Young Concert Artists seeks an entrepreneurial person with a background in music education and performance to forge a new and exciting role at YCA. We wish to expand our work in Educational Residency and Community Engagement in our two primary locations – New York City and Washington, DC. This individual will foster partnerships, train the YCA artists for educational residency/community engagement, work with the artists to plan and produce creative projects, and help tell the story of why this work is important. We are looking for an individual driven by our mission to help young artists make an impact with their careers. This individual will report to the Director of Artist Management, and will work closely with the President, the Board Education Committee, and the Chief Development Officer. The non-profit nature of YCA connects our Artist Management department with a community that includes Board members, donors, illustrious YCA alumni, venues in NYC and Washington DC, and a staff of ten.
Since its founding in 1961, Young Concert Artists (YCA) has been deeply committed to helping define the future of classical music by discovering some of the most promising artists of each new generation, developing their unique potential, equipping them to forge new paths for the art form, and working with them to find their audience. Our 60-year history offers a great legacy of important artists fulfilling our mission in every corner of the classical music world. Daniel Kellogg took over as President in July 2019 from Founding Director Susan Wadsworth, and with a new Strategic Plan coming this fall, new team members, and new organizational initiatives, YCA is poised to define a strong next chapter.
Cultivate educational partners for YCA in New York City (and surrounding areas) and Washington DC, where YCA artists can engage in creative residency projects. Such partners include public schools, charter schools, private schools, extracurricular music schools, specialized music schools, and pre-college programs. YCA desires to strengthen our support of arts access/education in underserved communities.
Develop and participate in a program to train YCA artists to become effective communicators in a wide variety of situations. Oversee their progress as engaging communicators and ambassadors for classical music.
Work with YCA artists to choose appropriate repertoire, and help them develop creative and impactful residencies where they can share their unique musical personalities and youthful energy. Work with artists and the schools to create tailored lesson plans for the residencies.
Plan, schedule, and help produce the resulting residencies.
Support YCA’s Artist Management department in preparing the artists for educational residency activities planned through presenting partners around the country. Help coordinate key residencies directly with the presenting organizations.
Find community partners for performances in non-traditional venues, engaging community-oriented projects, and innovative collaborations. This might include outdoor performances, performances at hospitals, public buildings, correctional facilities, museums, etc.
Work with Board members and patrons to cultivate relationships and opportunities in the New York City area and Washington DC.
Invite innovative ideas from the artists and help to realize those ideas.
This position will require travel around the New York City Boroughs as well as train travel to Washington DC. Possible travel to attend conferences in support of professional growth.
Degree(s) in Music Education and a background in classical music performance
K-12 teaching experience preferred
Administrative experience preferred
Highly organized, productive, and driven towards results
Great communication skills (oral and written)
Ability to create new opportunities/build partnerships for YCA
Strong people skills and ability to work well on a team
YCA is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to diversify its staff. We strongly encourage people of all backgrounds to apply. All applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or age.
YCA benefits include health, dental, and vision, generous holiday and paid time off, and an employer-funded retirement plan.
YCA’s offices are located at 57th and Broadway in NYC.
Please send a cover letter and resume in PDF format to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Young Concert Artists seeks to discover brilliant and promising young classical musicians on the cusp of major careers. Through a rigorous international audition process we select a few new artists each year and offer them concert debuts in NYC and Washington DC, management, career guidance, and an array of publicity services. The YCA staff takes great pleasure in serving these extraordinary young people. We are a mission driven organization supported by a generous and engaging group of donors in both NYC and Washington, DC.