Conductor Search

Qualifications/Job Description

The Chappaqua Orchestra, now in its 60thseason, is pleased to announce our search for a new conductor. Below are the qualifications and job description.

TCO consists of 80% - 85% professional musicians with the remainder being highly qualified semi-professional and avocational players from the tri-state region. The TCO season typically includes 3 chamber concerts, 3-5 full orchestra concerts, all with an average of 1 - 3 rehearsals per concert. 

We invite experienced conductors to apply by emailing a statement of interest, a current resume or CV, and links to video examples (face to camera, demonstrating different styles) to All applications must be received by October 15, 2018. Up to 6 finalists will be selected by November 2018 and will be invited for an interview and concert over the 2018-2019 and 2019-20 seasons. Finalists will receive an honorarium for their audition concert. Upon final decision, this will be a paid position with the amount to be determined based upon budget and conductor experience.



- Degree in a music discipline

- 3-5 years of experience programming and conducting chamber and full orchestras

- Proven ability to retain and expand audience and season subscriptions

- Proven ability to work with a Board of Trustees

- Experience with educational programming for young children

- Experience hiring and removal of musicians

- Proven track record in fundraising and development


- Master’s degree or DMA in Conducting

- Relationships with noteworthy musicians and the broader music industry community

- Proven ability to develop partnerships with aligned cultural organizations

Job Description:

- Work with the TCO Board and ED on programming each season and concert

- Work closely with the ED to arrange venue location and rehearsal times

- Work with the Personnel Manager to contract available musicians for each concert

- Work with the Librarian to prepare the music for each concert

- Work with the section leaders on preparation for each concert – i.e. bowings, markings,   section seating, etc.

- Communicate rehearsal, repertoire and schedule info to the contracted musicians for   every concert

- Active participation with fundraising and development opportunities 

- Work with the local community – meet regularly and build relationships with local town   leaders and local educators

- Build relationships with the Westchester County musical leaders

- Be available for press interviews with media

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