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Updated January 2024

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Current Postings:

Assistant Conductor
Principal Trombone


Assistant Conductor

JOB TITLE: Assistant Conductor of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra (WSO); Music Director of the Windsor Symphony Youth Orchestra (WSYO) and Windsor Symphony Community Orchestra (WSCO)

REPORTS TO: Music Director and Executive Director

JOB SUMMARY: The Windsor Symphony Orchestra seeks a talented and dynamic conductor to lead the Windsor Symphony Youth Orchestras and Windsor Symphony Community Orchestra as well as conduct the Windsor Symphony Orchestra in an array of concerts each season. This individual has experience conducting professional level orchestras. Thorough knowledge of symphonic repertoire and concert programming is required.
Leading candidates will have imagination, vision, leadership (on and off the podium), and a deep-rooted passion for orchestral music and education. The successful candidate will demonstrate exceptional oral and written communication skills in the English language, be personable, and able to create an environment that is conducive to open and direct communication.
The successful candidate will possess exceptional organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple concert cycles simultaneously.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Assistant Conductor, Windsor Symphony Orchestra

  • Program, rehearse, and conduct classical, pops, education, community and any other concerts as assigned.
  • Host Chamber Music Concerts and present pre- and post-concert talks as assigned.
  • Assist the Music Director and staff in all matters related to the artistic administration of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra.
  • In conjunction with the Music Director, Executive Director, Education & Outreach Manager, and other staff, plan and conduct Education Concerts and other educational services as assigned.
  • Actively participate in the direction and development of educational outreach activities for the WSO, as assigned.
  • Serve as a member of the Education and the Artistic Advisory Committees of the Board of Directors and, as needed, attend meetings of the Board of Directors or other committees.
  • Enthusiastically and professionally promote the image and visibility of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra throughout the Windsor/Essex community.
  • Be available for media events, speaking engagements, fundraising meetings and activities, administrative meetings and other activities as determined by management.
  • Serve as cover conductor for the Music Director and all guest conductors for all services and/or concerts of the Symphony, including without limitation, subscription concerts, other concerts of a classical nature, and all Pops concerts. The Symphony may allow certain reasonable changes in the content of a program should the Assistant Conductor be called upon in an emergency as long as these changes are permitted under the terms of the Master Agreement.
  • Maintain close contact with the office and establish a consistent and regular presence in the office.
  • Perform such other reasonable duties as may be identified, assigned, and required by the Music Director and/or the Executive Director.

Music Director, Windsor Symphony Youth Symphony Orchestras (WSYOs)

  • In partnership with the Education & Outreach Manager, schedule all weekly rehearsals, bi-annual concerts, auditions, and other activities of the WSYOs.
  • Conduct all rehearsals, concerts, auditions, and other activities of the WSYOs.
  • Program repertoire that is appropriate for an advanced, high school aged, full symphony orchestra; assist the Education & Outreach Manager in preparing music for all WSYOs events and uploading prepared parts to website.
  • Serve as primary contact and ambassador of the WSYOs for all of its artistic and educational activities.
  • Work closely with the WSO leadership and staff to ensure that the WSYOs functions efficiently within the confines of the WSO season schedule and fulfills the educational mission of the organization.
  • Work with the Education & Outreach Manager to provide support, data management related to development activities as needed, maintain yearly statistics, and provide reports to WSO leadership throughout the season.
  • Work with WSO leadership to plan budget, submit and track expenses.
  • Serve as a mentor and advisor for students preparing for post-secondary education.
  • Collaborate with sectional coaches as needed.
  • Establish and maintain active and constructive relationships with Windsor/Essex area band, choir, orchestra, and instrumental teachers.  Develop rapport and actively engage parents and guardians in the music education process. 
  • Actively scout and recruit new musicians for WSYOs.
  • Additional duties as assigned.

Music Director, Windsor Symphony Youth Community Orchestra (WSCO)

  • In partnership with the Education & Outreach Manager, schedule all rehearsals, concerts, auditions, and other activities of the WSCO.
  • Conduct all rehearsals, concerts, auditions, and other activities of the WSCO.
  • Program repertoire that is appropriate for a full symphony orchestra consisting of adult professionals who play for fun; assist the Education & Outreach Manager in preparing music for all WSCO events and uploading prepared parts to the website. 
  • Serve as primary contact and ambassador of the WSCO for all its artistic and educational activities. 
  • Work closely with WSO leadership and staff to ensure that the WSCO functions efficiently within the confines of the WSO season schedule and fulfills the educational mission of the organization.
  • Work with the Education & Outreach Manager to provide support, data management related to development activities as needed, maintain yearly statistics, and provide reports to WSO leadership throughout the season.
  • Work with WSO leadership to plan budget, submit and track expenses.
  • Actively scout and recruit new musicians for WSCO.
  • Additional duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Experience conducting professional level orchestras.
  • Thorough knowledge of symphonic repertoire and programming.
  • Orchestral conducting experience and concert programming that fosters adolescent musical development.
  • Experience working in and programming for a digital environment.
  • Degree in music, music education or equivalent experience required: MM, DMA or Artist Diploma.
  • Fluency in English and ability to communicate effectively to students, staff, parents, and a wide range of audience members. Fluency in French is highly desired.
  • Ability to articulate and demonstrate a deep appreciation for, understanding of, and sensitivity to the needs of high performing youth.
  • Ability to maintain the highest artistic and educational standards while remaining supportive, patient, and approachable.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

General Requirements:

  • Permitted to work in Canada.
  • The successful candidate will relocate to the Windsor/Essex region.

Compensation: starting at $39,000 plus benefits including health insurance. 

APPLICATION PROCESS

Please submit the following via email to employment@windsorsymphony.com:

  • Letter of interest
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Video statement about applicant’s philosophy of music education – specifically, how an orchestra’s education programs play a positive role in a community (maximum four minutes in length).
    • Preferred file types: mp4, mov, wmv, avi
    • Please send a link to your video via WeTransfer, Dropbox, Google Drive, YouTube, or similar. 
  • At least 4 professional references (with correct e-mail and telephone contact information)
  • Links to at least two videos of recent conducting.  If possible, please include both rehearsals and concerts.

AUDITION: 12:00pm-9:30pm Wednesday April 24, 2024, at the Capitol Theatre, Windsor

  • One rehearsal service of core WSO musicians (14 strings + wind quintet) – minimum 25-minutes of podium time depending on the number of finalists.
  • One rehearsal of the WSYO – minimum 20-minutes of podium time depending on the number of finalists.
  • Presentation of a major symphonic work in two styles:
    • For young audiences in Grades 4-6, no longer than 5 minutes
    • For adults at a pre-concert lecture, no longer than 5 minutes
  • Interview with Hiring Committee

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Monday, March 4, 2024

Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. 

About the WSO/WSYOs/WSCO

The Windsor Symphony Orchestra (WSO) is a professional regional orchestra composed of 39 musicians (18 core and 21 per-service contracts). It is administered by nine Orchestra and two Facility staff, and governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. Since its inception in 1947, the orchestra has evolved from a group of volunteers to an orchestra of highly skilled core and per service professional musicians. The WSO regularly exceeds expectations, demanding and delivering the highest calibre of classical and popular music to engage WSO musicians and audiences alike. Robert Franz was appointed WSO Music Director in 2013.

The Windsor Symphony Youth Orchestra (WSYO) was formed in 2004 along with the Windsor

Symphony Junior Youth Orchestra (WSJYO) to help young people develop their talent and realize their full potential through the experience of making music at a high level of excellence. However, participating in the Windsor Symphony Youth Orchestra is not just about the music. It is also an educational experience, which includes learning about cooperating with others and working together in a professional environment.

The WSYO is open to young people ages 13-22 who play orchestral instruments. The orchestra meets weekly to rehearse from September through May.  They perform 2 concerts per year which include a collaborative partnership and performance with a local high school band.  The youth orchestra also plays a Side-by-Side concert with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra annually. In 2012, 2014 and 2016, the WSYO went to the “Association des orchestres de jeunes du Québec” festival in Terrebonne. And in May 2015, the alumni joined the orchestra for a 10-year anniversary concert, with 85 musicians on stage. Since 2022, the WSYO performed concerts in an 11-school, two-week tour in summer programs through our local school board. 

The junior orchestra (WSJYO) is open to string players ages 8-14, also meets weekly and usually precedes membership in the WSYO.  This program focuses on developing skills working together in an ensemble and building musicianship and collaborative skills.

The Windsor Symphony Community Orchestra (WSCO) was formed in January 2019 to provide community members of the Windsor-Essex area the opportunity to regularly perform orchestral music.  The WSCO focuses on using orchestral music to strengthen community by creating lifelong memories, new friendships, and engaging with new collaborative partners in the community. The WSCO meets weekly from September through May and performs two concerts per year. We seek out collaborative relationships with other local groups and musicians for further performance opportunities.


Posting:

Principal Trombone

Permanent Position – Starting September 2024
National auditions will be held at the Capitol Theatre Windsor on: Tuesday, April 23rd, 2024
The winning candidate will be required to show proof of Canadian citizenship or Permanent Residency. 

Audition Date:
Tuesday, April 23, 2024, Capitol Theatre Windsor

Lots will be drawn at 9:00am. Auditions will begin at 10:00am. Candidates who are not present for the drawing of lots may be refused an audition. 

Remuneration:

  • Minimum Service Guarantee: 60 services
  • 2024-2025 Service Rate: $166.08
  • Pension contribution: 10% Musicians Pension Fund of Canada
  • WSO musicians are Independent Contractors

About the WSO

The WSO season consists of 33 weeks, September to May, comprised of Masterworks, Pops, and Education services. The musicians of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra are members of the Canadian Federation of Musicians, and all musicians contracted by the Windsor Symphony Orchestra must become members of Local 566.

To apply:

Interested applicants are invited to email a complete one-page resume in PDF format including name, current mailing address, email address, and telephone number to:
auditions@windsorsymphony.com
Please include “Trombone Audition” in the subject line

Repertoire list will be emailed to applicants upon receipt of resume.
Late submissions may not be granted an audition.
Applications will not be accepted by telephone and must be sent via email.

Deadline for receipt of resumes: Tuesday, April 16, 2024

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