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Music Director, Orange County Youth Symphony

The Philharmonic Society’s Orange County Youth Symphony (OCYS) invites applications and nominations for the position of Music Director, available in the summer of 2019. For more information about the Orange County Youth Symphony, please visit

The next OCYS Music Director will take the helm of one of the most prestigious youth orchestras in Southern California which is now part of one of the country’s leading performing arts presenting organizations. S/he will have the opportunity to lead the artistic development of a multi-faceted organization with deep roots in the community and strong ties to area’s public and private schools. S/he will lead OCYS in concerts at the critically acclaimed, acoustically excellent Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, among other venues in the community. S/he will make a home in a community that celebrates the rich diversity of its families, arts, and culture.

The Music Director provides the artistic leadership and vision that allows OCYS to fulfill its mission to inspire, educate, and train young people to realize their full potential as musicians, orchestra members, and citizen artists. The Music Director is responsible and accountable for all aspects of artistic administration, including programming; recruiting, engaging and supervising faculty; recruiting young musicians to be members of OCYS; and overseeing the artistic vision for special programs. The Music Director ensures the highest possible standards of artistic excellence in all OCYS programs and activities.

The Music Director programs, prepares, and conducts the orchestra; s/he oversees the work of conductors and coaches who work with OCYS.

The Music Director reports to the Philharmonic Society’s President and Artistic Director, and partners with the Vice President of Education, OCYS General Manager, and OCYS Advisory Committee in achieving budget and program enrollment goals. The OCYS Music Director will be a visible representative and spokesperson for OCYS and the Philharmonic Society, and be an active participant in the greater Orange County community. The Music Director takes an active role in fundraising, especially donor cultivation and stewardship. The Music Director works with the President and Artistic Director to foster a positive environment that challenges and inspires young musicians, as well as the staff and faculty who support them, to do their best work.

The ideal candidate will be a superb musician and experienced conductor with the demonstrated ability to inspire young people to set and achieve high musical goals in an atmosphere that values learning and collaboration. The ideal candidate will bring successful experience leading both professional and student ensembles. Experience as conductor of an independent youth orchestra will be considered an asset.

The successful candidate will be an educator with a thorough understanding of the development of young people of differing abilities and aspirations. S/he will be able to interact and communicate effectively with parents. The successful candidate will bring a deep knowledge of the orchestral repertoire, particularly as it relates to developing musicians and musicianship. S/he will combine a passion for education with a background in pedagogy and the ability to program and adjust repertoire to the developing abilities of student musicians. S/he will have the ability to build multi-year curricula based on the needs and talents of students. S/he will embrace the opportunity to foster the next generation of professional musicians, amateur musicians, music lovers, and audience members.

The successful candidate will be able to write and speak persuasively about the value and importance of OCYS to its members and to the community. S/he will be willing to participate actively in donor cultivation and fundraising. S/he will be an active and engaged member of the Orange County arts and music education community.

The successful candidate will be innovative, curious, flexible, and forward-thinking. S/he will skilled at balancing multiple demands and competing priorities with a good sense of humor. S/he will be a person of integrity and high ethical standards. S/he will be a strong leader who can work effectively with others in an atmosphere of mutual respect and teamwork. S/he will welcome the opportunity to take the artistic helm of the Orange County Youth Symphony.

Compensation, including benefits, is competitive and commensurate with qualifications.

The Philharmonic Society is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity in all facets of the organization. The Search Committee seeks to develop a diverse candidate pool and welcomes nominations and applications from all qualified candidates regardless of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, disability, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, medical condition or any protected category by local, state or federal laws.

Applicants are asked to prepare a cover letter that describes your specific interest in the Orange County Youth Symphony and outlines your qualifications for the position. Submit with a resume, salary requirements, and contact information for at least three professional references. Electronic submissions are requested. All applications will be treated as confidential and references will not be contacted without the candidate’s knowledge and agreement.

Qualified Candidates are encouraged to submit their materials no later than Saturday, March 30, 2019. All applicants are required to submit the following:
  • a current resume or CV,
  • list of repertoire performed (please include performing ensemble),
  • three (3) professional references,
  • conducting footage/video showing a range of 3-5 different styles of music and diverse conducting abilities.

  • All materials, including video, are encouraged to be sent electronically (by email link, Dropbox, YouTube, or other electronic means). Please submit materials in Adobe PDF or Microsoft Word format.

    Please do not send audio recordings, reviews, or other supplementary materials at this time. Qualified candidates will be invited to submit additional materials at a later time.

    Please send electronic materials, with subject line: OCYS MD Search, to:

    Education Intern

    The Education and Community Engagement Department offers a valuable opportunity for students enrolled in a college or university at the undergraduate or graduate level or a recent graduate to enhance their academic experience with a non-paid, hands-on internship. Interns provide administrative assistance to support the coordination of music programs and concerts for students in elementary through high school held in schools and at various venues in Orange County including Segerstrom Center for the Arts as well as for adults. The intern will be exposed to the many facets of the administrative office responsible for the operation of the Education department and the concerts of the Philharmonic Society of Orange County. Interns will learn how a non-profit arts organization operates as well as the logistics involved with producing, implementing, and evaluating music education programs that closely align to the California Department of Education curriculum standards. Programs include but are not limited to Music Mobile (3rd grade), California Journeys (4th grade), Concerts for 2nd, 5th, and 6th graders, the High School Orchestra Festival, Musicians on Campus, and the Orange County Youth Symphony, and typically serve 160,000 students annually. The Education Intern reports to the Vice President of Education and Community Engagement and works closely with the Director of Volunteer and Education Services and various Philharmonic Society staff and volunteers.

    Internships are unpaid and require a minimum of 12-15 hours a week (scheduling is flexible) during regular office hours, Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm, or off-site at schools and various venues throughout Orange County. Weekends and/or evenings may apply depending on programming and scheduling. The Philharmonic Society of Orange County does not provide housing, transportation, or relocation costs. Business attire in the office and at concert and school settings.

    Essential functions include, but are not limited to:
  • Assist with the implementation of on-site concerts and programs, checking in and/or guiding students from buses to the concert hall and related administrative tasks to support the successful operation of a program
  • Preparation of directions and instructions for transportation to venues and tabulations of attendance at programs to assist with seating
  • Assist with research and preparation of Teacher Resource Guides and related educator materials for concerts and programs
  • Assisting with the reservations, confirmations, and communications to schools for program and concert reservations and day of event logistics
  • Updating and drafting information on music education programs for promotional purposes and web site updates
  • Summarize and organize applications and program information for the annual High School Orchestra Festival
  • E-mail communication to educators and administrators about upcoming programs
  • Respond to inquiries about education programs
  • Data entry to update schools, artists, and venue contact information
  • Other projects as assigned

    Interns must demonstrate initiative, creativity, and a willingness to learn the operations of Education and community engagement in a non-profit setting, have strong computer skills with an emphasis on using Microsoft Office, Google Docs, Survey Monkey and others, strong written and oral skills, organization skills, and the ability to perform multiple tasks with attention to detail. They must maintain a professional attitude and be able to interface successfully with a variety of personalities. Strong customer service ability and flexibility required. Music performance and/or music education major or minor at a local college or university is preferred. Interest in classical music, teaching at the K-12 level a plus. A background check will be conducted on interns who will be working with students/children at schools or in various venues across Orange County.

    Candidates should send their resume and cover letter with an additional list of 2 references to A minimum of 3 months is requested to complete an internship. Internships are scheduling on a rolling basis. It is requested that Intern applications are sent in at least 2 months prior to the tentative start date. Please include the following information in your materials: Name of College/University, Address, Major/Department, Name of Faculty Sponsor/Advisor, e-mail or phone contact for Faculty member/Advisor, Credits to be awarded, Number of hours to be completed, and the term, semester or quarter timeframe for the Internship.

    We look forward to hearing from you and to providing you with a dynamic experience that will benefit your career potential and professional development in music and arts education.

    Marketing and Public Relations Intern

    The Marketing & Public Relations Intern will assist with the development and writing of press releases, media pitching, event work, research, and assist with general preparation for the concert season. The intern will have an opportunity to develop and execute at least one special promotion/event. Must have interest in marketing, public relations and music. Will perform some clerical and administrative duties as needed.

    Flexible; minimum 12 hours per week preferred

  • College curriculum in Marketing, Communications, Public Relations, or relevant field preferred
  • Strong writing skills (will be asked to submit writing samples)
  • Familiarity with social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, etc.)
  • Ability to work both independently and on a team
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook)
  • Working knowledge of Photoshop and/or InDesign preferred but not required

  • This is an unpaid internship.

    Please mail, fax, or email your resume to:

    Philharmonic Society of Orange County
    RE: Marketing and Public Relations Internship
    2082 Business Center Drive, Suite 100
    Irvine, CA 92612

    Fax: (949) 553-2421