The Education Programs and Youth Orchestra Manager is responsible for the strategic development, management, and promotion of SDSO education programs and the South Dakota Symphony Youth Orchestra. The Education Programs and Youth Orchestra Manager also assists with concert production and operations for SDSO rehearsals and performances as needed.
The South Dakota Symphony Orchestra (SDSO) is based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, a vibrant and growing community serving a 125-mile region that touches five states. Known for innovative programming, community engagement, and statewide outreach, the SDSO has a strong heritage upon which to build an even stronger future. The SDSO has been recognized as ‘one of America’s boldest orchestras’ and has been a winner of the prestigious Bush Prize for Community Innovation.
The South Dakota Symphony Youth Orchestra (SDSYO) ensembles are designed to enhance the musical and performance abilities of K-12 students. The SDSYO is comprised of four large ensembles and the Camerata chamber music groups. The four SDSYO ensembles are Prelude Strings, Sinfonia, Philharmonia, and the Youth Orchestra. The SDSYO ensembles and Camerata rehearse weekly and perform 2-3 times annually. The Youth Orchestra will embark on a tour to Kansas City in June 2023.
Reports to: Executive Director; works closely with the Artistic Operations Director, SDSYO Music Director and Philharmonia Conductor
Also works with: Camerata Instructors; SDSO musicians, SDSO Staff
Education Programs Management
Education programs include: Symphony Studies, Symphony Storytime, Young People’s Concerts, Concerto Competition, Music Composition Academies.
Work in collaboration with school teachers, school administration personnel, and SDSO staff to allocate and schedule SDSO musician services for school-related education programs.
Manage all aspects of the education programs including scheduling, coordination, logistics, and on-site support.
Manage all aspects of the Young People’s Concerts including but not limited to coordination with teachers, docents, education materials preparation, ticketing/seating, front of house management.
Manage all aspects of the annual Concerto Competition including marketing, scheduling, and logistics.
Manage all aspects of the Music Composition Academies program: two week-long summer camps (Sisseton and Spearfish) and September concerts. Includes student recruitment, hiring camp manager/counselor, camp planning/oversight/facilitation, overseeing September concerts.
Develop, manage, and distribute support materials (print and digital) and social media/website content for education programs.
Manage project budgets and track expenses.
SDSYO and Camerata Management
Work closely with the SDSO Executive Director, SDSYO Music Director and Philharmonia Conductor to create the long-range vision for all SDSYO programs.
Manage all communication for the SDSYO/Camerata as the primary point of contact for students, teachers, and families via group and individual correspondence to distribute information and answer questions.
Manage all SDSYO/Camerata rehearsals and concerts, including attendance and any required record-keeping. Manage youth orchestra in the annual side-by-side concert.
Manage youth orchestra tours.
Work with the SDSO staff to oversee student accounts, track tuition, and manage scholarships.
Manage SDSYO/Camerata recruitment and coordinate the annual SDSYO audition and registration process.
SDSYO rehearsal and SDSYO/ Camerata concert set-up and strike -- chairs, music stands, large instruments, and other equipment. This includes stage shifts during concerts and rehearsals, providing the best possible working conditions for musicians on and off stage, and anticipating and managing logistics. Recruit and oversee student helpers for rehearsal and concert set-up.
Collaborate with the SDSO development team in developing funding proposals and the marketing team to strategize and implement promotion for SDSYO/Camerata activities.
SDSO Operations Assistance
Provide occasional production support for SDSO rehearsals and performances as needed.
Manage guest artist travel logistics, hospitality, and develop itineraries in coordination with the Artistic Operations Director and Community Engagement Consultant.
Serve as guest artist liaison as needed.
Participate in either front of house or back of house activities at events as assigned.
Other duties as required
Please submit a resume and thoughtful cover letter in word or pdf file format to:
The cover letter is an example of your written communication. Include why you are interested in the SDSO and this particular position. Address your cover letter to Jennifer Teisinger, Executive Director. Application deadline is July 15, 2022. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The SDSO’s community engagement work is intentional about building multicultural bridges through music, and we encourage people from all backgrounds and cultures to be a part of the work we do.
Internal motivation and the ability to work independently and with a team.
Demonstrates interpersonal skills with ability to mitigate and solve problems.
Ability to work with children/students and create a positive environment.
Computer proficient; comfortable with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Dropbox.
Strong organizational and planning skills.
Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
Familiar with orchestral operations or related experience.
Working knowledge of orchestral instruments and procedures preferred.
Willingness to work evenings and weekends. SDSYO rehearsals are Sunday afternoon/evenings and Monday evenings.
Must be able to travel overnight on occasion with orchestra.
Able to lift, carry, and move up to 50 lbs.
Valid South Dakota driver’s license and good driving record.
About South Dakota Symphony Orchestra
The mission of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra is: “To celebrate the tradition of live orchestral music and enrich the lives of people throughout our region.” The SDSO accomplishes this through classical and pops concerts at its home of the Washington Pavilion, touring throughout South Dakota, and chamber music in area churches. A breadth of education programs reach over 15,000 preschool through high school students annually, and award-winning community engagement programs connect to audiences from throughout the region. The South Dakota Symphony Orchestra is grounded in five core values: Community Engagement, Creating Partnerships, Lifelong Impact, Educational Opportunities, and Live Symphonic Music.