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Provide professional services as Community Engagement Conductor in performances under the auspices of the ORCHESTRA.
Leading candidates will show a demonstrated commitment to equity, inclusion and diversity in the arts. In addition the candidate must have a thorough knowledge of orchestral repertoire and command of the English language. The interest and ability to build connections within the Greater Buffalo community, deepening and strengthening these connections is an essential part of this position.

Duties may include, but are not limited to:
1. Develop and implement educational and community programming in cooperation with the Director of Education and Community Engagement in the following way:

  • Seek to foster a stronger connection with the Buffalo Public Schools through our Side by Side Concert and All City initiatives.
  • Increase the number of students impacted by the BPO Side by Side program.
  • Enhance learning opportunities and support structures provided to students.
  • Raise performance levels of the participating students through their exposure within the program.
  • Expand access and participation for BPO youth programming; including the “Symphony Scholars” program, the Side by Side initiative and the West-Side Connection.
  • Work with the “BPO Connect” program to recruit and identify interested BPO Musicians and develop classroom programs that match student interests and align with their strengths.
  • Participate in music education advocacy events to give decision makers in local schools information to illustrate the importance of music programming and funding music programs.
  • Participate in the BPO Diversity Council and seek to advance its goals.
  • Assist the Music Director and Resident Conductor in preparation for concerts.
  • Conduct 20-30 concerts annually potentially, including the following programs:
    o Music for Youth, BPO Kids, Classics, Pops, Summer in the Parks, Specials
  • Collaborate with and seek to build and expand relationships with the following organizations: Buffalo Public Schools, African American Cultural Center, Hispanic Heritage Council of WNY among others.

2. Participate, wherever appropriate in:
Visits to local schools.
In media events: interviews, news conferences, etc.
3. Provide such other services as may be required of a Conductor, i.e. repertoire ideas, listening to BPO performance recordings, etc.
4. Serve as back-up conductor for the BPO’s Music Director and Resident Conductor.

This position aims to create a significant work experience for a qualified musician of, but not limited to, African-American or Latino descent.

At least two years experience is required. Relevant education required. Some experience in artistic administration and production preferred. The successful candidate will take residence in the Greater Buffalo Area.

Candidates should submit:

  • Current resume and cover letter
  • Three contrasting video selections from performances within the last 12 months, showing the candidate from the orchestra’s perspective, submitted as a list of links to online streams.
  • A two minute video introducing yourself.
  • Contact information for five references.
  • Three letters of recommendation (which can pull from the five references).

Application materials emailed to:
Alison Bolton, Director of Orchestra and Hall Operations

Please submit materials by Friday, December 1, 2017

Candidates must be available to audition and interview with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra on February 9, 2018. Up to four semi-finalists will be invited to the audition. Semi-finalists will be notified by January 9, 2018.