The Pioneer Valley Symphony (PVS) seeks an experienced, innovative, collaborative Music Director and Orchestra Conductor to inspire and lead our organization to perform at the highest level.
Founded in 1939, the PVS seeks to build community through music by performing symphonic and choral music, by providing members of the community the opportunity to participate in making music, and by enhancing music education, particularly by introducing young people to live orchestral music. The PVS is an award-winning, nationally recognized, multi-faceted music organization in western Massachusetts. The PVS Orchestra, with a membership of around 60, performs a yearly schedule of 5 subscription concerts plus an annual Educational Concert. The PVS Chorus, established in 1961, has approximately 80 choristers and usually performs 2-3 concerts with the Orchestra each season plus an additional choral concert. The PVS Youth Orchestra, founded in 2013, provides an opportunity for young people to rehearse and perform classical music, usually performing 2 concerts a year and participating in the PVS Annual Holiday Pops Concert. Visit our website at www.pvsoc.org to learn more about our organization.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES of the Music Director and Orchestra Conductor:
Conduct orchestra rehearsals and performances in a timely, efficient, and effective manner, with weekly Wednesday evening rehearsals within the concert season
Determine the program for each season in collaboration with the Chorus Director, the Youth Orchestra Director, the Programming Committee, and the Board of Directors
Select soloists, working within budget constraints
Work collaboratively with the Chorus Director and lead chorus rehearsals as necessary for joint choral-orchestral performances
Provide guidance and growth opportunities to the Assistant Conductor and, when applicable, the Youth Orchestra Director
Attend Board of Directors meetings and work with the Board in public relations functions to maximize recognition and appreciation of the organization towards gaining sponsorships, grants, and new audiences
The ideal candidate will possess:
Extensive conducting experience, preferably with community orchestras and choral groups
The ability to set and maintain high expectations that are attainable, with consideration for the unique requirements of a high-performing community ensemble
Knowledge of symphonic and choral repertoire, along with a proven record of diverse and innovative programming
Knowledge of and experience with a network of quality soloists
Strong interpersonal, leadership, administrative and communication skills
Experience with outreach, audience development and fundraising
Experience working collaboratively within a nonprofit organization, with an understanding and appreciation of the roles of the Board of Directors, the Managing Director, and support volunteers.
An advanced degree in music or equivalent experience
Please submit the following materials:
Cover letter highlighting qualifications and interest in this position
Three programs conducted and created by the applicant
V. outlining applicant’s education background and professional experience
Video links, within the last two years, of applicant conducting rehearsals and performances showing orchestral view of applicant conducting; must include one rehearsal clip and one performance clip of at least 10 minutes
Names and contact information for three references; must include one member of a current ensemble
Please submit all materials electronically to email@example.com. The application review process will begin on August 11, 2017. Materials will be accepted until finalists are named. For documents, submit pdf files only; for conducting video samples, submit links to uploaded videos on YouTube, Vimeo or other video sharing sites. All applications will be treated confidentially.
The PVS Music Director Search Committee will make recommendations for consideration of finalists to the Board of Directors by the end of September 2017. Three finalists approved by the Board of Directors will be asked to guest-conduct one of the final three PVS concerts in Spring 2018, including all rehearsals leading up to it. The programs for those concerts are posted on our website. A new Music Director will be named after the conclusion of the 2017-2018 season and will begin duties as Music Director and Orchestra Conductor no later than September 2018, the beginning of our 80th season.
Additional Salary Information: COMPENSATION
Compensation will be commensurate with experience. This is a part-time position, as an independent contractor, with no benefits. The Music Director and Orchestra Conductor is not an employee of the Pioneer Valley Symphony, Inc.
One of the oldest community orchestras in the United States, the PVS was founded to serve the Pioneer Valley through music in three ways: by performing symphonic and choral music; by providing members of the community the opportunity to participate in making music; and through musical education, particularly by introducing young children to live orchestral music.
Founded in Greenfield in 1939, ...the full orchestra also performs in Northampton and Amherst, drawing its audience from the wider Pioneer Valley. The dynamic leadership of Music Director Paul Phillips provides professional musical direction for over 200 volunteer musicians, who range in age from high school to retirement years and hail from 36 different communities in western Massachusetts and six communities in Connecticut, New Hampshire and Vermont. In addition to the orchestra, PVS includes a strong amateur chorus and chamber choir under the direction of Jonathan Harvey and a youth orchestra directed by Luca Antonucci.
Each year PVS offers seven symphonic concerts that include family, educational, and choral programs, and the youth orchestra performs two concerts a season. The PVS also offers a decades-old education program for third- and fourth-graders in the Franklin County schools, consisting of a six-week classroom unit, visits to classrooms by PVS musicians, and a final education concert during the school day by the adult orchestra. In 2013 PVS launched an annual Summer Sings program for members of the community to get together and sing major choral works on an informal basis, often with soloists and instrumental accompaniment.
Under the direction of Music Director Paul Phillips, the Pioneer Valley Symphony has gained national recognition for its programming of contemporary music, earning three American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers awards for adventurous programming, in 1997, 2011, and 2014. The PVS regularly programs works by living composers and frequently performs world, American, and Massachusetts premieres.