Employment and Auditions



Kleinhans Music Hall Parking Attendant and Event Set-up position

Hours: Up to 20 hours per week. Schedule Varies, includes weekends and evenings.

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Sets up (with assistance of parking staff as assigned) parking and traffic control signage
  • Directs vehicles to parking spaces
  • Receives payment for parking fees, verifies amount due, and provides change due
  • Must be able to stand on feet for hours at a time and able to lift 25 pounds with no assistance
  • Maintains a neat appearance
  • Directs individuals to their proper destinations
  • Maintains familiarity with guests/ attendees parking.
  • Maintains equipment issued in good working condition
  • Assist in indoor event set up including proper placement and handling of chairs, tables, linens, and all other equipment.

Required Qualifications:

  • Must be customer service oriented
  • Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Must be willing to work outdoors in ALL weather conditions
  • Ability to carry out oral instructions
  • Ability to work with and get along well with others, alertness, tact, physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position

For all inquires for this position, please contact Connor Schloop, Parking lot and Event Set Up Supervisor, at cschloop@bpo.org

Subscription Sales Representative       


Go-getters with positive personalities are needed to sell season subscriptions for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. As a part-time Subscription Sales Representative, you will use your ability to connect with prospective patrons by asking questions to determine their needs. The ideal candidate is highly driven and self-motivated with a strong desire to succeed. Previous sales experience is helpful, but not required. Paid training and continuous coaching is provided. This is a fun opportunity to make extra money and get involved in the arts while enjoying perks such as complimentary concert tickets and performance based bonuses.


  • Conduct outbound calls to BPO patrons and sell ticket packages
  • Increase revenues through cross-selling, up-selling, and referrals
  • Meet or exceed weekly sales goals
  • Provide superior customer service
  • Be available for occasional concert duty for 3 hours on weekends at Kleinhans lobby sales table and some off-site concerts


  • High school diploma
  • Articulate with excellent oral communication skills
  • Computer proficiency
  • Neat appearance and professional demeanor
  • Flexible schedule with ability to work evenings and Saturday
  • Must work a minimum of 16-20 hours per week
  • Quick-witted and able to remain focused and composed under pressure
  • Able to work independently or with a team
  • Very reliable with a strong work ethic and high integrity


  • Previous sales or fundraising experience, preferably on telephone
  • Knowledge of and interest in classical music helpful, but not required


  • Monday – Thursday, 5:00 – 9:00 pm— Saturday, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Shifts may vary or change depending on campaign needs.
  • An average of 2 concerts per month, depending on concert schedule.


The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (JoAnn Falletta, Music Director) invites applications and referrals for the position of Director of Marketing.

The Position

The Director of Marketing is a member of the senior management team, reporting to the Executive Director. The Director develops and implements all marketing and communications strategies, with the goal of increasing ticket sales and attendance for all BPO events and concerts, and delivering a positive brand experience that earns support for the BPO mission. The director works in conjunction with other members of the BPO team to plan the concert season and develop program offerings.


  • Directs the day-to-day operations of the marketing staff in service of the overall institutional needs of the BPO, including development and education activities, to help create a dynamic public image for the organization.
  • Develop and implement all marketing and communications activities, including media relations, publications and advertising to support the BPO‘s strategic mission and long-range plan to increase awareness, ticket sales and attendance at BPO events and concerts.
  • Administer a strategically driven subscription, group, and single ticket sales program to meet institutional needs for earned revenue and attendance, using direct mail, social media, email marketing, digital, print, radio and TV advertising, e-commerce, PR, special events/receptions, and promotions.
  • Oversee brand development and assure consistent implementation is all areas with input of BPO constituencies, management team and orchestra leadership.
  • Oversee the BPO’s digital advancement program including website and e-commerce, advertising, social media, and permission marketing.
  • Serve as liaison to the marketing committee of the board of trustees, and optimize committee support of strategic and tactical marketing initiatives into the marketing planning process.
  • Prepare and maintain operating budgets for marketing and communications activities, and develop revenue and expense budgets. Work with the Finance Director on budget assumptions, documentation, and analysis. Prepare financial forecasts and reports.
  • Create and implement patron loyalty and retention initiatives.
  • Oversee the timely development and production of all marketing and promotional materials for subscription renewal and acquisition campaigns, individual concerts, tours, educational and community activities and other BPO events. Supervise the Marketing Associate in maintaining production calendars.
  • Cultivate relationships with members of the news media locally, nationally and internationally; supervise the Communications Coordinator in developing/executing media and PR plans.
  • Negotiate and maintain contact with outside vendors for direct mail, design and printing services; advertising, etc., to ensure competitive pricing and the quality of their work.
  • Represent the BPO to constituencies such as the Greater Buffalo Cultural Alliance and the Rotary Club of Buffalo. Collaborate with other cultural organizations in arts advocacy support.
  • Develop a robust research program on marketing trends and best practices.
  • Manage and direct marketing for non-BPO events activities at Kleinhans Music Hall to the extent necessary

About the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

Since its inception in 1935, the BPO has served as Buffalo’s cultural ambassador. With JoAnn Falletta serving as Music Director since 1999, the Grammy Award-winning orchestra presents more than 120 Classics, Pops, Rock, Kids, and Youth concerts each year. Under the musical direction of William Steinberg, Josef Krips, Lukas Foss, Michael Tilson Thomas, Julius Rudel, Semyon Bychkov, and Maximiano Valdes, the BPO has matured in stature. Such distinguished guest conductors as Sergei Rachmaninoff, Isaac Stern, Aaron Copland, Van Cliburn, and Yo-Yo Ma have graced the orchestra’s stage. Since 1940, the BPO’s permanent home has been Kleinhans Music Hall, a national historic landmark designed by Eliel and Eero Saarinan, considered to be one of the finest concert halls in the United States. The BPO’s administrative offices are in a former mansion, minutes away.

Living in Buffalo and Western New York

Ranked #33 among the best places to live in the United States by US News & World Report, Buffalo is a city undergoing a renaissance. A thriving metropolitan region with a growing population of more than 1.1 million, Buffalo is home to many arts and culture institutions, as well as professional and amateur sports teams. Residents enjoy a thriving local pub scene and a wide selection of top-tier restaurants.

The city has a neighborly feel. With housing costs less than the national average, home ownership is well within reach. Tree-lined avenues connect people to each other, and the average commute is only 21 minutes.

Located on the eastern shore of Lake Erie, Buffalo’s newly developed waterfront is anchored by Buffalo Harbor State Park, which boasts a beach, a 1,000-slip marina, boat and personal watercraft launches, a restaurant, and walking paths. Buffalo is only 20 miles away from Niagara Falls, 90 minutes from Letchworth State Park and the Alleghany National Forest, and two hours from the New York Finger Lakes and Toronto.

Buffalo enjoys warm summers, mild springs and colorful autumns. While lake-effect snow does pile up in the winter, the city has the equipment and experience to handle it. Plus, there’s excellent skiing less than an hour from downtown.


The ideal Director of Marketing is a natural strategic planner who develops the orchestra’s marketing, sales, audience development, communications and customer services programs utilizing the latest best practices and innovations in performing arts marketing. The Director integrates marketing and sales activities into a comprehensive, multi-channel advancement program. (S)he relies heavily on data to drive decision-making. (S)he has the capacity to contribute a marketing-driven perspective to music programming conversations. The Director is a collaborative, creative, inclusive, and appropriately risk-tolerant leader who, managing a small, dedicated staff and a board marketing committee, produces high-quality work in a complex, fast-paced environment. The director cultivates a culture of hard work, mutual respect and ongoing learning.

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • Passion for and deep knowledge of the classical music repertoire
  • Bachelor’s degree required in marketing, advertising, business, arts administration or related field, or equivalent experience
  • Experience with event sales, ticketing, pricing, and inventory management, preferably in the music industry
  • Experience creating and executing successful integrated, multi-channel sales and marketing campaigns
  • A minimum of five years of progressive data-driven marketing and sales experience
  • At least three years in a hands-on management/leadership/supervisory role
  • Experience building a digital and social media program
  • Well-honed PR and communications capabilities
  • Track record of accurate financial management and reporting
  • Experience with brand development and activation
  • Strong project management experience
  • Impeccable written and verbal communication skills

Application Process

The salary is competitive, and commensurate with the appointee’s qualifications and experience. A comprehensive benefits package is provided.

The deadline for applications is April 13, 2018.

Robert Sweibel Arts & Culture Consulting is conducting this search on behalf of the BPO. Interested candidates are invited to submit a cover letter, resume, list of references, and salary requirements in confidence to:

Robert Sweibel

Robert Sweibel Arts & Culture Consulting

900 West End Ave, Suite 8H

New York, NY 10025


No phone calls, please. For additional information, please visit www.robertsweibel.com.



Auditions to be held:   April 29, 30, May 1, 2018

Resume deadline: Postmarked by:  March 12, 2018

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra information:

Current 2017-18 season: $1,231.2 weekly base salary (includes $75 EMG per week),

plus overscale

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



BARTOK                                Concerto for Orchestra

  1. mm 157-198
  2. mm 42-58
  3. mm 119-127
  4. mm 345-356

BERG                                     Violin Concerto

  1. mm 1-11
  2. mm 83-104
  3. mm 214-228

BERLIOZ                               Symphonie Fantastique

                                                            Movement II, complete

BRITTEN                               Young Person’s Guide

Variation I

Fugue [I] to downbeat of [L]

BRUCKNER                          Symphony No. 8

  1. Scherzo: [D] to [E]
  2. Scherzo: [I] to end

DEBUSSY                              Afternoon of a Faun


5 m. after [7] to 2 m. after [15]

La Mer

No. 1: [2]-[6]

No. 1: [14] to 2 m. after [15]

No. 2: 4 m. after [33] to 5 after [36]

MAHLER                               Adagietto from Symphony No. 5 (complete)

MONCAYO                            Huapango (complete)

MOZART                               Concerto for Flute and Harp (complete)

RAVEL                                   Tzigane (complete)

Piano Concerto in G Major

Mvt 1: [22] to [24] (Cadenza)

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV          Capriccio Espagnol

  1. Cadenza V (after L for 7mm)

STRAUSS                               Death and Transfiguration

                                                            mm 15-19

1 m. after [B] to 5 m. after [C]

11 m. after [O] to 7 m. after [R]

Don Juan (complete)                                              

Dance of the Seven Veils from Salome

                                                            [H] – [S]

STRAVINSKY                       Symphony in Three Movements

Mvt. 2

Mvt. 3

TCHAIKOVSKY                    Nutcracker

Waltz of the Flowers

WAGNER                               Die Walkure

                                                           Magic Fire Music (Act III, Scene III): 4 after [97] to

6 after [100]


Assistant Conductor

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

Leading candidates will show a demonstrated commitment to classical music along with a thorough knowledge of orchestral repertoire and command of the English language. Passion for classical music paired with the ability to develop imaginative programming that encourages music education for all ages is essential.


Duties may include but are not limited to:

Conduct concerts in the regular and summer season as determined by the ORCHESTRA. Serve as cover conductor in the event of illness or any other unforeseen reason for non-performance by another conductor.

Provide to the ORCHESTRA in a timely manner legible and complete draft programs that adhere to budget parameters. These programs are to be vetted with the Director of Orchestra and Hall Operations and then submitted to the Director of Orchestra and Hall Operations 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 Assistant Conductor is responsible.

Develop and implement educational programming in cooperation with the Director of Education and Community Engagement.

Provide such other services as may be required of a Conductor i.e. repertoire ideas, assisting with recording sessions, etc.

Assistant 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.

Assistant Conductor agrees to participate, wherever appropriate, in media events: interviews, news, conferences, etc.

The Assistant Conductor will conduct Youth Concerts, Pops, special and family programs, outreach runouts and summer concerts. The successful candidate will also serve as cover conductor 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, pre-concert lectures, media relations and writing as needed.


At least three 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 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).

Application materials emailed to:

Alison Bolton, Director of Orchestra and Hall Operations




Please submit materials by Monday January 15, 2018


Candidates must be available to audition and interview with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra on May 8, 2018. Up to six semi-finalists will be invited to the audition. Semi-finalists will be notified by April 10, 2018.