The Modesto Symphony Orchestra Association (MSOA) welcomes applications for the position of Music Director. Finalists will audition/conduct during the 2020-21 Season with the position starting in the 2021-22 Season.
Where Are We Going, What is Needed in a Music Director
The MSOA strives to be a highly regarded regional orchestra which attracts the best artistic talent, and which through artistic excellence and targeted programming can increase its share of Modesto’s highly competitive entertainment market.
The MSOA would like an orchestra that explores the vast symphonic repertoire, but does so in a way that makes marketing of that repertoire successful. This challenge is not unique to Modesto. We want to bridge the divide that at times exists between the stage and seats, engage the audience and make them think we are speaking to each one of them directly. That’s key to bringing the artistic and business sides of the operation together, creating a successful business model that will ensure the future of the symphony.
The Position and Requirements
The ideal candidate will be an outstanding musician with the skills and experience necessary to conduct a professional orchestra. They will have experience and enthusiasm with a broad repertoire to program concerts and will embrace and carry out a comprehensive artistic vision for the MSOA. They will have the ability to inspire players to reach the highest level of musicianship, possess an acute ear, a practical understanding of all orchestral instruments and effective rehearsal technique. They will have a passion for enriching lives through music including a commitment to community engagement and music education and the ability to communicate this passion. They will have the ability to collaborate with staff and Board to achieve the goals and objectives of the MSOA.
Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with experience.A salary and benefits package will be offered depending on qualifications, experience, and final contracted requirements.
The Process and Timetable
Applications must be received no later than Wednesday, November 21, 2018. To apply please visit Employment & Auditions — Modesto Symphony Orchestra and post a cover letter, resume with at least three professional references, and a video example of your conducting. No phone calls please.
It is anticipated that semi-finalists for the position will be invited for an interview in Modesto during March 2019. Finalists will be invited back to Modesto as guest conductors during the 2020-21 classics series, which runs from October 2020 through May 2021. Compensation will be competitive and guided by experience and qualifications.
The Modesto Symphony Orchestra Association is an equal opportunity employer.
About Modesto Symphony Orchestra Association
Celebrating its 88th Season, the Modesto Symphony Orchestra is a professional orchestra and performs five classics concerts and three pops concerts in the Mary Stuart Rogers Theater, at the Gallo Center for the Arts each year. Additionally, MSO holds community concerts that include an outdoor concert, Picnic at the Pops at the E. & J. Gallo Winery, and the Holiday Candlelight Concert at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Modesto. The MSO also engages the community through a 100+ volunteer adult chorus and has a strong history of supporting music education which reaches 5,000 students each season through the Modesto Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Modesto Symphony Youth Chorus, Education Concerts, Master Classes and Open Rehearsals. The vision of MSO is to strive to enrich lives and enhance our community’s vitality and quality of life through music with a mission to produce and present music of the highest artistic caliber and foster lifelong music education and appreciation. MSOA is guided by values of creativity, excellence, integrity, collaboration and welcoming all segments of the community.