Reporting to the Senior Director of Education & Community Partnerships, the Youth Orchestra Manager is charged with managing all aspects of the St Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra (YO) initiatives and operations. The position requires the nurturing and empowering of talented youth through excellence in orchestral practice and performance in an environment that fosters teamwork and a life-long love of music. The position works collaboratively with the YO Music Director (who serves as SLSO Resident Conductor), music educators, YO member families and alumni, and SLSO musicians, staff and volunteers to ensure the YO remains aligned with the mission of the SLSO and an integrated part of the SLSO family. With direction from the Director of Education and in partnership with the IN UNISON Programs Coordinator and IN UNISON Graduate Fellow, the YO Manager is additionally responsible for assisting with the planning and executing the SLSO’s secondary level programs.
REPORTS TO: Senior Director of Education & Community PartnershipsFUNCTIONS OF THE JOB
Plan season with the YO Music Director.
Coordinate all activities and secure dates and venues related to auditions, rehearsals, SLSO musician coaching, concerts, competitions and team building activities.
Foster team cohesion among YO musicians through attendance accountability, rehearsal readiness, preparation for sectional coaching and side-by-side opportunities with SLSO musicians, and SLSO concert attendance.
Establish and maintain relationships with area band and orchestra directors and private teachers to ensure that the YO consistently comprises the most talented young musicians in the bi-state region.
Work cross-departmentally with Philanthropy, Marketing, Artistic Operations, and the Symphony Volunteer Association to support the YO.
Plan and manage YO budgets.
Maintain and grow databases for students, alumni, coaches, parents, schools, vendors, donors and other contacts important to the SLSO and YO.
Develop and manage all ensemble reporting metrics including tuition payments, financial aid and calendars, and update website as needed.
Proactively secure instruments, equipment, substitutes and volunteers as needed.
Direct the function and process of Symphony In Your School, Secondary in collaboration and accordance with the goals set by the Director of Education, and attend in-school visits as needed to build relationships and ensure the proper environment for students, musicians and the YO Music Director.
Collaborate with Director of Education to host secondary schools attending Friday morning concerts, and teachers attending Beyond the Classroom teacher networking events.
Collaborate with IN UNISON Program Coordinator and IN UNISON Graduate Fellow to leverage the talent of the YO musicians to nurture diverse young talent through SLSO’s Mentoring the Music; Peer to Peer.
Attend department meetings, staff meetings and other meetings as appropriate.
Serve on the YO Task Force.
Supervise Youth Orchestra interns.
Other duties as assigned.
POSITION QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENT
Knowledge: Candidates must have a degree in Music or Music Education and a thorough knowledge of orchestral music, instrumentation, and general rehearsal and performance procedures. Understanding of public/private school structures and knowledge of instrumental music education is preferred. Experience with an orchestra is a plus.
Experience: Two years or equivalent of experience in an administrative role, coordinating multiple priorities with many different constituencies in a fast-paced environment. Demonstrated experience in music-related activities to obtain sufficient background to perform duties of the position. Experience working with youth as a mentor/leader and knowledge of orchestral repertoire is highly desired.
Skills and Abilities:
Superior verbal and written communication skills.
High level of professionalism, consistency and tact.
Ability to develop and maintain trust and positive rapport with multiple constituencies.
Strategic thinking, planning and execution on large and small-scale projects.
Ability to work both independently and as a team member
Strong organizational, time management, and problem-solving skills, and an intense attention to detail.
Ability to maintain a positive work atmosphere.
Ability to achieve goals and meet deadlines in a complex work environment.
Ability to work within budgetary guidelines.
Availability to work on weekends for all rehearsals, performances and other activities.
Access to reliable transportation.
Proficient knowledge in the use of Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, Power Point, and Publisher.
About St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Founded in 1880, the STL Symphony is recognized internationally as an ensemble of the highest caliber, performing a broad musical repertoire with skill and spirit. The St. Louis Symphony continues to build upon its reputation for musical excellence