The Western Piedmont Symphony of Hickory, NC welcomes nominations and applications for the position of Music Director, available beginning in the 2019–2020 season. Finalists will be invited to guest conduct a Masterworks Series concert during the 2018-19 concert season.
The music director reports directly to the symphony board of directors and is the artistic leader of the organization. S/he is responsible for the artistic operation and will regard the orchestra’s visibility and involvement in the community as integral to that charge.
The music director is expected to work closely with the executive director, board president, and staff in carrying out these responsibilities. The music director will assist in fundraising and similar activities that impact the organization’s capacity for sustenance and growth.
Preferred Candidate Profile
The candidate must possess exceptional musicianship and conducting skills; significant conducting experience; familiarity with a broad range of repertoire requisite to an orchestra like the WPS; the ability to create and help implement an artistic vision for the orchestra, and strong interpersonal and collaborative skills of communication and leadership.
The successful candidate will demonstrate a keen interest in growing the musical activities of the organization. S/he will show a capacity for building greater community interest in the organization through increasing audiences and financial support. S/he will have the vision, energy, passion and ability to make symphonic and chamber music relevant and exciting for existing and new audiences. S/he will also articulate a commitment to developing a strong visible presence within the community within the guidelines of the position.
A Master’s degree in Music or equivalent professional experience is preferred.
Commensurate with experience, and competitive with orchestras within our budget category.
Applications must include:
A cover letter explaining your professional goals and how they match the position offered.
A resume or Curriculum Vitae.
At least one professional headshot.
Up to five sample programs conducted by the candidate over the last three years. Please indicate orchestra and soloists.
A link to a video(s) of your conducting, 60 minutes running time.
Five professional references
Please submit applications electronically by April 1, 2017. Review of applications will begin immediately after that date and will continue until the position is filled. Additional materials may be requested later in the application process.
The Western Piedmont Symphony’s mission is to provide musical performances of distinction that enrich and enliven the community’s classical music experience; and to nourish new audiences through school concerts and family outreach programs.
The organization was formed in 1964 and is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The organization currently fluctuates between Groups 5-8 in the League of American Orchestras and supports a professional (all members are paid) symphony orchestra who present 5 Masterworks Series concerts each year, two free outdoor concerts Under the Sails, and with the smaller Western Piedmont Chamber Orchestra presents educational concerts in several surrounding counties. The Western Piedmont Youth Symphony represents students from 11 counties in Western NC and the Tesla String Quartet is the current Hickory Metro Residency ensemble, who perform on two concert series in addition to many outreach concerts. Both the Western Piedmont Symphony (American Prize 1st Place in 2013 and 2015) and the Tesla Quartet (2nd Place, Haydn Prize and New Music Prize at 2015 Banff International String Quartet Competition) are recent winners of national and international awards.
About the Community
Hickory is located in western North Carolina between Charlotte and Asheville in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Hickory has been named the 10th best place to live and raise a family in the US by Reader's Digest. In 2014, Smart Growth America identified Hickory as being country’s most sprawling metro area and has been named an "All-America City" three times (2007, 1987, 1967) through its rich history as well as the city’s ability to successfully preserve its historical landmarks. The area offers affordable living costs, a low crime rate and a friendly community with many cultural attractions, including an art museum, science center, community theater and a choral society. It is also home to Lenoir-Rhyne University, a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
The city of Hickory is proudly engaged in a project that is ‘Crafting Hickory’, driven by the issuance of $40 million in bonds in public infrastructure development for a Citywalk, Riverwalk, Park 1764, and new Streetscapes.
The Western Piedmont Symphony is comprised of talented musicians from all over the state of North Carolina. The symphony performs five Masterworks concerts each season, three pops concerts per year and also hosts a string residency program that allows for four chamber concerts to be performed throughout the year. Concerts are held in various venues throughout Western North Carolina.