Provide professional services as Associate Conductor in performances under the auspices of the ORCHESTRA.
Leading candidates will show a demonstrated commitment to all kinds of symphonic music along with a thorough knowledge of both the classical and popular orchestral repertoire and command of the English language. Passion for music paired with the ability to develop imaginative programming that encourages creativity, diversity, education and the expansion of our patron base is essential.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Duties may include but are not limited to:
Conduct a wide range of concerts in the regular and summer season as determined by the ORCHESTRA. These concerts can vary from traditional classical concerts to alternative pops concerts that take place in non-traditional spaces.
Serve as cover conductor. Attend selected rehearsals and concerts in order to prepare for unexpected conducting duties and/or provide additional assistance or advice. These selected services are to be determined by the Music Director in conjunction with the Executive Director.
Provide to the ORCHESTRA in a timely manner legible and complete draft programs for designated concerts, series and special events. Collaborate with the Music Director, Principal Pops Director and Executive Director in planning and selecting themes, repertoire and soloists.
Assist in the preparation of budgets by providing information regarding music, extra musicians, instruments and rehearsal orders. These programs are to be vetted with the Director of Orchestra and Hall Operations and then submitted to the Music Director and Executive Director for final approval.
Cooperate with the Director of Orchestra and Hall Operations in assuring that all provisions of the Orchestra CBA are adhered to in relation to the scheduling, rehearsals and posting of programs for which the Associate Conductor is responsible.
Develop and implement Family Concert programming in cooperation with the Director of Education and Community Engagement.
Provide such other services as may be required of an Associate Conductor i.e. repertoire ideas, listening for balance assisting with recording sessions, etc.
Associate Conductor agrees to furnish as necessary a reasonable quantity of publicity materials, including updated photographs and biographical data or make himself/herself available to have such publicity materials developed by the orchestra.
Associate Conductor agrees to be an active member of the Buffalo community. He/She will participate wherever appropriate in media events: interviews, news, conferences, etc.
The Associate Conductor will conduct Family Concerts, Pops, special and Rock programs, outreach runouts and summer concerts. The successful candidate will also serve as cover conductor in conjunction with the Assistant Conductor, Community Engagement, for both the classical and Pops series when not on the podium, be an active participant at the BPO Education Committee meetings, participate in auditions, be involved in season planning, public speaking, pre-concert lectures, media relations and writing as needed.
At least three years of professional conducting experience is required. This experience should be varied with proven success not only with classical repertoire but also success with pops, rock and family programs. Relevant education required. Some experience in artistic administration and production preferred. The Successful candidate will take residence in the Greater Buffalo Area.
Candidates should submit:
Current resume and cover letter
Three contrasting video selections from performances within the last 18 months, showing the candidate from the orchestra’s perspective, submitted as a list of links to online streams.
A two minute video introducing yourself.
Contact information for five references.
Three letters of recommendation (which can pull from the five references).
Application materials emailed to:
Alison Bolton, Director of Orchestra and Hall Operations
NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE
About Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
About the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
Since its inception in 1935, the BPO has served as Buffalo’s cultural ambassador. With JoAnn Falletta serving as Music Director since 1999, the Grammy Award-winning orchestra presents more than 120 Classics, Pops, Rock, Kids, and Youth concerts each year. Under the musical direction of William Steinberg, Josef Krips, Lukas Foss, Michael Tilson Thomas, Julius Rudel, Semyon Bychkov, and Maximiano Valdes, the BPO has matured in stature. Such distinguished guest conductors as Sergei Rachmaninoff, Isaac Stern, Aaron Copland, Van Cliburn, and Yo-Yo Ma have graced the orchestra’s stage. Since 1940, the BPO’s permanent home has been Kleinhans Music Hall, a national historic landmark designed by Eliel and Eero Saarinan, considered to be one of the finest concert halls in the United States. The BPO’s administrative offices are in a former mansion, minutes away.