The Vermont Youth Orchestra Association (VYOA) Music Director demonstrates a genuine love for working with young people and an understanding of young musician development.
MUSICAL RESPONSIBILITIES: Conduct all rehearsals and performances of the VYOA’s top-tiered orchestra (including international tours) and auxiliary ensembles, serve as substitute conductor for other ensembles, direct artistic planning process including the selection of guest artists and senior soloists, oversee all artistic staff, lead student recruitment strategies, participate in annual and mid-year auditions and placements, oversee the Music Inspires program in partnership with the Executive Director, manage the Endangered Instruments Program, design and promote creative collaborations with community partners, and coordinate all music purchases and rentals ensuring that bowings and markings are clear.
NONMUSICAL RESPONSIBILITIES: Collaborate with the VYOA Board of Directors and Executive Director in long-range planning, participate at all monthly Board meetings, work closely with the Executive Director in creating and monitoring the artistic annual budget, maintain collaborative relationships with private and school music teachers, play an active role in fundraising and publicity activities, knowledgeable of current artistic activities in the orchestral field, and work with the Executive Director in creating new activities for the VYOA and its students.
Qualifications: Masters Degree in Music from an accredited music school, DMA in Orchestral Conducting preferred.
Qualities: Passion for developing young people as individuals and musicians; approachable, engaging, collaborative and attentive to the needs of students and colleagues; ability to galvanize students; ability to manage day-to-day demands and deadlines; understanding of current music education trends; vision to develop inspiring, innovative, and collaborative programs.
Experience: Conducting and designing programming for youth orchestras
How to Apply:
Submit the following materials:
Cover Letter addressing interest and experience with youth orchestras and developing community relationships
Three (3) references with contact information
Recent Conducting Videos – both rehearsal and performance
All materials should be submitted to email@example.com. Video links to Dropbox or YouTube can be used in place of electronic file attachments. No DVDs please.
Due Dates and Timeline:
Materials accepted August 26, 2019 – October 18, 2019
Application Review October 18, 2019 – November 1, 2019
Semi-finalist phone interviews November and December 2019
Finalist visit and interviews in Colchester, VT January 17-19 OR 24-26, 2020
Announcement March 2020
Appointment Begins July 2020
Additional Salary Information: Benefits include paid vacation and sick leave, health insurance, and retirement package.
About Vermont Youth Orchestra Association
With a mission “to develop young people as artists, citizens, and leaders through the shared pursuit of musical excellence,” the Vermont Youth Orchestra Association (VYOA) is committed to providing meaningful music experiences for students of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. Over 300 students in grades 1 – 12 from across Vermont and neighboring states participate in three orchestras, three training programs for beginning to intermediate strings, winds, and brass students, a percussion ensemble, a private lesson program, school partnerships and community initiatives, summer camps, and an early childhood concert series, making the VYOA our region’s premier youth orchestra program. All of our musicians leave the VYOA with a respect for music, for learning, and for the arts; attributes that enhance and inform their lives in our communities and beyond.