The Board of Directors of the Butler Philharmonic (BP), Hamilton, Ohio, seeks Conductor candidates beginning Fall, 2019. In July, Paul Stanbery, Conductor and Music Director, retires after 25 years.
The Board determined to take advantage of this opportunity to review the role of the BP in this rapidly expanding region. The demographics are changing. Hamilton, the County seat, is evolving from an industrial powerhouse to a center for arts and sports. Throughout Butler County expansion of healthcare facilities and manufacturing is rampant. The challenge for the BP, is to keep up with all the change in order to meet evolving community needs and interests. If successful the organization’s efforts to enhance community participation and support will be reflected.
While the long-range goal is to hire a Conductor, at this time the Board seeks to identify viable candidates. The 2019-2020 Season offers 5 – 6 opportunities to introduce guest conductors. From there, future options might range from a contract per concert arrangement to a possible part-time or full-time Conductor position.
The ideal candidate will demonstrate proven leadership skills and a strong commitment to continuing the growth of the BP. He or she should have significant conducting experience, musical talent and the ability to produce a performance experience of the highest caliber. Additionally, the candidate should possess the ability to further develop community interest and participation in the Butler Philharmonic.
All application packets are to be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and must contain the following:
Personal letter of interest;
Resume detailing education and experience; and
Three (3) professional references.
Additionally, Candidates are encouraged to include examples of their work such as clippings, audio or video recordings, etc.
Application deadline: July 1, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. EDT
At that time, candidates will be selected for interviews and identified as Guest Conductors during the 2019 – 2020 season.
About Butler Philharmonic
BUTLER PHILHARMONIC HISTORY
Date organization was incorporated – 1951 The recently renamed Butler Philharmonic is celebrating its 68th anniversary this year, and is one of the oldest, on-going arts organizations in Ohio.
The Mission of the BP is to bring live, high quality symphonic music to an under served population, and to act as a facilitator of educational engagement in the region. In the facilitator role, the BP encourages youth participation in music and the arts through scholarships, the BP Youth Orchestra and other youth activities and programming.
Organization overview - Starting as a string quartet in 1951, the HSO presented only one concert per year. Through the years it grew to a full orchestra and became fully professional by 1980. Today, under the leadership of retiring Music Director and Conductor Paul John Stanbery, the Orchestra and the 90-voice volunteer Chorus present 10 - 12 public concerts a year. The BP Chorus performed in Carnegie Hall twice, as recently as 2018. In keeping with the mission, the summer concerts are free. Musicians are among the finest in the region.
The newest addition to the family is the Butler Philharmonic Youth Orchestr...a. Talented youth between the ages of 15 and 18 representing schools throughout Butler County present three concerts a year. Members are eligible for the BP’s scholarships.
In 2010, the BP Guild was formed to support and promote the BP.