Now in its 27th Season, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra (OPO) has the mission to enrich and inspire the diverse communities of Central Florida through the transformative power of live music. With a broad offering of classical symphonic and pops concerts, educational programs, free outdoor concerts, and special events, the OPO presents more than 170 live performances and reaches more than 70,000 young people and families annually. Eric Jacobsen leads the Orchestra in his fifth season as Music Director.
In the 2019-20 Season, the Orlando Philharmonic strives to bring people together with diverse and cultural inclusivity through the lens of the American Virtuoso. The Season includes five concerts on the FAIRWINDS Classics Series, and a new concert titled Inside the Score: Symphonie Fantastique, in which Music Director Eric Jacobsen will lead the audience on an exploration of Hector Berlioz’s best known work. The Pops Series includes five programs of two concerts each, and each offers unique experiences designed to excite audiences and break expectations. All performances take place at the Bob Carr Theater. The Focus Series includes five concerts at The Plaza Live Theater.
New to the OPO in the 2019-20 Season is RESONATE at The Plaza Live, a multi-venue concert experience featuring new works by visionary composers of today alongside the music of Mozart. And Composer-in-Residence Gabriel Kahane will bring his work Emergency Shelter Intake Form to the Bob Carr Theater stage featuring a choir of members from the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida.
The OPO is a resident company of the Dr. Phillips Center (DPC) for the Performing Arts, which opened in 2014 in downtown Orlando. The Orchestra currently performs at the DPC’s Bob Carr Theater. The third and final theatre of the DPC, Steinmetz Hall, will open in 2020. The 1,700-seat acoustic multiform theatre has been designed for the Orlando Philharmonic and fellow resident company, the Orlando Ballet. The OPO also owns and operates The Plaza Live Orlando, one of Orlando's oldest venues. Originally a cinema, The Plaza Live has been transformed to a theatre space for local pop shows and events as well as larger, national acts.
The Orlando Philharmonic is governed by a 31-member Board of Directors, nine of whom are musician members of the orchestra. Additional support is provided by the Friends of the Orlando Philharmonic. The annual operating budget is $4.5 million and the Orchestra has a $5 million endowment. The OPO has an administrative staff of 16. David Hyslop is serving as Interim Executive Director.
The diverse and dynamic Orlando metropolitan area consists of four counties comprising more than 2.5 million people. With many tax incentives and no state income tax, the Orlando business environment attracts many burgeoning high-tech industries. The area is headquarters to Advent Health, American Automobile Association (AAA), Darden Restaurants, Marriott Vacations, and Tupperware Brands. Orlando is also home to the University of Central Florida, a major research center and one of the nation’s largest universities, regularly cited for innovation, quality, access, and value.
Orlando hosts more than 70 million travelers annually, many of whom are visitors to Walt Disney World and Universal Studios. The city has three major professional sports teams in the Orlando Magic (NBA), Orlando City Soccer (MLS), and Orlando Pride (NWSL).
In addition to the Orlando Philharmonic, the city’s vibrant arts community includes professional ballet and opera companies, theatres, and major museums.
The Executive Director is the chief executive officer of the Orlando Philharmonic and reports to the Board of Directors through the Board President. In partnership with the Board of Directors and the executive management team, the ED provides vision, leadership, strategic direction, and management to enable the OPO to fulfill its mission and achieve its goals for programmatic excellence, community engagement, and financial success.
The Executive Director manages the human and financial resources of the OPO. The ED is responsible for all aspects of the OPO’s administration and operations, including: strategic planning; fund raising and patron development; budgeting and financial management; marketing and audience development; artistic administration; concert production; collective bargaining negotiations; educational activities; facilities; and community engagement.
With the President, the Executive Director provides impetus and support to the work of the Board and its committees. The ED takes a leadership role in fundraising, including donor identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship. The ED guides, motivates, and supervises the OPO staff, and provides guidance and support to those who serve the OPO as volunteers.
The Executive Director works in close partnership with the Music Director to achieve the OPO’s artistic goals. S/he fosters an environment that allows conductors, orchestra musicians, and guest artists to do their best work. Through creative programming and marketing initiatives, s/he builds audience size, diversity, and demand. S/he develops community partnerships and maintains positive working relationships between the OPO and its venues. The ED is the visible representative, spokesperson, and advocate for the OPO in Orlando and throughout the Central Florida community.
The successful candidate will be an experienced executive with at least five years’ progressive leadership experience in orchestra or performing arts management. S/he will combine a passion for music with a highly developed knowledge of symphony orchestras, artistic administration, and orchestra operations.
The successful candidate will be a strategic thinker with the ability to inspire and align OPO stakeholders around an exciting vision for the OPO’s growth and development. S/he will have the demonstrated ability to develop and execute a strategic plan, and to set, achieve, and exceed goals for earned and contributed income, audience development, and program excellence.
The successful candidate will be willing to devote a substantial amount of time and energy to fundraising across all community groups. S/he will have the ability foster and maintain relationships with individual and institutional donors. S/he will have a track record of success with major gift fundraising and experience with endowment campaigns.
The successful candidate will have the demonstrated ability to work effectively with creative artists to achieve artistic goals. S/he will have the ability to negotiate and work effectively and collaboratively with professional musicians and stage personnel in a collective bargaining environment. Experience managing a performing arts venue and/or relationships with various concert venues will be considered an asset.
The successful candidate will be flexible, creative, curious, and persistent. S/he will be a superb listener with the willingness to consider options and the ability to make decisions. S/he will be able to manage multiple agendas and competing priorities with skill and good humor. S/he will be a person of integrity and high ethical standards with a strong commitment to transparency. The successful candidate will be able to speak and write persuasively about the OPO. S/he will welcome the opportunity to become an active part of the greater Orlando community.
Compensation, including benefits, is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.
The Orlando Philharmonic is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all facets of the organization, and seeks to develop a diverse candidate pool.
Please send a cover letter outlining your specific interest and qualifications for this position. Include a resume, salary requirements, and contact information for at least three references. Electronic submissions are preferred. All applications will be treated as confidential and references will not be called without the candidate’s knowledge and agreement.
The position will remain open until filled. The Search Committee will begin to review credentials in late August.
Please send materials to:
Orlando Philharmonic – Executive Director
c/o Catherine French Group
2500 Q Street NW, Suite 623
Washington, DC 20007
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Additional Salary Information: Compensation, including benefits, is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.
About Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra
Formed in 1998, the Catherine French Group works with symphony orchestras, opera companies, performing arts presenters, music festivals, schools of music, and other music and arts organizations as they recruit chief executives, senior management, and artistic personnel. The Catherine French Group is based in Washington, DC. Catherine French is founder and principal. Musician, administrator, and educator Christopher Wingert joined CFG in 2005 and is Managing Director. Henry Fogel, former CEO of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and former Dean of the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, collaborates on projects that have a special focus on music directors and artistic directors.