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Symphony and Orchestra Careers

Passionate about classical music? Learn about careers in performance and administration with symphonies, orchestras, choirs, and bands.
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Conductor

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
Stage Manager

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
Orchestrator

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
music librarian

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
Concertmaster

Concertmaster

Learn More Avg. Salary: $75,000 Salary Range: $50K-$100k Alt Titles: Section Leader, 1st Violinist
Section Leader

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
Section Member

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
Orchestra

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
Director of Development

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
Director of Public Relations

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
Subscriptions & Ticket Service Director

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
Director of Educational Activities

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: $73,467 Salary Range: $47K-$111k Alt Titles: Director of Education, Education Director
Personnel Director

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
Orchestral Music Librarian

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
Symphony Business Manager

Symphony Business Manager

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