Employment Opportunities

Western Piedmont Symphony is seeking to fill the following Five positions.  For more information, please email your resume with cover letter to employment@wpsymphony.org

 

Position Announcement: Music Director and Conductor

The Western Piedmont Symphony of Hickory, NC welcomes nominations and applications for the position of Music Director, available beginning in the 2019–2020 season. Finalists will be invited to guest conduct a Masterworks Series concert during the 2018-19 concert season.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

The music director reports directly to the symphony board of directors and is the artistic leader of the organization. S/he is responsible for the artistic operation and will regard the orchestra’s visibility and involvement in the community as integral to that charge.

The music director is expected to work closely with the executive director, board president, and staff in carrying out these responsibilities. The music director will assist in fundraising and similar activities that impact the organization’s capacity for sustenance and growth.

Preferred Candidate Profile

The candidate must possess exceptional musicianship and conducting skills; significant conducting experience; familiarity with a broad range of repertoire requisite to an orchestra like the WPS; the ability to create and help implement an artistic vision for the orchestra, and strong interpersonal and collaborative skills of communication and leadership.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a keen interest in growing the musical activities of the organization. S/he will show a capacity for building greater community interest in the organization through increasing audiences and financial support. S/he will have the vision, energy, passion and ability to make symphonic and chamber music relevant and exciting for existing and new audiences. S/he will also articulate a commitment to developing a strong visible presence within the community within the guidelines of the position.

A Master’s degree in Music or equivalent professional experience is preferred.

Compensation

Commensurate with experience, and competitive with orchestras within our budget category.

Applications

Applications must include:

■     A cover letter explaining your professional goals and how they match the position offered

■     A resume or Curriculum Vitae.

■     At least one professional headshot.

■     Up to five sample programs conducted by the candidate over the last three years.  Please indicate orchestra and soloists.

■     A link to a video(s) of your conducting, 60 minutes running time.

■     Five professional references

Please submit applications electronically by April 1, 2017. Review of applications will begin immediately after that date and will continue until the position is filled. Additional materials may be requested later in the application process.

Applications can be submitted at employment@wpsymphony.org

For further questions, please contact:

Ingrid Keller, Executive Director

executivedirector@wpsymphony.org

828-324-8603  or   243 Third Ave NE, Suite 1-N Hickory, NC 28601

 

About the Western Piedmont Symphony

The Western Piedmont Symphony’s mission is to provide musical performances of distinction that enrich and enliven the community’s classical music experience; and to nourish new audiences through school concerts and family outreach programs.

The organization was formed in 1964 and is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The organization currently fluctuates between Groups 5-8 in the League of American Orchestras and supports a professional (all members are paid) symphony orchestra who present 5 Masterworks Series concerts each year, two free outdoor concerts Under the Sails, and with the smaller Western Piedmont Chamber Orchestra presents educational concerts in several surrounding counties. The Western Piedmont Youth Symphony represents students from 11 counties in Western NC and the Tesla String Quartet is the current Hickory Metro Residency ensemble, who perform on two concert series in addition to many outreach concerts. Both the Western Piedmont Symphony (American Prize 1st Place in 2013 and 2015)  and the Tesla Quartet (2nd Place, Haydn Prize and New Music Prize at 2015 Banff International String Quartet Competition) are recent winners of national and international awards.

About the Community

Hickory is located in western North Carolina between Charlotte and Asheville in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Hickory has been named the 10th best place to live and raise a family in the US by Reader’s Digest. In 2014, Smart Growth America identified Hickory as being country’s most sprawling metro area and has been named an “All-America City” three times (2007, 1987, 1967) through its rich history as well as the city’s ability to successfully preserve its historical landmarks. The area offers affordable living costs, a low crime rate and a friendly community with many cultural attractions, including an art museum, science center, community theater and a choral society. It is also home to Lenoir-Rhyne University, a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

The city of Hickory is proudly engaged in a project that is ‘Crafting Hickory’, driven by the issuance of $40 million in bonds in public infrastructure development for a Citywalk, Riverwalk, Park 1764, and new Streetscapes.

 

 

Western Piedmont Symphony Box Office Manager

Reports to: Executive Director

Summary:

This is a seasonal position with hours dependent on concerts and events. The Box Office Manager is responsible for creating and maintaining all concerts in ticketing software, the processing of all ticket sales, working with volunteers to staff the box office and providing all patrons an excellent ticket-buying experience.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist in the process of developing a successful season subscription campaign
  • Process all season subscriptions, ticket orders and related payments
  • Prepare and maintain seating charts for concerts and events
  • Build concerts, seating charts and all materials for ticketing software
  • Record all attendance reports for concerts and events
  • Responsible for the supplies and preparation of Box Office prior to concerts and events
  • Work with Volunteer Coordinator to staff the box office with volunteers and train volunteers on POS system for tickets
  • Responsible for analyzing and optimizing the ticket buying experience
  • Collaborate with all staff in order to identify potential areas for growth
  • Assist in sales and customer service
  • Must attend and run the box office for all ticketed WPS concert events

Qualifications:

  • Excellent verbal & written communication
  • Strong computer proficiency and ability to learn new software quickly
  • Strong problem solving skills
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Strong analytical and technical knowledge as well as a curiosity for new trends in electronic ticketing
  • Able to work effectively as part of a team
  • Experience with ticketing software and systems required; Etix experience preferred
  • High school diploma or equivalent required. Bachelor’s degree preferred

To apply:

Send an email with cover letter to employment@wpsymphony.org

 

Western Piedmont Symphony Development Office Assistant

Reports to: Executive Director

Summary:

The Western Piedmont Symphony is seeking a Development Officer. This is a part-time position currently averaging 20-25 hours a week, with potential to grow, that supports the mission of WPS by helping to raise funds that allow us to provide classical music of distinction to all citizens throughout a ten-county region.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide administrative/database help associated with stewardship and engagement of individual and institutional donors, patrons and potential donors
  • Support donor relations, including maintenance of detailed donor records in Exceed (ticketing/development database) and development files, preparation of acknowledgement letters, member renewal mailings, and other written communications with donors as well as making renewal phone calls to past donors
  • Assist in creation and implementation of Annual Fund, Friends of the Quartet and Subscription Campaigns
  • Provide administrative assistance to the Executive Director, including scheduling meetings, screening mail and calls and responding to inquiries by phone, email or letter
  • Maintain all inventory and purchasing of supplies
  • Maintain copier, computers and other office equipment
  • Maintain the Symphony’s calendar
  • Provide assistance for management of special projects and logistical support for meetings and events organized by the Development Committee
  • Collaborate with staff and Development Committee in order to identify potential donors
  • Seek additional opportunities to improve current strategies
  • Attend Symphony concerts and events
  • Assist in sales and customer service

Qualifications:

  • Excellent verbal & written communication
  • Strong problem solving & time management skills
  • Work effective as part of a team
  • Bachelor’s degree and at least one year of fundraising or related experience
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • A desire to increase proficiency in development
  • Strong computer proficiency including Microsoft Outlook, Word & Excel and ability to learn new software quickly
  • Experience with database/development software is preferred

 

Western Piedmont Symphony Digital Marketing Assistant

Reports to: Marketing Manager

Summary:

We are seeking a highly motivated and energetic individual with drive to see our organization succeed. You will be working with our marketing manager in the creation and planning of all marketing campaigns. This is a part-time position averaging 10-15 hours a week. The Digital Marketing Assistant is responsible for creating and maintaining all digital communication streams including social media, website and email campaigns and ensures that all of these media are upheld to the standards of the WPS mission.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Social Media: Plan and create content to maintain and manage social accounts on a daily basis
  • Website: Develop and maintain the organization’s website
  • Email Campaigns: Plan, create and organize content for all email marketing campaigns
  • Work closely with Marketing Manager in the creation, execution and optimization of marketing campaigns to maintain brand uniformity across platforms
  • Analyze and optimize visitor experience and conversions (including search engine optimization)
  • Collaborate with all staff in order to identify potential areas for market growth
  • Seek additional opportunities to improve marketing strategies and customer experience.
  • Update multiple online calendars and websites including, but not limited to, Our State, Classical Voices of North Carolina, Visitor’s Bureau, etc.
  • Attend all Symphony concerts and events
  • Assist in sales and customer service

Qualifications:

  • Excellent verbal & written communication
  • Experience in graphic design
  • Experience in social media management & WordPress
  • Strong computer proficiency and ability to learn new software quickly
  • Strong problem solving skills
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Strong analytical and technical knowledge
  • Curiosity for new technologies and digital marketing trends
  • Work effectively as part of a team
  • High school diploma or equivalent required. Bachelor’s degree preferred

To apply:

Send an email with cover letter to employment@wpsymphony.org

 

Western Piedmont Symphony Volunteer Coordinator

Reports to: Executive Director

Summary:

The Western Piedmont Symphony is seeking a Volunteer Coordinator is responsible for accessing and implementing a diverse array of recruitment techniques to identify qualified volunteers for positions in a wide range of areas, such as ushers, box office attendants, marketing, special events, library assistance, data entry, office assistance and facility maintenance. This is a volunteer position averaging 5-10 hours a week.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop, promote, and maintain a wide range of volunteer opportunities within the organization
  • Collaborate with staff in order to identify volunteer staffing needs and recommend efficient utilization of volunteer time. Provides support to staff for volunteer training
  • Cultivate a compelling (mission related) recruitment message which communicates the need for the volunteer’s service and the benefit (s) of volunteering with WPS
  • Actively seek opportunities to recruit new volunteers through community outreach, speaking engagements, participation in professional organizations, online volunteer matching sites, referrals, local contacts, solicitation, attending appropriate fairs, etc.
  • Act as single point of contact for communications with volunteers and WPS Ambassadors
  • Build and maintain relationships with volunteers through acknowledgement of volunteer’s time and coordination of volunteer events.
  • Attend Symphony concerts and events
  • Organize and plan “Volunteer Appreciation Night”
  • Maintain accurate records of all volunteered time

Qualifications:

  • Excellent verbal & written communication
  • Strong computer proficiency and ability to learn new software
  • Strong problem solving skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively and interact with all levels of staff, volunteers, donors and community representatives
  • Ability to prioritize and work to deadlines
  • Must be able to represent WPS in a friendly, knowledgeable, and appropriate manner
  • High school diploma or equivalent required. Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Work effectively as part of a team

To apply:

Send an email with cover letter to employment@wpsymphony.org