General: Establish the vision and inspiration for PACO as a whole. The MD will work with the Board and staff to establish the long-range plan for the organization. Take the lead planning role and directorship responsibilities for all aspects of PACO’s musical program, including international tours, the annual chamber music workshop, auditions and community outreach. Serve as the primary spokesperson for PACO and represent the organization to the outside world in a professional manner. Assume responsibility for the musical development and inspiration of PACO’s young members from early stages to seniors. Choose, train, and motivate the musical staff.
Artistic: Conduct one or more orchestras and supervise the staff conducting the other orchestras. Set the overall policies to be followed by all conductors regarding selections of musical works. Oversee and coordinate outreach efforts to music teachers and schools to attract the best student musicians. Work with local, national, and international communities to enhance performance opportunities and collaborations. With input from the Board and other staff, determine how many concerts each orchestra performs.
Educational: Maintain the respect and capture the interest of the members of the orchestra. Be readily accessible to all orchestra members as a counselor and mentor.
Board: Report to the President of the Board. Serve as an ex-officio member of the Board. Assist the Board in devising outreach, development, and communication strategies.
The ideal candidate should share PACO’s vision of a community that “plays well with others.” S/he should also bring a commitment to artistic excellence, whether demonstrated in the arena of conducting or other musical endeavors. Furthermore, s/he should be interested in educating younger musicians. It is important as well that the candidate have ideas about how to develop PACO over the next decade and strategies for implementing those ideas.
About Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra
The Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra (PACO) is an award-winning youth orchestra for regional string musicians of high-school age and younger. PACO’s five ensembles—SuperStrings, Preparatory, Debut, Sinfonia, and Senior PACO—have approximately 25 members each which rehearse weekly and perform throughout the year presenting an extraordinary level of music-making and commitment to their art.
At PACO, we believe that making music—and lifelong friends—is best achieved in an atmosphere of cooperation and teamwork. Our focus on small orchestras and chamber music makes that possible, and we minimize internal competition to foster creativity and collaboration for our young musicians.