The Auburn Symphony Orchestra (ASO) seeks a dynamic and experienced Music Director/Conductor to build on our 32-year record as a premier community orchestra and take us to a new level. Nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range about 30 miles from Sacramento, California and 80 miles from Lake Tahoe, the Auburn Symphony draws musicians and lovers of live symphonic music from throughout the Sacramento region. The ASO Board of Directors and Search Committee invites qualified candidates to apply by April 30, 2020. The position will begin with the 2021-2022 concert season.
ABOUT THE AUBURN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
The Auburn Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1988 to bring classical music to Northern California’s beautiful Sierra Foothills. We have become an important amenity to the quality of life in the region and have grown to an organization with a $300K annual budget. Our community orchestra comprises approximately 70 dedicated musicians from a diverse population who volunteer their time and often travel long distances for rehearsals and performances. Their passion for sharing incredible music experiences knits them together to build a strong “orchestra family.” As a testament, only three conductors have led the ASO to date, including outgoing Music Director/Conductor Peter Jaffe who has held the position since 2012.
Each season spans nearly nine months of the year and features a variety of programs. We engage in 10 full orchestral concerts a season—three community concerts (Symphony in the Park, Messiah Sing-along, and Family Concert), three Masterworks concerts offered for two performances each in our primary concert hall at the historic Placer High School Auditorium, and one finale Masterworks concert performed on the prestigious stage at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts in nearby Davis, CA.
A significant charge of our mission to “enrich and engage our community, across all generations, through the gift of music” is our youth programming. We partner with local elementary schools in a unique “Symphony Goes to Schools” program that takes a mini orchestra directly into the schools, educating and delighting over 100,000 students over the past 21 years. Our Young Artists Competition and Recitals have awarded monetary prizes and “bragging rights” to talented young artists aged 8 to 18 for more than 15 years. Grant funds support our “Symphony Goes to Pre-School” ensemble, an interactive program that visits local libraries and preschools.
POSITION SUMMARY & DUTIES
The ideal candidate for Music Director/Conductor will bring talents, skills and sensitivities to the core areas of artistic vision, community involvement, connection, and promotional and educational outreach. S/he will lead the cultural and musical advancement of the organization, provide artistic leadership and create exciting concerts and educational experiences. S/he will demonstrate an ability to lead and inspire by developing a strong rapport of mutual respect with musicians, building a close connection with audiences and working cooperatively with the staff and Board of Directors to achieve the Auburn Symphony Orchestra’s goals.
Please note: Position located in Auburn, California (not Auburn, Washington!)
Specific duties and responsibilities include:
Serve as the Music Director-- scheduling, supervising and conducting all rehearsals/concerts for one outdoor season premiere concert (Symphony in the Park), three Masterworks series (double concerts), one Messiah/Holiday concert, one Family Concert, the Young Artists Competition & Recital and the season finale Masterworks concert at the Mondavi Center at UC Davis.
Each Masterworks concert is preceded with 6 weekly, Tuesday evening rehearsals and a Friday dress rehearsal. Each community concert is preceded with 1-2 weekly, Tuesday evening rehearsals and a day-of dress rehearsal. Interested candidates must be available for ALL rehearsals/concerts (please note: no travel budget available)
Develop and fulfill the orchestra’s artistic potential, visibility and image in the community
Plan the concert season including repertoire and guest artists, in consultation with staff and Board
Create an artistic vision
Facilitate auditions with musicians desiring to become members of the orchestra
Coordinate and counsel the Board on all proposed special events, providing artistic advice and guidance
As available, attend Auburn Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors meetings and additional planning functions, participate in fundraising activities, donor appreciation and donor prospect events, and participate in media and promotional events, as requested
Allow use of name and photographs in all advertising copy, printed materials, programs and other Auburn Symphony Orchestra materials; work with staff on all audio and visual performances to be used for traditional and social media marketing efforts
Music degree (BA or BM); advanced music degree preferred
Minimum 3-5 years conducting experience required; preferably with both professional, as well as, amateur musicians
Comprehensive knowledge of orchestral repertoire and styles with a proven record of inspirational and engaging programming
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with musicians, staff, Board and community members, to produce positive outcomes for the organization
Strong communication skills: ability to inspire and communicate musically and verbally with audiences and community members of all ages, both on and off the stage
Ability to attend weekly rehearsals, dress rehearsals and concerts throughout the season
Additional Salary Information: Substantial part-time position, salary commensurate with experience. No relocation package. No regular travel budget available.
About Auburn Symphony
The Auburn Symphony is a community orchestra located in Auburn, CA, in the foothills of the Sierras.
The orchestra was first established in 1988. We have 70 volunteer musicians, and our staff includes an Executive Director, Business Manager and Stage Manager. Our Board of Directors currently has 11 members.
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