week of the program.
Oversee all students working on programs, stage crew and recording/video production.
Schedule piano tuner as needed and oversee care of all pianos.
Select performances/recordings for social media outlets, contribute news updates for website and social media.
Together with Admissions Director and Executive Director, handle questions and concerns of parents/guardians and student behavioral issues
The Artistic Director to be present on campus for the duration of the summer program: late June to mid-August with the ability and willingness to work a flexible schedule, including some evenings, early mornings and weekends.
Be available occasionally during the year to meet with donors and potential donors both in person and remotely, in collaboration with the Executive Director
Be available to represent Meadowmount School of Music
Present artistic reports at some meetings of the Board of Directors (held virtually)
Adhere to the rules and regulations of the Meadowmount School of Music and follow established procedures of conduct as set by the Executive Director, the Department of Health and the State of New York.
Bachelor of Music Degree or higher
Active Performer and/or Teacher
Experience as a musical administrator
Great organizational, interpersonal and communication skills
Strong leadership, time management and multitasking abilities
Full-time availability late June to mid-August to be present in Lewis, NY
Ability to fulfill all necessary job functions throughout the year in a timely manner
The Board of Directors with dotted line to Executive Director
Submit a cover letter and resume/cv to: hiring(at)meadowmount.com
Application review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. While we appreciate all expressions of interest, only candidates selected by the Search Committee for further consideration will be contacted.
Meadowmount School of Music is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to maintaining a work environment which is free of harassment, discrimination or retaliation because of sex, gender, race, religion, color, national origin, physical or mental disability, genetic information, marital status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, military service, veteran status, or any other status protected by federal, state or local laws. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
Additional Salary Information: Housing provided during the 7-week summer session for the Artistic Director and her/his family either on campus or in the community.
About Meadowmount School of Music
Founded in 1944 by master teacher Ivan Galamian, Meadowmount School of Music currently offers one 7-week summer program on its historic campus in Lewis, New York in the Adirondack Mountains for advanced level violinists, violists and cellists ages 13 to 30+ from across the globe who are training for professional careers in music. The stellar array of Meadowmount alumni represent the very best of international soloists and chamber musicians, concertmasters and principal players of the world’s leading orchestras, and distinguished artist teachers at the major conservatories.
Meadowmount remains true to Mr. Galamian’s vision of a school with “a special spirit that is conducive to total concentration on excellence in musical performance” and a place to enjoy the camaraderie of other young people from around the world who are serious about their musical development. From the school’s humble beginnings, the campus now encompasses 52 building on 260 acres of fields and forest. With a capacity enrollment of 200, the school is small enough to provide personal attention to each student. A careful balance of intense practice and physical recreation ensures that students remain focused ...and productive, and the teaching concepts of Mr. Galamian remain intact through his former students now on the faculty. Following the suspension of school in the summer of 2020 due to the pandemic, Meadowmount returned in 2021 with a successful Virtual Summer Session for more than 140 young musicians.