Mobile Symphony Youth Orchestra (MSYO) Music Director and Conductor
Position reports to CEO

Start date:  June – July 2019

Type of Position
Full time

Job Summary
The MSYO Music Director is responsible for the artistic operation and development of the ensemble as part of the education programs of the Mobile Symphony Orchestra (MSO).

Minimum Qualifications
-Bachelor’s Degree in Music or Music Education
-Experience conducting and programming for high school or youth orchestras

Additional, Desired Qualifications
M.M., D.M.A., or Ph.D. in Orchestral Conducting, Music Education, or other music field

The ideal candidate will possess a passion for teaching and developing young people as individuals and musicians. The MSYO Music Director must be approachable, engaging, collaborative, and able to work in a team. The music director must also be attentive to the needs of students and parents and able to work with the MSO staff as needed. The ability to manage day-to-day demands and meet deadlines in an organized manner is required. This position requires residence in Mobile, Alabama.

Responsibilities and Duties
-Conduct and schedule all rehearsals, concerts, auditions, student retreat and other functions of the Mobile Symphony Youth OrchestraProgram repertoire that is appropriate for an advanced, high school aged, full symphony orchestra
-Collaborate with sectional coaches and assistant conductors as needed
-Establish and maintain active and constructive relationships with band, orchestra, and instrumental teachers
in the Mobile Bay area and in coastal Mississippi and the panhandle of Florida
-Actively scout and recruit new musicians for MSYO
-Serve as primary contact and ambassador of the MSYO as well as a community liaison for the MSO organization and all of its artistic and educational
-Work closely with the MSO leadership and staff to ensure that the MSYO functions efficiently within the confines of the MSO season schedule and fulfills the educational mission of the organization
-Provide support and data management related to development activities as needed
-Prepare the MSYO budget, submit and track expenses
-Serve as a mentor and advisor for students preparing for college
-Maintain yearly statistics and provide reports to MSO leadership about MSYO musicians
-Develop rapport and actively engage parents and guardians in the music education process
-Other duties as assigned

Administrative Duties
Depending on the applicant’s experience and expertise, additional duties related to the MSO education programs may be offered.

Application Procedure
-Please submit the following, via email, to jobs@mobilesymphony.org
-Letter of interest
-Curriculum vitae
-Statement about applicant’s philosophy of music education
-List of at least 4 professional references (with correct e-mail and telephone contact information)
-Links to video(s) of recent conducting (posted on/at YouTube or DropBox– include both rehearsal and performance)

Deadline for Materials
All materials must be received by April 19, 2019

Interview Timeline
April 22 – 26, 2019 – phone interviews
May 10 and 11, 2019 – finalist auditions and interviews in Mobile, AL

Commensurate with experience – The Mobile Symphony offers a competitive benefits package including health and dental insurance and a Simple IRA retirement plan with matching contributions.

Organizational Information
The Mobile Symphony Youth Orchestra’s mission is to provide young instrumental musicians along the Gulf Coast of Alabama, Florida, and Mississippi with an opportunity to learn orchestral repertoire and work with other young artists. The ensemble regularly features world-renowned soloists, typically on the season finale concert. The MSYO is the flagship ensemble of the Mobile Symphony Orchestra’s extensive, award winning education programs. The MSYO performs up to six concerts each season in the historic Saenger Theatre in downtown Mobile, as well as other venues in the region.

04-01-2019 – MSO