Director of Orchestra Operations

Indiana Symphony Society, Inc



The Director of Orchestra Operations is a member of the senior management team and has overall responsibility for orchestra activities, including planning, supervising, and administering all operational functions. This position assists in the development, implementation, and monitoring of artistic objectives to ensure the highest levels of excellence in all areas of operations.


  • Develops and directs the implementation of an annual master calendar for orchestra operations, including the Classical Series, Pops Series, Film Series, Symphony on the Prairie, Lunchtime Concert Series, Happy Hour Series, Metropolitan Youth Orchestra concerts, Discovery Concerts, specials, and runout concerts to efficiently maximize the use of services.
  • Collaborates with the Music Director, Principal Pops Conductor, Director of Artistic Planning, and Senior Director of Pops Programming and Presentations on themes and ideas, special events, and special repertoire.
  • Works closely with the Director of Venue Operations on the planning and execution of concerts and events.
  • Oversees all aspects of concert production including operations staffing, crew staffing, stage configurations, and technical elements.
  • Works closely with the Vice President of Marketing on marketing and promotion plans and audience development that aligns with the season calendar.
  • Administers and negotiates the musician collective bargaining agreement and ensures management compliance with the same.
  • Maintains positive relations with the Orchestra Committee and all musicians to achieve favorable settlement, implementation, and maintenance of union and individual contract agreements as well as musician performance management with the Music Director and Principal Pops Conductor.
  • Responsible for addressing all orchestra grievances to achieve a positive outcome.
  • Leads the Orchestra Personnel management team comprised of a full-time Orchestra Personnel Manager, part-time Assistant Orchestra Personnel Manager, and full-time administrative assistant.
  • Oversees music licensing and the work of the music library including a staff made up of a Principal Librarian, Assistant Principal Librarian, and Assistant Librarian.
  • Prepares and submits operating budgets and forecasts. Monitors expenditures against approved budget.
  • Responsible for supervising the audition process to maintain musician count at the contractual number and plan for one-year appointments as needed.
  • Assists the CEO, Vice President of Development, and Board of Directors in fund-raising activities.
  • Develops and maintains effective and positive communication with the CEO and the Board of Directors.Responsible for promoting and negotiating all fee concerts.
  • Coordinates the acquisition, disposition, and maintenance of musical instruments and concert production/stage equipment.
  • Requirements 


    B.A. or B.S. degree required; advanced degrees in Music, Arts Administration or Business preferred. Minimum five years’ experience in orchestra operations management or other relevant experience. Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills. General knowledge of classical music is preferred


    Proficient user of Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.


    This position requires the ability to sit for long periods of time to conduct daily business operations. Position also requires the hearing and visual acuity to converse with internal and external constituents in person and over the phone, and via electronic communication with or without reasonable accommodation.


    INTERNAL: CEO, Music Director, conductors, staff, and musicians.

    EXTERNAL: Board members, community members, volunteers, vendors, and guest artists.


    Information regarding internal and external events and people, community and corporate institutions, internal personnel salaries, and corporate financial information

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