The Assistant Conductor shall be responsible for covering the Music Director and guest conductors and conducting Louisville Orchestra (LO) rehearsals and concerts as assigned. The Assistant Conductor serves as a community ambassador for the LO, and is a critical member of the team for planning and executing LO artistic, education, and community engagement initiatives.
Job Duties and Responsibilities:
Prepare and study all scores for LO repertoire to ensure readiness to step in for the Music Director or a guest conductor in the event of illness, emergency or other circumstances that prevent their appearance. Cover all LO Classics Series concerts and other concerts as assigned.
Conduct LO rehearsals and concerts or portions thereof (select Pops, Specials, Family, Music Without Borders, runouts, MakingMUSIC and other education-related concerts). Assistant Conductor should not expect to conduct Classics series concerts early in his/her tenure.
Conduct all off-stage ensembles (“banda,” etc.) as required by repertory. Assist with choral warm up, pre- and/or post-rehearsal mini-rehearsals/coachings with players, soloists, as needed.
Provide Music Director with written and verbal feedback on artistic matters relating to repertory (balance, intonation, dynamics, ensemble issues, etc.).
Assist Music Director and Director of Artistic Operations in programming future LO seasons; specific accountabilities to include: suggest concert themes and repertoire for educational concerts to meet school curriculum goals and maximize attendance; research/evaluate potential guest artists, guest conductors, and composers; research instrumentation needs; write program outlines and/or scripts.
Collaborate closely with the Director of Learning & Community in support of education and community engagement initiatives.
Represent the LO in speaking engagements and other public relations activities as assigned by LO staff.
Actively support relationship building efforts with key community stakeholders as guided by LO staff members.
Perform other duties as assigned by the Music Director or Director of Artistic Operations.
Bachelor’s Degree in music, conducting, or related field, and instrumental conducting training required;
Experience arranging/orchestrating music for symphonic performance strongly preferred;
Minimum 3 years equivalent experience required;
Complete knowledge of symphonic repertoire and experience in concert programming;
Ability to serve as an eloquent public ambassador for the Louisville Orchestra;
Exceptional oral communication skills and ability to communicate with audiences of all ages, including young children;
Exceptional organizational and time management skills;
Ability to work flexible hours including, evenings, weekends, and holidays;
Ability to work in and desire to relocate to Louisville, KY.
Candidates should submit a cover letter, current résumé, contact information for three professional references, and at least two links to video footage of recent orchestral conducting. Video samples should include contrasting repertoire styles and must be sent electronically with dates of performances (Dropbox, YouTube, Vimeo, etc.).
Candidates must be eligible to live and work in the United States.
Finalists will be invited to audition live in front of the Louisville Orchestra and meet with the search committee on March 17-18, 2020. Invitations will be sent to qualified candidates.
About Louisville Orchestra
The Louisville Orchestra has long had a strong reputation for innovation, creativity, and excellence. Its 58 full-time musicians and 24 staff members present a 34-week season that includes classical, popular, and educational main stage concerts, a diverse array of programming throughout the community, and performances with the Kentucky Opera and Louisville Ballet.
The Orchestra was the first to record under its own label and became internationally recognized in the 1950s for producing 150 LPs consisting of more than 450 new works. Under the leadership of Music Director Teddy Abrams and CEO Robert Massey, the Louisville Orchestra has revived its commitment to championing the creation of new works.
Located in culturally rich Louisville, the organization is at the forefront of redefining what a 21st century orchestra can be and is well on its way of achieving its goal of becoming known as “the most interesting orchestra on the planet.”