Artist Liaison & Personal Assistant to the Music Director
The Pittsburgh Symphony, Heinz Hall
Location: PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania
Type: Full Time
Reports to: Artistic Administrator
Status: Exempt, Full-Time
To provide exemplary care for PSO guest artists and the Music Director, before, during, and following their visits; to advance artist plans, schedules and logistics; to work as a team in ensuring that the artistic aspects of concert production are carried out to the highest and most efficient levels.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities – Artist Liaison
Organize and manage guest artist logistics for assigned classical guest artists and conductors in close partnership with artist managers
Creates, maintains, and disseminates guest artist & conductor itineraries
Reserve stage, rehearsal, and dressing room space and maintains artist care supplies
Acts as first point of contact for visiting artists, provide exemplary care for PSO guest artists before, during and following their visits
Processes guest artist payments and reimbursements
Cover Artistic Duty at assigned concerts
Participate in, and contribute to, artistic, production and inter-departmental meetings as required
Essential Duties and Responsibilities – Personal Assistant to the Music Director
Manage and schedule all aspects of the Music Director’s calendar, including
Arranging travel and accommodations
Coordinating and tracking all PSO rehearsals, meetings, concerts, appointments, and special events for Pittsburgh-based performances and activities and PSO touring activities (domestic and international)
Receiving and coordinating meeting requests across PSO departments
Arranging and coordinating private receptions (pre-/post-concert) or meetings with donors, artists, and other social connections
Coordinate personal correspondence, arrange gifts, assist in personal preparation to attend donor events
Provide exemplary care for the Music Director during visits to Pittsburgh, handling day to day tasks including running errands as needed
Pittsburgh Symphony, Inc. (PSI) provides equal opportunity to all qualified employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, ancestry, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, or any other class or category protected by local, state, or federal law.
The specific statements shown in each section of the description are not intended to be all-inclusive. They represent typical elements and criteria considered necessary to perform the job successfully.
The PSI recognizes that an individual with a disability may require a job modification/ accommodation to enable them to successfully perform a job function. Consideration will be given to such requests. Such requests should be directed to Human Resources.
The two-time 2018 GRAMMY® Award-winning Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is credited with a rich history of engaging the world’s finest conductors and musicians and demonstrates a genuine commitment to the Pittsburgh region and its citizens. Known for its artistic excellence for more than120 years, past music directors have included Fritz Reiner (1938-1948), William Steinberg(1952-1976), André Previn (1976-1984), Lorin Maazel (1984-1996) and Mariss Jansons (1997-2004). This tradition of outstanding international music directors was continued in fall 2008,when Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck became Music Director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. The Pittsburgh Symphony is continually at the forefront of championing new American works. They premiered Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 1 “Jeremiah”in1944, John Adams’ Short Ride in a Fast Machine in1986, and Mason Bates’ Resurrexit in 2018 to celebrate Manfred Honeck’s 60th birthday. The orchestra has a long and illustrious history in the areas of recordings and live radio broadcasts. Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra have received multiple GRAMMY® nominations for Best Orchestral Performance, taking home the award ...in 2018 for their recording of Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5; Barber: Adagio. As early as1936, the Pittsburgh Symphony has been broadcasted on the radio. Since 1982, the orchestra has received increased attention through national network radio broadcasts on Public Radio International, produced by ClassicalWQED-FM89.3, made possible by the musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Lauded as the Pittsburgh region’s international cultural ambassador, in 2019 the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, under the leadership of Music Director Manfred Honeck, embarked on an extensive tour of Europe, the 25th in orchestra history.
In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic caused the Pittsburgh Symphony to cancel the remainder of its concerts for the 2019-2020 season. Instead, the Symphony offered online concerts throughout the 2020-2021 season. The Pittsburgh Symphony celebrated its 125th anniversary with an online gala in February 2021. In summer of 2021, the Pittsburgh Symphony began to perform to a live audience outdoors, and eventually in the fall, Heinz Hall was reopened to audiences.
In 2020, the Pittsburgh Symphony welcomed its second Principal Pops Conductor, Byron Stripling. A conductor, trumpet virtuoso, singer, and actor, Stripling has been a featured soloist with pops orchestras across the country. He has performed with jazz notables from the Count Basie Orchestra and the bands of Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Brubeck, Lionel Hampton, and more. Stripling’s first concert as Principal Pops conductor was an online performance in October 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic. He continued to have multiple “firsts” with the symphony, performing his first in-person concert in summer of 2021 at Hartwood Acres, and his first in-person Pops concert of the season at Heinz Hall in fall of the same year.