The Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra is seeking a new Executive Director who will have overall accountability and responsibility for the management of the organization. Reporting to the BRSO Board of Directors, this individual will be instrumental in guiding the organization to achieve the goals set forth in its recent strategic plan; engaging and managing up to six staff members; and serving as the visible representative of BRSO to the broader community. The Executive Director will be actively involved in fundraising and will work in collaboration with the BRSO Music Director/Conductor Timothy Muffitt.
The Executive Director is a dynamic and visionary leader with a passion for music and performing arts and who has a minimum of three years previous experience in nonprofit arts management.
The successful candidate will have:
Demonstrated success in achieving annual fundraising goals
Proven leadership and management experience
Strong oral and written communications skills
Demonstrated ability to build and maintain effective and respected relationships with board members, donors, audience members, other arts organizations, and the larger Baton Rouge community
Proven financial acumen
Previous experience with performing arts organizations
The successful candidate will be a self-starter and possess a high level of initiative, creativity, and energy. The ability to work independently is a must, as well as the ability to work with staff and volunteers to plan and execute a complex program of work. The successful candidate will be willing to relocate to Baton Rouge and commit fully to the community.
Compensation, including benefits, is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.
About Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra
Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra reaches an annual audience of more than 120,000 with over 30 orchestra and chamber ensemble performances throughout the greater Baton Rouge area. The orchestra is made up of over 70 professional per-service musicians as well as an auditioned, volunteer Symphony Chorus of over 100 voices.
A typical season includes a mix of classical, pops, and chamber ensemble concerts with usually one or two major offerings monthly in the season running from September to May. In an effort to reach out to new audiences, the orchestra is presenting innovative concert formats such as “Deconstructed Symphony” and “Bachtoberfest” along with more traditional fare. Additional concerts include run-outs to neighboring communities and various educational performances. Previous seasons have included Lang Lang, Yo-Yo Ma, ltzhak Perlman, Renee Fleming, Diana Ross, Johnny Mathis, and Van Cliburn, among others.
Locally, the orchestra embraces partnerships with its sister arts organizations and area universities on a regular basis, including collaborations with local dance companies, the Rural Life Museum, and others. Partnerships with the LSU School of Music have allowed... for many wonderful opportunities to bring top-level artists to Baton Rouge to work with both organizations.
The orchestra is also very engaged in the music of our time. Each season includes multiple works by living composers and often multiple premier performances. A recent CD on the Sono Luminus label of the music of Berg, Weill, and Ibert received great critical acclaim and has been broadcast in all 50 states. Plans are under way now for a commission of a major mixed-media work in the 2019-20 season to celebrate the opening of the newly renovated concert hall, Maestro Muffitt’s 20th season with the orchestra, and the orchestra’s 70th anniversary.
The Louisiana Youth Orchestra program provides performing opportunities for 180 auditioned students age eight to 20 in four ensembles. The LYO performs several well-attended concerts annually, in the same hall which the symphony performs.
The Symphony offers a wide range of educational and community engagement programs for all ages, including pre-concert discussions, Symphony Street performances, Young People’s Discovery concerts, and programs with autistic children and adults with Alzheimer’s. A new program called the “Musical Gateways Passports” allows 200 children and their parents, mostly from disadvantaged economic circumstances, to attend all Masterworks and Chamber programs free of charge, including free parking.