Music Director Job Description
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The Music Director is responsible for the organization's programming and performance-oriented decisions, as detailed under "Responsibilities," and for publicly representing the organization (alongside the President). In addition, the Music Director attends monthly Board meetings as an ex officio Board member, where he or she provides a Music Director's Report to the full Board.
The primary responsibilities of the Music Director are related to the music-making activities of the ensemble, as follows:
Programming: The Music Director is responsible for creating programs for each concert. The Music Director has substantial discretion in selecting pieces, but a full program should be presented to the Board six months or more in advance of each rehearsal season.
Sheet Music: The Music Director is responsible for overseeing sheet music acquisition (including developing a proposed budget) and distribution to performing members. If a Librarian has been appointed by the organization, the Music Director should coordinate with the Librarian and delegate tasks as agreed between them. The Music Director communicates with the membership regarding music distribution for each concert, and may be asked to work with the Treasurer to facilitate the collection of dues in connection with music distribution. The Music Director also ensures proper performance rights are secured and information is submitted to ASCAP for required filing each October.
Conducting: The Music Director acts as the chief conductor for the ensemble, leading the ensemble in concert. If the Music Director is unable to conduct a concert and rehearsal cycle, he or she is responsible for making arrangements for a substitute in consultation with the Board.
Rehearsals: The Music Director is responsible for planning and conducting the weekly rehearsals in preparation for each concert. The Music Director should communicate the rehearsal schedule to the musicians and provide rehearsal notes as appropriate. If the Music Director is unable to lead rehearsal, he or she is responsible for making arrangements with the Assistant Music Director.
Ensemble Composition: The Music Director is responsible for overseeing auditions before each concert and rehearsal cycle, and making final decisions on membership. The Music Director is also responsible for hiring paid musicians on an ad hoc basis to satisfy program requirements (within the budgetary limitations approved by the Board).
Music Budget: The Music Director is responsible for creating a Music Director's Budget, in conjunction with the Board. This includes estimated costs for sheet music and hired musicians.
Rehearsal/Concert Space: The Board oversees and approves the securing of rehearsal and concert space for the ensemble. When requested by the Board, the Music Director will contribute his or her opinion to this decision.
The salary of the Music Director is set by the Board.
Degree in music required (or equivalent experience; focus need not be conducting), with experience conducting choral ensembles, in rehearsal and concert. Experience leading orchestral ensembles in concert is a plus, but not required. If the applicant does not have orchestral conducting experience, he or she must have experience playing in orchestras as an instrumentalist, to exhibit experience in an orchestral setting.