Position Summary: The Director of Artistic Programming (DAP) is charged with leading and integrating the functions of LPO musicians, trustees, and staff associated with the research, planning, and development of existing LPO artistic programs and new artistic projects. At the heart of the DAP’s role and duties will be a focus on innovation and rapid prototyping. In partnership with the Chief Executive Officer, the DAP also cultivates new and existing strategic partnerships with government, corporate, and allied non-profit organizations as related to LPO contracted projects:
Serve as a partner to the LPO’s staff and committees in developing new project concepts and plans to support and guide the institution’s vision. Through constructive relationships, exceptional organizational skills, and considerable persistence, the DAP is jointly responsible for effectively translating this vision into action.
In collaboration with the Artistic Programming Committee, facilitate the process of designing and implementing all musical programs to support a highly compelling concert season. Ensure that artistic plans can be implemented within the approved budget; monitor performance against budget and recommend corrections as needed.
Collaboratively develop, maintain, and communicate the organization’s master artistic plan and calendar for current and future seasons. Recommend program themes, tie-ins to civic events, and potential collaborations with other arts, cultural and community organizations. Actively seek fee-generating performance opportunities for the orchestra.
Handle and/or manage staff responsible for all aspects of the engagement of guest artists, including: fee and contract negotiations; rehearsal schedules; travel arrangements; and on-site hospitality. The DAP manages the process of securing visas for artists who are citizens of foreign countries as required.
Oversee all aspects involved in the commissioning of new artistic works, including: contract negotiations, production deadlines, copying, performance rights, and delivery of materials.
Ensure the accuracy of program information included in all print and electronic media. The DAP is responsible for the timely communication of program information and details to marketing, communications, development, and other staff. In addition, the DAP coordinates the translation, preparation and use of any text needed for program notes, supertitles, or other live performance, media, or marketing applications.
Attend at least one performance of each program created by the Artistic Programming Committee, additional performances as designated in the department heads concert duty schedule, and some rehearsals, both as a critical listener and a representative of the organization.
Ensure that LPO program plans are consistent with the terms and conditions of the LPO’s collective bargaining agreement and operating rules.
Continue to develop and expand existing artistic relationships with current partners, including:
The Historic New Orleans Collection;
New Orleans Opera Association;
New Orleans Ballet Association
New Orleans Friends of Chamber Music
Musical Arts Society of New Orleans
Delta Festival Ballet
Cities of Mandeville, Slidell & Covington; and Jefferson Parish
Louisiana State University;
Loyola University New Orleans;
University of New Orleans.
New Orleans Vocal Arts Chorale
Manage existing contracted project relationships, field requests from potential presenters, and actively seek new performance opportunities.
Recruit, manage, and develop a staff that is capable of executing the day-to-day competencies needed to plan and execute artistic and programming elements of each season event.
Attend LPO fundraising events; represent the LPO at other civic and cultural events, as needed.
Represent the LPO in a manner that demonstrates the highest standards of professionalism and ethical conduct.
Participate as a member of the senior staff.
Assist other departments as needed in carrying out their responsibilities.
Review and report monthly budget forecast revisions.
Perform other functions as assigned by the CEO.
Bachelor’s Degree in music required; Master’s Degree in arts administration, performance, or musicology a strong plus.
Deep knowledge of orchestral, operatic, and chamber repertoire and artists.
Minimum of three years of senior arts management experience in an organization of similar or larger size, or equivalent experience in a related field.
Excellent planning and organizational skills.
Outstanding oral and written communications skills.
Ability to interact with others in a manner that inspires trust and confidence.
Demonstrated success motivating and developing staff and Board members, musicians, and volunteers.
Results and team-oriented work style characterized by a creative and tenacious approach to problem solving.
Flexible and resilient – comfortable embracing change.
Unwavering commitment to artistic excellence.
Strong computer skills. Significant experience with OPAS and Microsoft Excel preferred.
Willing to work regular evenings and weekends.
Smart phone, lap top, and automobile required.
Additional Salary Information: BENEFITS:
Health Plan:Premium 100% paid by employer for employee; employee funded option for dependents.
Dental Plan:Employee funded.
Term Life Insurance and Long Term Disability: Premium 100% paid by employer.
403(b) Plan: Employees eligible to participate. Employer does not presently provide matching contribution.
Leave: 13 paid holidays
19.5 days annual paid personal leave plus accrual of 0.5 additional day for each year of continuous service up to a maximum of 26 days.
13 days annual medical leave.
9.75 days annual remote work.
Prof. Devo:1% of annual salary base. Additional funds potentially available by request.
Parking:Paid by employer.
Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (lpomusic.com)
The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) transforms people and communities through
music by performing ambitious, inspiring concerts; educating young people and adults; engaging
with diverse regions, neighborhoods, and audiences; connecting through various mediums and
venues; and contributing to the cultural richness of our home.
Formed in... 1991, the LPO is the longest standing musician-governed and collaboratively-operated
orchestra in the United States and the only full-time professional orchestra in the Gulf South.
The LPO is dedicated to maintaining live orchestral music and a full-scale symphonic orchestra
as an integral part of the culture and educational life of the New Orleans area, the state of
Louisiana, and the entire Gulf South region. The orchestra is committed to creativity and
innovation toward a fine artistic product; extraordinary audience experiences; unique
governance shared between musicians and community stakeholders; responsible financial
decision-making; and recognition and rewards that attract and retain high-quality talent.
The LPO offers a full 36-week season with more than 125 performances, including classics,
casual classics, pops, education, family, park, and run-out concerts in New Orleans and across a
multi-parish area. In addition, the LPO provides an orchestral foundation for other cultural and
performing arts organizations, including New Orleans Opera Association, New Orleans Vocal
Arts Chorale, and Delta Festival Ballet. The LPO’s education and community engagement work
encompasses partnerships with K-12 education institutions, Louisiana universities, and
communities in the twelve-parish area. LPO musicians, many with graduate degrees, provide
tenured and adjunct music faculty for area universities, offer private instruction, and mentor
students in the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra.
Nearing the start of its 26th season, the LPO is a Group 3 orchestra with a budget of $5.4 million
serving an annual audience of approximately 60,000 in one of the most culturally vibrant cities
in the nation.
Entering his eleventh season as LPO Music Director and Principal Conductor, Carlos Miguel
Prieto is an exciting and insightful communicator renowned for his charismatic presence on the
conductor’s podium and his versatile command of various composers and styles.
The LPO is governed by a Board of Trustees comprising 38 members (12 musicians and 26
community members) elected by the musicians, and has an administrative staff of 16.