The Director of Artistic Operations is responsible for ensuring that the scheduling and production of all artistic engagement events (concerts, rehearsals, run-outs, contracted events, education, community engagement) run efficiently and in a fiscally sound manner. The Director of Artistic Operations administers the planning, contracting, management of guest artists and production elements, and serves as the principal liaison with artist agencies regarding contracting negotiations.
Scheduling • Work with the CEO, Music Director, and Personnel Manager to schedule the Orchestra in a manner that successfully achieves the Music Director’s artistic goals while maximizing services for financial benefit and upholding the requirements of the master agreement (CBA). This currently includes the following series/concert cycles: Masterworks, Classics Accents, Pops series; annual performances of Handel’s Messiah, Leading from Every Chair corporate education/engagement seminars, Orff Side-by-Side concerts, Young Peoples Concerts, Contract performances with Opera Memphis, Ballet Memphis, New Ballet Ensemble, Rhodes College, Memphis Botanical Gardens, and all other contract engagements/collaborative concerts which may arise in a given season. • Coordinate bookings with all necessary facilities. • Work with the CEO and Music Director to manage the Symphony calendar. • Assist Music Director with the planning of repertoire and guest artists for each season. • Research and recommend talent for Symphony programming.
CBA / Guest Artist Contracts • Propose changes to agreements and strategies for achieving and implementing those changes. • Interpret, implement, and uphold terms of the CBA. • Negotiate guest artist engagement terms. • Issue and review all guest artist, venue, and contract engagement agreements. • Advance and execute all logistical terms (travel/lodging/hospitality) of visiting artist’s agreement.
Administrative • Develop and monitor Artistic & Production budgets and manage line item expenses for all artistic activities. • Hire, train, manage, and evaluate performance of the Operations team members. • Serve as part of the senior management team • Assist the CEO in setting and implementing administrative and artistic policies. • Build and maintain a network of outside presenters, venues, partners, and producers.
Bachelor’s degree in Music or Fine Arts required, master’s preferred
Minimum of three years in orchestra operations
A strong sense of professionalism, good judgment, and leadership
A creative and resourceful problem-solver
Knowledge of classical music and experience in the classical music industry
Knowledge of Pops, Choral, and other varied musical genres; experience in “out of box” concert concepts.
Meticulous, highly organized, and task-driven
Able to meet multiple deadlines simultaneously
Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills
Ability to work well under pressure
Ability to work weekends and evenings
Knowledge of musician and stagehand union policies and regulations
About Memphis Symphony Orchestra
The Memphis Symphony Orchestra defines itself and is widely recognized as an integral part of the cultural, educational, and economic life of the city of Memphis. Founded in 1952 as the Memphis Sinfonietta, the ensemble grew through audience demand into the Memphis Symphony Orchestra under the organizational leadership of the Memphis Orchestral Society and is governed by a board of community, business, music, and civic leaders.
The Memphis Symphony is a fully professional orchestra with 75 defined positions and a core
of 36 musicians on full-time contracts. Robert Moody is Music Director. The Orchestra
is in 66th Season with a Masterworks Series of six programs offered at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Memphis and the Germantown Performing Arts Center; a five-concert Pops Series at the Cannon Center; and a three-concert Classic Accents series at the Cannon Center, Germantown Performing Arts Center and Harris Concert Hall, University of Memphis. The MSO is also the contract orchestra for the local Opera and Ballet.
The Memphis Symphony shares almost 700,000 experiences through radio, television,
community programs, and live performances. The Orchestra... works hand-in-hand with other
area arts and cultural organizations to produce arts programming that has broken new ground
and attracted both national attention and awards.
In addition to the musicians, conductor, and Board, the Memphis Symphony family includes
the Memphis Symphony League and the Memphis Symphony Chorus. The current operating budget is $4 million.