Position Title: Assistant Conductor
Status: Full-Time, Exempt
Reports To: Director of Artistic Operations, with additional oversight by and mentorship with the Music Director of the Jacksonville Symphony
Materials Deadline: April 28, 2017
Live Audition: Thursday, May 25, 2017

Position Summary: The Jacksonville Symphony, with a $10 million annual operating budget, 38-week season and roster of 60 full-time musicians is seeking a conductor to join its growing artistic staff. This position will have conducting assignments with both the Jacksonville Symphony and the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestras.


  • Serve as a cover conductor and be of general assistance to the Music Director and Guest Conductors for the most efficient preparation of performances; lead sectionals as requested; substitute in case of emergency
  • As assigned, prepare and conduct Pops Series concerts, Coffee Series concerts and Special presentations by the Jacksonville Symphony
  • Work with the Director of Education and Community Engagement and contracted education specialists to create, prepare and conduct Jacksonville Symphony educational concerts, including Family concerts, Preludes, Young People’s Concerts, Students at the Symphony, Symphonicity and other programs
  • Work with the Director of Artistic Operations and collaborative partners to create, prepare and conduct community engagement, contract services and run-out concerts
  • Serve as Conductor for at least one of the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestras; prepare up to four separate programs annually per ensemble in accordance with appropriate curriculum standards; participate in JSYO auditions, orientations, retreats and concerto competitions; actively recruit JSYO members
  • Assist the Music Director and Director of Artistic Operations with program research, video program note script writing and general proofreading of artistic materials in print and online
  • Maintain general office hours during the season; attend meetings of the Artistic Operations staff and Board Programming Committee
  • Represent the Jacksonville Symphony and the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestras in the community; participate as assigned in promotional and development projects and events
  • Other duties as requested or assigned. 


  • Exceptional musicianship and conducting skills; knowledge of a broad range of repertoire, including Classical to Popular music; strong communication, interpersonal, leadership and organizational skills; strong conducting experience, especially with professional orchestra musicians; the ability to mentor young musicians with experience leading youth ensembles; a minimum of two years conducting experience
  • A minimum of a Bachelors degree from a conservatory or school of music in performance, conducting or music education
  • A detailed knowledge of orchestra operations, including understanding of orchestra concert programming and knowledge of orchestral repertoire; must be able to work with artists with a broad spectrum of personalities
  • Ability to pass a background check required of the Symphony and its collaborative partners
  • Fluency in English
  • Responsible, reliable, able to work daytime, weekends and evenings; residency in Jacksonville, FL, required
  • Must have a positive attitude, be able to work as part of a high-functioning team, posses a passion for symphonic music, as well as a strong desire to bring symphonic music to diverse audiences


Salary for this position begins in the mid-$30ks and includes a competitive benefits package that includes medical, disability and life insurance; paid time off and 403(b) contribution plan.

About the Jacksonville Symphony:

The Jacksonville Symphony is among the nation’s top regional orchestras and is a cultural leader of a vibrant and growing northeast Florida. With an annual operating budget exceeding $10 million, the Symphony performs more than 200 concerts per year to 200,000 people throughout the First Coast. In 2017, the Symphony announced a new, five-year collective bargaining agreement with the American Federation of Musicians that will expand its season from 35 to 40 weeks, increase the number of full-time musicians from 53 to 60 and annual compensation by 37%

To Apply:

Please upload resume and up to three (3) video samples of your prior conducting work as follows:

  1. Create a folder titled with the following format: Last Name_First Name
  2. Place your resume (PDF and word documents only) and up to three (3) videos for upload into
    your folder
  3. Please label all files with your last name, first name and a short description of the file Example: Smith_John_Video_1
  4. Login with your Google account – or setup a free Gmail account. We recommend using Google Chrome or the latest version of Firefox as your browser
  5. Select Google Drive
  6. Select Upload Folder
  7. Once the folder has uploaded, select the Share icon and change the access settings to “anyone
    with the link"
  8. Share the entire folder with [email protected]


Candidates invited to the live audition in Jacksonville, FL, will be notified by 6 p.m. on Monday, May 1, 2017, at which point they will be given the audition list. Candidates are responsible for their own transportation to and from Jacksonville, as well as their lodging, though the Jacksonville Symphony does have a hotel partner that will provide discounted rates for all auditioning candidates. Invited candidates may also be required to present proof of their legal eligibility to work in the United States as a condition of being accepted to the live audition.

The live audition will take place in Jacksonville on Thursday, May 25, 2017 with semi-finals occurring in the morning, interviews immediately following and the final round in the afternoon.

For further information, please contact Tony Nickle, Director of Artistic Operations, at [email protected] or 904.354.5470.