Provide artistic vision and musical leadership as conductor, artistic director, and community arts leader for a professional orchestra with a $250K annual budget
Conduct all rehearsals and performances for mainstage concerts; pops, youth, and family concerts; and runouts
Attract and retain quality musicians, and audition new members as necessary in conjunction with orchestra audition panels
Guide the choice of program repertoire and selection of guest soloists that provides cultural and educational value and engages the community
Develop long-range artistic plans for the orchestra in conjunction with the Executive Director and Board of Directors
Participate in and support fundraising and community engagement
Present demonstrations, lectures, or masterclasses in schools and the community
Assist in the general promotion of the orchestra by being available for public appearances and media interviews
Assist in promotion of endowment or capital campaigns
The successful candidate shall be a consummate musician who possesses:
A graduate music degree with experience conducting a professional orchestra
A thorough knowledge of orchestral repertoire and styles
An expressed commitment to creating and building a diverse community of music lovers
A commitment to innovative and engaging programming
Ability to design and present inspiring educational programs
Familiarity with fundraising and donor stewardship in the context of fine arts
Readiness and ability to serve as the public face of the organization and a strong desire to engage with the community
Strong interpersonal, leadership, and communication skills
Applications should consist of a letter of interest, an artistic résumé, links to videos of conducting contrasting repertoire, sample programs from the past two years of concerts in which you served as conductor or artistic advisor, a repertoire list, and three references. Please submit these in .pdf format to ASO.MusicDirector.Search@gmail.com.
About Ashland Sympony Orchestra
Celebrating its 50th anniversary during the 2019-2020 concert season, the Ashland Symphony Orchestra aspires to become a leading arts organization in North Central Ohio known for high quality, affordable performances and community outreach programs that impact audiences from Ashland County and beyond.
The mission of the Ashland Symphony Orchestra is to enrich the quality of life for all generations by presenting outstanding orchestral music, promoting community involvement, and encouraging music education.
The origins of the Ashland Symphony Orchestra can be traced to 1925, when it was founded by Louis “Doc” Pete. In 1970, it was re-established at the suggestion of Ashland College President Dr. Glenn Clayton with Harold “Hal” Weller as conductor. The orchestra was granted status as a non-profit organization in 1977. From 1978-1995, the ASO was conducted by Jan Roshong, Calvin Rogers, and Albert-George Schram. In 1996, Maestro Arie Lipsky was hired, and under his leadership, the orchestra has added the Young People’s Concert, Family Holiday Pops, and School Day Concert for 3rd graders. Other season highlights include the summer Pops in the Park and a concert at the Ohio Theatre in... Loudonville. In 2015, the Orchestra moved to the newly opened Robert M. & Janet L. Archer Auditorium. To the best of our knowledge, Ashland holds the distinction of being the smallest community in the United States to host a professional symphony orchestra. It performs with world-class soloists and local choirs and dance companies. The Ashland Symphony Orchestra encourages music education by providing scholarships, educational outreach programs, and performance opportunities for young people.