Employment and Auditions

Employment

Position: Sound Engineer

Department: Operations

Supervisor: Director of Concert Production

Description / Responsibility:

  • Responsible for all amplification in the Main Hall, Mary Seaton Room, Lobby and Henry’s Restaurant space at Kleinhans Music Hall
  • Responsible for all amplification of the BPO when it is necessary
  • Maintain all KMH and BPO owned sound equipment
  • Maintain assisted listening device system – ensure system is functional; works for all KMH events
  • Set, operate, strike house sound equipment for all events in Main Hall and Mary Seaton Room
  • Set , operate, strike outside rented audio equipment for BPO and rental events
  • Make recommendations as necessary regarding maintenance and purchase of new equipment
  • Assist the BPO in determining the need for rented equipment on Pops / Rock / Specials series – including participating in show advances, and conversations with artists road managers/production staff when applicable and with BPO production vendor when applicable
  • Create audio input lists; microphone plots
  • Mix FOH for BPO rehearsals and concerts that require amplification
  • Supervise and direct stagehands and/or production vendor staff that are setting up audio equipment
  • Determine the best amplification of the BPO in order to provide the highest quality listening experience for patrons at shows where the orchestra is amplified
  • Possible this position will also be the BPO sound engineer for the BPO summer season of events taking place outside of KMH

Skills / Qualifications:

  • Extensive training and experience as a sound engineer, including experience with Orchestra amplification and FOH mix
  • Attention to detail
  • Strong work ethic and initiative
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to adapt to a demanding work environment and at times a heavy work schedule, including weekends, evenings/holidays.
  • Computer/smart phone literate
  • If not already an IATSE member, must be willing to meet the requirements to join IATSE Local 10
  • Must be able to legally work in the US, and provide all necessary documentation

To Apply:

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to Lisa Gallo, Director of Concert Production at LisaJGallo@bpo.org.


Auditions

Position: Associate Conductor

Reports to: Music Director / Executive Director

Department: Orchestra

Overview:

Provide professional services as Associate Conductor in performances under the auspices of the ORCHESTRA.

Leading candidates will show a demonstrated commitment to all kinds of symphonic music along with a thorough knowledge of both the classical and popular orchestral repertoire and command of the English language.  Passion for music paired with the ability to develop imaginative programming that encourages creativity, diversity, education and the expansion of our patron base is essential.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Duties may include but are not limited to:

  • Conduct a wide range of concerts in the regular and summer season as determined by the ORCHESTRA. These concerts can vary from traditional classical concerts to alternative pops concerts that take place in nontraditional spaces. 
  • Serve as cover conductor. Attend selected rehearsals and concerts in order to prepare for unexpected conducting duties and/or provide additional assistance or advice. These selected services are to be determined by the Music Director in conjunction with the Executive Director. 
  • Provide to the ORCHESTRA in a timely manner legible and complete draft programs for designated concerts, series and special events. Collaborate with the Music Director, Principal Pops Director and Executive Director in planning and selecting themes, repertoire and soloists.  
  • Assist in the preparation of budgets by providing information regarding music, extra musicians, instruments and rehearsal orders. These programs are to be vetted with the Director of Orchestra and Hall Operations and then submitted to the Music Director and Executive Director for final approval. 
  • Cooperate with the Director of Orchestra and Hall Operations in assuring that all provisions of the Orchestra CBA are adhered to in relation to the scheduling, rehearsals and posting of programs for which the Associate Conductor is responsible. 
  • Develop and implement Family Concert programming in cooperation with the Director of Education and Community Engagement.  
  • Provide such other services as may be required of an Associate Conductor i.e. repertoire ideas, listening for balance assisting with recording sessions, etc.

Associate Conductor agrees to furnish as necessary a reasonable quantity of publicity materials, including updated photographs and biographical data or make himself/herself available to have such publicity materials developed by the orchestra.

Associate Conductor agrees to be an active member of the Buffalo community. He/She will participate wherever appropriate in media events: interviews, news, conferences, etc.

The Associate Conductor will conduct Family Concerts, Pops, special and Rock programs, outreach runouts and summer concerts. The successful candidate will also serve as cover conductor in conjunction with the Assistant Conductor,
Community Engagement, for both the classical and Pops series when not on the podium, be an active participant at the BPO Education Committee meetings, participate in auditions, be involved in season planning, public speaking, preconcert lectures, media relations and writing as needed.

Requirements:

At least three years of professional conducting experience is required. This experience should be varied with proven success not only with classical repertoire but also success with pops, rock and family programs. Relevant education required. Some experience in artistic administration and production preferred. The Successful candidate will take residence in the Greater Buffalo Area.

Application Procedure:

Interested candidates should submit:

  • Current resume and cover letter
  • Three contrasting video selections from performances within the last 18 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)

E-mail application materials to: Alison Bolton, Director of Orchestra and Hall Operations, abolton@bpo.org. NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE.

Application Deadline:

Please submit materials by Friday July 5, 2019.

Audition Process:

Candidates must be available to audition and interview with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra on Oct 2nd and October 3, 2019. Up to eight semi-finalists will be invited to the audition. Semi-finalists will be notified by August 9,2019.