Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the Director of Artistic Planning will work closely with the artistic leadership and management team in planning activities for upcoming seasons and executing artistic plans. Working in a collaborative, team environment, the Director of Artistic Planning will play a central role in advancing artistic excellence across the organization’s performance missions: professional orchestra, Sarasota Music Festival and education programs.
In partnership with the music director, conducting staff and management team, make repertoire and programming suggestions for Masterworks, Pops, chamber music, other programs, and compile artistic plans; lead the process for season calendar planning
Identify guest conductors, artists, Pops programs and other ideas that will advance the artistic profile of Sarasota Orchestra
Develop proposals and manage approved budgets for artistic department including guest conductors, guest artists, Pops programs, artistic travel, library rentals and purchases
Work with agencies and artists’ managers to engage guests and negotiate contracts within agreed upon budgetary guidelines; supervise the Artist & Logistics Manager to ensure that contracts are executed
Oversee the Artist & Logistics Manager in the gathering and dissemination of information for artist schedules, rehearsal orders, logistical information and fulfillment of artists' riders
Manage Artistic & Logistics Manager in fulfilling the foreign visa application process
Ensure compliance with all CBA requirements within the umbrella of artistic planning and administration
As required, participate in music director searches and searches for staff conductors
Primary artistic contact for Sarasota Opera, Sarasota Ballet and other contracted orchestra and chamber music engagements
Communicate artistic plans to Marketing and Development departments, review printed and online content and provide artistic support for Development events
Bachelor’s degree in Music
4+ years relevant staff work experience in orchestral organizations
Thorough knowledge of orchestral repertoire
Proficiency in computer software including Office and OPAS
Ability to multi-task with attention to detail
Ability to work well in a team environment
Self-motivated, detail oriented and deadline driven
Ability to work nights and weekends during season
Sarasota Orchestra offers a competitive salary, generous time off and a comprehensive benefits package including health, dental, vision, life insurance, disability and retirement.
Sarasota Orchestra stands at an exciting juncture in its successful 70-year history. Benefiting from the vibrant arts community in Sarasota, the organization has a $10 million annual budget and an endowment of over $26 million.
Sarasota is widely considered among the most philanthropically generous and arts-oriented communities in the United States. Sarasota Orchestra serves an area of 788,000 residents that is one of the 10 fastest growing regions in America.
The diversity and breadth of Sarasota Orchestra’s musical offerings and programs are unparalleled in an orchestra serving a region of this size. The 36-week orchestra season includes Masterworks and chamber orchestra series, a chamber music program, Pops and a hybrid series of light classical and popular music in a small venue setting. Additionally, the Orchestra collaborates with Sarasota Opera and Sarasota Ballet for 7 weeks during the season. Music Director Anu Tali will be completing her sixth and final season of her tenure in the 18/19 season. The organization is undergoing a music director search.
Education is a hallmark of the organization. The institution operates extensive youth orchestra, summer musi...c camp and young persons concerts. Jeffrey Kahane serves as Music Director of Sarasota Music Festival, a program of the organization.
Currently, the Orchestra performs in multiple venues. The Board of the Orchestra is actively pursuing plans to finance and build a state of the art concert hall to allow Sarasota Orchestra to expand its offerings.