The Greenwich Symphony Orchestra (GSO) is searching for our next Music Director/Conductor to lead our orchestra in Fairfield County, CT.
Founded in 1958, the GSO currently performs ten series concerts and three educational series per year. The GSO regularly features its own musicians and often engages solo artists of international acclaim. These have recently included pianists John O’Conor and Jon Nakamatsu and violinists Elmar Oliveira, James Buswell, and Aaron Rosand. The GSO has 72 professional musicians on its roster and is supported by an active and committed 25-member Board of Directors.
Provide artistic vision and musical leadership as conductor, artistic director, and community arts leader for a professional orchestra with $500K annual budget
Conduct series and other performances
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 Board of Directors
Participate in and support fundraising and community engagement
Present demonstrations, lectures, or master classes in schools and the community
Assist in the general promotion of the orchestra by being available for public appearances and media interviews
Assist in development and 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
The Music Director/Conductor reports to the Board of Directors
Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications
Complete applications will include:
a letter of interest
an artistic résumé
links to videos of conducting of contrasting repertoire
unedited audio recordings of rehearsals and concerts
sample programs from the past two years of concerts in which you served as conductor or artistic advisor
a repertoire list
three references, at least two of which must be from musicians
No phone inquiries, please. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please submit these in pdf format to:
Applications will be kept confidential until selections for finalists take place. Finalists will be selected for a concert series during the 2021-2022 concert season.
GSO is an equal opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and complies with all applicable federal, state and local anti-discrimination laws.
Greenwich Symphony Orchestra
PO Box 35 Greenwich, CT 06836 203.869.2664
About Greenwich Symphony Orchestra
The Greenwich Symphony is a fully professional orchestra featuring world-class soloists in five concerts per year, performing in a new state-of-the-art concert hall in Greenwich, Connecticut.
Formed in the 1940s, the group became the Greenwich Philharmonia in 1958 under the baton of Kenneth Wendrich, with Catherine Converse as first president. Marian Jeffrey succeeded Mrs. Converse in 1967, when the orchestra began a period of growth and prestige. John Nelson took over as music director in 1967 and the orchestra received grants from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts and local corporations and benefactors, enabling it to expand the season. The Philharmonia Auxiliary, headed by Dorothy Gluckmann, established an annual award to a gifted high school senior, and began to serve, support, and promote the orchestra in a variety of important ways.
The Greenwich Philharmonia was renamed the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra in its 25th anniversary season, 1982 to 1983, and the Auxiliary became the Symphony Guild. That season marked the GSO’s first dual concert with the Greenwich Choral Society, and the establishment of the endowment fund, which was greatly enhanced by gala benefit conc...erts starring Victor Borge in 1986 and 1999. Following Olwen Jones and Mahlon Perkins, Mary Radcliffe was named president in 1983.
In 1975 David Gilbert was named Music Director and Conductor. Associate Conductor Patricia Handy, who led the highly acclaimed Young People’s Concerts series, joined in 1979 and was succeeded in 2010 by Tara Simoncic. Joshua Bavaro joined the Symphony in 2011 as Assistant Conductor, and holds Pre-Concert Lectures before each performance.
Throughout its history, the GSO has been managed by an experienced and dedicated volunteer Board of Directors.
Over the years, the GSO has featured outstanding soloists, many in the early years of performing, who have gone on to highly successful careers. We thank our audience and friends who, with their dedicated and generous support, help us present a wide variety of great orchestral music in Greenwich.