The Salina (Kansas) Symphony announces an opening for the position of Music Director beginning with the 2022-2023 season. The Salina Symphony operates with a $500,000 budget, performing three classical and three pops concerts per season, along with other community and education programs. Salina is a city of 50,000 located 90 miles north of Wichita. The orchestra plays in the beautifully restored historic Stiefel Theatre. Now in its seventh decade, the orchestra is a cordial mix of volunteer and paid musicians.
The Symphony is seeking a conductor whose working style is collaborative, and who has, in addition to the musical talents required of a conductor, creative and innovative ideas about audience development and community engagement. The search committee is being assisted by Henry Fogel.
Please send a cover letter and cv/resume to: email@example.com. Electronic applications only. There is no need to send video material or references at this time. While the search process will remain open until the final candidates are chosen, the search committee will begin reviewing applications on February 1, 2020.
About Salina Symphony
The Salina Symphony is dedicated to its mission of enriching lives through artistic music performance and education. As one of the premier musical ensembles of North Central Kansas, the Symphony performs five subscription concerts each season as well as an annual pops concert and a patriotic outdoor concert held on the grounds of the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum.
Eric Stein founded the Salina Chamber Orchestra in 1955, and its first performance was held in 1956. The orchestra was affiliated with Marymount College in 1965 and was named the Salina Civic Orchestra Society. In the 1980’s, the orchestra became known as the Salina Symphony and briefly played at the Municipal Auditorium before moving to Kansas Wesleyan University, where it was housed for more than a decade. In 2003, the Symphony moved into the newly renovated Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts. Ken Hakoda served as music director and conductor from 2004-2019, during which time the organization experienced substantial growth. Dr. David Littrell was named interim music director and conductor in 2019.
Now in its seventh decade, the Salina Symphony continues to present a wide array of concerts while... retaining its unique community-centered feel. The orchestra is a cordial mix of volunteer and paid musicians, some of whom have played with the Symphony for decades. A variety of soloists are featured each season, ranging from orchestra members to regional and internationally acclaimed artists.
The Symphony’s Youth Education Program serves approximately 200 students each year from elementary through high school. Founded by Mr. Stein in 1961, the Youth Symphony Program has grown from one ensemble to five, involving approximately students from over 30 different local/area schools. Members of the Youth Symphony, Junior Youth Symphony, Preparatory Orchestra and Preludio Strings perform two concerts each season. The Salina Youth Choir performs several concerts per season, including the Salina Symphony Christmas Festival.