Job Summary: The General Manager of the Louisville Orchestra is responsible and accountable for planning, directing, and supervising all Orchestra operations including scheduling, artistic planning, concert production, orchestra library, musician relationships, education, and community outreach. The General Manager is a part of the senior level management team and is a leader in guiding the organization toward realizing its institutional vision.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Build and oversee effective and cooperative teams in Operations and Education
Oversee the Operations department, including Operations Manager, Personnel Manager, Assistant to the Music Director, Orchestra Librarian, and Stage Manager
Oversee the Education Manager and all Educational and Community Outreach initiatives
Foster a healthy and productive work environment to bring out the best in each department
Lead and support the organization’s artistic mission
Collaborate with the LO’s Music Director, Executive Director and staff conductors to envision and develop long-range artistic programming for all performance activities
Engage and communicate with the Musicians Artistic Advisory Committee to identify artistic opportunities and support the season planning process
Oversee the creation and implementation of all concert programs
Lead organization-wide communications on all artistic planning
Serve on board committees as required
Participate at appropriate institutional events and presentations
Develop, maintain, and expand the organization’s relationships with guest conductors and artists
Working with the Music Director and Executive Director, identify and engage top artistic talent to bring to Louisville as guest conductors or concert artists
Negotiate, draft, and execute all guest contracts and visas, as needed
Support the highest production values for all LO performances
Develop and manage the orchestra’s season calendar
Key strategic person for creative problem solving with an emphasis on maximizing use of Orchestra services, alternative revenue streams, and innovative program design
Oversee the front of house orchestra representation at all performances
Negotiate, update and execute all local production contracts, including but not limited to: Kentucky Center for the Arts, Brown Theatre, IATSE, Ogle Center, and Louisville Palace Theatre
Manage financials for Operations and Education departments
Develop, oversee, and update each department budget
Develop, oversee, and update all concert budgets
Manage all billing, purchase orders, and invoices for each department
Develop and maintain healthy and constructive relationships with the LO musicians and Musician Committee
Demonstrate empathy, respect, and understanding of the musicians, listening actively and working to create an environment of exceptional music making
Ensure that all terms of the collective bargaining agreement are satisfied
Negotiate individual musician contracts and overscale as needed, balancing organization needs with musician requests
Collaborate with Personnel Manager on sensitive personnel matters and seek to resolve any issues that may arise
Participate in LO collective bargaining negotiations to ensure that the organization is both financially sustainable and artistically strong
Oversee the operations manager in the implementation of the orchestra audition process
Oversee the management and educational standards of the chamber ensembles
Maintain relationships with other local performing groups and organizations
Maintain a close working relationship with the staff of the Kentucky Center for the Arts (including Brown Theatre and Paristown Pointe).
Represent the LO at all Kentucky Center Resident Meetings
Collaborate with Kentucky Opera, Louisville Ballet, and other groups as necessary to provide the artistic services of the Louisville Orchestra
Develop, draft, and execute performance contracts for the LO with Kentucky Opera, Louisville Ballet, and other local groups as necessary
Develop, draft and execute contracts for hired community engagements/runouts
The ideal candidate is an analytical thinker with the ability to compile complex information into systems and tools that can be easily understood and utilized. S/he has experience in nonprofit accounting and budgeting. S/he identifies and resolves problems in a timely fashion, develops alternative solutions, and works well in group problem solving situations, using reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
The ideal candidate has a working knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite and excellent written and oral communication skills. S/he promotes a high quality of work, demonstrates accuracy, thoroughness and cost consciousness. S/he treats people with respect, inspires the trust of others, works ethically and with integrity, and upholds organizational values.
Bachelor’s Degree in arts administration, fine arts performance, or related field required. Master’s Degree preferred.
5 – 7 Years of related industry experience
Formal musical and business training or equivalent experience. Extensive knowledge of the classical repertoire.
Excellent communication skills
Experience with contracts and working with talent managers
Experience in project management
Experience in personnel management
About Louisville Orchestra
The Louisville Orchestra (LO) was founded in 1937, and is the largest and only full-time professional orchestra in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and has been instrumental to the development of the music through commissioning, performance and recording of new music. The LO offers a wide variety of concerts and educational programs to the community featuring world-renowned guest artists and conductors, classic and pops performances, and extensive school, family and community engagement offerings. The LO’s legacy education program MakingMUSIC, is nationally recognized and reaches every 4th and 5th grade student in all 92 JCPS elementary schools. The LO is also the resident performing group for the Kentucky Opera and the Louisville Ballet. Internationally acclaimed conductor, composer and musician, Teddy Abrams began his tenure as Music Director of the Louisville Orchestra in September 2014 and has brought the Orchestra national and international attention as well as reinvigorated its subscriber base and inspiring new audiences. Mr. Abrams has expanded the Orchestra’s reach into the community through the Music Without Borders/Neighborhood concerts series as well as personal appearances ...and performances through educational and community engagement initiatives. Coupled with the release of the LO’s recording “All In,” the first in more than 30 years, these initiatives have garnered the acclaim of numerous media outlets such as The Guardian, Wall Street Journal, New Music Box, Gramophone (The Listening Room), Broadway World, TIME magazine and an upcoming feature on the LO on CBS’ Sunday Morning. The LO reaches more than 70,000 residents each season including 20,000 school children through in-school programs and concert hall presentations. Teddy Abrams’ vision is to position the Louisville Orchestra as “the most interesting orchestra on the planet” by defining what it means to be an orchestra in the 21st century.