Recognized as one of the nation’s leading pre-professional orchestral training programs, the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras provide world-class instruction and performance opportunities for students ages 7 to 21. Every year, over 400 talented musicians from the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area are rigorously auditioned and trained, receiving in-depth exposure to varied symphonic literature. AYPO students go on to become professional musicians in national and international ensembles, music educators, and engaged arts supporters.
AYPO has performed for audiences at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Carnegie Hall, Wolf Trap, Music Center at Strathmore, George Mason University Center for the Arts, George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium, Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Clarice Smith Center, the Italian Embassy and many other notable venues. Chamber musicians drawn from AYP have accepted invitations to perform at the White House, the National Gallery of Art concert series, and the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. AYPO is the Youth Orchestra in Residence at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts.
The American Youth Philharmonic (AYP), our flagship orchestra, has collaborated with numerous renowned soloists including pianist Horacio Gutierrez, Arturo Sandoval, Sara Wolfensohn, clarinetist Paquito D'Rivera, guitarist Manuel Barrueco, and guest conductor, Leonard Slatkin. In addition, AYP has appeared in several prestigious international venues including the National Orchestral Festival, the International Rachmaninoff Festival (Novgorod, Russia), the Aberdeen International Youth Festival (Scotland), the British Festival of Youth Orchestras, the Festival of Youth Orchestras (Chicago and Washington D.C.), and the Spoleto Festival (South Carolina).
Our mission: To foster in our youth a lifelong love of music that contributes to the quality of all our lives through musical education, development, appreciation, and the creation of quality performance opportunities.
“…One of the best small nonprofits in the Greater Washington region.”
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“…widely considered the flagship of the D.C. area youth orchestra programs.”
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The position requires demonstrated excellence and an established reputation in each of these three areas:
1. Motivate AYPO students by demonstrating high artistic standards. To this end, the AYP Conductor should have a national or international reputation for artistic excellence as a conductor or performer of orchestral repertoire.
2. Secure and work with soloists of national or international renown in a way that helps the students’ ongoing artistic development.
1. Plan the activities of AYP in a way that holds paramount the educational mission of the ensemble. Specifically: - Choose the repertoire best suited to helping the students in the ensemble develop and grow musically. - Work efficiently within the limitations of available resources (especially regarding rehearsal time and coachings) to help students arrive at the most fulfilling realizations of the works chosen. - Interact positively with students on issues dealing with performance, including professional demeanor, serious attention to musical and technical demands, and the highest possible artistic standards.
2. Maintain and develop the educational priorities of the organization.
1. Communicate with, motivate, and inspire the young people of AYPO. Must possess the high energy level necessary for working with vital, active music students. Must also quickly establish him/herself as one of the reasons that young musicians seek to join AYPO.
2. Communicate and work productively with the board, with other members of the artistic staff, and with administrative staff in a timely, complete, and consistent manner.
3. Communicate with press, potential funders, and others capable of influencing the future success of the organization and its ensembles.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The responsibilities as Conductor of the American Youth Philharmonic (AYP) are to:
- Maintain and improve the already outstanding reputation and quality of AYP.
- Continue to grow AYPO reputation for musical excellence, performance, and education—factors which draw young musicians to the organization.
- Report directly to the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of AYPO and work in close coordination with the Executive Director of AYPO. Advise the Board on space needs, present and future. Cooperate with the Board in planning and implementing fund-raising activities. Present to the Board special opportunities such as tours, special performance opportunities, and community outreach activities.
- Act in a manner that is consistent with the AYPO Charter, Bylaws, and Resolutions of the Board of Directors. The Conductor is not authorized to financially obligate AYPO in any way without express written permission from the Executive Director of AYPO.
- Evaluate the overall strengths and weaknesses of AYP and report periodically to the Executive Committee and the Executive Director on the progress of the orchestra.
- Meet periodically with the Executive Director and attend twice yearly Artistic Staff meetings.
- Attend meetings of the Board of Directors when requested by the Executive Director or Executive Committee.
- Promote the interests of the AYPO and the members of the Orchestra, promote public and private support and funding of AYPO, and participate in development efforts as requested by the Executive Committee.
- Promote harmonious relations with the members of the local school music departments and with private studio teachers.
- Serve as a liaison to the arts community and as spokesperson for AYPO when deemed appropriate by the Executive Committee and the Executive Director.
- Participate in the annual auditions. Help recruit musicians as necessary.
- Conduct AYP in weekly rehearsals and in at least three and no more than six regularly scheduled concerts (approximately 36 weeks of rehearsals and concerts from September through June). Additional opportunities for performances may arise. Must be able to make a commitment to the rehearsal and performance schedule.
- Select the concert repertoire in collaboration with the administrative staff, provided that such selection is within the financial and logistical reach of the association.
- Select all musicians for AYP at the annual auditions and with input from other members of the audition committee.
- Coordinate all disciplinary actions, including dismissal of students from AYP, with the administrative staff.
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE
- Higher degree or equivalent experience in the symphonic field
- Perform or have performed at a high, professional level as an instrumentalist and/or as a conductor
- At least 5 years closely related artistic experience on a national or international level
Additional Salary Information: Compensation is negotiable.
About American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras (AYPO)
AYPO is a youth orchestra program that serves approximately 400 students in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. We strive to provide excellent instruction to the next generation of music leaders and educators. Students receive training from esteemed coaches and conductors during our Monday night rehearsals, perform in small ensembles for master classes in our Chamber Ensemble Program, and give ...back to the music community by participating in the Music Buddies Mentorship Program. In the midst of our 53rd season, we look forward to new opportunities and areas of growth.