The Richmond Symphony Orchestra (RSO) welcomes applications for the position of Music Director & Conductor, available beginning in the 2022-2023 season.
The Richmond Symphony Orchestra: Who We Are
The Richmond Symphony Orchestra (RSO) is in its 65th season and under the leadership of its third music director. Maestro Guy Victor Bordo has announced his retirement at the end of the 2021-2022 season after 25 years as the RSO’s conductor. The RSO is a professional orchestra drawing musicians from the tri-state area as well as accomplished students from the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music and Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. The RSO annually issues 70 contracts to our musicians.
The RSO exists to shape the cultural life of our region by delivering exceptional, inclusive music experiences that enrich, entertain and educate. The organization is an indispensable and integral part of the vibrancy of the Richmond community and an effective driver of the economy, injecting $775,000+ in economic impact annually. The Board of Directors remains committed to building an endowment that will create financial sustainability and ensure the longevity of the RSO, making the region an attractive place to live and work for future generations. At each turn, theRSO strives to support a full creative life for all and is committed to championing policies and practices of cultural equity that empower a just, inclusive, equitable community.
SUBSCRIPTION CONCERT PROGRAMMING Season programming includes a six-concert season series that supports 3 or 4 guest artists. The series currently comprises five Classical concerts and one Pops concert.
EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING Youth programming is a priority to the RSO. Our young artist competition and numerous children’s concerts provide free programming that serve 3,500 children annually.
OUTREACH PROGRAMMING Our community concert series supports 10 free events annually and has assisted RSO in attracting new audiences. The RSO’s Signature Event has become one of the most highly anticipated fundraisers of the year, attracting an audience of over 500.
LEADERSHIP AND ADMINISTRATION The RSO is poised to set a new, strategic vision for the organization and is seeking a Music Director/Principal Conductor with new, innovative ideas that will attract new audiences while collaborating with the Executive Director and Board of Directors.
The RSO embraces and celebrates that Richmond is one of the smallest communities to nurture and support a professional symphony orchestra for over six decades. Our longevity is due to sound decision-making through the years. RSO finds itself in a very strong position both in terms of leadership and finances. The Board of Directors is made up of 23 members and 6 Lifetime Directors. The Executive Director has served the organization since 2013 and serves as an essential face, representing the RSO in the community. The Personnel Manager maintains strong connections in the tri-state area and has held the position for over 25 years.
Under the leadership of the current Executive Director, with a strong Board and Music Director’s collaboration, financially, the organization is solid, operating in the black every year since 2014. The annual budget is nearly $450,000 and the current endowment supports just over 20% of that.
The Board of Directors prioritizes competitive pay and is in the midst of a five-year plan to increase service fees, understanding the importance of attracting the finest musicians in the region.
The Artistic Advisory committee is a listening post for our patrons, gathering and reporting feedback from patrons that influence future programming.
The Music Director/Principal Conductor reports directly to the Board of Directors and is responsible for the fulfillment of the orchestra’s artistic potential and its image in the community. The Music Director is responsible for the repertoire, programming and artistic production. As the orchestra’s artistic leader, the Music Director must build and sustain the orchestra’s visibility and involvement in the community. The Music Director is expected to work closely with the Executive Director, Board President, and staff in carrying out these responsibilities and to participate actively in the orchestra’s fundraising and educational activities.
Job Duties and Responsibilities
Develop and propose enticing concert programs to build audiences.
Recommend the engagement of guest artists and guest conductors for approval by the Board of Directors.
Develop and adhere to the annual budget regarding all artistic costs, working with the Finance committee and Executive Director.
Recruit, select and artistically engage musicians.
Serves ex-officio on the Board.
Attend meetings of the Board of Directors and Executive committee.
Work collaboratively with the Board of Directors and Executive Director to ensure the overall management of the organization is strong and positive.
Consult with various Board committees, as needed.
Collaborate with the Executive Director and Marketing committee as an annual marketing plan is developed.
Provide copy for website and printed materials, including season brochure, program book, and program inserts.
Coordinate season program notes creation or acquisition for each contracted concert.
Work with the Education & Equity committees and Executive Director to recommend to the Board appropriate educational initiatives.
Plan and schedule the RSO concert activities, including rehearsals, for the contracted seasons in conjunction with the Artistic Advisory committee and Executive Director.
Work with soloists in preparation for both rehearsal and performance.
Consult with Personnel Manager, Music Librarian, and staff to ensure proper execution of artistic vision for concerts and rehearsals, as well as logistical production.
Participate in social events, public fund-raising activities, and other promotional events, including receptions and Board gatherings.
Alongside the Executive Director, the Conductor will serve as the face of the organization for public appearances.
Implement educational initiatives after collaboration with the Board.
The ideal candidate will possess exceptional musicianship and conducting skills; significant conducting experience, including work with professional musicians; knowledge of a broad range of repertoire; strong interpersonal, leadership, and communication skills; vision, passion, and ability to make symphonic music relevant and exciting for existing and new audiences. Previous or current music directorship or comparable experience preferred.
Compensation, including travel and lodging, is competitive with orchestras of our size in the $50,000 range, commensurate with experience, qualifications, and engagement with the community and organization.
Application must include: a personal letter of interest from the candidate, a resume, three printed programs conducted by the candidate, a list of soloists with whom the candidate has recently collaborated, contact information of a minimum of three professional references, two YouTube links to traditional performances and one link to a Pops performance as conducted by the candidate. If a candidate cannot provide a link to a Pops performance, a Pops program will suffice.
No phone inquiries, please. The Richmond Symphony Orchestra is an equal opportunity employer.
Please submit applications by September 30, 2021 at: