Employment Opportunities

Music Director & ESYO Symphony Orchestra Conductor

Type of Position: Full time salaried with benefits; reports to the Board of Directors


Empire State Youth Orchestra’s Music Director engages youth in the joyful pursuit of musical excellence. The Music Director (MD) works in close collaboration with the Board and Executive Director and serves as the lead artistic liaison with community groups and educational institutions.  The MD provides artistic leadership for the organization, and oversees the educational and artistic development of all ESYO students through rehearsals, performances, and collaboration with artistic staff. The MD maintains a standard of excellence among the artistic staff through interaction, evaluation, example, curricula and artistic leadership. The MD collaborates with the CHIME Administrative Director to ensure alignment between the CHIME program and the overall artistic vision of ESYO, and additionally provides support to CHIME faculty with respect to the inclusion of CHIME students into audition-based performing ensembles. The MD is an ambassador to the greater community including professional musicians, public and private school music teachers, and potential students. The MD is a musician of the highest quality, possesses a commanding ability to communicate through music, and is committed to inspiring young people to pursue excellence through music.


Artistic Leader

  • Ensures a high level of musical excellence of all ensembles
  • Articulates the artistic vision of ESYO through the development of new and engaging programs
  • Collaborates with and supports conductors in realizing the scope and vision of ESYO
  • Collaborates with the CHIME Administrative Director to support the development and advancement of CHIME
  • Collaborates with the Education Coordinator to continuously assess the music education needs of all ESYO members. Supports the Education Coordinator in meeting those needs through enrichment, instruction, and other opportunities
  • Identifies weaknesses in the recruitment pool and proposes remedies. For example, lack of double reeds
  • Works collaboratively with the administrative staff to ensure that an audition process is in place that supports the educational mission of ESYO including how audition materials will be chosen, how auditions will be judged, how placement will be determined, and ensures students receive meaningful feedback.
  • In addition to regular concerts, identifies and carries out various other performing opportunities such as event-specific concerts, tours, festivals, collaborations, etc.
  • Works with the administrative staff to determine season schedule


  • Conducts the Symphony Orchestra at all rehearsals and performances (including international tours)
  • Develops students’ understanding and appreciation of orchestral performance skills
  • Develops students’ ability to learn parts independently and function in rehearsal and performance
  • Performs tasks associated with maintaining a properly functioning orchestra such as assuring music is marked as needed, determining seating rotation, assuring extra instruments or ringers are available when needed
  • Chooses repertoire to inspire and challenge players while maintaining the highest standard of performance
  • Ensures that all repertoire is consistent with the educational mission of ESYO and the performance capabilities of the students by whom it will be performed
  • Ensures that repertoire has appropriate instrumentation for all orchestra

Community Relations and Resource Development

  • Works collaboratively with the Executive Director and Board in fostering community relations and partnerships
  • As ESYO’s lead artistic liaison with community groups, builds relationships with the various artistic stakeholders
  • Participates in outreach activities such as school visits, media events, presentations, civic events,
  • Participates in activities aimed at raising funds to support ESYO; builds and cultivates relationships with potential donors


  • Serves as the lead spokesperson with students and parents on the artistic and educational mission of ESYO
  • Exhibits a caring and supportive attitude when working with students
  • Attends parent and student meetings and other parent/student ESYO activities
  • In collaboration with the Executive Director and Board of Directors, oversees the recruitment and hiring of ESYO’s artistic staff
  • Actively supports and ensures professional growth and employee engagement in the organization
  • Sets standards and evaluates performance of artistic staff
  • Provides input to the annual budget process including staffing requirements, special equipment/instrument or music needs, programming budgets,
  • Ensures the administrative staff has the information needed from the artistic staff to be able to perform their administrative duties
  • Participates in both operational and long-range planning activities
  • Attends Board meetings and committee meetings as needed to provide artistic perspective on topics under consideration and to report on artistic activities
  • Attends ESYO performances of all ensembles


  • Orchestral conducting experience and broad knowledge of orchestral repertoire, demonstrated experience with concert programming and adolescent musical development
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Music or Music Education required; additional desired qualifications, M.M, D.M.A, or Ph.D. in Orchestral Conducting
  • Ability to respect ESYO’s distinguished legacy while possessing the courage to be “musically daring,” offering a clear vision, method and style
  • Fluency in English and ability to communicate effectively to students, staff, parents, and a wide range of audience members
  • Ability to articulate and demonstrate a deep appreciation for, understanding of, and sensitivity to the needs of high performing youth
  • Ability to maintain the highest artistic and educational standards while remaining supportive, patient, and approachable
  • Broad knowledge of repertoire suitable for youth orchestras


Candidates must submit the following materials to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.:

  • Cover Letter addressing interest, experience with youth orchestras, salary history and expectations (PDF format)
  • Curriculum Vitae (PDF format)
  • A minimum of three (3) professional references with contact information (PDF format)
  • Recent conducting videos (within 2 years) – 3-5 video links (ex. Youtube, Dropbox) totaling a maximum of 120 minutes representing both rehearsal and performance.
  • Video or recording of a media interview and/or a concert talk is strongly encouraged, but not required.


  • All materials must be received by April 3, 2021
  • Zoom Interviews will take place in April and May
  • Finalist auditions and interviews in late May/early June
  • Appointment begins July, 2021



  • Commensurate with experience. Empire State Youth Orchestra offers a competitive salary and benefits package including health and dental insurance and a 403b retirement plan with matching contributions.

Education Coordinator

Type of Position: Full time salaried with benefits; reports to Music Director

MISSION: The mission of Empire State Youth Orchestra is to challenge and inspire young people to achieve excellence through music in a rigorous learning environment leading to high-level performance opportunities.

JOB SUMMARY: The Education Coordinator is responsible for cultivating a diverse, equitable and inclusive learning environment for all ESYO students and musicians, providing support and assistance to the CHIME teaching artists, Coaching staff, and Ensemble conductors, and developing audience enrichment opportunities. Specifically, this includes the facilitation, oversight, and assessment of curriculum and instructional opportunities that support students' musical advancement, the coordination of meaningful and relevant training and professional development for faculty, and the creation of engaging experiences for audiences and stakeholders.  


  • Conduct regular audits to identify and recommend improvements to educational programming, particularly with respect to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Design, develop, facilitate and evaluate instructional opportunities for students, and engaging educational experiences for audiences and stakeholders.
  • Coordinate meaningful and relevant faculty training and professional opportunities.
  • Clearly articulate ESYO’s scope and sequence to all constituencies (members, faculty, staff, Board, public), and actively support adherence to a common curriculum. 
  • Manage the collection, analysis, and summarization of education assessment and evaluation data (including entrance and preparedness auditions); provide timely updates, reports and recommendations for improvement. 
  • Coordinate impactful online educational experiences for students, faculty, and audiences; for example, a speaker series or instructional clinics.
  • Curate online resources and online educational materials.
  • Coordinate outreach to regional music educators.
  • Participate in recruitment efforts.
  • Coordinate college and conservatory preparatory experiences and facilitate counseling for college/conservatory bound students.
  • Participate in the cultivation of alumni relations.


  • A minimum of three years of professional experience working in the field of arts education with a 4- year undergraduate degree or equivalent experience. 
  • Familiarity with various music education pedagogies and the culture of youth orchestras and/or community music schools in combination with demonstrable experience working with music teachers and students. 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with demonstrable ability to effectively facilitate meetings, present publicly, and provide professional and appropriate business level written information utilizing various media. 
  • Strong orchestral music knowledge.
    Strong computer skills and demonstrated project management and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work with diverse personalities and populations and work cooperatively in a small open workplace environment.
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and dedication to youth education.
  • Ability to lift up to 30 pounds.

To Apply:

Submit the following documents via email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by March 15.

  • Cover Letter 
  • Curriculum Vitae and three professional references with contact information.
  • 500-word Personal Statement that details your relevant experience and describes your music education philosophy. 

ESYO is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

Candidates must have the ability to complete a criminal background check.