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Assistant Conductor for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Location: Dallas, Texas
Type: Full Time
Internal Number: AC
The Dallas Symphony Orchestra has an exciting opportunity available for an Assistant Conductor for its 24/25 season.
The primary responsibilities of this position is to conduct several concerts per season with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra including but not limited to: Various specials, Youth Concerts, Parks Concerts, DSO on the Go Concerts, and Subscription Pops and Classical Concerts as needed. The Assistant Conductor must be prepared to conduct all Classical Subscription weeks when they are assigned to cover the Music Director and Guest Conductors. This position must be present for all Classical Subscription weeks to assist the Music Director and Guest Conductors with orchestra balance, ensemble issues, and other artistic details. Occasionally, the Assistant Conductor will be required to cover Pops subscription concerts. The Assistant Conductor is also required to host all pre-concert talks prior to Classical subscription programs, to work with the digital online series team in securing artist choices following the weekend’s program and giving feedback to the sound engineer, and to attend fundraising events when available and within reason.
Specifically, the Assistant Conductor will be expected:
To assist the Music Director, and the Artistic and Operations staff of the DSA in musical administration of the orchestra, as requested. This includes but is not limited to such areas as advising the library regarding music editions; planning Youth, specials, “On the Go” and Parks concert programs; auditioning prospective guest artists, as required; and other duties necessary to properly administer and develop the Dallas Symphony Orchestra
To be available for rehearsal, concert, and electronic media services of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra as determined by the DSA
To conduct concerts as assigned, which may include any types of programs presented by the DSA, in any venue and on any dates
To act as cover conductor for programs as assigned and to be fully prepared to conduct as substitute conductor such rehearsals and/or performances, if necessary
To assist the Music Director in matters relating to the music scheduled for rehearsal, performance, and recording under the artistic leadership of the Music Director, during all his/her conducting periods in Dallas and, if required and approved by the Music Director, on national and international orchestra tours
Provide artistic input and feedback to the Music Director and visiting Guest Conductors, as required, during the rehearsal period and throughout a series of performances during a cover conducting week
To host the classical subscription pre-concert talks, to make speeches and remarks at public and private events, appear at social functions, and undertake reasonable activities on behalf of the orchestra in its relationship to the community, region, and the nation.
A qualified candidate will have a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Music, Music Performance, or related.
Please submit your resume and two recommendation letters PLUS link(s) to two to three conducting video clips of differing styles (preferably including a rehearsal video clip) and one-to-two-minute introduction video telling us about yourself. The application email is email@example.com. The application deadline is December 1. All candidates selected for an interview will be contacted by the end of January for reviews beginning in February.
The Dallas Symphony Orchestra presents the finest in orchestral music at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, regarded as one of the world's premier concert halls. As the largest performing arts organization in the Southwest, the DSO is committed to inspiring the broadest possible audience with distinctive classical programs, inventive pops concerts and innovative multi-media presentations. In fulfilling its commitment to the community, the orchestra reaches more than 230,000 adults and children through performances, educational programs and community outreach initiatives. The DSO’s involvement with the City of Dallas and the surrounding region includes an award-winning multi-faceted educational program, community projects, popular parks concerts and youth programming. The DSO has a tradition dating back to 1900, and it is a cornerstone of the unique, 68 acre Arts District in downtown Dallas that is home to multiple performing arts venues, museums and parks; the largest district of its kind in the nation. The DSO is supported, in part, by funds from the Office of Cultural Affairs, City of Dallas.