POSITION SUMMARY: As a member of the Education and Community Engagement team, the Programs and Communications Manager plays a critical role in managing, implementing and evaluating Education and Community Engagement programs and events. This position will support the Director of Education and Community Engagement in program development and data management as well as logistics and event planning. The successful candidate will possess exquisite attention to detail and an entrepreneurial ability to build relationships and foster programming that aligns with the ISO’s mission and our community needs. Responsibilities include concert coordination, financial management, program development and logistics, and communication. Collaboration is exceptionally important to the Education and Community Engagement team as is the ability to work independently.
REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: • Assist in creating and managing current education programs as well as future programs: Teddy Bear Series, Discovery Series, Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, Symphony in Color, Young Musicians’ Contest. • Manage the program development process. Assist other parties responsible for program content and approval including the conductor, artistic staff, and guest artists. • Provide support in logistical process of each program – this will include coordinating with Operations department, ushers, volunteers, musicians, and venues. • Contribute to evaluation of previous programs and/or developing new programs proposals to implement. • Cultivate and maintain relationships with educators across the state as will as other entities in our community that align with our goals (IAEYC and Indiana OrffSchulwerk Association, for example). • Assist in developing and implementing marketing strategies to maximize the attendance and revenue goals of the education programs. • Assist as the administrator of online form vendor (Formstack) to manage creation and update online registration forms. Manage incoming registration data across variety of programs that use Formstack. • Be knowledgeable about all Education and Community Engagement programs and maintain updated program information. Explain program details to potential customers and connect them with appropriate resources. • Collaborate with the Development Team, as needed, in preparation of grant applications or reports. • Represent the ISO and the Education and Community Engagement Department to staff, board members, musicians, teachers and community members in a professional manner. • Provide any assistance to other Education and Community Engagement staff as needed. • Perform other duties as assigned.
* Bachelor’s or Graduate degree in Education or Performing Arts preferred. • Experience in classroom education or the management of arts education. • Ability to maintain a flexible schedule – requires occasional evening, weekend, and off-site work. • Knowledge of music/arts education and an understanding of the work of classroom educators. Ability to build relationships with local educators. • Passion for, and professional experience in, creating innovative and effective educational content. • Strong organizational skills with attention to detail and ability to anticipate tasks and communicate proactively.
About Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1930 by German conductor and local violin teacher Ferdinand Schaefer. At first comprised of volunteer musicians who split the revenue from ticket sales, the ISO became a professional orchestra with salaried musicians in 1937. That same year, Fabien Sevitzky – a Russian-born conductor and nephew of famed conductor Serge Koussevitsky – became Music Director of the ISO. Sevitzky’s appointment was highlighted in an April 5, 1937 article in Time Magazine, which began, “Of Midwestern orchestras, none has risen so rapidly or so recently as the Indianapolis Symphony.”
Soon after, the ISO blossomed into one of the nation’s most renowned orchestras. Sevitzky worked to promote the ISO through a variety of national radio broadcasts, and his successor, Izler Solomon, ensured the creation of the Clowes Memorial Hall on the campus of Butler University as a venue meant specifically for the ISO (until then, the ISO had been performing at the Murat Theater). Throughout the 1950s and 60s, the ISO traveled around the world to perform “Salute” concerts in countries such as Finland, Korea, Japan, Formosa, Portugal, The Netherlands, Israel, Mexico, Au...stria, Venezuela, Thailand, Greece and Chile – earning the Orchestra a Citation from the Voice of America and the United States Information Agency as well as a letter of commendation from President John F. Kennedy – the first ever such commendation to a symphony orchestra.
Solomon’s successor, John Nelson (1976-1987), is associated with the Orchestra's appearances at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, plus a debut European tour in 1987. In the summer of 1982, a 14-year-old violinist named Joshua Bell was the first performer for the ISO's Marsh Symphony on the Prairie series, and in 1984, the ISO moved downtown to its new home at the restored movie palace -- the Circle Theatre.
In 1987, internationally renowned performer, conductor and composer, Raymond Leppard (1987-2001) was selected as the Orchestra's fifth Music Director. During his tenure, several key accomplishments took place: a return to regular recording with a series of CDs on the Koss Classics and Decca labels; performances on NPR's "Performance Today"; nationally-syndicated radio broadcasts of ISO concerts; acclaimed tours on the East Coast and two tours of Europe; and a performance at Carnegie Hall as part of the venue's centennial season.
Following Maestro Leppard's retirement, Mario Venzago was appointed Music Director (2002-2009) and led the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in a deeper commitment to repertoire of the mid-19th century -- specifically works by Felix Mendelssohn and Robert Schumann -- the Second Viennese School, contemporary scores and new commissions, including Jennifer Higdon's Violin Concerto with world renowned violinist Hilary Hahn in 2008.
In the fall of 2007, Zachary De Pue was named Concertmaster for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and Alexander Kerr was appointed Principal Guest Concertmaster, a position utilized by only a handful of orchestras throughout the world. In October 2009, string trio Time for Three became the first artists-in-residence for the ISO.
In September 2011, Krzysztof Urba?ski began his tenure as the seventh Music Director of the ISO, and upon his appointment, was the youngest Music Director of any major American orchestra. Today, Maestro Urbanski is one of the most acclaimed and respected young conductors in the world.
The mission of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra is to inspire, entertain, educate and challenge through innovative programs and symphonic music performed at the highest artistic level.