The Lancaster Symphony Orchestra (Lancaster, PA) is searching for our next Music Director & Conductor to lead our orchestra and bring classical music to our south-central Pennsylvania community.
The core purpose of the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra (LSO) is to enrich, entertain, and educate the south-central Pennsylvania community through unique live musical performances and to provide community engagement opportunities for students of all ages.
The LSO officially debuted on May 1, 1947. The LSO, now in its 73rd season, has evolved from a community orchestra playing a few concerts per year into an organization of professional musicians from throughout the region. Each year the orchestra presents six classic series, two pops series, and a holiday series. The LSO performs at the historic Fulton Theatre and surrounding boutique venues.
Innovative programming includes the LSO Composer’s Award, the oldest award of its kind in the nation. The idea captured national attention, remains a yearly feature, and brings outstanding contemporary American composers to Lancaster. Past award recipients include Gian Carlo Menotti, Leroy Anderson, Morton Gould, John Corigliano, Michael Daugherty, and Jennifer Higdon. A robust and enthusiastic group of community singers comprise the Lancaster Symphony Chorus, which performs with the LSO once or twice each season. The LSO has had the pleasure of introducing Lancaster audiences to world-renowned artists such as violinists Hilary Hahn and Rachel Barton-Pine, cellist László Fenyo, and pianist André Watts.
The Symphony's nationally recognized Sound Discovery Community Engagement Programs serve 10,000 students of all ages every year through open rehearsals, instrument petting zoos, instrument loans, master classes, and education concerts.
The LSO is a non-profit organization governed by a board of community volunteers and managed by a professional staff.
Lancaster, located approximately 70 miles west of Philadelphia, “… is a historic and diverse city with a vibrant culture centered on the arts, superb food, and eclectic local shops. That culture is further enriched by the residents of Lancaster City, past and present, born and raised, and from all over the globe” (www.visitlancastercity.com). Lancaster, the nation’s oldest inland city, was home to President James Buchanan and congressman-abolitionist Thaddeus Stevens. Lancaster was named on Forbes’ top 10 “Coolest U.S. cities to visit in 2018” and placed third on U.S. News & World Report’s list of “Best Places to Retire in the U.S. 2020.”
Provide artistic vision and musical leadership as principal conductor, artistic director and a community arts leader for a professional regional orchestra with a $1M annual budget
Conduct all rehearsals and performances for at least six (6) subscription concert programs, pops, education concerts and runouts
Attract and retain quality musicians, and audition new members as necessary along with orchestra audition panels
Guide the choice of program repertoire and selection of guest soloists who provide cultural and educational value and engage the community
Develop long-range artistic plans for the orchestra in conjunction with the Executive Director and Board
Participate in and support fundraising and community engagement
Present pre-concert talks before main stage concerts
Present demonstrations, lectures, and masterclasses in grade school through university with additional presentations for adult learners
Actively participate in the LSO’s extensive education and community engagement programs
Assist in the general promotion of the orchestra by being available for public appearances, and radio and press interviews
Assist in promotion of endowment or capital campaigns
Graduate music degree with 5 or more years of demonstrated experience in programming and conducting a professional orchestra
Proven track record of success in audience development with an expressed commitment to creating and building a diverse community of music lovers
A demonstrated commitment to innovative and engaging programming tailored to a diverse audience
Experience in designing and presenting inspiring education programs
Comfort level and familiarity with fundraising and donor stewardship in the context of the performing arts
Readiness and ability to serve as the public face of the organization with a strong desire to become an integral part of the community
Strong interpersonal, leadership and communication skills
The Music Director reports to the Board of Directors
COMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL INCLUDE:
A letter of interest
An artistic résumé
Links to videos of the applicant conducting rehearsals and performances of contrasting repertoire
Sample programs from the past two years of concerts in which applicants served as conductor or artistic advisor
A repertoire list
Name and contact information for three (3) references
The deadline to submit your application is December 1st.
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please submit these in .pdf format to firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Lancaster Symphony Orchestra
The Core purpose of the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra is to enrich, entertain and educate the south central Pennsylvania community through unique live musical performance and to provide community engagement opportunities for students of all ages.