The most accessible orchestra on the planet, the acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra is known for trailblazing performances, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and a deep connection to its city. As a community-supported orchestra, generous giving by individuals and institutions at all levels drives the continued success and growth of the organization. In January 2020, Italian conductor Jader Bignamini was named the DSO’s next music director to commence with the 2020-2021 season. Conductor Leonard Slatkin, who concluded a decade-long tenure at the helm in 2018, now serves as the DSO’s Music Director Laureate, endowed by the Kresge Foundation. Celebrated conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik is the orchestra’s Principal Pops Conductor, while the outstanding trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred
and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, the DSO offers a performance schedule that features Classical, PNC Pops, Paradise Jazz, and Young People’s Family Concert series. One of the world’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, Orchestra Hall celebrates its centennial in 2019- 2020. In addition, the DSO presents the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series in eight metro area venues, as well as a robust schedule of eclectic multi-genre performances in its mid-size venue The Cube, constructed and curated with support from Peter D. & Julie F. Cummings. A dedication to broadcast innovation began in 1922, when the DSO became the first orchestra in the world to present a radio broadcast and continues today with the free Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series, which also reaches tens of thousands of children with the Classroom Edition expansion. With growing attendance and unwavering philanthropic support from the people of Detroit, the DSO actively pursues a mission to embrace and inspire individuals, families, and communities through unsurpassed musical
Musical opportunity for Detroit students. Economic opportunity for Detroit residents.
Detroit Harmony is the concept of a scalable and sustainable citywide collaboration that improves child development through music education, while also growing economic opportunity by employing Detroit residents in the provision of instruments and music education. For the Detroit Symphony Orchestra specifically, it is the dream of an instrument and training for every child in Detroit that wants to make instrumental music a part of their lives. As part of a renewed and deepened commitment to the City of Detroit, this will be a transformative collaboration that redefines music opportunities for youth and generates significant economic opportunity for a variety of skillsets. It will exponentially increase impact across the city by examining the current ecosystem of musical activity, maximizing the effectiveness of existing efforts, and securing resources to scale up successful models. The Detroit Symphony Orchestra is leading the initiation of this effort, but as with all collective impact undertakings, ultimate success relies upon the engagement and coordination of a vast number of community partners and stakeholders, including families, schools, municipal leaders, community organizations, arts organizations, workforce development programs
and philanthropic partners. Phase I is defined as an 18-month period of research, exploration, discussion, systems analysis, community engagement, consensus building, and program design. The main deliverables of Phase I will be a consensus-driven plan for citywide program rollout and/or expansion in Phase II, and a scaling up of the DSO’s instrument program. A full description of the project is available at dso.org/jobs.
The Managing Director of Detroit Harmony will be the lead champion, administrator and consensus builder. As a member of the DSO’s Community & Learning team, this individual will be the guiding force in bringing together the numerous constituencies and perspectives that are needed for this citywide holistic collaboration. The Managing Director will formalize and manage a steering committee and multiple working groups that will bring expertise and representation to the project.
Engaging community members in every aspect of the program design will be paramount from the beginning. While being a primary public face of Detroit Harmony, the Managing Director will also be a vital member of the DSO staff and will integrate the work to the benefit of both the project and the organization. The Managing Director will work closely with DSO staff in Advancement and other departments to ensure both the program and the position have financial support beyond the phases currently envisioned.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities
Lead an 18-month process of exploration, discussion, systems analysis, community engagement, consensus building, and program design
Layout the strategy for operationalizing the resultant vision of this 18-month design period
Manage committees and working groups populated by community representatives, organizational partners, funding partners, and subject area experts for music education, social services, and economic development
Work closely with Community & Learning to deeply understand and leverage the full scope of current programming relevant to Detroit Harmony
Work with Advancement in the cultivation and stewardship of funding partners to support the long-term sustainability of the project
Work with Communications to develop communication tools and processes that inform, inspire and engage a wide range of public audiences
Prepare materials, oversee part-time staff, consultants and interns, and perform other duties as necessary to ensure a successful progression of discussion, design and consensus building
Manage databases, tracking documents, evaluation tools, calendars, and schedules for all Detroit Harmony work
Perform other duties as assigned
Required Position Qualifications
Outstanding organization, communication, and problem-solving skills, as well as the ability to work in a fast-paced, outcome-driven environment
Exceptional interpersonal skills to work with a wide variety of stakeholders
Experience working with diverse and underserved populations
Proven ability to build consensus amongst stakeholders with dramatically different priorities and experiences
Personal or professional experience in music
Ability to operate in a PC network environment and proficiency with Microsoft Office programs and Google online
Preferred Position Qualifications
Demonstrated success in leading collective impact work
Experience working in music or music education
Experience in economic development, community organizing, social services, or similar
Experience working with large community-serving systems such as municipalities, school districts, or similar
Knowledge of the communities and schools of Detroit
Ability to speak and write in Spanish or another language prevalent in Detroit
Personal Attributes and Competencies
Dynamic self-starter with entrepreneurial spirit who can think strategically and with imagination
Passionate about improving people’s lives through music
Commitment to fostering a positive work environment
Sensitive to the needs of individuals and utilizes strong interpersonal skills to pursue the best outcomes in all relationships
Responds to challenges with tenacity, integrity and patience
Strategist that is motivated by innovation and measurable outcomes
Reports to Senior Director of Community & Learning
Supervises Part-time support staff, consultants, interns
Works closely with Community & Learning, Executive Team, Advancement, Communications, Patron Development, Education Steering Committee, Diversity Equity & Inclusion Committee, DSO Musicians, consultants and an expansive array of community partners
Qualified candidates should submit cover letter, resume and contact information for three references to email@example.com
About Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Internationally acclaimed conductor Leonard Slatkin is Music Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) and the Orchestre National de Lyon (ONL). He also maintains a rigorous schedule of guest conducting and is active as a composer, author, and educator.
Highlights of the 2015-16 season include a three-week Brahms festival in Detroit; engagements with the St. Louis Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and NHK Symphony in Tokyo; debuts with Beijing's China Philharmonic Orchestra and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra; and a summer tour of Japan and China with the ONL.
Slatkin’s more than 100 recordings have garnered seven Grammy awards and 64 nominations. His recent Naxos recordings include works by Saint-Saëns, Ravel, and Berlioz (with the ONL) and music by Copland, Rachmaninov, Borzova, McTee, and John Williams (with the DSO). In addition, he has recorded the complete Beethoven and Tchaikovsky symphonies with the DSO (available online as digital downloads).
A recipient of the prestigious National Medal of Arts, Slatkin also holds the rank of Chevalier in the French Legion of Honor. He has received Austria’s Declaration of Honor in Silver, the Americ...an Symphony Orchestra League’s Gold Baton Award, and the 2013 ASCAP Deems Taylor Special Recognition Award for his book, Conducting Business.
Slatkin has conducted virtually all of the leading orchestras in the world. As Music Director, he has held posts with the New Orleans, St. Louis, and National symphony orchestras, and he was Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He has served as Principal Guest Conductor of London’s Philharmonia and Royal Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, and the Minnesota Orchestra.
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