Orchard Park Symphony is an amateur community based orchestra that rehearsals weekly and performs 4-5 concerts throughout the season (September thru April).
Summary of Position:
The Conductor/Music Director, in consultation with the President, the Executive Board, the Personnel Manager, the Treasurer, and the Music Committee of the Orchestra, is ultimately responsible for conducting rehearsals and performances throughout the season, for setting the artistic vision of the Orchestra, and for making artistic decisions appropriate to that vision.
Description of Duties:
Setting the Musical Agenda. Each year, as early as possible, the Conductor/Music Director, in conjunction with the Personnel Manager and the Music Committee, where possible, sets the tentative master rehearsal/concert schedule for the dates for the following season.
Identifying Soloists. The Conductor/Music Director identifies and confirms the availability of guest soloists (and the compositions that the soloists will perform) for the following season. In consultation with the President, the Conductor/Music Director negotiates the compensation for the soloists.
Selecting Music. The Conductor/Music Director shall receive input and suggestions from the Orchestra members and the Orchestra Board members regarding soloists and the music to be performed. Final artistic decisions shall be determined cooperatively between the Conductor/Music Director and the membership, based on the Orchestra’s financial situation and availability of the funding resources.
Publicity and Promotion. The Conductor/Music Director will provide leadership support for the promotion of the Orchestra within Orchard Park and the surrounding communities to help in building awareness and increased audience attendance. Throughout the season, the Conductor/Music Director will also be available for media interviews (radio, news, TV), as his schedule permits.
Rehearsals/Sectional Rehearsals. The Conductor/Music Director shall conduct rehearsals for the Orchestra as well as sectional rehearsals with the strings, winds, brass, and percussion (as seemed needed).
Concerts. The Conductor/Music Director shall conduct the Orchestra’s season concerts (generally listed as Fall, Holiday, Youth, and Spring), and may make pre concert musical presentations, when possible and appropriate. After the concert, the Conductor/Music Director shall attend the receptions, normally sponsored by the Women’s Committee, congratulate and make presentations, when available, to the soloists.
Board and Women’s Committee Meetings. The Conductor/Music Director shall attend all Board Meetings and will report on the progress of each concert. He/she will attend the annual board meeting and give an address to the OPSO members. When his schedule permits and at the invitation of the Women’s Committee, he/she will attend Women’s Committee meetings and/or pre-concert, coffee meetings along with the soloists, if they are available.
Applicants interested in the position should submit the following documents (PDF’s preferred) to firstname.lastname@example.org in an email that includes the applicant’s full contact information and:
Statement of Interest
Contact Information for 3 Professional References
Sample Season Programming for 4 Concerts including:
2 Classical Concerts
1 Christmas Concert
1 Side-By-Side Concert (with advanced students in grades 10-12)
Incomplete applications missing any of the above listed parts will not be considered for review. All application materials are due by Friday, February 15, 2019.
Questions can also be addressed through the OPSO Information Line at (716) 474-5843.
Additional Salary Information: Community Orchestra performs 4-5 concerts per season
$2,000 to $3,000+ Per concert depending on qualifications
About Orchard Park Symphony Orchestra
The Orchard Park Symphony Orchestra was founded sixty-nine years ago by eight musicians in the living room of Parl Brooks’ home on Clark Street in Orchard Park. With the assistance of the Orchard Park Central School District’s community education program, the embryonic orchestra retained its first conductor, Joesph Wincenc. The first concert featured Betty Smith as its first solo artist performing the second movement of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 12 in A Major. A half century later, the 50th season opened under the direction of Dr. David Rudge and continues to have the support of the Orchard Park Central School District with the use of the Joseph Wincenc auditorium at the middle school for rehearsals and the use of the High School auditorium for concerts. Dr. Rudge assisted in developing the Orchestra’s musical ability and over the past 20 years has enhanced the Orchestra’s tradition of exceptional quality, both in its musicianship and the solo artists, such as Cathy Cho, Peter Stumpf, Jeremy Denk, Carol Wincenc, Mark O’Conner, Eduardus Halim, Simon Boyar, Claudia Hoca, Rachel Lee and Simon Mulligan.
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