Organization/Orchestra Name: Juneau Symphony Orchestra (JSO) in Juneau, Alaska
Organization Description: The JSO is a volunteer community orchestra consisting of 50-60 local-area amateur musicians, supplemented by guest musicians and soloists from outside the community. The orchestra will be celebrating its 56th Season in 2018/2019, and seeks to continue its musical growth. The orchestra’s strengths include: its longevity in the community; a consistent core of musicians and well-balanced programs across each season; excellent community support and financial stability; and an active board of directors. The JSO sponsors an annual Symphony Showcase of Chamber Musicians, one “Music in the Schools” concert for 4th and 5th graders, and sponsors a Juneau Student Symphony for all ages. Finalists will be guest conductors in the 2019/2020 season. A new music director will be announced in the spring of 2020.
The orchestra’s season runs from September to June and includes four subscription concerts. The orchestra usually rehearses an average of 8 times per concert spread over a 2- to 3-week period. The music director would be expected to be in Juneau for 3 weeks of rehearsals prior to each concert except for the June Pops Concert (2 weeks). Performances are presented on Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons in October/November, February, April and June. In addition, the JSO sponsors an annual Youth Solo Competition that provides an opportunity for a youth soloist to perform a short work during one of the main stage concerts. The JSO is administered by a volunteer board of community members and players and a full-time executive director and half-time director of operations.
Duties and Responsibilities of the Music Director: The music director will be required to balance the roles of the Symphony’s principal conductor, its artistic director, and as a Juneau community arts leader. Specific duties include: select repertoire, schedule rehearsals, and conduct four subscription concerts per season, as well as one annual school concert. Develop a long-range artistic plan. Work cooperatively with Symphony board of directors and executive director within the guidelines of the budget and policies. Be a visible and active part of the community promoting the Symphony through local activities and media appearances. Work collaboratively with music educators and young musicians. Take an active role in fundraisers for the organization.
Requirements:Please see the attached “Music Director Qualifications” document for a thorough description of the qualifications desired in the JSO music director. Applicants are encouraged to address how they would serve as, and balance, the roles of the Symphony’s principal conductor, its artistic director, and as a community arts leader in their application. As the JSO is largely a community volunteer orchestra, please address your experience with like organizations.
Minimum of a Bachelor of Music required, and an advanced degree in conducting is preferred. A minimum of three years of experience conducting orchestral and choral groups. Experience in working with non-profit organizations. Effective communication skills in writing and public speaking. A broad knowledge of repertoire in order to select pieces appropriate for the players of the Juneau Symphony and its audience.
Compensation: Pay will be specified in the employment agreement between the Juneau Symphony Board and the music director. Salary range: $35,000-$40,000. Benefits negotiable.
Application Deadline: December 15, 2018.
Contact Name: Joe Davis-Fleming, Executive Director
Application Procedure: Submit a cover letter, resume, three sample programs from your previous work, and a list of at least 4 professional references. In the cover letter please address how you would handle rehearsals given our schedule and travel constraints to and from our community and your other work obligations, as well as the above referenced topics. Resume should indicate the range of your work. Please do NOT send video or audio media at this time. Application items should be submitted in one PDF document not to exceed 7 pages.
Additional information about the orchestra and the Community of Juneau can be found on the Juneau Symphony website: juneausymphony.org
MUSIC DIRECTOR QUALIFICATIONS
First and foremost, applicants must demonstrate excellence as a conductor. The music director will be required to balance the roles of the Symphony’s Principal Conductor, its Artistic Director, and as a Juneau Community Arts Leader. The JSO is largely a volunteer community orchestra; applicants should address their experience with like organizations.
Key roles to be addressed by applicants:
Performance Skills—Mastery of at least one instrument and experience as a solo, chamber, and orchestral performer required. Please also address: interpretive skills and instincts, developed and honed through experiences as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, and conductor; inquisitiveness about what composers may have wished to communicate in their music, and a fundamental ability to relate that intent to musicians and audiences; and, your capacity to invoke a range of emotional responses to orchestral performance.
Technical Skills—These may include: advanced aural skills to deal with complex problems of orchestral intonation, balance, and color; advanced skills in sight-reading and transposition, especially as applied to the preparation of orchestral scores for performance; knowledge and understanding of all instruments used in orchestral performance; functional keyboard skills; practical experience in composition; skills in musical analysis based on professional competence in counterpoint, harmony, composition, musical structures, and orchestration; demonstrated mastery of various musical styles; and, demonstrated awareness of how to discern the effects of time, place, personality, and relevant performance practice upon the way a work should sound, and an understanding of how it should be played to achieve the intended effect.
Conducting skills—These may include: baton techniques, rehearsal techniques, podium presence, and success in communicating with orchestra players.
Extensive and insightful knowledge of music, and of the arts and humanities in general—Please describe your: knowledge of orchestral repertoire, as well as chamber orchestra, opera, ballet, and choral/orchestral repertoire; knowledge of music history; experience coaching singers in French, German, Italian, Latin, Russian, and Spanish (highly desirable); language skills to conduct rehearsals in modern European languages (desirable); and, ability to read music source materials in original languages (desirable).
Qualities of personal discipline and integrity required for artistic leadership—Please address: ability and willingness to assume a creative leadership role within the Juneau Symphony; confidence and integrity to make difficult decisions; adherence to principles of fairness and sensitivity in all matters pertaining to orchestra personnel; perspective on publicity and reviews and the ability to distinguish between what are worthwhile and what is not; and, ability to advance the needs of the orchestra and community.
Ability to establish an artistic vision for the Juneau Symphony as a whole—Please address: your interest is serving as the artistic director for the Juneau; your ability to create balanced programs of significance to the ensemble, the occasion, and the community; and, your knowledge of, and ability to, incorporate solo and guest artists.
Administrative skills—Please address: your knowledge of orchestral administrative/business operations, including governance, fund raising, and marketing/public relations; musician governance structure and practice; and, ability to work collaboratively with an executive director, board, volunteers, and orchestra members.
Community Artistic Leader
Knowledge of how the Juneau Symphony operates as an institution—As Music Director of the Juneau Symphony, please address how you would advance the Symphony through programming, education, outreach, and other activities. Share how you would serve as an influential community advocate for music and music education. Describe your communications and public relations skills and experience in serving as an ambassador for an arts organization, including your media and civic organization outreach experience. Please also address your experience in engaging youth to build awareness and appreciation for orchestral performance.
The mission of the Juneau Symphony is to give local musicians a platform to perform and develop musically, to provide live, high quality symphonic music for the community, and to offer musical opportunities and support for youth.