The Vice President of Artistic Programming is a member of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra executive team, reporting to the Chief Executive Officer. This position is responsible for managing all aspects of artistic planning and programming. Working closely with the Music Director, Principal Pops Conductor, and CEO, this position provides unified oversight to all orchestra programming at the ISO including classical, pops, education, and community engagement programs.
The Vice President of Artistic Programming is a key collaborator in the ongoing development of the ISO’s artistic profile, and is responsible for initiating, developing and maintaining ISO’s relationships with major conductors, instrumental soloists, singers and composers. This position has a critical role in assuring artistic quality and excellent orchestra relations.
Additional responsibilities include booking guest artists, booking fee concerts, budgeting, and expense management.
REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Works directly with Music Director and Principal Pops Conductor to plan programs and projects and helps to realize their artistic vision for the institution.
Manages the overall artistic development process. Develops programs and assists other parties responsible for program content and approval including Music Director, Principal Pops Conductor, CEO, guest conductors, and Vice President of Operations. Effectively manages the planning process to meet deadlines and programming guidelines. Proposes, researches and communicates repertoire and format for concerts to conductors and soloists as necessary. Monitors and evaluates all programs for quality and achievement of goals.
Collaborates with Music Director, Principal Pops Conductor, and CEO on developing the annual plan for orchestra service utilization.
Oversees the ISO Pops Department and works closely with the Principal Pops Conductor and Senior Director of Pops Programming and Presentations to meet the needs of the Pops Series, Film Series, and Yuletide Celebration.
Oversees Orchestra Personnel and Orchestra Operations working closely with the Director of Orchestra Operations and Orchestra Personnel Manager. This includes stagehands and librarians.
Responsible for all Learning Community programs, including the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, by providing counsel and direction to the Director of the Learning Community and Director, MYO. Also provides overall direction to the Director of the Learning Community on other education and community engagement programs.
Partners with the Director of Marketing and Communications to understand audience development opportunities and alternative concert formats.
Partners with the Vice President of Development to understand donor and sponsor opportunities and present programing that will help to secure funding and sponsorships.
Works closely with the Vice President of Operations on concerts at Symphony on the Prairie involving the ISO musicians and provides consultation on the overall Symphony on the Prairie season.
Negotiates and issues contracts for guest artists, assuring timely and cost effective completion of program development. Develops guest artist itineraries and communicates information to all parties involved. Serves as primary contact person for all guest artists, ensuring that the ISO’s artist hospitality meets the highest standards of care and attention.
Works effectively with all other departments by communicating information concerning artists, repertoire and schedule in a timely and accurate manner. Acts as facilitator for the communication of concerns and needs of these departments with those involved with the program development process.
Plans and controls budget effectively in order to meet financial goals for all areas of responsibility. In program planning, control concert expenses while maintaining institution’s artistic standards.
Serves as staff liaison to the Artistic Advisory Committee of the Orchestra.
Supervises the ISO Resident Conductor and provides opportunities for their development.
Issues and manages all composer commission contracts as needed.
Keeps abreast of and in contact with existing and emerging conductors, guest soloists and composers.
Fulfills other duties as assigned.
The ideal candidate will have previous experience working for an orchestra in an artistic leadership role with extensive knowledge of orchestral, opera and chamber repertoires. An advanced degree in music performance or music history desirable. Familiarity with and success at managing relationships with conductors, instrumental and vocal artists, composers and their publishers is essential, along with experience in negotiating performance fees and contracts. Must be creative with outstanding communication, financial/budgeting and organizational skills. Seeking a confident individual who exudes a passion for orchestral music. A basic understanding of Word, Excel, and Powerpoint is preferred.
About Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1930 by German conductor and local violin teacher Ferdinand Schaefer. At first comprised of volunteer musicians who split the revenue from ticket sales, the ISO became a professional orchestra with salaried musicians in 1937. That same year, Fabien Sevitzky – a Russian-born conductor and nephew of famed conductor Serge Koussevitsky – became Music Director of the ISO. Sevitzky’s appointment was highlighted in an April 5, 1937 article in Time Magazine, which began, “Of Midwestern orchestras, none has risen so rapidly or so recently as the Indianapolis Symphony.”
Soon after, the ISO blossomed into one of the nation’s most renowned orchestras. Sevitzky worked to promote the ISO through a variety of national radio broadcasts, and his successor, Izler Solomon, ensured the creation of the Clowes Memorial Hall on the campus of Butler University as a venue meant specifically for the ISO (until then, the ISO had been performing at the Murat Theater). Throughout the 1950s and 60s, the ISO traveled around the world to perform “Salute” concerts in countries such as Finland, Korea, Japan, Formosa, Portugal, The Netherlands, Israel, Mexico, Au...stria, Venezuela, Thailand, Greece and Chile – earning the Orchestra a Citation from the Voice of America and the United States Information Agency as well as a letter of commendation from President John F. Kennedy – the first ever such commendation to a symphony orchestra.
Solomon’s successor, John Nelson (1976-1987), is associated with the Orchestra's appearances at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, plus a debut European tour in 1987. In the summer of 1982, a 14-year-old violinist named Joshua Bell was the first performer for the ISO's Marsh Symphony on the Prairie series, and in 1984, the ISO moved downtown to its new home at the restored movie palace -- the Circle Theatre.
In 1987, internationally renowned performer, conductor and composer, Raymond Leppard (1987-2001) was selected as the Orchestra's fifth Music Director. During his tenure, several key accomplishments took place: a return to regular recording with a series of CDs on the Koss Classics and Decca labels; performances on NPR's "Performance Today"; nationally-syndicated radio broadcasts of ISO concerts; acclaimed tours on the East Coast and two tours of Europe; and a performance at Carnegie Hall as part of the venue's centennial season.
Following Maestro Leppard's retirement, Mario Venzago was appointed Music Director (2002-2009) and led the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in a deeper commitment to repertoire of the mid-19th century -- specifically works by Felix Mendelssohn and Robert Schumann -- the Second Viennese School, contemporary scores and new commissions, including Jennifer Higdon's Violin Concerto with world renowned violinist Hilary Hahn in 2008.
In the fall of 2007, Zachary De Pue was named Concertmaster for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and Alexander Kerr was appointed Principal Guest Concertmaster, a position utilized by only a handful of orchestras throughout the world. In October 2009, string trio Time for Three became the first artists-in-residence for the ISO.
In September 2011, Krzysztof Urba?ski began his tenure as the seventh Music Director of the ISO, and upon his appointment, was the youngest Music Director of any major American orchestra. Today, Maestro Urbanski is one of the most acclaimed and respected young conductors in the world.
The mission of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra is to inspire, entertain, educate and challenge through innovative programs and symphonic music performed at the highest artistic level.