The Harrisburg Symphony Association seeks an experienced professional administrator to serve as the Executive Director (ED) of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra beginning June 1, 2020. The new ED will succeed the current ED who is retiring after 17 years of exemplary service with the orchestra.
Now embarking on its 90th anniversary season, the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra (HSO) is a major artistic presence in south central Pennsylvania. A “per-service” orchestra with an annual budget of $2.9 million, the HSO draws musicians from throughout the Northeast. Its main performance venue is the majestic 1,700-seat Forum auditorium in the State Capitol Complex in downtown Harrisburg. The Music Director is the Tony Award-winning maestro, Stuart Malina, who will be celebrating his 20th season with the orchestra in 2019-20. Governance rests with a 30-member Board of Directors. Valuable support comes from the Harrisburg Symphony Society, the orchestra’s volunteer fund-raising auxiliary.
A typical HSO season presents two separate subscription series, one including seven pairs of traditional Masterworks concerts, the other including five pairs of Pops concerts. In addition, the orchestra performs a series of free outdoor concerts around the Fourth of July and, in collaboration with Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, performs “George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker” during the Christmas season. In keeping with its educational mission, the HSO performs two pairs of Young Person’s Concerts for school-age children each year while also maintaining a Youth Symphony program that includes a full-size orchestra for talented high school musicians and a string ensemble for middle school students.
The Executive Director functions as the chief operating officer of the HSO and reports to the Board of Directors through the Chairman of the Board. The ED is responsible for managing the human and financial resources of the HSO in pursuit of its strategic goals. Leading an eight-member fulltime staff, the ED is accountable for all administrative aspects of the organization, as well as serving as public “ambassador” to a diverse and evolving range of constituencies. Specific requirements of the position include knowledge of and passionate interest in classical music, a baccalaureate or higher degree, at least 5 years of relevant experience, demonstrated skill in collaboration and community engagement, and the flexibility and vision needed to successfully address the challenges facing the classical music enterprise today.
The Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra serves the south central Pennsylvania region around the city of Harrisburg. The orchestra was established in 1931 and will celebrate its 90th season in 2019-20. The orchestra performs in the historic Forum Auditorium, part of the State Capitol complex in downtown Harrisburg. The music director is the Tony Award-winning conductor, Stuart Malina, who will be celebrating his 20th season as music director during the 2019-20 season. The orchestra performs 7 pairs of Masterworks concerts and 5 pairs of Pops concerts each season, plus a number of free outdoor concerts around the 4th of July. The orchestra also operates a youth symphony that includes two ensembles of young musicians and executes a variety of educational activities each season. The budget of the Harrisburg Symphony is approximately $2.9 million.