Employment and Auditions

Employment

Job Title: Operations Manager
Date: December 2019

JOB SUMMARY

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra seeks a full-time Operations Manager to join its team. Currently operating on a budget of $12 million, the Grammy Award-winning orchestra is led by Music Director Joann Falletta and has served Western New York since 1935. The orchestra presents 130 concerts per year over a 38 weeks including Classics, Pops, Family, Holiday, Youth Concerts and outreach concerts throughout the community during the summer and manages multiple broadcast and recording projects. Kleinhans Music Hall, a National Historic Landmark Building, renowned for its acoustics has been the home of the BPO since 1940.

The Operations Manager is responsible for ensuring that the scheduling and production of concerts, rehearsals, tour, run-outs, and special events run smoothly, effectively, and in a financially responsible manner.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Act as the primary operations liaison for the BPO.
  • Advance BPO concerts, programs. Including all Classical, Pops, Rock and Education programming.
  • Act as primary “manager on duty” for all BPO rehearsals and performances. (In rotation with the Director of Artistic and Orchestra Operations)
  • Create stage plots
  • Oversight and management of stage crew, including:
    • Generate and distribute production sheets and other paperwork for operations staff and stage crew
    • Review crew schedule and process payroll
  • Assist Director of Artistic and Orchestra Operations with development of annual production budgets, projections, and tracking of actuals throughout the year
  • Schedule non-backline instrument rentals
  • Monitor and schedule maintenance and repair of all BPO-owned instruments
  • Research and obtain props, wardrobe, costumes, or other related items as required for concert productions in conjunction with other team members
  • Schedule bus transportation for the orchestra, choruses, and other large groups
  • Participate in monthly department-wide BPO/KMH event operations review meetings, weekly Operations team, and meeting with Director of Artistic and Orchestra Operations.
  • Other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS AND CAPABILITIES:

  • A minimum of two (2) years increasingly responsible orchestra operations experience
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and to exercise sound judgment
  • Requires strong organizational skills and the ability to multi-task and maintain high quality and high safety standards
  • Must demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively and professionally both orally and in writing
  • Demonstrated experience with labor union practices and labor relations required
  • Must demonstrate a flexible and collaborative work style and have the ability to interact professionally with a wide variety of constituents
  • Knowledge of classical music and symphonic repertoire

Reporting to the Director for Artistic and Orchestra Operations, the Operations Manager is part of a 9-person department including two full-time stagehands, two part-time stagehands, two librarians, personnel manager and an operations coordinator. The position is available immediately and offers medical insurance, paid vacation, a 401 (b) 3 retirement plan among other benefits. Prior orchestra experience necessary. Interested persons should send a cover letter and resume to abolton@bpo.org. No phone calls please.

Auditions

TWO SECTION 2nd VIOLIN POSITIONS

*This audition has been postponed until further notice.

Repertoire List

Solo:

A) Mozart concerto #3, 4 or 5 – exposition and cadenza
B) 1st movement of a Concerto of your choice – exposition and cadenza

Orchestral Excerpts (1st violin):

Beethoven Symphony No. 9
– Lo stesso: ms 99-115

Brahms Symphony No. 4
– Mvt I: ms 392 – End
– Mvt III: Beginning – letter [B]
– Mvt. IV: ms 33 – letter [D]

Debussy La Mer
– Figure [35] – [39]

Mendelssohn Midsummer Night’s Dream
– Scherzo: Beginning to [F] (1st page)

Mozart Symphony No. 39
– Mvt I:  Beginning – ms 14
– Mvt IV: Beginning – ms 105

Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet
– Death of Tybalt – [70] – [74] (2nd page)

Strauss Don Juan
– Beginning to 13 ms after [C] (1st page)

Tchaikovsky Nutcracker
[G] to the end

 Orchestral Excerpts (2nd violin):

Mozart Symphony No. 39
– Mvt IV:  Allegro – ms 41

Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2
– Mvt II: 15 ms after 32 (Meno Missing) to 13 after {37} (Tempo I)

Shostakovich Symphony No. 5
– Mvt III: Beginning to 2 ms before [78]

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra information:
2020-21- season: $52,759.60 annual base salary (includes $75 weekly EMG)
40 week season
Health insurance plan with employee contribution
Pension contribution; Short and long term disability plans
Instrument insurance plan available for musicians 

To request reservation information and additional details, send materials to:

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
786 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY  14209
ATTN: Personnel Manager or email to jcomisso@bpo.org (preferred)
No phone calls please.

PRINCIPAL TUBA

Auditions to be held: May 31 – June 2, 2020
Resume deadline: Received by: April 18, 2020

Repertoire List

Solo:
Vaughan Williams Tuba Concerto, 1st Movement

Orchestral Excerpts:
Berlioz Hungarian March, Reh 4 to the end
Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique, Mvmt 4 Reh 56 through 2 bars after Reh 59 (Tuba 1 part)
Mvmt 5 Reh 84-End (Tuba 1 part)
Brahms Symphony No. 2 Mvmt 4 Reh O to the End
Bruckner Symphony No. 7, Mvmt 4 Reh P-S
Holst The Planets, Jupiter 9 bars before Reh 1 through 3 bars
after Reh 1; Reh 11 to Reh 12; Reh 17 to Presto
Mahler Symphony No.1, Mvmt 3 4 bars before Reh 3 through Reh 4
Symphony No. 2 Mvmt 5 Reh 10-11
Symphony No.5 Mvmt 3 13 bars before Reh 16 to Reh 17
Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition, Bydlo
Prokofiev Symphony No. 5,
Mvmt 1 Reh 3 through 3 bars after Reh 4
Mvmt 4 Reh 94 through 1 bar after Reh 96; 1 bar before Reh 98 for 6 bars
Respighi Fountains of Rome, Reh 11-14
Strauss Ein Heldenleben, 1 bar after Reh 62 through Reh 80 (without mute)
Stravinsky Petrushka (1911 version), Reh 100-101 (Peasant with Bear)
Wagner Overture to Die Meistersinger, mm 158-188
Ride of the Valkyries

Possible Sight Reading

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra information:
2020-21- season: $52,759.60 annual base salary (includes $75 weekly EMG)
Plus overscale as per CBA
40 week season
Health insurance plan with employee contribution
Pension contribution; Short and long term disability plans
Instrument insurance plan available for musicians 

To request reservation information and additional details, send materials to:

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
786 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY  14209
ATTN: Personnel Manager or email to jcomisso@bpo.org (preferred)
No phone calls please.

ONE SECTION VIOLA POSITION

Auditions to be held: June 23 & 24, 2020
Resume deadline: Received by: May 12, 2020
Repertoire list to follow.

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra information:
2020-21- season: $52,759.60 annual base salary (includes $75 weekly EMG)
40 week season
Health insurance plan with employee contribution
Pension contribution; Short and long term disability plans
Instrument insurance plan available for musicians 

To request reservation information and additional details, send materials to:

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
786 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY  14209
ATTN: Personnel Manager or email to jcomisso@bpo.org (preferred)
No phone calls please.