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Position: Music Director, Richmond Symphony (VA), vacancy arising in the 2019/20 season.

About the Richmond Symphony: www.richmondsymphony.com:

Celebrating its 60th Anniversary Season in 2017/18, the Richmond Symphony is the largest performing arts organization in Central Virginia, and its reach extends throughout the Metro Richmond region and across the Commonwealth from its home downtown in the Dominion Energy Center for the Performing Arts. The organization includes an orchestra of more than 70 professional musicians, the 150-voice Richmond Symphony Chorus and over 260 students in the four ensembles in the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra Program. Each season, more than 200,000 people enjoy its live concerts and radio broadcasts. The Richmond Symphony also provides inspirational and immersive educational programming for over 55,000 students and teachers each year.

Its 40-week season (from September through June, plus an annual July 4th concert and summer concert series) includes the following series and programs under the headings of Classics, Currents and Community: Masterworks, Pops, Metro Collection, Casual Fridays, LolliPops, Rush Hour, Discovery, Come & Play, Messiah, Big Tent community festivals, and annual contracts with Richmond Ballet and Virginia Opera.  The Richmond Symphony was recently named as one of 21 American orchestras selected as a leader in orchestra innovation by the League of American Orchestras through its Futures Fund Initiative. The Richmond Symphony is partially funded by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Duties: Provide artistic leadership for the organization, supported by the Associate Conductor and Chorus Director; lead artistic development and planning, including the selection of program repertoire and guest artists; conduct weekly rehearsals and concerts; oversee other artistic and orchestra personnel; audition new members as necessary; actively participate in fundraising, public relations, civic leadership opportunities, and the Richmond Symphony’s extensive education and community engagement activities.  The Music Director reports to the Board of Directors, working in close collaboration with the Executive Director and his leadership team.

Qualifications: Exceptional musicianship and conducting skills; dynamic personality with proven record of success in audience relationship-building, orchestral development, and innovative programming; strong interpersonal, leadership, and communication skills.

Community presence: Investment in the greater Richmond community as a visible and committed leader; “The face of The Richmond Symphony”.

Compensation: Commensurate with experience.

Potential candidates: Invited to send resumé, letter of application, audio and/or video links and references by mail to Search Committee, Richmond Symphony, 612 East Grace Street, Suite 401, Richmond, VA  23219 or by email to David Fisk, Executive Director, Richmond Symphony at dfisk@richmondsymphony.com.  Consideration of potential candidates will begin on Friday, March 9th, 2018.

About RVA: Richmond, Va. is a culturally diverse and historically rich capital city with a thriving creative community, vibrant entrepreneurial growth and renowned food scene. Recent accolades: Best Places to Live by U.S. News (2017); One of South’s Best Cities by Southern Living Magazine (2017); Richmond is one of “U.S. Most Exciting Food Cities (Zagat, 2017); and Frommer’s named Richmond as a world Top Ten Designation in 2014.