The Maryland Symphony Orchestra is seeking an individual for the full-time position of Executive Director. The Executive Director manages the human and financial resources of the MSO in order to achieve the orchestra's mission. S/he is responsible for all aspects of the organization, including planning, fund raising, external relations, marketing/pr, financial management, contract negotiations and general operations.
The MSO is western Maryland's premier professional orchestra serving audiences from the quad-state region that also includes south-central Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Virginia. The MSO attracts the finest musicians from the Baltimore and Washington DC metropolitan areas and performs in the historic, beautifully restored 1,270 seat Maryland Theatre in downtown Hagerstown. Now under the musical leadership of Elizabeth Schulze, the orchestra is finishing its 35th anniversary season. The budget of $1.5 million supports a season of five classical concert pairs, two pops concerts, two Holiday concerts, an annual free outdoor concert on the historic Antietam National Battlefield with audience of 30,000+ and run-outs to Frostburg State University and the Wisp Resort in far western Maryland. In addition, the orchestra presents a comprehensive set of educational programs in partnership with the Washington County Public School system. The MSO is governed by a board of 22 and has an administrative staff of five full-time and five part-time employees.
Hagerstown is located approximately 70 miles northwest of Washington DC and 70 miles due west of Baltimore in a beautiful region of rolling hills and the Potomac River with extensive park areas for hiking, skiing, biking, white-water rafting and other outdoor activities.
The successful candidate will be a strong leader with excellent management and interpersonal skills and will have a minimum of five years in senior orchestra management positions (or a similar performing arts field) and a four year college degree. Experience with fundraising, marketing audience development and board development are a must as is a passion for music.
The successful candidate will bring new energy and ideas to the MSO and will have the ability to work in partnership with the Music Director and to unite stakeholders in embracing a shared vision for the future of the orchestra. S/he will be an active and visible member of the Hagerstown community and participate in local, state and regional activities as one of the chief spokesperson of the MSO.
Candidates must submit a cover letter that describes your interest and qualifications for the position; please include a resume, list of professional references and salary history or requirements. All applications will be treated as confidential. Electronic submissions are preferred, to Michael Jonnes, Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to Michael Jonnes, Executive Director, MSO, 30 W. Washington Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740 no later than Friday, June 16, 2017.
The Maryland Symphony Orchestra is a fully professional orchestra with the mission “to provide musical performances and programs that educate and entertain while enhancing the cultural environment of Western Maryland and the surrounding region.” The orchestra was founded in 1982 by a group of community leaders and music lovers in Washington County. For the first sixteen seasons, Horn virtuoso Ba...rry Tuckwell provided artistic leadership. Elizabeth Schulze has been Music Director since the 1999-2000 season. Musicians come from throughout the greater Baltimore-Washington metro area to form the Maryland Symphony Orchestra.
The orchestra presents five pairs of classical concerts in a MasterWorks series at the 1342-seat historic Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown. The season also includes a MSO Pops! concert, two Home for the Holidays concerts, a family concert, three youth concerts and a free Salute to Independence concert at Antietam National Battlefield which draws an audience of over 35,000 annually. Each year over 20,000 young people participate in the MSO’s extensive education programs and concerts such as Ensembles in the Schools, Kinder Konzerts series, MSO’s Little Maestros and Masterclasses.
The Maryland Symphony has an annual operating budget of $1.2 million and an endowment of $2.1 million. The orchestra is governed by a Board of 45 and has a staff of six full-time and three part-time employees.