Position: Assistant Conductor Overseen by: Music Director Works with: Orchestra musicians, guest artists, technical/production staff, administration and board
Deadline for submissions: August 13, 2021
About Us: The WSO is celebrating its 92nd season and is entering an exciting new chapter with its Music Director John Devlin. Our orchestra is committed to presenting great American music, as well as composers and artists that represent all backgrounds. The WSO embraces risk-taking and experimentation in the way that we design our performances and think about the future of orchestras. We are looking for a conductor that enthusiastically embraces the musical and ambassadorial elements of this position.
The WSO is a regional, per-service orchestra whose budget places it within group 5 of the League of American Orchestras. Our typical season consists of a seven-concert subscription season (4 Masterworks and 3 Pops), multiple special-event concerts, plus two week-long tours.
Statement of the Job: The WSO Assistant Conductor serves as the primary artistic support staff to the Music Director in all rehearsals and concerts during the WSO season. The Assistant Conductor will be overseen by the Music Director and will work with all members of the WSO community.
Essential functions: Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Attending and assisting the Music Director with the musical preparation of the orchestra at all rehearsals and concerts
Conducting opportunities as assigned
Assisting in all necessary concert production elements, such as lighting, positioning of performers, balance, off-stage conducting or cue-calling, and others
Communicating as a spokesperson with various stakeholders associated with the WSO
Attending WSO events as assigned and assisting the Music Director in performance of his/her responsibilities
Serving as a liaison with guest artists and assisting with guest-artist rehearsals
Assisting with programming and artistic project development
Candidates should demonstrate:
Excellent musicianship and conducting skills
Excellent organizational and communication skills, both written and oral
Ability to work effectively with a diverse team of artistic staff, administration, board and community members
Ability to communicate effectively with multiple constituent groups, including the general public, partner organizations, guest artists, donors, etc.
Ability to embrace, embody, and reflect the values of the WSO
Annual salary $4500
Housing and transportation, upon need. Candidates should live within driving distance of Wheeling, WV
CV or Resume
Cover letter should include mailing address, email address, and phone number
List of 3 references with complete contact information
Links to online videos
There are no strict video requirements, please submit your best materials
For more information about the position and season schedule visit wheelingsymphony.com/about/employment-opportunities/
Deadline for submissions: Friday, August 13th, 2021
How to apply: Electronically, by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and attaching the required documents. Finalists will be contacted after the closing date with information about next steps.
An in-person audition will be held in Wheeling, WV on September 9, 2021. Candidates must be available on this date.
About Wheeling Symphony Orchestra
The Wheeling Symphony Society, Inc., serves the residents of our communities by providing excellent orchestral programs which entertain, educate and enhance the quality of life. For 91 years the WSO has provided live classical and pops music to the Upper Ohio Valley and throughout West Virginia. Top professional musicians from West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and national soloists provide quality musical experiences for audiences of all ages.