The Manager of Classical Programming will assist the VP of Artistic Programming in the overall planning of the classical season, and together as a team, will coordinate efforts to maintain artistic excellence, and to present seasons that are both rewarding for the musicians and gratifying for our patrons and community.
In addition, this position manages and serves as the main point of contact for the ISO’s Happy Hour Series, Sphinx Partnership Series, classical performances of our Summer Series at Kroger Symphony on the Prairie, any classical specials, and various educational concerts throughout the season. This position coordinates the operational and logistical elements of all guest artist/conductor itineraries during their stay.
REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Contribute to the classical artistic planning process and introduce new programming ideas, with thorough knowledge of classical artists, repertoire and industry trends.
Collaborate with the Resident Conductor, VP of Artistic Programming and the Learning Community to program and manage educational, Kroger Symphony on the Prairie classical concerts, ISO Virtual Series and Words on Music Series throughout the season.
Partner with the Happy Hour Series Creative Director, visiting artists and managers to program and manage the ISO’s Happy Hour Series and any other special concerts or festivals as needed.
Prepare, monitor and process all guest artist/conductor contracts, tax forms and payments, and maintain up-to-date expense and budget spreadsheets for accurate tracking of expenditures.
Assist in the preparation of the annual department budget.
Manage visiting artist visas, assure on-time and successful delivery of proper documents to artist or artist’s agent for visa acquisition.
Work closely with VP of Artistic Programming, Director of Orchestra Operations, and Venue Operations Coordinator to ensure the most accurate information for concerts is conveyed to all relevant parties.
Coordinate and disseminate travel (includes reserving hotel, air and ground transportation), rehearsal and concert information to Music Director, guest artists/conductors/agents, including the generation of “welcome packets” for all guest artists.
Provide local ground transportation for guest artists to partnering venues and other locations using the ISO company vehicle, when needed.
Set up dressing rooms with necessary hospitality items as required by the ISO or guest artist contract/rider requirements for all rehearsals and performances; make hospitality item purchases as necessary with ISO credit card.
Coordinate piano/vocal rehearsals: secure rehearsal pianist and coordinate room setup with Facilities department for piano/vocal rehearsals with artists and conductor.
Perform Concert Duty at performances (including pre and post-concert activities when needed).
Other duties as assigned by the Artistic Department.
Bachelor’s degree required, in music performance or equivalent, with ability to demonstrate in depth knowledge of classical symphonic, operatic and chamber repertoire and current performing artists. Previous experience working with a major US orchestra is preferred. Acute attention to detail, ability to multi-task and to be pro-active, and solid organizational and communicative skills are a must. Candidate must have the ability to deal with a variety of personalities and to work under pressure with flexibility and a calm, positive decorum. Must exhibit professionalism in appearance and behavior at all times as a representative of the ISO. Ability to work flexible hours, particularly weekends and evenings. Candidate must have demonstrated skills in verbal and written communication, and proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, with proficiency in OPAS a plus. Must be responsive to company e-mail, personal texts and voice mails within a reasonable amount of time.
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.