The Director of Orchestra Operations is a key member of the Artistic Programming Team at the ISO and is responsible for orchestra activities, including planning, supervising, and administering operational functions. This position works closely with the Vice President of Artistic Programming in the development, implementation, and monitoring of artistic objectives to ensure the highest levels of excellence in all areas of operations.
REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Manage the annual master calendar for orchestra operations, including the Classical Series, Pops Series, Film Series, Symphony on the Prairie, Lunchtime Concert Series, Happy Hour Series, Metropolitan Youth Orchestra concerts, Discovery Concerts, specials, and runout concerts to efficiently maximize the use of services.
Works closely with the Vice President of Operations on the planning and execution of concerts and events.
Oversees all aspects of back of house concert production including operations staffing, stagecrew staffing, stage configurations, wardrobe, and technical elements.
Works closely with the Director of Marketing and Communications on marketing and promotion plans and audience development that aligns with the season calendar.
Provides insight to the musician and stagehand collective bargaining agreement and ensures management compliance with the same.
Maintains positive relations with the Orchestra Committee and all musicians to achieve favorable settlement, implementation, and maintenance of union and individual contract agreements as well as musician performance management with the Music Director and Principal Pops Conductor.
Works with the VP of Human Resources on orchestra grievances and all other personnel related issues with the musicians to achieve a positive outcome.
Collaborates with the Orchestra Personnel team on the hiring of extra musicians for each concert as needed.
Oversees music licensing and the work of the music library including a staff made up of a Principal Librarian, Assistant Principal Librarian, and Assistant Librarian.
Prepares and submits operating budgets and forecasts. Monitors expenditures against approved budget.
Responsible for supervising the audition process to maintain musician count at the contractual number and plan for one-year appointments as needed.
Develops and maintains effective and positive communication with the CEO and the Board of Directors.
Works closely with the CFO negotiating all fee concerts.
Coordinates the acquisition, disposition, and maintenance of musical instruments and concert production/stage equipment.
Oversees and manages electronic media and streaming operations whenever electronic media is utilized.
Fulfills other duties as assigned.
B.A. or B.S. degree required; advanced degrees in Music, Arts Administration or Business preferred. Minimum five years’ experience in orchestra operations management or other relevant experience. Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills. General knowledge of classical music is preferred. Proficient user of Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
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.