The MSO is currently seeking applicants for the position of Music Director and Conductor. After leading the orchestra for 15 years, our current Music Director, A. Scott Wood, is moving on to new commitments at the end of our 2016-2017 season. We encourage you to share this announcement widely. With questions, contact: mso.conductor@gmail.com.


Montgomery Symphony Orchestra
Job Announcement: Music Director and Conductor 
Posted: May 2017

The Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, a community orchestra in Montgomery County, Maryland, seeks a music director and conductor beginning in January 2018.

About the MSO:
The Montgomery Symphony Orchestra (MSO) is dedicated to providing classical music programs of the highest quality to the community. Our mission is to give local amateur and volunteer professional musicians the opportunity to play and grow as musicians; to support young musicians of the community through collaboration and inclusion in our concerts and activities; and to enhance and develop the appreciation of classical music in the community.

The MSO is a community orchestra of about sixty amateur adult musicians. We rehearse from September-June at 7:30 PM for 2 hours on Monday evenings at Montgomery Blair High School in Montgomery County, MD. We typically perform three concerts a year, usually in December, March, and June. We often collaborate with local organizations to host youth soloists, and for the past two years have hosted our own youth concerto competition. Founded in 1946, the MSO incorporated as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization in 2006. Learn more about our orchestra at: http://montgomerysymphonyorchestra.com.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for selecting repertoire and developing the program for each concert, consistent with the interests and skills of orchestra membership
  • Work with MSO members in the preparation and staging of concerts, and will conduct those concerts
  • Provide input in selecting guest artists, guest conductors, and youth soloists, and assist with orchestra membership as needed
  • Assist in the general promotion of the orchestra within the larger local and musical community
  • Work with the MSO Board to direct the vision, goals, and objectives for the group consistent with the MSO’s Bylaws

Qualifications:
The ideal candidate will:

  • Be a skilled conductor, teacher, and leader
  • Have proven experience to provide for a high-quality performance experience
  • Hold both the group and individuals to high musical standards while rehearsing patiently and with humor
  • Be able to work with amateur musicians, both adults and youth, with a wide range of talent and experience
  • Be able to foster a community environment where all musicians feel welcome and encouraged
  • Foster relationships with others in the local musical community
  • Have a basic knowledge of the functioning of a non-profit organization

Interested?
Interested candidates should send a resume and letter of interest/cover letter to mso.conductor@gmail.com. Additional materials may be requested at a later date. Applicants will be considered on a rolling basis, but applications are preferred by June 20, 2017. Pay is negotiable, however, please note that this is not a full-time position. This position is paid on a per-event basis for rehearsals and concerts.

The Montgomery Symphony Orchestra is excited to announce our 2nd Annual Youth Concerto Competition!

The MSO launched our first-ever youth concerto competition in 2016, selecting three violinists and a flutist to perform in concert with the MSO last June.

We are now inviting talented middle and high school wind and brass musicians to participate in our 2nd annual competition by submitting a video audition no later than Friday, March 10, 2017.

The winners will be invited to perform their selected piece with the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra before a live concert audience in downtown Silver Spring on Sunday, June 18, 2017. This is a rewarding solo performance opportunity for youth wind and brass musicians!

See the entry form below for complete guidelines.

Participation is simple:

  1. Select the piece or movement that you’d like to perform, and check your repertoire first by sending an email to MSO Music Director Scott Wood at ascottwood@gmail.com.
  2. Record a video of you performing your selected piece. Upload your video file to YouTube as an unlisted video and complete this entry form to submit the link no later than Friday, March 10th. (See video tips below.)
  3. We’ll announce the winners by March 25th. All winners will be invited to perform their selection with the MSO during our Sunday, June 18, 2017 concert at the Silver Spring Civic Building.

If you have questions about the competition:

Please email mso.membership@gmail.com.

Tips for recording and submitting your video audition:

  • Your video will be reviewed by a panel of judges who will listen, not watch. So don’t worry about how the video looks — only about how your performance sounds!
  • You can use any video recording device you have access to — even a cell phone — but make sure the device is close enough to you to record quality audio.
  • The judges will review the submissions anonymously, so your name and voice should NOT be part of the video you submit. Our competition administrators will know it’s yours via the form.
  • The easiest way to share your final video is by uploading it to YouTube. Step-by-step instructions are available at: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/57407. You will need to create an account.
  • Before you start uploading, change the YouTube privacy setting for your video to “Unlisted.” This will ensure that your video is only viewable to someone who has the link. It will not be searchable. (The MSO will only share this link with our judges.)
  • If you prefer, you can also send us a shareable link to listen to your video file via Google Drive or another file-sharing service. Just make sure the settings allow anyone with the link to view it!

Concerto Competition Entry Form + Guidelines:

The Montgomery Symphony Orchestra is excited to announce our 2016 Youth Concerto Competition!

We invite talented middle and high school musicians to participate by submitting a video audition no later than Thursday, March 31, 2016. The winners will be invited to perform their selected piece with the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra before a live concert audience in downtown Silver Spring on Sunday, June 19, 2016. The competition is open to all orchestral instruments except piano.

This is a rewarding solo performance opportunity for youth musicians.

Participation is simple:

  1. Select the piece you’d like to perform, and check your repertoire first by sending an email to MSO Music Director Scott Wood at ascottwood@gmail.com. We’d love to know of your interest and repertoire by Tuesday, March 1st, but this is not required.
  2. Record a video of you performing your selected piece in one continuous take. Upload your video file to YouTube as an unlisted video and complete this entry form to submit the link no later than Thursday, March 31st. (See video tips below.)
  3. We’ll announce the winners, as selected by a panel of judges, by April 15, 2016. All winners will be invited to perform their selection with the MSO during our Sunday, June 19, 2016 concert at the Silver Spring Civic Building. Winners should plan to join the MSO for at least two evening rehearsals prior to the concert to prepare their pieces with the orchestra.

If you have questions about the competition:

Please email Michele Bartlow at mso.membership@gmail.com.

Guidance for recording and submitting your video audition:

  • Your video will be reviewed by a panel of judges who will listen, not watch. So don’t worry about how the video looks — only about how your performance sounds!
  • You can use any video recording device you have access to — even a cell phone — but make sure the device is close enough to you to record quality audio.
  • The judges will review the submissions anonymously, so your name and voice should NOT be part of the video you submit. Our competition administrators will know it’s yours via the form.
  • The easiest way to share your final video is by uploading it to YouTube. Step-by-step instructions are available at: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/57407. You will need to create an account.
  • Before you start uploading, change the YouTube privacy setting for your video to “Unlisted.” This will ensure that your video is only viewable to someone who has the link. It will not be searchable. (The MSO will only share this link with our judges.)
  • If you prefer, you can also send us a shareable link to listen to your video file via Google Drive or another file-sharing service. Just make sure the settings allow anyone with the link to view it!
ahcmc_300dpiThe 2016 Concerto Concert is supported in part by funding from the Montgomery County government and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County.

 

Concerto Competition Entry Form + Guidelines: