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Symphony and Orchestra Careers

Passionate about Classical Music? Learn about careers in Performance and Administration with Symphonies, Orchestras, Choirs, and more.
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Stage Manager

A Stage Manager makes sure the day-to-day operations of a concert hall or other musical venue run smoothly. Learn More Avg. Salary: $54,000 Salary Range: $29K - $67K Alt Titles: None
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Music Librarian

Music Librarians answer reference questions, interact with the public, process donations, and help catalogue and sometime digitize collections. Learn More Avg. Salary: $55,169 Salary Range: $38K-$89K Alt Titles: Librarian
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Concertmaster

Leads violin section of the orchestra, performs as a soloist, decides on bowings for the first violins, and works closely with the Conductor. Learn More Avg. Salary: Salary Range: Up to $621,510 Alt Titles: Section Leader, 1st Violinist
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Section Leader

Leads a section of the orchestra, sometimes supervises rehearsals with the section, and assigns parts to musicians. Learn More Avg. Salary: $66,817 Salary Range: $33K - $113K Alt Titles: None
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Section Member

Rehearses, performs, and sometimes records with an orchestra. Learn More Avg. Salary: $60,229 Salary Range: $40K - $80K Alt Titles: Classical Musician, Section Player
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Managing Director

Managing Directors oversee the orchestra’s daily operations, strategic planning, and the different departments responsible for fundraising, event production, and so on. Learn More Avg. Salary: $200,184 Salary Range: $90K-$320K Alt Titles: Executive Director
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Orchestra Manager

Orchestra Managers handle contracts with musicians, venues, and vendors. They also help manage rehearsals, event logistics, and operations personnel. Learn More Avg. Salary: $61,500 Salary Range: $49K-$74K Alt Titles: General Manager, Vice President of Operations
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Director of Development

Oversees philanthropic and marketing support received from individuals, corporations, foundations and government agencies on behalf of the orchestra. Learn More Avg. Salary: $99,856 Salary Range: $64K-$153K Alt Titles: Fundraising Director
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Director of Public Relations

Coordinates press and promotions of orchestra, may handle advertising. Learn More Avg. Salary: $94,890 Salary Range: $62K-$138K Alt Titles: PR Director, Director of Press Relations, Publicity Director
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Subscriptions and Ticket Service Director

Manages the day-to-day operations of the ticketing offices, maintains the ticketing system, ensures patrons receive their tickets, and supervises the box office. Learn More Avg. Salary: $93,776 Salary Range: $58K - $142K Alt Titles: Head of Subscriptions, Ticket Service Director, Ticket Services Manager
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Director of Educational Activities

Education Directors plan, coordinate, and implement an orchestra’s educational community outreach programs for local children and adults. Learn More Avg. Salary: $63,632 Salary Range: $39K-$105k Alt Titles: Director of Education, Education Director
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Personnel Director

Personnel Directors handle human resources for the orchestra, hiring musicians and ensuring their working conditions are up to par. Learn More Avg. Salary: $82,213 Salary Range: $25K - $133K Alt Titles: Personnel Manager
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Orchestral Music Librarian

Catalogs and orders music for the orchestra, assists Conductor by copying scores and sheet music. Learn More Avg. Salary: $55,169 Salary Range: $38K-$89K Alt Titles: Performance Librarian
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Orchestrator

Orchestrators transpose music and write scores based off a Composer’s initial draft or sketch. Learn More Avg. Salary: $62,377 Salary Range: $13K-$175K Alt Titles: None
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Conductor

Conductors lead orchestras, operas, and other musical ensembles during live performances. Learn More Avg. Salary: $49,435 Salary Range: $25K-$148K Alt Titles: Chief Conductor, Principle Conductor, Maestro, Music Director
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Symphony Business Manager

Supervises general accounting, including accounts payable and receivable and sourcing competitive bidding for office equipment. Attends board meetings and staffs finance committees. Learn More Avg. Salary: $63,388 Salary Range: $39K to $97K Alt Titles: Business Manager, Director of Business Operations, Finance Director
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