Education and Youth Orchestras
Director of Education
The director of education is charged with creating and overseeing programs that encourage patrons of all ages to participate in and learn about classical music. These may include young people’s concerts, school concerts and in-school workshops, family series, adult education programs, and community engagement initiatives. The director of education collaborates on development of age-appropriate concert programs and music curriculum that adhere to state/federal guidelines, and works to develop relationships with schools. Position typically interacts with musicians, teachers, community leaders, and volunteer groups. Requires strong knowledge of symphonic repertoire and current trends in music education, advanced degree or experience in education, and the ability to establish community partnerships.
Manager, Education Programs
Serves as a key member of an orchestra’s education team, planning and executing education and community engagement programs. Works with director of education, staff, musicians, and community partners to develop and manage activities that support program goals, overseeing activities such as in-school workshops and acting as liaison to school partners and volunteer groups. Requires a degree in music education or performance and/or relevant experience, familiarity with music education curriculum, and ability to work with varied orchestra and community partners.
The executive director assumes responsibility for the management of all human and financial resources needed to achieve the youth orchestra’s mission. To that end, the executive director is accountable for all aspects of the organization and for implementing policies set by the board of directors. As the public face of the organization, the executive director is responsible for presenting positive images to young musicians, parents, donors, and members of the community regarding programs and the youth orchestra’s role in music education. The multi-faceted responsibilities call for demonstrated leadership skills, orchestra management experience, and an ability to collaborate with artistic and administrative staff, board and community members.