Young Artists Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor – Part-time position
The Young Artists Philharmonic (YAP) is a regional youth orchestra serving Fairfield and Westchester counties. Founded in 1960, YAP is dedicated to transforming young lives through the power of classical music. With three orchestras ranging from ages 7 - 18, YAP provides a comprehensive classical music education in an orchestral setting to over 50 young musicians.
The YAP also has a Young String Ensemble for younger students and a Flute choir.
Students rehearse on Sunday evenings under the batons of experienced conductors. Concerts take place at First CongregationalChurch of Old Greenwich and at Woolsey Hall at Yale University. Typically, four concerts are held per season. The orchestras also performed at Carnegie Hall in the world famous Stern Auditorium.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities
Serve as conductor for the YAP orchestra. This position reports directly to thepresident of the Board of Directors.
Rehearse the ensemble at its regular Sunday rehearsals and conduct all performances usually four during the course of the YAP season which runs September to May. Auditions for the orchestra are in late August and January.
YAP Conductor Job Description
Determine season repertoire for the YAP
Serve on the committee for YAP entrance and seating auditions in August/September and January and assist in determining placements and seating in the orchestra with the committee.
Maintain effective communication with YAP members, parents, coaches, and staff including communicating rehearsal notes, instrumentation, equipment, and library needs to the YAP board for distribution to members.
Assist in the development and implementation of a recruitment program in the local community through all schools and their music instructors.
Designate possible guest artists for YAP concert programs with budget considerations.
Assist in fund raising efforts and developing relationships with local and state governments, music organizations, and patrons and potential patrons, which relationships are intended to increase the exposure, opportunities, and funding of the YAP program.
Assist the YAP board in playing a visible and active role in the community; helps develop the overall public image of the orchestra in the community and beyond. Speak publicly when called upon to do so as an advocate for the YAP and provide leadership in the arts community as related to music education for youth.
Meet with the YAP Conductors, board and staff to coordinate the events, policies, and artistic direction of the orchestras.
Collaborate with the board in developing long range artistic plans for the orchestra such as: special concerts, chamber ensemble programs, etc.
Candidate must have proven ability to exercise leadership in developing the total artistic quality of an orchestra. Must inspire and relate well to young adult students.
Perform other duties as necessary.
Master’s Degree in Music or Music Education or equivalent professional experience preferred.
Minimum of five years’ experience in educational or youth orchestra settings (strings educator with the ability to also guide young wind and percussion players preferred)
Candidates must submit the following materials:
Current résumé or curriculum vita
Cover letter addressing your experience and the requirements for the position.
Send a video showing the candidate conducting an orchestra.
The final candidate(s) may be asked to run YAP rehearsals and/or a concert as part of the application process. Candidates will be compensated for their time.
Additional materials (letters of recommendation and list of references) may be requested at a later date.
The Young Artists Philharmonic is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Deadline to submit resume is August 15, 2022.
Please submit to:
Maria Stich, firstname.lastname@example.org
Include the position title in the subject line.
About Young Artists Philharmonic
Young Artists Philharmonic is the hometown youth orchestra for Greenwich and Stamford Connecticut. Founded by the late Salvatore Princiotti and celebrating its 62nd year of teaching orchestral music to young artists.