The Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra would like to announce two vacant positions to be filled immediately in the capacity of music conductor of the Concert Orchestra and music conductor of the Preparatory Orchestra. The CYSO is a thriving youth organization with 9 bands and orchestras of various sizes and styles to suit many needs, accepting students from a wide range of levels.
The goals of the CYSO Concert Orchestra and Preparatory Orchestra is to foster an appreciation of classical orchestral music in young people; to allow young people to enjoy an orchestral experience; to educate and develop technique and musicianship through orchestral playing; to create and maintain an atmosphere of mutual respect throughout the orchestra; to foster cooperative relationships among the orchestra players; to listen to orchestral music and to allow young people to perform in an orchestra for an audience.
The responsibilities as they pertain to the conductor of the Concert Orchestra/ Preparatory Orchestra are as follows:
Planning, organizing and conducting the Concert Orchestra’s/ Preparatory Orchestra auditions, weekly rehearsals, juries, dress rehearsals and performances during the months of August through term of agreement.
Selecting the musical programs for the Concert Orchestra/ Preparatory Orchestra under the direction of the Music Director.
Assisting CYSO in deciding upon and scheduling the Concert Orchestra/ Preparatory Orchestra and CYSO’s events and activities.
Counseling Concert Orchestra/ Preparatory Orchestra members regarding additional opportunities.
Assisting with various organizational and administrative efforts (e.g., participating in certain fundraising activities, attending the September General Meeting).
Preparing annual evaluations of the Concert Orchestra/ Preparatory Orchestra if requested.
Assisting CYSO in long-range planning of the Concert Orchestra/ Preparatory Orchestra.
Promoting and leading a minimum of 2 recruiting masterclasses/ educational opportunities in various schools in the interests of CYSO and the Concert Orchestra/ Preparatory Orchestra.
Attending the meetings of CYSO’s board of directors when requested.
Attending auditions scheduled for four (4) consecutive evenings subsequent to the Finale concert.
Additional Salary Information: Contracts are offered on a year to year basis.
About Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra
The Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra was established in 1990 by several parents of young musicians in the greater Annapolis area who were looking for a more challenging orchestral experience for their children, and specifically for their children’s opportunity to play music from the standard classical repertoire. A few years later a Strings orchestra was established in order to help string players become capable of playing the more difficult full orchestral music performed by the Symphony. A Repertory (now Concert) orchestra was added at an intermediate level, and a Wind Ensemble to develop woodwind and brass skills comparable to the level of strings play. Very young or least experienced strings players participate in the Preparatory Orchestra.
Because of a super abundance of talented flute players in the region (many more than needed for the two full orchestras), two Flute Ensembles were established. More recently a Jazz Ensemble was developed to provide an opportunity for talented players to experience this genre, and most recently (2017) a Chamber Orchestra has been added so that players, primarily strings and woodwinds, with a serious interest in pursuing a career in mu...sic in college and beyond would gain exposure to the great masters of the Classical and early Romantic periods, like Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert.
Meshing both educational and performance goals, CYSO supplements school music programs in the region, in which our students are strongly encouraged to participate. For home-schooled students and those whose local schools do not offer orchestral opportunities, CYSO provides an ensemble playing experience. All students are encouraged to receive private lessons to develop their individual skills.
Touring has become an important component of the CYSO experience, beginning in the summer of 1995 with a trip to the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Other trips, which have become more frequent in recent years, have been to France, Italy, St. Petersburg (Russia), Ireland and Montreal. These trips, in addition to giving our students experience with foreign cultures, have helped to develop camaraderie among our older students.
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