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Music Director and Conductor, Philharmonia Orchestra (part-time position)


REPORTS TO: Executive Director

SUPERVISES: Assistant Conductor and Philharmonia Orchestra coaching staff

Job Summary

The Philharmonia Orchestra Music Director and Conductor is responsible for ensuring that NOYO’s full symphonic orchestra (primarily grades 9-12) provides a high-quality and meaningful musical experience for the young musicians of Northern Ohio. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in music education and the vision to create an inclusive and accessible music community for all involved. In collaboration with the Artistic Director, the Philharmonia Music Director and Conductor will develop diverse and challenging programming each season and further the mission of the Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra.

Essential Responsibilities

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Lead weekly rehearsals (Sundays from 2-5:00PM, late August through March) at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music with additional weekly preparation and communication with the Program Director and Executive Director
  • Develop the season calendar in collaboration with the Executive/Artistic Director to include concert dates, rehearsal schedule, outreach performances, and tours
  • Prepare three (3) concerts per year (October, January, and March) and any additional outreach or tour performances
  • Attend NOYO audition days
  • Select repertoire appropriate for the orchestra, making effective use of all available orchestra personnel
  • Communicate in a timely manner with the Program Director and Executive Director about weekly orchestra rehearsals
  • Prepare weekly rehearsal notes to guide Philharmonia musicians' practice for the week
  • Prepare performance materials including bowings, markings, and edits
  • Create and maintain seating assignments for string sections
  • Judge the annual concerto competition
  • Mentor the assistant conductor by providing guidance and performance opportunities when appropriate
  • Develop a working relationship with area school and community music educators
  • Assist in recruiting and auditioning orchestra members
  • Adhere to orchestra’s budget as set forth by the Executive Director
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Executive Director


  • Excellent musicianship and artistry as an educator and conductor
  • Preferred Master’s degree in Music Education, Orchestral Conducting, and/or Music Performance or equivalent experience
  • Experience teaching and conducting large youth ensembles
  • Strong leadership skills; ability to maintain a good relationship with parents; ability to demand a high standard of excellence while creating an encouraging, inspiring, and engaging youth orchestra experience
  • Successful completion of a background check is required for the selected candidate


~$8,000 (commensurate with prior experience)

Application Procedure

Please submit the following materials electronically by June 15th, 2019 to Videos may be submitted via streaming video link (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.).

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • 3 references with contact information
  • Video demonstrating 10-15 minutes of a rehearsal
  • Video demonstrating 10-15 minutes of a performance


The Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra offers young musicians an inclusive, supportive, and pedagogically engaging music-making experience.

The Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra has been providing the finest orchestral training to the youth of northern Ohio since 1969. NOYO offers young musicians ages 8-22 from Toledo to Cleveland an inclusive, supportive, and pedagogically engaging music-making experience. Its core ensembles perform three concerts each season.

Based in Oberlin, Ohio, NOYO enjoys access to rehearsal and performance spaces and instrumental coaches from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, one of the nation's most prestigious conservatories. NOYO’s artistic staff are among the finest music educators in the region, with national profiles in conducting, composition, and music education research.

In addition to the regular activities that make up NOYO’s concert season and Summer Music day camps, NOYO conducts an annual concerto competition, a composition contest, and a postseason chamber music extension, as well as tours, trips, and other enrichments. NOYO ensembles have also participated in collaborations with the NEOS Center for Dance, the MAD* Factory, and the Oberlin Choristers.

What truly distinguishes NOYO from its peer organizations, however, is its insistence on removing all possible barriers to participation. NOYO makes good on this promise through close partnerships with music programs in area schools, broad allocation of financial aid, and innovative programming that accommodates musicians of all backgrounds and levels of preparation. NOYO does work that no other youth orchestra in northern Ohio does.

For more information about our organization, please visit our website at

The Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra (NOYO) does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.

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