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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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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 MoreAvg. Salary:$54,000Salary Range:$29K - $67KAlt Titles:None
Concertmaster

Concertmaster

Learn MoreAvg. Salary:$75,000Salary Range:$50K-$100kAlt Titles:Section Leader, 1st Violinist
music librarian

Music Librarian

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

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 MoreAvg. Salary:$200,184Salary Range:$90K-$320KAlt Titles:Executive Director
Orchestra Manager

Orchestra Manager

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

Orchestrator

Orchestrators transpose music and write scores based off a Composer’s initial draft or sketch. Learn MoreAvg. Salary:$62,377Salary Range:$13K-$175KAlt Titles:None
Section Member

Section Member

Rehearses, performs, and sometimes records with an orchestra. Learn MoreAvg. Salary:$60,229Salary Range:$40K - $80KAlt Titles:Classical Musician, Section Player
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 MoreAvg. Salary:$99,856Salary Range:$64K-$153KAlt Titles:Fundraising Director
Conductor

Conductor

Conductors lead orchestras, operas, and other musical ensembles during live performances. Learn MoreAvg. Salary:$49,435Salary Range:$25K-$148KAlt Titles:Chief Conductor, Principle Conductor, Maestro, Music Director
Section Leader

Section Leader

Leads a section of the orchestra, sometimes supervises rehearsals with the section, and assigns parts to musicians. Learn MoreAvg. Salary:$66,817Salary Range:$33K - $113KAlt Titles:None
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 MoreAvg. Salary:$73,467Salary Range:$47K-$111kAlt 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 MoreAvg. Salary:$82,213Salary Range:$25K - $133KAlt 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 MoreAvg. Salary:$55,169Salary Range:$38K-$89KAlt Titles:Performance Librarian
Director of Public Relations

Director of Public Relations

Coordinates press and promotions of orchestra, may handle advertising. Learn MoreAvg. Salary:$94,890Salary Range:$62K-$138KAlt Titles:PR Director, Director of Press Relations, Publicity Director
Symphony Business Manager

Symphony Business Manager

Learn MoreAvg. Salary:Salary Range:Alt Titles:None
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 MoreAvg. Salary:$93,776Salary Range:$58K - $142KAlt Titles:Head of Subscriptions, Ticket Service Director, Ticket Services Manager
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