The Music Director of the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra is a consummate musician who provides leadership to the orchestra in all aspects of the orchestra’s performances. The candidate is passionate about classical music and inspires and shapes the orchestra’s musical identity; has a broad knowledge of instruments, orchestral repertoire, music history, and conducting; and serves as an ambassador for the orchestra to the community. The Music Director reports to the Board and consults and communicates regularly with the Board regarding musical responsibilities.
The Music Director assumes the following musical responsibilities, with appropriate Board, orchestra, Manager, and Assistant Conductor consultation:
Schedules the season
Leads repertoire selection for each concert
Selects guest artists and soloists
Auditions and engages musicians as needed
Determines section seating
Through regularly scheduled rehearsals and sectionals, prepares the orchestra to the highest possible level of artistic performance
Creates the performance and rehearsal schedule
Works with the librarian to acquire and prepare scores and parts
Evaluates audio and video recordings of the orchestra as to their suitability for release
Judges the annual Young Soloist Competition, along with three others, and schedules the winner’s performance with the orchestra.
The Music Director establishes and maintains a positive, mutually respectful artistic relationship with the orchestra, Board, and staff.
Orchestra: Serves as a mentor to the musicians and inspires them to perform at the highest level possible. Conducts collaborative, efficient, productive rehearsals
Board: Submits season schedule and program for approval. Regularly communicates the status of artistic programs and projects. Attends Board meetings as a non-voting member as requested
Manager: Collaborates on engaging musicians for each concert to ensure adequate instrumentation while staying within the budget. Supports maintenance of a list of substitute musicians. Participates in development activities
Assistant Conductor: As appropriate, acts as mentor and collaborates on rehearsals and performances
Helps build the orchestra’s presence in the community by participating in activities that further WSO’s name recognition and that develop the overall image of the orchestra.
Acts as a musical leader in the community, supporting opportunities to collaborate with local organizations and institutions and to participate in community events and activities
Collaborates with the Board and the Manager on projects to maintain and build the audience
Attends selected fundraising events
Reports to the Board of Directors
Works with the Manager and the Board to establish a comprehensive artistic plan based on the season budget
Creates and maintains good relationships with the orchestra
About Wellesley Symphony Orchestra
Founded as the Wellesley Community Orchestra in 1948, the WSO is a regional orchestra serving the town of Wellesley and the MetroWest region as a whole.
We are a community of 50+ musicians coming together to play some of the best music from the past and present.
Under Music Director Max Hobart, the WSO has seen itself become a premiere community orchestra, priding itself on precise execution and nuanced interpretation. The WSO cultivates an environment that seeks to challenge our members to elevate one another along with their own performances.