The Colleges of the Fenway Center for Performing Arts is a collaboration of faculty, staff, and students from the five member colleges and universities: Emmanuel College, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Simmons College, MCPHS University, and Wentworth Institute of Technology. Its mission is to engage and support students and faculty in all areas of the performing arts and to provide resources and activities that further the arts as a method of expression, critical inquiry, and community engagement. The Center for Performing Arts is an inclusive program that welcomes participants of all abilities and experience and works to enrich student life and shape communities through access to the arts.
COF Orchestra Conductor Job Description
1. Rehearsals: Conduct one 2-2.5-hour rehearsal per week for at 8-10 weeks per semester, at a mutually agreed time.
2. Auditions: Working with the Co-Directors, Center for Performing Arts, organize and hold auditions as needed at the beginning of each semester.
3. Concert Production:
Working closely with the Center for Performing Arts, oversee the production of at least one in-person concert (or virtual should circumstances deem necessary) per semester. Responsibilities include:
- Plan concert order. Order music as needed. Maintain music library.
- Organize and conduct rehearsals.
- Communicate schedule to students.
- Hire and supervise outside professionals (ringers, tech workers, truck rental for moving instruments) as appropriate.
- With the template provided by the Center for Performing Arts, produce a program for each concert.
4. Special Events
Work with smaller groups of students (no more than 4) to develop chamber ensembles, etc. for social events and internal and external opportunities, such as the COF MLK Breakfast. Working closely with the Center for Performing Arts, manage requests, select music, and rehearse groups. Not to exceed 2 events per semester.
Working closely with the Co-Directors of the COF Center for Performing Arts:
- Supervise student interns when appropriate.
- Be involved in strategic planning for the orchestra.
- Manage the set-up and breakdown of the physical space for rehearsals and performances.
- Oversee instrument inventory and transportation of instruments as needed.
- Work within Orchestra budget and submit receipts, following COF accounting procedures. Purchase music and supplies as needed with COF credit card.
- Keep accurate, weekly attendance via Mindbody software.
- Respond to e-mails from COF staff and students in a timely manner.
6. Marketing and Communication
- Working with Co-Directors, contribute content to external communications for the orchestra, such as language for the website and flyers.
- Assist in marketing and retention in conjunction with the Co-Directors, which may involve recruitment activities such as student fairs and contributing content to social media.
- Respond to new and prospective student and parent inquiries and arrange to meet with them as appropriate
• Master’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and comparable work experience.
• Demonstrated experience conducting orchestral groups of different abilities.
• Ability to select a diverse repertoire.
• Strong commitment to teaching and recruitment.
• Collaborative, team player.
• Flexible, willing to adapt to changing circumstances.
• Strong leadership, communication (written and verbal), interpersonal, and time management skills.
• Ability to occasionally lift and move a maximum of 25 lbs.
COF is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We respect and seek to empower each individual and support the diverse cultures, perspectives, skills and experiences within our staff and member institutions. Candidates with diverse backgrounds and experiences are encouraged to apply.
A criminal background investigation is required for the hired candidate and results may impact employment. All employees are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 unless an approved exemption is granted.
How to apply:
Interested candidates send the following to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Contact info for 2 references
- Performance and/or teaching video (send link to youtube or vimeo)
Position is for spring semester, starting January ‘22
Salary is $5,000/semester