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Repertory Orchestra Conductor

Founded in 1972, Minnesota Youth Symphonies (MYS) is one of the nation’s premier youth orchestra education programs. MYS provides the opportunity for young people to develop their musical abilities through a comprehensive and nurturing musical environment. MYS is dedicated to top-notch orchestral training for children, grades elementary through high school, offering a year-round mix of programs to meet the varying needs of young musicians, regardless of their ability to pay. Learn more about MYS on our website.

JOB TITLE: Repertory Orchestra Conductor

LOCATION: Twin Cities Metro

TYPE: Part-time, 3-4 hours per week

START DATE: August 2022 (season begins September 2022)

COMPENSATION: Stipend includes weekly rehearsals, preparation time, and concerts (approximately $9-10K)

Job Summary: This position is responsible for the conducting, education and overall artistic development of the Repertory Orchestra, an advanced orchestra of the Minnesota Youth Symphonies. This position will be a year-long appointment through the 2022-2023 season meeting Saturday mornings from 10am-1pm at Highland Park Middle School in Saint Paul, MN from September 2022 to April 2023. 

Orchestra Profile: Repertory Orchestra students are already familiar with making music in the orchestral context. Students in this orchestra will continue to explore the subtleties of music and technical challenges, which are at the All-State orchestra level. Strings will begin mastery of advanced bowing techniques and advanced tone production. Brass players will produce a polished, advanced level tone quality, and percussionists will explore the many options of sound production. Woodwinds will push their technique considerably. Most rehearsals will include sight reading. The dynamic range of the orchestra is advanced. Repertoire is primarily unedited works, but may also include standard arrangements played by professional orchestras. Regular sectionals (strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion) are part of the Repertory experience.

PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Conduct Repertory Orchestra during Saturday rehearsals and performances.
  • Participate in auditions as part of audition panel and select audition literature for Repertory Orchestra.
  • Lead annual fall weekend rehearsal retreat in September or October.
  • Recruit students for Repertory 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, including three trimester concerts and potential mutually agreed upon additional performances.

EDUCATION

  • Minimum BA or BS in Music Performance or Music Education (advanced degree preferred).

EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Substantial conducting/teaching experience with students at the advanced high school level  (All-State level or beyond).
  • Substantial performing experience on an orchestral instrument at the college, advanced community or professional level.
  • Teaching experience with advanced students on an orchestral instrument.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage with and inspire advanced high school level student musicians.
  • Lesson and rehearsal planning skills.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills including the ability to engage with parents, school directors and studio teachers.
  • Able to work collaboratively as part of a small, highly engaged, artistic team.
  • Computer literacy and familiarity with Microsoft Office or similar applications.
  • Able to pass a criminal background check.
  • Able to adhere to venue COVID-19 guidelines which have included mandatory masking and either proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative COVID-19 test result.
  • 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.

HOW TO APPLY:

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 until Friday, June 3rd.

There will be two rounds of interviews. One round of interviews will take place via Zoom with a group of MYS artistic staff members, and a final round will be an in-person conducting interview with a group of MYS students. More details will be provided to candidates who advance to the final round.

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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