The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with the Richmond Symphony in the search for an Executive Director.
Reporting to the Board of Directors through the Executive Committee, the Executive Director will be responsible for the total institutional management of the Richmond Symphony, making recommendations to the Board of Directors and its committees on matters of policy and implementing policies as determined by the Board of Directors. The Executive Director will oversee all organizational activities, including budget and finance, concert operations, fundraising, marketing and public relations, labor relations, and strategic planning.
The Richmond Symphony sits at the center of the vibrant cultural life of Richmond, Virginia. Its musicians serve as links throughout the community and the orchestra itself provides a vast array of concerts for all musical tastes and ages, including a Masterworks series, the Metro on the Move Series (chamber orchestra), a Symphony Pops series, a family Lollipops series, Rush Hour Concerts (one-hour orchestral performances in casual venues), a Summer Series (streamed and in-person), education concerts with full orchestra as well as small ensembles, commissions to notable composers such as Mason Bates, and a myriad of special presentations. The Symphony has a budget of $6.5 million plus an additional $2.2 million for the Menuhin Competition.
The Richmond Symphony’s home since 1983 has been the Carpenter Theatre. Designed originally as a Loew’s movie palace in 1928, the historic venue was purchased by the Symphony in 1981, before being renovated and reopened in 1983.
In addition to its performances in the Carpenter Theater at the Dominion Energy Center, the Symphony purchased the “Big Tent” in 2015, a mobile stage with a large and beautiful canopy, which enabled the Symphony to perform at the opening ceremony for the UCI Road World Cycling Championships for over 12,000 people. This unique performance venue has since provided the Symphony with the ability to perform in surrounding diverse communities for various festivals and celebrations throughout Virginia. In the City of Richmond, these various performances, which take place within community festivals created by the Symphony, have created proceeds specifically to fund the purchase of musical instruments for local public schools, with over $400,000 already raised for the purpose since 2015. By June 2021, with the Big Tent having been to every district of the City, every single one of the 32 elementary and middle schools will have received enough donated instruments to be able to teach orchestra, and to make instrumental instruction available for every Richmond Public Schools student, creating systemic change.
The Richmond Symphony is committed to reflecting the communities it seeks to serve. The Symphony is deepening its geographic footprint in Virginia in ways that are strengthening its visibility and its connections with new constituencies, enabling new collaborations, and positioning it for long-term audience growth and more broad-based community support. The Symphony is working to instill its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee’s focus throughout all constituencies of the organization.
A bachelor’s degree is required for this position. An advanced degree is preferred as is at least ten years of experience in orchestral leadership or arts administration. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of Richmond Symphony.