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THERE is one administrative POSITION open at this time

Director of Artistic Operations



THERE is one upcoming audition

Principal Cello



Administrative Positions



JOB TITLE: Director of Artistic Operations 
REPORTS TO: Executive Director 
SUPERVISES: Librarian, Production Manager, Personnel Manager 
COMPENSATION: $70,000 plus benefits                  



The Director of Artistic Operations, as the leader of the Operations team, is responsible for overseeing the production of all orchestra events (concerts, rehearsals, run-out concerts to locations outside of Merrill Auditorium, recordings, special events, etc.) run smoothly, effectively, and in a financially responsible manner that fulfills the mission of the organization. The Director of Artistic Operations serves as the artistic administrator for the orchestra working closely with the Music Director and Artistic Planning Committee on season programming. The Director of Artistic Operations also functions as a liaison between the orchestra and the rest of the Organization and is responsible for carrying out many provisions in the musicians’ Collective Bargaining Agreement as well as following the organizational strategic plan and goals.  

The Portland Symphony will be entering its 100th Season in the 2024-2025 season. This is an exciting and important time artistically for the PSO, and this role will enter the organization as we move into this important milestone season.  


Professional Experience 

  • 5+ years prior work experience in orchestras/music/performing arts or related field 
  • Demonstrated experience in artist management negotiation and contract execution 
  • Supervisory experience; ability to oversee and motivate a team 

Artistic Knowledge 

  • Knowledge and passion about how an orchestra operates, orchestral repertoire and artists 
  • Understanding of the civic role of an orchestra in its community 
  • Performance experience as a symphonic musician and fluency in reading music a plus 

Community Engagement 

  • Experience working in partnership with community, social, civic, arts, and educational organizations 
  • Commitment to advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives 

Communication Skills 

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills 
  • stakeholders including musicians, staff, trustees, guest artists, and managers 
  • Compassionate, facilitative, collaborative, and effective team player 
  • Ability to anticipate internal and external stakeholder needs 

Management and Leadership 

  • Organizational leadership skills necessary for creating and sustaining new initiatives 
  • Promotes a culture of mutual respect that builds shared commitment and collaboration 
  • Strong financial management and budgeting experience 
  • Highly motivated with strong organizational and communication skills 
  • History of demonstrated reliability, flexibility, and mature presentation 
  • Ability to work with diverse personalities 
  • Discretion in dealing with sensitive information  

Work Efficiency 

  • Efficient worker with attention to detail 
  • Ability to independently prioritize and complete work in a complex environment 
  • Extremely sophisticated time management, process management, and prioritizing skills 
  • Ability to create necessary tools to succeed 

Technological Proficiency 

  • Strong computer literacy skills in Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) 
  • Digital literacy and facility with online programs and apps 
  • Smart phone available to support Microsoft Office and PSO Phone apps 

Availability and Mobility 

  • Hybrid office work (Tuesdays + Thursdays required in-office), presence at community events across the state, PSO rehearsals and concerts   
  • Ability to work varied hours, including nights, weekends, and holidays required for concert, rehearsal, and event coverage 
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license, vehicle that can transport at least three passengers, and a clean driving record 

Physical demands and work environmenT    

  • Work is primarily conducted indoors, except for summer season fundraising events which may be outside.    
  • Noise level is moderate to low, unless in concert setting with larger audiences/ensembles   
  • Ability to reach, push, pull, bend, stoop or stand as necessary. Will occasionally lift office products and supplies weighing up to 30 pounds.   
  • Requires normal visual acuity and field of vision, hearing and speaking abilities, finger dexterity and repetitive hand motions for manual manipulation of a keyboard, mouse or phone system.   
  • Must be able to read, write and communicate both verbally and in written form to express and exchange ideas and have the ability to understand, remember and communicate routine, factual information.  

Due to the nature of this position and our business, background checks may be conducted as a condition of employment.

Orchestra Website:  www.portlandsymphony.org    



To apply, please email resume and cover letter by Friday, February 16, 2024 to cnishon@portlandsymphony.org. PDFs preferred, .doc format accepted. Please use the subject line: PSO Director of Artistic Operations.





MONDAY, APRIL 22, 2024


Highly qualified musicians are invited to send a one-page résumé, due by Monday, April 8, 2024, with $50 refundable deposit check (payable to Portland Symphony Orchestra) to:

Attn. Martin Webster, Orchestra Personnel Manager
Portland Symphony Orchestra
85 Exchange Street, 4th Floor
Portland, ME 04101

Resumes can also be emailed to mwebster@portlandsymphony.org. Emailed résumés in pdf or Word, please.

Deposit checks will be returned at the audition or will be destroyed if your audition is cancelled on or before Wednesday, April 17, 2024.

Offer of employment at this audition is contingent on winning candidate’s ability to furnish proof of current ability to work in the US. Employment will begin as soon as possible, but no later than the start of the 2024-25 concert season in September 2024. The PSO is a per-service orchestra offering approximately 85 services in the 2023-2024 season. Current scale for this position is $196.05 per service.

The Portland Symphony Orchestra audition committee reserves the right to dismiss any candidate not meeting the highest professional standards.

The audition will be held at Merrill Auditorium in Portland, Maine.

The Portland Symphony Orchestra is passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity. In an effort to reduce the financial barriers for auditioning musicians, there is financial support available through NAAS (National Alliance for Audition Support) grant programs for auditioning Black and Latinx musicians: https://www.sphinxmusic.org/naas-grants

The winner of this audition will join other PSO principals as soloist in the premiere of “Quarter Days”, for string quartet and orchestra, by Anna Clyne. The rehearsal/concert schedules run from September 19 through September 24.

solo works

  • J. HAYDN First movement exposition of either D Major or C Major concerto
  • DVOŘÁK or SCHUMANN First movement exposition of either concerto

Orchestral Solos

  • BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 83. Andante. All solos
  • ROSSINI William Tell. Overture. Mm. 1 through 48
  • TCHAIKOVSKY Swan Lake. Scène (No. 4 in Suite). Solo 3 mm. before Reh. 31 through end of movement
  • R. STRAUSS Don Quixote. Theme and Variation 1

Tutti Excerpts

  • BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67. Andante con moto. Mm. 1-10, 49-59, 98-106
  • BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 8 in f Major, Op. 93. Tempo di Menuetto. Trio-complete.
  • BRAHMS Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73. Adagio non troppo. Mm. 1-32; Mvt. 4. 244-263
  • DEBUSSY La Mer. Mvt. 1: 2 mm. before Reh. 9 through 6 mm. after Reh. 9
  • MAHLER Symphony No. 5 in C-Sharp Minor. Mvt. 2: m. 188 through end of m. 221
  • MENDELSSOHN A Midsummernight’s Dream, Op. 61. Scherzo. Opening through 15 mm. after Reh. E
  • W. A. MOZART Symphony No. 35 in D Major, “Haffner”, K. 385. Movement 4, Presto Mm. 134-181
  • R. STRAUSS Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40. Opening through 2mm. after Reh. 2
  • STRAUSS Don Juan, beginning to “D”
  • G. VERDI Messa da Requiem. Offertorio. Mm. 1-47

Possible Chamber Music

  • W. A. MOZART String Quartet in D Major, K. 575. Mvt. 2
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