Job Announcement: Music Director and Conductor

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.