This is a newly created position for a talented, self-starter who wishes to be part of re-imagining how a regional symphony orchestra can make a real and lasting impression on its community. Under the leadership of newly appointed Music Director Michael Stern, the Stamford Symphony is ready to move to a new level of engagement and participation.
Stamford Symphony seeks an experienced arts professional and educationalist to lead its community engagement and education work to ensure the institution may have meaningful and effective engagement with the Stamford and wider Fairfield County communities. Stamford Symphony is beginning a new chapter in addressing all its promotions and activities through the lens of greater equality, diversity and inclusion, (EDI). It seeks to deliver inspiring opportunities to new audiences of all ages.
With the Music Director, Orchestra members, and the Community Engagement & Education and EDI committees, the postholder will take the lead in planning and implementing the organization's strategy that encourages patrons of all ages to participate in, and learn about, all the ways in which an orchestra can serve its community.
The Community Engagement & Education Manager will review, and if necessary amend, existing programs and collaborate on the development of age-appropriate programs and music curriculum that adhere to state and/or federal guidelines, work to develop relationships with schools and community partners, and support fundraising of related programming.
The Orchestra has a six town strategy in Fairfield County and seeks to increase its footprint beyond Stamford, in Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk and Westport.
Assist the institution in renewing its communication with all interested parties in the County that serve young people and the wider community through arts and culture programs, paying special attention to the demographics. Ensure that the Orchestra is relevant and delivers what it is uniquely qualified to offer, and does not duplicate the work of others
Build dynamic and mutually beneficial partnerships with the Latinx and Black communities of Stamford
Develop a deeper and renewed relationship with the public and private school systems of the six towns
Administer existing student programs, these include: theLink Up program, MusiKids, in-school workshops, Masterclasses, Instrument Bootcamps
Explore the return/creation of Exploring the Orchestra, family concerts, instrument petting zoos, etc.
Develop and expand programs for the under-40 community, such as Symphony on Tap and #SymFUNySundays
Build on the existing Behind the Batonpre-concert talks with an adult education track for chamber music concerts, pro-am workshops, open rehearsals and opportunities for retirees
Expand the visibility of the Orchestra in the six towns by exploring a free summer series, outdoor concerts, chamber music, pop-up concerts and open rehearsals
Continue to build and develop existing partnerships with Project Music, InTempo, Young Artists Philharmonic, Concordia and Stamford Hospital
Support and assist fundraising for Education and Community Engagement programming by collaborating on funding requests and reports
Manage school and community partner engagements, including participant analysis, disability access needs, and executing paperwork
Interpret and effectively administer appropriate sections of the Symphony's collective bargaining agreement
Liaise with the Orchestra Personnel Manager for the engagement of Symphony musicians within required deadlines and according to protocol
Work with Symphony marketing staff and vendors on marketing plans, collateral materials and related functions
Manage program evaluation and gather feedback from community partners
Facilitate meetings of the Community Engagement & Education and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion committees in partnership with committee chairs
Perform other relevant duties and special projects as assigned.
At least five years of increasingly responsible experience in managing arts education and community engagement programs for a professional performing arts organization, preferably a symphony orchestra. Familiarity with current trends in music education and curriculum, and be an exemplary communicator with the ability to work effectively with staff, musicians, teachers, and various community stakeholders
Working hours: office hours are 10:00am-5:00pm based at the downtown Stamford office but it is expected that the hours of this post will need to be flexible and will require evening and weekend hours
Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines
Proficiency in MS Office software
Use of a vehicle is required for this position
Ability to lift and move music stands and chairs as required
Additional Salary Information: Retirement plan: The Symphony will make an annual contribution to a 403(b) retirement plan in an amount equal to two percent (2%) of annual salary
Vacation: four weeks paid vacation is offered
The Symphony regrets it does not offer health care coverage
About Stamford Symphony
About the Stamford Symphony
With the appointment of Michael Stern, as Music Director from July 2020, Stamford Symphony is poised to become one of the most dynamic and enterprising orchestra's of its kind in the United States. It is one of Connecticut’s pre-eminent cultural institutions, championing the lifelong appreciation of orchestral music among all populations of Fairfield County through passionate, professional performances of the highest caliber, diverse and innovative programming, and inspirational education initiatives. The Orchestra is comprised of professional musicians from the tri-state area, drawing its members from premiere ensembles including the Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic, New York City Ballet, the American Symphony Orchestra, the New York Pops, and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s.
Originally formed in 1919, the Stamford Symphony thrived under the leadership of Clayton Hotchkiss, Music Director of the Stamford Public Schools, until after WWII, when many of its musicians returned to their homelands. It languished until its rebirth in 1967 as a regional orchestra of amateur musicians. Skitch Henderson was appointed Music Director in 1974, and with... the hiring of Barbara Smith-Soroca as General Manager in 1979, the orchestra began its ascent to a fully professional orchestra and an integral part of the cultural fabric of Fairfield County. 1980 brought a new music director, Roger Nierenberg, who spent the next 24 years recruiting top musicians from the New York metro area and crafting a balanced ensemble of remarkable versatility. Nierenberg expanded the Orchestra Classics Series and created new music and education programs, developing the Stamford Symphony as a valuable classical music resource for Stamford and its surrounding communities. His successor, Eckart Preu, served between 2005 and 2017, expanding the Orchestra's repertoire and including more contemporary music.
The Stamford Symphony’s home is at the Palace Theatre in downtown Stamford but performances take place throughout the Orchestra's community engagement programs. Music Education programs serving 6,000 students have grown to include free tickets for students under 18, Concerts for Students: The Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute Link-Up Program, Master Classes with students from the HARTT School of Music and more. More information is at www.stamfordsymphony.org