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Company Description: The CSO is a dynamic ensemble of some of the world’s finest musicians. The CSO is the umbrella organization for the Cincinnati Symphony and Cincinnati Pops Orchestras, presenting more than 100+ concerts and events annually. A thriving organization with a growing support base of audiences and contributors, the CSO is the cornerstone of the Cincinnati arts community and an anchor cultural institution in Over-the-Rhine, with additional summer performances at Riverbend Music Center.

The fifth oldest symphony in the United States, the CSO has achieved international critical acclaim and an operating budget that consistently places it among America’s top 10 orchestras. The CSO serves as an ambassador for Greater Cincinnati to the world through national and international tours and an extensive Grammy-winning recording catalog, with over 10 million recordings sold worldwide. At home, the CSO was rated #1 in customer satisfaction and value among all Greater Cincinnati arts and entertainment venues, according to a 2010 independent study conducted by Northern Kentucky University.

The Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra
A vital part of Cincinnati’s musical culture since its beginning in 1964, the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra (CSYO) is the city’s premier ensemble for talented high school orchestral musicians. The CSYO is dedicated to the cultivation of young talent and provides outstanding instrumental students the opportunity to perform repertoire not always available to them in their area schools. Under the auspices of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, CSYO members gain an appreciation for the arts and learn the value of excellence and discipline which they take back to their individual school music programs. Students attend CSO concerts at Music Hall, study with CSO musicians in sectionals held several times throughout the season, and perform their own concerts, often with peer soloists. Students graduate to become professional symphony musicians and advocates for the arts.

Now in its 51th season, the 2014-2015 Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra is made up of approximately 100 musicians from high schools in southwestern Ohio, northern Kentucky, and southeastern Indiana.

Associate Conductor: Responsibilities will include conducting Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Pops concerts as assigned, such as LolliPops, Young People’s, ArtsWave Sampler, World Piano Competition, and regional run-outs. This staff conductor will work closely with the Vice President & General Manager and the Artistic and Community Engagement & Learning staff to maintain the highest artistic and educational standards in programming. Duties will also include covering CSO/ Pops/May Festival rehearsals and concerts while providing musical assistance to conductors addressing such issues as balance and conducting off-stage musicians as needed. The Associate Conductor will also serve as a spokesperson for community events, including classroom and educational visits, pre-concert lectures, fundraising and media activities, and other community events. This position will also provide assistance to the Production/Artistic staff with various projects such as the production of concert radio broadcasts and recordings, program/music research and library work, and CSO auditions. Other related duties may be assigned by the CSO Vice President & General Manager, the CSO Music Director, May Festival Music Director, or Pops Conductor.

Qualifications: Associate Conductor candidates must demonstrate and/or possess

  • Exceptional musicianship and conducting skills, a broad knowledge of orchestra repertoire with experience programming educational concerts which are thoughtful, engaging and age appropriate; prior experience with a professional orchestra is strongly desired
  • Excellent and written and oral communication skills that engage audiences of all ages
  • Highly effective organizational skills and self-motivating drive to consistently meet deadlines
  • The ability to reside in Cincinnati, Ohio or the immediate metropolitan area.

Compensation for the Associate Conductor Position:Commensurate with experience, full benefits and paid vacation.

Assistant Conductor: responsibilities will primarily include serving as the Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra, overseeing all musical instruction, direction, leadership, and recruitment for this organization. The Assistant Conductor will work closely with the Vice President & General Manager and the Community Engagement & Learning staff to ensure high quality and motivational musical experiences for the young musicians of the CSYO. This position will conduct and program all CSYO concerts and rehearsals, including the annual joint concert with the CSO. Duties will also include the planning and execution of the audition process (which culminates in mid-August), working closely and collaboratively with area music instructors for recruiting players; the organization and teaching of coaching sessions and CSYO chamber music groups; the supervision of an appointed CSYO Assistant Conductor; serving as a spokesperson as requested to promote, advance, and fundraise for the CSYO in the community; and maintaining/developing a strong working relationship with the CSYO Parent Advisory Committee.

Duties will also include, on a limited basis, covering CSO/Pops/May Festival rehearsals and concerts, providing musical assistance to conductors and addressing such issues as balance and supertitles/multimedia cues. This position will also provide assistance to the Production/Artistic staff with various CSO/CSYO projects such as program/music research, library work, and CSO auditions. Other related duties may be assigned by the CSO Vice President & General Manager and Community Engagement and Learning staff.

Qualifications: Assistant Conductor candidates must demonstrate and/or possess

  • A strong background in orchestral conducting with exceptional musicianship and skills, as well as a strong command of the orchestral repertoire to develop thoughtful, engaging, and appropriate youth orchestra programs
  • A proven track record of success with youth orchestra building with preferably two or more years of experience
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills that engage young musicians in particular
  • Highly effective organizational skills and self-motivating drive to consistently meet deadlines
  • The ability to reside in Cincinnati, Ohio or the immediate metropolitan area.

Compensation for the Assistant Conductor Position: Part-time salary commensurate with experience.

Additional Requirements:

  • All candidates must be available for the March 5 & 6 2015 audition period to conduct the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and for interviews. In addition, the finalist(s) for the Assistant Conductor position will be asked to return to conduct the CSYO on Sunday, March 22, 2015.
  • The successful completion of a background check will also be required for the selected candidates.

The CSO celebrates diversity! We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity, Minority, Female, Disabled, Veteran Employer.

Application: Please email the following to hr@cincinnatisymphony.org

  • Cover Letter
    (All candidates will be considered for both positions unless otherwise noted. Please indicate in cover letter if you are only interested in applying for the Associate Conductor position.)
  • Résumé
  • Online video link(s) of recent conducting experience with appropriate password access information as necessary.
    (Please note, while online video links are strongly preferred, DVDs in NTSC format will be accepted if mailed to Associate/Assistant Conductor Search, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, 1241 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202)
  • List of three references with contact information

Complete applications must be received no later than January 9, 2015. No phone calls, please. Application materials will be reviewed and selected finalists will be invited to audition, conducting the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra on March 5 and interviewing on March 6. Invitations will be extended no later than February 5, 2015.

No third party applications will be accepted.

 

 
     
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