The Director of Operations (DO) is responsible for executing the artistic events of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra (ESO). The DO is responsible for overseeing the logistics for all orchestra and contracted services, and all operational issues of the orchestra. This position calls for project coordination, experience in a performing arts organization, familiarity with labor agreements, and an ability to work with both internal staff and external vendors.
The DO reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer
Oversees all operations and activities of the orchestra
Schedules and coordinates all venues
Prepares and manages all direct operational budget items
Event and Logistics Coordination (25%)
Sets the agenda and coordinates with executive and musical leadership to plan season events in accordance with ESO’s mission. Engages guest artists and negotiates necessary contracts within ESO’s budget and organizational requirements. Works closely with the Music Librarian to obtain necessary scores. Coordinates and schedules semi-annual meetings of Musicians’ Artistic Advisory Board.
Orchestra Personnel Management (25%)
Oversees Personnel Manager and all personnel-related issues, including orchestra contracting, attendance, payroll, and discipline. Ensures that ESO administrative and musical leadership remains in compliance with the Master Agreement. Schedules and plans auditions when vacancies arise.
Operations Activities (25%)
Develops and implements the ESO operations plan. Responsible for all activities within the operations department. Knows in detail and administers the Master Agreement between Elgin Symphony Orchestra Association and the Chicago Federation of Musicians.
Concert Production (15%)
Attends all orchestra rehearsals & concerts of the Elgin Symphony. Oversees the Stage Manager and ensures necessary production information is shared with concert/rehearsal venues. Reserves instruments as needed for concerts and schedules tuning and/or maintenance when appropriate. Reserves vehicles for transportation of instruments and equipment to concert venues. Coordinates travel, hotel and transfers for visiting guest artists and conductors.
Prepare and Manage All Direct Operational Budget Items (5%)
Creates accurate budgeting spreadsheets; monitors expenses and makes financial projections for all operational activities.
About Elgin Symphony Orchestra
The Elgin Symphony Orchestra is one of the preeminent regional orchestras in the United States. Since its founding in 1950, the organization has developed a reputation for artistic excellence, innovative programming, and a deep commitment to the social advocacy and economic development of the diverse communities that it serves.
Named “Orchestra of the Year” an unprecedented four times by the Illinois Council of Orchestras, (1988,1999, 2005 and 2016) and winner of a 2010 Elgin Image Award, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, now in its 67th season, is respected for exceptional performance, innovative education programs, and community outreach initiatives.
Founded in 1950 by Douglas Steensland at Elgin Community College, the Orchestra has benefited from the contributions of many talented conductors and musicians during its sixty-three year history. With the appointment of Grammy Award-winning conductor Margaret Hillis as Music Director in 1971, the Orchestra’s artistic growth advanced significantly. The Orchestra became fully professional in 1985 under the direction of conductor/composer Robert Hanson, who was named Music Director earlier that year. Maestro Hanson held the position u...ntil his retirement at the conclusion of the 2010-2011 concert season.
In 2013, after a two year international search in which over 250 applicants were reviewed, Andrew Grams was selected as the new Music Director of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra. A graduate of the Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music, Grams is one of America’s most promising and talented young conductors, as well as an accomplished violinist.