Administration

 

November 28, 2017

                                                                              JOB POSTING – ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR

 

JOB TITLE: Assistant Conductor-WSO/Music Director-WSYO

 

REPORTS TO: Music Director/Executive Director

 

JOB SUMMARY: The Windsor Symphony Orchestra seeks a talented and dynamic conductor to lead the Windsor Symphony Youth Orchestra as well as conduct the Windsor Symphony Orchestra in an array of concerts each season. This individual has experience conducting professional level orchestras. Thorough knowledge of symphonic repertoire and concert programming is required.

Leading candidates will have imagination, vision, leadership (on and off the podium), and a deep-rooted passion for orchestral music and education. The successful candidate will demonstrate exceptional oral and written communication skills in the English language, be personable and able to create an environment that is conducive to open and direct communication.

The successful candidate will possess exceptional organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple concert cycles simultaneously

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

 

Assistant Conductor, Windsor Symphony Orchestra

  • Program, rehearse and conduct classical, pops, education, community and any other concerts as assigned.

 

  • Host Chamber Music Concerts and present pre-concert talks as assigned.

 

  • Assist the Music Director and staff in all matters related to the artistic administration of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, including assisting the WSO librarian in determining instrumentation requirements for WSO concerts.

 

  • In conjunction with the Music Director, Executive Director and staff, plan and conduct Education Concerts and other educational services as assigned. In general, actively participate in the direction and development of educational outreach activities for the WSO, as assigned.

 

  • Serve as a member of the Education and the Artistic Advisory Committees of the Board of Directors and as needed, attend meetings of the Board of Directors or other committees.

 

  • Enthusiastically and professionally promote the image and visibility of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra throughout the Windsor/Essex community.

 

  • Be available for media events, speaking engagements, fundraising meetings and activities, administrative meetings and other activities as determined by management.

 

  • Serve as the backup or “cover” conductor for the Music Director and all guest conductors for all services and/or concerts of the Symphony, including without limitation subscription concerts, other concerts of a classical nature, and all Pops concerts. The Symphony may allow certain reasonable changes in the content of a program should the Assistant Conductor be called upon in an emergency situation as long as these changes are permitted under the terms of the Master Agreement.

 

  • Maintain close contact with the office and establish a consistent and regular presence in the office.

 

  • Perform such other reasonable duties as may be identified, assigned and required by the Music Director and/or the Executive Director.
     

Music Director, Windsor Symphony Youth Symphony

  • Conduct and schedule all rehearsals, concerts, auditions, and other functions of the Windsor Symphony Youth Orchestra/Windsor Symphony Junior Youth Orchestra
     
  • Program repertoire that is appropriate for an advanced, high school aged, full symphony orchestra, prepare music for all WSYO/WSJYO events and upload prepared parts to website

 

  • Serve as primary contact and ambassador of the WSYO for all of its artistic and educational activities.

 

  • Work closely with the WSO leadership and staff to ensure that the WSYO functions efficiently within the confines of the WSO season schedule and fulfills the educational mission of the organization

 

  • Work with Manager of Education/Community Outreach to provide support and data management related to development activities as needed and maintain yearly statistics and provide reports to WSO leadership

 

  • Work with WSO leadership, plan budget, submit and track expenses

 

  • Serve as a mentor and advisor for students preparing for post-secondary education

 

  • Collaborate with sectional coaches as needed

 

  • Establish and maintain active and constructive relationships with Windsor/Essex area band, choir, orchestra, and instrumental teachers.  Develop rapport and actively engage parents and guardians in the music education process

 

  • Actively scout and recruit new musicians for WSYO

 

  • Additional duties as assigned

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

 

  • Experience conducting professional level orchestras.
     
  • Thorough knowledge of symphonic repertoire and concert programming is required.
     
  • Orchestral conducting experience and concert programming that fosters adolescent musical development.
     
  • Degree in music, music education or equivalent experience required: MM, DMA or Artist Diploma.
     
  • Fluency in English and ability to communicate effectively to students, staff, parents, and a wide range of audience members. Fluency in French is highly desired.
     
  • Ability to articulate and demonstrate a deep appreciation for, understanding of, and sensitivity to the needs of high performing youth.
     
  • Ability to maintain the highest artistic and educational standards while remaining supportive, patient, and approachable.
     
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
     
  • Ability to respect WSYO’s distinguished legacy while possessing the courage to present a clear vision, method and style.
     
  • Permitted to work in Canada. The WSO requires that all candidates have or be able to obtain permission to work in Canada.  If you do not have a current permit to work in Canada, or are unsure if you  are able to obtain a Canadian work permit,  the WSO encourages you to check with an immigration lawyer, the Canadian embassy, or a similar and appropriate source to ensure that it is possible for you to obtain a Canadian work permit.  Please note that first priority will be given to candidates who are currently eligible to work in Canada. Obtaining permission to work in Canada is the responsibility of the candidate.  ​
     

APPLICATION PROCESS

Please submit the following, via email, to employment@windsorsymphony.com

  • Letter of interest
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement about applicant’s philosophy of music education
  • List of at least 4 professional references (with correct e-mail and telephone contact information)
  • Links to video(s) of recent conducting (posted on/at YouTube or Drop Box – include both rehearsal and performance)

 

The Audition, February 21, 2018 at the Capitol Theatre, Windsor:

               

One partial rehearsal with WSO Core  – Repertoire: Rossini, Overture to Barber of Seville & Ippolitov-Ivanov, “In the Village” from Caucasian Sketches 

 

One partial rehearsal with WSYO – Repertoire: Beethoven, Symphony No. 8 (Movement I)

 

Oral Presentation Rossini’s Overture to Barber of Seville in  two styles:

 

1) For young audiences, no longer than 5 minutes

 

2) For adults at a pre-concert lecture, no longer than 5 minutes 

 

Interview with Committee:

Committee to include, Education Manager, Director of Operations, Music Director, Executive Director, WSO Musician and a member of the WSO Education Committee
 

General

               Requirements:  The successful candidate will relocate to the Windsor/Essex region.

Compensation:  The Windsor Symphony Orchestra offers a competitive salary and benefits including health insurance

 

Deadline for Applications:    January 15, 2018

Thank you for your interest in joining the WSO team. Only those selected for an interview will be contactedThe WSO requires that all candidates have or be able to obtain permission to work in Canada.  If you do not have a current permit to work in Canada, or are unsure if you  are able to obtain a Canadian work permit,  the WSO encourages you to check with an immigration lawyer, the Canadian embassy, or a similar and appropriate source to ensure that it is possible for you to obtain a Canadian work permit.  Please note that first priority will be given to candidates who are currently eligible to work in Canada. Obtaining permission to work in Canada is the responsibility of the candidate.  

 

 

Auditions 

 

November 23, 2017

 

Principal Clarinet – ECO, Permanent – National – starting Spring 2018
 

Lots will be drawn at 9:00am.  Auditions will begin at 10:00am.  Candidates who are not present for the drawing of lots may be refused an audition. 

 

National auditions for Principal Clarinet will be held at the Capitol Theatre, Windsor, on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. 

 

WSO Season: 33 weeks, September to May, comprised of Masterworks, Chamber Orchestra, Education, Pops, and small ensemble services. 

 

Remuneration for 2017-2018 to be confirmed upon completion of negotiations.  Remuneration for 2016-2017 is as follows:

 

Principal Clarinet: minimum 124 services guaranteed at $137.70 plus 7.0% pension

 

The musicians of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra are Canadian members of the American Federation of Musicians, and all musicians contracted by the Windsor Symphony Orchestra must become members of Local 566.  All WSO auditions in the Winter of 2018 are National; all applicants must be Canadian Citizens or have Permanent Resident Status and be eligible to work in Canada.  Please note that the successful candidate for Principal Clarinet will be eligible for travel compensation and hotel accommodations when engaged for services with the WSO, as necessary. 

 

Applicants, please reply with a one-page resume and $25.00 refundable deposit by March 1, 2018.

 

All applications must be sent to:

 

Corey Fitzpatrick, Personnel Manager                                                   
auditions@windsorsymphony.com

 

Repertoire lists will be e-mailed.  Late submissions may not be granted an audition.  No phone calls, please. 

 

January 16, 2018

 

Section Cello –Per-Service, Permanent – National – starting Spring 2018

 

Lots will be drawn at 9:00am.  Auditions will begin at 10:00am.  Candidates who are not present for the drawing of lots may be refused an audition. 

National auditions for Section Cello will be held at the Capitol Theatre, Windsor, Tuesday, March 6, 2018

 

WSO Season: 33 weeks, September to May, comprised of Masterworks, Chamber Orchestra, Education, Pops, and small ensemble services. 

 

Remuneration for 2017-2018 to be confirmed upon completion of negotiations.  Remuneration for 2016-2017 is as follows:

 

Section Cello: minimum 40 services guaranteed at $110.16 plus 7.0% pension

 

The musicians of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra are Canadian members of the American Federation of Musicians, and all musicians contracted by the Windsor Symphony Orchestra must become members of Local 566.  All WSO auditions in the Spring of 2018 are National; all applicants must be Canadian Citizens or have Permanent Resident Status and be eligible to work in Canada.  Please note that the successful candidate for Section Cello will be eligible for travel compensation and hotel accommodations when engaged for services with the WSO, as necessary. 

 

Applicants, please reply with a one-page resume and $25.00 refundable deposit by Feb 28, 2018.

 

All applications must be sent to:

 

auditions@windsorsymphony.com
www.windsorsymphony.com

 

Corey Fitzpatrick, Personnel Manager                                                    
 

 

Repertoire lists will be e-mailed.  Late submissions may not be granted an audition.  No phone calls, please.