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Communications Coordinator


JOB TITLE: Communications Coordinator      

TYPE: Full time, 40 hours per week   

START DATE: February 2022

COMPENSATION: Salaried position, benefits include PTO holidays and health insurance

Job Summary: This position coordinates communications with a variety of stakeholder groups—staff, students and families, volunteers, the public, ticket buyers, advertisers and donors—and is responsible for clerical duties involving the daily functions of the MYS office. The Communications Coordinator supports the executive director, operations manager and artistic staff, and serves as a liaison between MYS families and staff.

Regular hours are 9 am – 5 pm, Monday through Friday, however this individual may be called upon to attend Saturday morning rehearsals from September through the first weekend in May, and the position may include occasional additional weekend and evening hours for event management. The person in this position must have access to a reliable car and must have the physical capacity to lift at least 40 lbs.



•    Manage the MYS office including answering phones and email, processing mail, and ordering supplies

•    Oversee ticket sales for season concerts

•    Manage external marketing and communications efforts including creating and distributing press releases, managing outgoing ads and soliciting advertisers for concert programs

•    Manage in-house communications for rehearsals, concerts and events such as programs and flyers

•    Manage and update the MYS website

•    Coordinate donor communications, including gift recording and acknowledgements

•    Serve as volunteer liaison and assign volunteers for all needed volunteer roles throughout the season

•    Serve as liaison for partnership program with Roseville schools


•       Strong interpersonal communication skills including the ability to work closely with parents and families

•       Strong customer service skills; customer service experience required

•       Task-oriented work style and ability to work independently required

•       Experience with designing and editing print materials required

•       Working knowledge of Adobe Indesign or other desktop publishing software required

•       Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Google applications required

•       Understanding of email services and web-based communications tools such as MailChimp, Google Forms and Survey Monkey

•       Bachelor’s degree preferred

•       Previous nonprofit and/or music education experience preferred 


To apply, please forward your resume and a cover letter to Amelia Hemmingsen, Executive Director, at mys@mnyouthsymphonies.org.

Artistic Director and Symphony Orchestra Conductor


LOCATION: Twin Cities Metro

TYPE: Part-time

START DATE: June 2022 (season begins September 2022)

COMPENSATION: DOE, includes weekly rehearsals, preparation time, and concerts

Job Summary: 

The Artistic Director is to oversee the education and artistic development of all MYS students in preparation of rehearsals and performances. The Artistic Director is charged with maintaining the standard of excellence among the artistic staff through interaction, evaluation, example, curricula and artistic leadership. The Artistic Director is an ambassador to the greater community of professional musicians, public and private school music teachers, studio teachers and potential students.  

The Artistic Director will work with the administrative staff to engage qualified artistic staff to serve as conductors, coaches, sectional leaders and instructors. The Artistic Director is responsible for developing and executing a recruitment program, maintaining close liaison with school and private artistic instructors, and carrying out public relations activities on behalf of the Minnesota Youth Symphonies.

The Artistic Director reports to the president of the board of directors and works closely with the Executive Director and is an artistic advisor to the board and its committees. The Artistic Director attends the regularly scheduled board meetings as an ex-officio (non-voting) member and attends committee meetings to provide needed input and expertise. The Artistic Director carries out all required duties in a manner consistent with the policies, procedures, goals and objectives established by the board of directors.

As a conductor, this person is responsible for the conducting, education and overall artistic development of the SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, the most advanced orchestra of the Minnesota Youth Symphonies. Symphony Orchestra meets Saturday mornings from 8:45 am- 11:45 am at Highland Park Middle School in Saint Paul from September 2022 to April 2023. 

This is a part-time position with conducting responsibilities on Saturday mornings and other hours throughout the week as needed. Estimated total hours per week between 5-10. 



Program Management and Artistic Leadership

  • Organize and facilitate artistic team through collaborative decision-making
  • Communicate a dynamic long-term artistic vision for MYS 
  • Manage artistic team alongside Executive Director
  • Collaborate with artistic and administrative staff on program activities and issues; serve as a resource for artistic staff
  • Serve as artistic advisor to the board and its committees. Communicate the artistic vision of MYS to the board and provide regular reports on progress. Attend the regularly scheduled board meetings as an ex-officio (non-voting) member and attend other meetings as necessary. 
  • Collaborate with conductors to select repertoire for orchestras
  • Serve as coach for sectionals based upon instrument expertise

Community Relations and Program Development

  • Participate in auditions, evaluating the skills and techniques of students in area of expertise
  • Assist with recruitment of students by direct solicitation, developing recruitment materials, workshops, or by helping develop relationships with private lesson teachers, school orchestra and band teachers, or individuals with connections to young musicians
  • Serve as the public face of MYS in the broader community, communicating the mission and accomplishments of the organization


  • Conduct Symphony Orchestra during Saturday rehearsals and performances
  • Recruit students for Symphony from surrounding school districts
  • Select literature for the ensemble
  • Plan rehearsals, including selecting literature for sight-reading, sectionals and special events such as side-by-side rehearsals
  • Prepare students for performance opportunities throughout the year



  • BA or BS in Music Performance or Music Education (or equivalent experience)


  • Advanced degree or equivalent experience



  • Able to pass a criminal background check
  • Able to work in a professional, respectful and appropriate manner as outlined in MYS Administrative Guidelines and Policies manual, including the MYS policies regarding harassment, sexual harassment and anti-discrimination
  • Able to adhere to venue COVID-19 guidelines for performances which include either proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative COVID-19 test result
  • Substantial conducting/teaching experience with students at the advanced high school, college or professional levels  (All-State level or beyond.)  
  • Substantial experience with professional level orchestral repertoire. Recent repertoire has included Mahler: Symphony 2, Rachmaninoff: Symphony 2; Prokofiev: Lt. Kije
  • Substantial performing or teaching experience on an orchestral instrument at the college, advanced community or professional level
  • Demonstrated ability to engage with and inspire advanced high school level student musicians in an empathetic and positive way
  • Lesson and rehearsal planning skills
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills including the ability to engage with parents, school directors and studio teachers
  • Computer literacy and familiarity with Microsoft Office or similar applications


  • Demonstrated experience leading a small, highly engaged, artistic team
  • Prior experience in non-profit music or higher education environment preferred


To apply, please forward your resume, a cover letter, and a recording of a recent performance (or an opportunity to view an upcoming rehearsal or performance) to Amelia Hemmingsen, Executive Director, at mys@mnyouthsymphonies.org. 


Applications will be accepted through January 21st, 2022. The first round of interviews will take place mid-February 2022. Final interviews are scheduled for either Saturday, March 5th or Saturday, March 12th, 2022. 

Minnesota Youth Symphonies is an equal opportunity employer. It maintains policies and practices that are designed to prevent discrimination against any qualified employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability and medical condition to the extent protected by law. This policy of nondiscrimination applies to all employment practices, including hiring, compensation, benefits, promotion, training, and termination.

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