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Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor

Greater Connecticut Youth Orchestras seeks an energetic and talented educator/conductor to lead its Philharmonic Orchestra. Candidates must be passionate about engaging students ranging in age from 7th-10th grade in the joy of learning repertoire from a variety of genres and composers. Applicants from backgrounds historically under-represented in classical music are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Philharmonic Orchestra conductor works closely with the Music Director to develop:

– Programs that will challenge our students to grow musically and allow them to achieve their goals

– Extra performance opportunities

– Commissions and community collaborations



– Conduct weekly Saturday morning rehearsals (occasionally Sundays) from September through the middle of May

– Communicate with coaches and establish effective rehearsal plans

– Assist with auditions in June and the end of August

– Attend staff meetings

– Attend BOD meetings

– Communicate with parents

– Communicate with the Music Director

– Communicate with the Executive Director

– Bi-weekly meetings with the Music Director

– Conduct 3 or more concerts per year 



– Orchestral conducting experience and knowledge of orchestral repertoire

– A history of programming for this age group and excellence in youth musical development

– A bachelor’s degree in Music or Music Education is required. Preference given to those with an advanced degree in Orchestral Conducting

– Ability to establish the highest standards of music performance, while being supportive, understanding, and approachable 

– A demonstrated appreciation for and understanding of the needs of high-performing students 

– Demonstrated track record of establishing and maintaining an open, inclusive, and safe rehearsal environment for students


Candidates with the right combination of experience and skills may also be considered for the position of Assistant Music Director.

The Assistant Music Director works closely with the Music Director and will be responsible for the following areas:

– Collaborate with students as advisor of Student Leadership Committee. Host monthly meetings with students after rehearsals or on Zoom. Hear concerns, plan activities, complete projects.  

– Serve as the representative of student voice to the Board of Directors

– Assist with recruiting and community engagement

– Assist with the planning and implementation of Teaching Artist Retreats (Summer)

– Be ready and willing to step in and conduct Principal Orchestra if the Music Director is absent from rehearsals or performances

– Assistant Music Director stipend: $2,500


Hiring Process:

– Cover Letter addressing interest, experience with, and desire to work with youth orchestras

– Curriculum Vitae 

– A minimum of three professional references with contact information

– Recent conducting videos (within 2 years) – 3-5 video links (ex. Youtube, Dropbox) totaling a maximum of 90 minutes consisting of both rehearsal and performance

– Interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis. Three finalists will be selected to conduct one music cycle, ending with one concert, during the ’24-’25 season. An announcement of the final decision will be made at the end of May 2025 with a start date of July 1st, 2025. A stipend will be paid to each finalist.

– Salary range for position, commensurate with experience and skills, beginning 2025-26 season: $10,000-$12,500, payable over 10 months


Please send all materials to:

Chris Hisey


Deadline for application: 6/1/24




Greater Connecticut Youth Orchestras (GCTYO) is grounded in the conviction that music education is a vital part of the education and development of young people and of communities as a whole. Accordingly, our music programs develop and support young musicians with an understanding that they are also part of a much larger world that is both diverse and historically complex. With this larger global context in mind, GCTYO recognizes that delivery of a robust and meaningful music education must begin with an acknowledgement of the historical inequity, exclusion and disparity of access to resources that shape the landscape in which we live. Euro-centricity, hetero-normative gender expectations, colonial conquest, and anti-Black racism have shaped the history of classical and symphonic music and continue to determine access to and success in the field. Given the systemic racism,  anti-LGBTQ bias, gender bias, and white privilege that dominates the orchestral world, our organization commits to creating opportunities for the meaningful inclusion of historically under-represented voices, particularly those from Black and Brown communities. These efforts will include (but are not limited to) equitable, inclusive, and anti-racist pedagogical and performance practices, diversifying our musical repertoire to include musicians and composers of color, and hiring staff that is diverse and reflective of our student community and the global community in which we live. In an effort toward accountability for these goals, we pledge to regularly engage our student musicians, parents, and GCTYO community by conducting annual assessments and inviting comments and suggestions about our progress. Our hope is that students emerge from the GCTYO music program as strong musicians with a deep commitment to social justice and an understanding of how music can play a part in achieving unity and equity for all.

AAPI Statement of Support

Spring 2021

GCTYO stands with the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community who have been targeted, harassed and endured violent discrimination during the coronavirus pandemic. We recognize the valuable contributions of the AAPI community to our orchestras and to society as a whole. Racism against AAPIs has a long history in our nation that has been unaddressed and GCTYO takes an actively anti-racist stance against this bias.