Posted: December, 2016
Hiring: January-March 2017
Position Starts: April 2017

Mail resume to FVSO, Attn: Youth Orchestra, 111 West College Avenue, Suite 550, Appleton, WI 54911
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This is a part time position, does not include benefits, and pay is dependent on qualifications and experience.

Reports To: Executive Director

The primary responsibility of the Youth Orchestra Conductor is to oversee the artistic development and training of Youth Orchestra students in preparation for rehearsals and performances. The Conductor is charged with maintaining the standard of excellence through interaction, example, curricula and artistic leadership. The Conductor is an ambassador to the greater community of professional musicians, public and private school music teachers and potential music students.

The Conductor will work with the FVS administrative staff to engage qualified coaches, sectional leaders, guest conductors, and other instructors as needed. The Conductor works with the Executive Director on planning and implementation of a recruitment program, along with maintaining close liaisons with school and private music teachers.

The Conductor reports to the FVS Executive Director; works closely with the other youth program conductors, youth orchestra librarian, stage manager, and FVSO administrative staff; and carries out all required duties in a manner consistent with the policies, procedures, goals and objectives established by the board of directors.

  • Must have at least 5 years of experience working with high school students in an ensemble as Conductor/Music Director.
  • Private teaching is an added bonus, but not required.
  • Must be enthusiastic and able to motivate students at all levels.
  • Must be respectful and responsive to student's needs and feelings.
  • Must have a working knowledge of all orchestral instruments and techniques.
  • Must have an in-depth knowledge of classical literature and repertoire, with added emphasis on educational structure and level-appropriate choices.
  • Must be able to communicate instructions and directions to students in a manner they can comprehend.
  • Must be able to work as a team.
  • Must be able to make a commitment to the rehearsal, performance, audition and administrative schedule for the full season.
  • Serves as the conductor of the Youth Symphony for the purpose of all preparation, rehearsals and performances by the assigned orchestra of musical literature during the period of the agreement.
  • Participate in auditions for membership in the Youth Symphony evaluating the skills of all string, woodwind, brass and percussion students; and make the final determination of applicants to be accepted and their placement within the Youth Symphony, Concert Orchestra or Philharmonia ensembles. Provide seating assignments for the Youth Symphony in agreement with coaches.
  • Determine the repertoire as appropriate to be played by the Youth Symphony in consultation with the coaching staff and librarian.
  • Consult with the Conductors of Concert Orchestra and Philharmonia on the selection of repertoire for each concert cycle.
  • Performances, rehearsals, auditions, administrative meetings shall be scheduled at times and places in consultation with the FVS Executive Director.
  • Work with the Executive Director and Conductors in coordinating activities involving the youth orchestra program to include: scheduling of rehearsals, sectionals, concerts, auditions, educational activities, retreats, tours.
  • Evaluate the performance of the Youth Symphony and participate in an annual review meeting of artistic goals and objectives with the Executive Director and Conductors at the conclusion of each concert season.
  • The Conductor will participate in all artistic staff meetings to confer with Executive Director and conductors pertaining to: student development, repertoire, auditions, audition requirements and any other issues impacting the FVS youth orchestra program.
  • Assist with the recruitment program to communicate regularly with music teachers and private teachers in the Fox Valley region and work to maintain excellent relations with music instructors and professional musicians in the community.
  • Adhere to the policies as set forth in the FVS Youth Orchestra Handbook and FVSO employee handbook.
  • Provide clear, consistent and timely communication about all matters pertaining to rehearsal and/or concert schedules, section personnel changes, repertoire changes, etc. to the Executive Director. Pending approval, all changes will be publicized through the Youth Orchestra website, with private email communications to families coming from the FVS office.
  • Work with the Youth Symphony Parent Representatives to monitor student behavior during rehearsals.
  • In a timely manner, communicate with the Executive Director all disciplinary actions and other personnel issues, and make recommendations for correction.
  • Adhere to the youth orchestra budgets as set forth by the Executive Director. FVS shall make all necessary business arrangements for the orchestra, including music purchases, engagement of outside consultants. FVS will not reimburse for any expenses not approved in advance by the executive director.
  • At all times while working on behalf of the FVS, the Conductor shall behave in a professional, respectful and appropriate manner as outlined in the FVS employee handbook, including the FVS policies regarding harassment, sexual harassment and discrimination.
  • The Conductor will be observed and reviewed annually by appropriate education and/or music professionals, as assigned by the executive director. Performance reviews will be held annually, usually in the summer months.

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