Music Director of the Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orchestra
The Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orchestra is a community orchestra made up of both professional and amateur musicians. Our mission is to provide performance and listening opportunities of quality orchestral music to the Merrimack Valley, as well as to nurture both student and adult musicians.
After 56 seasons in Massachusetts, we now begin our third year performing at the Timberlane Performing Arts Center in Plaistow, NH. Our vision is to have the orchestra grow in both size and skill. We want to increase our audience base here in southern NH, and continue to include student soloist and orchestral playing opportunities. We rehearse on Monday nights, and perform three classical concerts in October/November; March; and May; as well as a December Holiday concert. Most concerts feature a soloist and the Holiday concert a student soloist.
The Music Director will:
• Conduct Monday rehearsals plus the Thursday night and Saturday morning dress rehearsals prior to each concert. If indisposed, arrange for a substitute to conduct rehearsal.
• Conduct all four concerts: October/November; December; March; and May.
• Attend monthly Board meetings held on the third Tuesday of every month, and work with the Board of Directors in all matters that the Board deems necessary.
• Be responsible for programming the season in conjunction with the Program Committee.
• Attend community outreach functions, such as Fundraising events, pre-Concert talks, masterclasses, etc.
• Attend auditions.
• Be a creative influence.
The ideal candidate will:
• Possess exceptional musicianship.
• Have good conducting skills.
• Display exceptional communication skills with both the musicians and the Board.
• Be able to program to the skill level of the orchestra.
• Possess the ability to coach musicians of varying skill levels.
• Encourage each musician to reach their highest musical potential.
Questions about compensation will be answered upon request.
• We will be accepting applications until October 15, 2019. The applicants will be screened through applications, references, and review of videos if applicable.
• Semifinalists will be selected and interviewed prior to November 22, 2019.
• January audition rehearsals will take place during the first two weeks of January 2020, depending on availability of the TPAC.
• Finalists will conduct either the March 8, 2020 concert cycle, or the May 17, 2020 concert cycle.
• The new Music Director will be announced by May 22, 2020.
Directions for Applying
Applications will be accepted up until October 15, 2019.
Applications should be emailed to MVPOSearch@gmail.com and should include:
• Cover letter (can be in the body of the email) from the candidate including what makes him/her uniquely ideal to lead our community orchestra, including programming philosophy .
• CV including previous repertoire conducted by the candidate.
• Names and contact information of three professional references.
• Link to video recordings of rehearsals and concerts conducted by the candidate are helpful.
• Please direct all additional questions to MVPOSearch@gmail.com.