The Spartanburg Philharmonic announces an opening for the position of Music Director beginning with the 2023-2024 season. The Spartanburg Philharmonic is a professional orchestra that operates with a $700,000+ budget and gives five Masterworks and four chamber concerts per season, along with other community and education programs. Spartanburg, SC is a city of 37,000 with a countywide population of 320,000. Located in the upstate of South Carolina, Spartanburg was recently identified as one of the fastest growing cities in the US. The Philharmonic performs in Twichell Auditorium on the Converse University campus. With roots dating back to the 1880’s, the Spartanburg Philharmonic began in 1928 as a volunteer orchestra and presenting organization. Over the last 30 years, the organization developed into a professional orchestra, expanding diverse and educational programs including a Bluegrass Series, partnership with Carnegie Hall’s Link Up, bi-weekly community series and two Youth Orchestras. We are seeking a conductor who, in addition to the musical talents required of a conductor, will also demonstrate: strong interpersonal, leadership, and communication skills; enthusiasm for and experience with music education and community engagement; vision, passion, and ability to make symphonic music relevant and exciting for existing and new audiences. The Search Committee is being assisted by Henry Fogel.
Applications should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Electronic applications only please. Submit a resume and a cover letter, either as Word documents or PDFs. At this stage there is no need to provide video material or references. While the search process will remain open until the final candidates are chosen, the Search Committee will begin reviewing applications on August 31, 2021.
About Spartanburg Philharmonic
Located in the upstate of South Carolina, Spartanburg Philharmonic’s home is its namesake, Spartanburg, a city of 37,000 with a countywide population of 320,000. With a $700,000+ annual budget, Spartanburg Philharmonic has two homes -the historic 1,489-seat Twichell Auditorium in Zimmerli Performance Center located on the Converse College campus, and the Chapman Cultural Center’s 476-seat Theater, the premier arts venue in the Greater Spartanburg area. The orchestra presents five Masterworks concerts in its long-standing and popular Zimmerli (classical) series, four chamber concerts in its Espresso series, and a variety of renowned guest artists in its Bluegrass series each season. An arts organization whose mission is to enrich, inspire, and educate through live performances of high-quality music, Spartanburg Philharmonic partners with a variety of community, health, and education organizations to provide opportunities for all ages and abilities to enjoy. Amongst the programs are Music Sandwiched In, a free and open to the public lunch hour series; two youth orchestras, offering instrumental music education to students grades 6 through 12 in 16 different schools across three co...unties; and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Institute’s Link Up program, providing a music curriculum to 4th graders throughout Spartanburg County.
Almost a century old, the 65-member professional orchestra was founded in 1928, beginning as a volunteer ensemble and presenting organization. Spartanburg Philharmonic has its roots in the 1895 May Festival, the precursor of the South Atlantic States Music Festival founded in 1898, and one of only four such festivals featuring orchestras in the United States at that time. Recognized as a pillar of creativity, inspiration and entertainment, the orchestra has a strong foundation in traditional and contemporary music. As a firm proponent of diversity and inclusion, the Philharmonic is dedicated to creating innovative and exhilarating experiences through memorable performances of well-known and rarely played works by female composers, composers of color, and both established and contemporary composers, for all members of the Spartanburg community and beyond.