Symphony and Orchestra Careers
Careers in Symphony and Orchestra
Alternate Titles: Chief Conductor, Principle Conductor, Maestro, Music Director
Job Description: Conductors lead orchestras, operas, and other musical ensembles during live performances.
Alternate Titles: Section Leader, 1st Violinist
Job Description: Leads an entire section of the orchestra, performs solos, tunes their section of the orchestra.
Salary: $95,000 to $517,000+
Alternate Titles: Principal Player
Job Description: Leads a section of the orchestra, sometimes supervises rehearsals with the section, and assigns parts to musicians.
Salary: $28,000 to $143,000+
Alternate Titles: Classical Musician, Section Player
Job Description: Plays an instrument in the orchestra.
Salary: $28,000 to $143,000
Alternate Titles: Singer, Classical Singer, Operatic Singer
Job Description: Sings, performs, and acts in operas.
Salary: $450 to $1,000+ per performance
Alternate Titles: Executive Director, Chief Administrator
Job Description: Handles the administrative duties of the orchestra.
Salary: $24,000 to $1,000,000+
Alternate Titles: Assistant Manager, Operations Manager
Job Description: Assistant to Managing Director. Negotiates musical orchestra performer contracts.
Salary: $26,000 to $100,000+
Symphony Business Manager
Alternate Titles: Management Official
Job Description: Oversees orchestra’s financial affairs, prepares and distributes payroll.
Salary: $25,000 to $85,000+
Director of Development
Alternate Titles: Fundraising Director
Job Description: Coordinates annual activities and campaigns, and establishes relationships with donors.
Salary: $25,000 to $90,000+
Director of Public Relations
Alternate Titles: PR Director, Director of Press Relations, Publicity Director
Job Description: Coordinates press and promotions of orchestra, may handle advertising.
Salary: $30,000 to $75,000+
Subscriptions and Ticket Service Director
Alternate Titles: Head of Subscriptions, Ticket Service Director
Job Description: Obtains new subscribers for the orchestra, renews subscribers, records ticket sales.
Salary: $24,000 to $49,000+
Director of Educational Activities
Alternate Titles: Education Director
Job Description: Coordinates programs for students, acclimates youth with classical music, helps secure a future
in classical music.
Salary: $24,000 to $50,000+
Alternate Titles: Personnel Manager
Job Description: Distributes notices for career opportunities within the orchestra, screens applicants, maintains applications and potential candidates on file.
Salary: $26,000 to $65,000+
Orchestral Music Librarian
Alternate Titles: Librarian
Job Description: Catalogs and orders music for the orchestra, assists Conductor by copying scores and sheet music.
Salary: $40,000 and up