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The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra currently has the following employment opportunities available:

Assistant Conductor


Position Description

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (MSO) seeks a dynamic and talented conductor for the position of Assistant Conductor beginning in the 2015.2016 season. The Assistant Conductor serves as the primary supporting conductor to the Music Director and visiting guest conductors for all rehearsals and performances. Additionally, the Assistant Conductor is integral to the MSO’s educational, promotional, and audience and patron development initiatives. Individuals who demonstrate efficiency, flexibility, creativity, effective communication skills, and a commitment to classical, pop, educational, and promotional orchestral performances and events will be successful in this position.

The Assistant Conductor is expected to reside in or near Milwaukee, WI.

Reports to:

Music Director; Chief Operating Officer

Works with:

Director of Education and Community Engagement; Artistic Planning team; Marketing and Communications team; Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra musicians, chorus, and staff.

Required Qualifications:

  • Extensive knowledge of symphonic repertoire and the concert production cycle
  • Ability to develop programming ideas in consideration of goals, audience, and budget
  • Ability to communicate with audiences of all ages and levels of knowledge
  • Authorization to work in the United States

Duration of Employment

The appointment is for an initial term commencing between September, 2015 and January, 2016, and ending on July 15, 2017. The position may be extended year-by-year after the initial term.


Contracted salary will be commensurate with experience, to be discussed at time of interview/audition. The MSO provides benefits including medical, dental, vision, long and short-term disability, and life insurances.

Job Responsibilites:

Conducting Duties

  • Conduct all education, family, community and promotional rehearsals and performances. The MSO presents more than 25 educational and community performances each season
  • Conduct all state-wide tour and run-out rehearsals and performances, including classical, pops, and educational tour and run-out programs. The MSO presents more than 15 tour and run-out performances per season
  • Conduct subscription classical, pops and special event rehearsals and performances, as assigned

Cover Conducting Duties

  • Provide service as “cover conductor” for classical and pops subscription, and special event rehearsals and performances. Responsibilities include assisting the Music Director, soloists, and the Librarian, being prepared to conduct the specified performances at a moment’s notice, and other duties as assigned

Administrative/Other Duties

  • Work closely with the Music Director, Executive Director, and various MSO departments on season, series, and event planning and programming, guest artist selection, and program development
  • Appear at and participate in promotional, educational, audience development, and donor development events, including speaking and hosting engagements
  • Make in-school educational presentations to elementary children. The MSO visits more than 20 schools per season
  • Other duties as assigned

How to Apply

Applications must be received by Friday, May 1, 2015. Applications will be reviewed and finalists will be invited to Milwaukee at their own expense by Friday, May 16. Finalists must be available for live, in-person auditions and interviews all day on Tuesday, June 16, 2015.

All applicants are required to submit the following to

  • Current resume or curriculum vitæ, and list of repertoire performed
  • Two (2) example educational programs, including description of concert’s educational goals, repertoire to be performed, and resources needed, for a) an elementary school audience and b) a high school audience
  • Up to 30 minutes of conducting footage showing a range of different styles of music and diverse conducting abilities.

Additionally, two (2) references (name, email, phone) OR two (2) letters of recommendation are highly encouraged. If letters are to be submitted, they should be sent by email or attached PDF directly from the author to

All materials must be received by electronic means (email link, WeTransfer, Dropbox, YouTube, or other). Please enter “ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR SEARCH-LASTNAME” in the subject line of the email.

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra is an equal opportunity employer.



For orchestra auditions, please see the MSO Auditions page.

For chorus auditions, please see the Chorus Auditions page.