• Full-Time/Exempt; Annual Salary Range $60,000-$68,000 depending on residency status
• Minimum residency requirement is 6-7 weeks per season (July 1- June 30). All other work may be done remotely.
• Housing will be provided for non-resident MD
• Travel expense reimbursement will be available for non-resident MD
• Eligible for LSO’s Unlimited Paid Time Off program
• Eligible for healthcare premium reimbursement
• Eligible for employer retirement match
The Lafayette Symphony Orchestra is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.
The Lafayette Symphony Orchestra is seeking a Music Director & Conductor (MD) to begin their tenure with the organization beginning with the 2024-25 concert season. The MD reports to the Executive Director and is responsible for carrying out the artistic mission of the organization.
The MD oversees the selection of repertoire, plans and leads constructive orchestra rehearsals, and creates meaningful, exciting programming for the LSO’s constituents and stakeholders. They are responsible for the selection of new musicians using established audition procedures and will continually advance the ensemble’s artistic quality through progressive personnel and programming decisions. The MD works with administrative staff to schedule rehearsals and concerts in available venues.
As the orchestra’s artistic leader, the MD must build and sustain the orchestra’s visibility and involvement in the Greater Lafayette and surrounding communities. They are expected to work closely with the board of directors, its committees, and our staff in carrying out these responsibilities and to participate actively in fund development. The MD will also play a major role in the orchestra’s educational activities.
The ideal candidate possesses:
Exceptional musicianship and conducting skills and experience working with professional musicians.
Ability to lead musicians of the orchestra with clarity and inspire excellence.
Strong interpersonal, leadership, and communication skills with a willingness to collaborate with a variety of musical stakeholders including soloists, LSO musicians, and community organizations.
Knowledge of a broad range of repertoire with the ability to create successful, varied programs and select compelling guest artists.
Skill and comfort in public speaking and the ability to communicate with donors and sponsors to represent the orchestra as its public face.
The ability to partner creatively with the orchestra’s staff and board and to participate actively in marketing, promotional, and development activities.
Vision, passion, and the ability to develop and lead performances that are meaningful and enjoyable for new and existing audiences.
Willingness to engage enthusiastically with the community in meaningful educational programming.
The LSO has become a cultural standard-bearer in the Lafayette community since its first performance in 1951. The LSO is driven to provide musical opportunities to everyone through live and virtual performances and educational programs.
The LSO currently presents an annual concert series composed of 4-5 full orchestra Mainstage shows at the Long Center for the Performing Arts, a 3-6 show B-Side nightclub series featuring small ensembles, as well as Symphony on the Go and Lollipop Family concerts for children and school groups. Additionally, the LSO serves an average of 4,000-6,000 K-12 students throughout a 14-county area in west central Indiana through low- to no-cost education programs ranging from in-school violin instruction to hands-on presentations and performances at libraries, community
centers, day care facilities, and other community locations. The LSO is proud to host the Keller Concerto Competition annually. Established in 1975, the Keller Competition allows young local artists the opportunity to share their musical gifts as featured LSO soloists and advance their musical studies with a cash scholarship.
The LSO’s artistic programming spans a wide range of genres, s...tyles, and eras, with an emphasis on including living composers and artists and composers traditionally underrepresented in the symphonic landscape.
The LSO maintains active membership in the League of American Orchestras.
The LSO has an annual operating budget of approximately $500,000 and receives generous annual support from the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra Foundation. The LSO is committed to financial stability and maintains cash reserves in excess of 25% of its operating budget. The LSO remains in a strong financial position despite COVID-19 related challenges.