About ORCMA and the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra Located in the scenic Clinch River Valley of East Tennessee, the Oak Ridge Civic Music Association (ORCMA) is an umbrella organization for the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra, the Oak Ridge Chorus, the Oak Ridge Chamber Music series, and a series of "Coffee Concerts" presenting local artists. ORCMA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization seeking a dynamic artistic leader to guide all programming and conduct the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra. Comprised of professional musicians from East Tennessee, the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra performs four concerts on its Symphony Series, and at least one free concert in the community each season.
Similar to it's namesake city, the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra operates a little differently than the norm—like programming music by a diverse array of composers on every concert, and keeping its doors open throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. ORCMA received numerous grant funds and a TN State Supplement in recognition of its contribution to the Oak Ridge economy through the arts during the COVID-19 pandemic. But it's not all serious business. Orchestra concertgoers enjoyed lemon poppy seed treats following a performance of Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique. And for its 75th Anniversary Season, the orchestra celebrated with a specialty IPA—Dr. Hoptomic—made by the local brewery to honor the city's history, and play to the orchestra's gala performance of John Adams' Doctor Atomic Symphony. Currently in its 77th season, the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra is the oldest continually-performing orchestra in Tennessee. Recently performed compositions are: Kathryn Bostic's Portrait of a Peaceful Warrior, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's Four Novelettes, Gabriela Lena Frank's Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout, Takuma Itoh's Adaptation Variations, Jennifer Jolley's Spielzeug Straßenbahn, and Jessie Montgomery's Records from a Vanishing City.
ORCMA is committed to creating equitable and inclusive work environments to support the success of our employees. We believe that employees who feel valued and respected will create policies, programs, practices and services to effectively meet the needs and exceed the expectations of our increasingly diverse community. We are committed to hiring and retaining a racially diverse, culturally competent staff at all levels of ORCMA. We are committed to presenting music from and to under-served communities including women, people of color, and LGBTQ. We care about the well-being of our staff and performing artists.
Position Overview The Music Director is responsible for the artistic vision of the entire association, including profile, quality, and development of the orchestra, with duties and responsibilities in artistic, administrative, and community areas. The Music Director exercises authority in artistic matters according to the guidelines established by the Board and mutually agreed upon at the time of his or her engagement. The Music Director works closely with the Executive Director and with members of the Board within the limits set by the orchestra’s budget. The 2022–2023 subscription season consists of 4 orchestra concerts—1 full orchestra concert and 3 chamber orchestra concerts, an educational/family concert, and other opportunities (conducting, public speaking, performing if applicable) that may arise for the benefit of the association and the ongoing livelihood of the orchestra. The Music Director is an employee of ORCMA.
• Orchestral conducting experience. • Clear understanding of orchestra production to lead and advise a team consisting of 3 direct reports: Personnel Manager, Librarian, and Stage Manager. • Thorough knowledge of the orchestral canon into the 21st century, and the ability to lead related discussions. • Commitment to diversity and inclusion. • Strong skills in creating and adhering to budgets. • Strong and timely communication, including the ability to connect with a wide range of audiences. • Advanced degree preferred. • Familiarity with chorus conducting; ballet and opera are a plus. Applicants who reside within a reasonable commuting distance of Oak Ridge TN are preferred.
We encourage all qualified candidates to apply, in particular, those who have demonstrated a capacity to create inclusive work environments, to work effectively with organizational boards, and to be a leading force in our community. Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, and performance links. Each candidate is asked to address the following questions in his/her/their cover letter:
How do you select music for your programs?
What is your philosophy of conducting and musical direction?
What do you envision for the evolution of small-city professional orchestras?
How would you help expand our reach, increasing audiences and widening the communities we serve?
How do you plan to interact with the communities and organizations of Oak Ridge and the surrounding area?
ORSO is committed to expanding the regular canon to include music by women and people of color. What is your experience with/and knowledge of compositions by women and people of color, as well as artists from underrepresented groups?
Applications received by March 1, 2022, will be given priority. Candidates advancing to the second round will participate in a zoom interview. Final candidates will be invited to Oak Ridge to conduct the orchestra and meet ORCMA's stakeholders. The position begins on July 1, 2022, with concerts typically beginning in mid August. The successful candidate will assume pre-planned programming for the 2022–2023 season, with the exception of one (1) piece on each concert. The successful candidate will select pieces composed by women or persons of color, as per ORCMA's 2020 strategic plan. We fully expect our next music director to immediately have the opportunity to demonstrate his/her/their commitment to diversity.
Thank you for your interest in the Oak Ridge Civic Music Association and Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.
About Oak Ridge Civic Music Association
The Oak Ridge Civic Music Association (ORCMA) is the home of the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra, Oak Ridge Chorus and Chamber Music Series. We are a 501(c)(3) presenting organization dedicated to enriching lives throughout our community and supporting local musicians and composers through the performance of orchestral, choral, and chamber music in its many forms. Our vision is to become a growing and inclusive association of people interested in promoting music education and people interested in the performance of a diverse and inclusive range of orchestral, choral, and chamber music. The origins of the Oak Ridge Civic Music Association (ORCMA) began with the founding of the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra (ORSO) in 1944 by musically talented scientists and engineers led by Waldo Cohn, who worked in the Secret City during WWII. A cultural pillar of the Oak Ridge community since its founding in 1947, ORCMA was formed as the umbrella organization for the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra and the Oak Ridge Chorus.
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