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
In Memphis, music matters. Twenty-one musicians formed the Memphis Sinfonietta and performed their first concert at the Goodwyn Institute in January 1953. When audiences swelled past capacity, the Sinfonietta moved to downtown’s Ellis Auditorium -- later renamed in honor of the founding conductor and music director, Vincent de Frank. By 1960, the Sinfonietta matured into the Memphis Symphony Orchestra (MSO). In January 2003, the orchestra came home to the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, one of the nation’s best acoustic facilities for live orchestral music.
The MSO is directed by a board of community, business, music, and civic leaders and has had only four Music Director/Conductors in it's lifetime. Alan Balter replaced Maestro de Frank on the podium as music director and conductor in 1984. Less than a year after Balter retired in 1998, Maestro David Loebel joined the symphony. Maestro Loebel retired in 2010 and was replaced by Music Director Mei-Ann Chen and in the 2016-17 season, Principal Conductor Robert Moody was brought aboard, eventually transitioning into the role of Music Director at the top of the 2017-18 season.
The 550-member MSO family, inclusive of core... and per-service musicians as well as a thriving volunteer chorus, brings symphonic music to more than half a million people annually, whether they tune in on the radio or attend a live performance. The MSO works hand-in-hand with artistic organizations such as Stax Music Academy, Playhouse on the Square, Opera Memphis, Ballet Memphis, the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, the Brooks Museum, and The Cultural Development Foundation of Memphis to push the limits of artistic invention and wow concert-goers with unique entertainment. Such bold programming has garnered national attention and awards in recent years. The MSO believes strongly in its responsibility to engage with the community.
The Memphis Symphony Orchestra is one of the most innovative orchestras in the country. The MSO takes community engagement to a new level, forging partnerships with Soulsville and Federal Express to engage the community in mutually beneficial activities beginning with receptions, mentoring, and work presentations. Recognizing the opportunities for replicating the program in other orchestras, the Mellon Foundation awarded the MSO one of four grants to ensure the future of American orchestras. The Memphis Symphony Orchestra family enriches the cultural appeal of the city, making Memphis a place where it is truly possible for everyone to “get into the music.”