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Westmoreland Youth Symphony Orchestra Conductor

POSITION SUMMARY: The conductor oversees all artistic endeavors of the Philharmonic and works to build strong community relationships.

REPORTS TO: WSO Academy of Music Director

NATURE OF POSITION:   Non-exempt; Variable Hours: August – November and January – May, comprising rehearsals and performances; administrative efforts as required




  • Hear auditions before fall and spring semesters and throughout the semester as needed
  • Determine seating
  • Select music for reading and performances
  • Conducts all WYSO Philharmonic services
  • Ensure quality of artistic/educational products


  • Recruit new members, with support from the WYSO staff and Academy of Music Director
  • Maintain a positive environment to help retain current members
  • Develop relationships with area private teachers of middle and high school students, the primary source of finding new members

Administrative Duties

  • Communicate sufficiently with the WYSO manager to facilitate the day-to-day operation of the organization
  • Maintain contact with Academy of Music director and WSO executive director
  • Along with WYSO manager and Academy of Music director, be responsible for the success of a vibrant Philharmonic
  • Encourage WYSO program families to attend WSO concerts

Work Attitudes and Practices

  • Creates an atmosphere conducive to learning and excitement for classical music with WYSO students
  • Supports the mission of the WSO
  • Reliably works according to an established schedule of workdays
  • Reports for work on time and works established hours
  • Provides adequate notice of work schedule changes
  • Demonstrates good organizational skills with regard to tasks
  • Demonstrates strong attention to detail
  • Delivers accurate results in all tasks
  • Manages social interactions in a cooperative and positive manner in order to achieve good outcomes
  • Demonstrates the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Handles confidential information appropriately
  • Demonstrates excellent written and verbal communication skills


  • Minimum of BS or BA in Music Performance or Music Education OR demonstrable conductor experience of at least 3 years
  • Experience in playing a string instrument preferred
  • Satisfactory PA Background Check and PA Child Abuse Clearances

Application Process

  • Send a cover letter and resume, which includes your education and your conducting experiences, especially any activity related to youth orchestras. Include your experiences in working with string players.
  • Include 3 professional references. No video and audio files at this time.
  • In your cover letter, address how you balance working with young people regarding the need to accommodate their needs and capabilities versus the demands of pursuing high musical standards.

Deadline for application: August 15, 2022

 Email application materials to [email protected]

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