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MSO Seeks Executive Director

February 6, 2017

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The Maryland Symphony Orchestra welcomes nominations and applications for the position of Executive Director,
available in the late spring or early summer of 2017.

The Maryland Symphony Orchestra is Western Maryland’s premier professional orchestra serving audiences from the quad-state region that also includes Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. The Orchestra attracts the finest musicians from the Baltimore and Washington metropolitan areas and performs in the historic, beautifully restored 1,255-seat Maryland Theater in downtown Hagerstown.

The Maryland Symphony was formed 35 years ago by a group of Washington County community leaders and music lovers. Horn virtuoso Barry Tuckwell served as Music Director for the first 17 seasons. Elizabeth Schulze has been the Orchestra’s Music Director and artistic leader since the 1999-2000 season.

The mission of the Maryland Symphony is “to provide musical performances and programs that educate and entertain while enhancing the cultural environment of Western Maryland and the surrounding region.” The 2017-2018 Season includes a series of five classical concert pairs; two MSO Pops! concerts; two holiday concerts; and an annual outdoor concert and fireworks display on the historic Antietam Battlefield with an audience of as many as 30,000 called, “Salute to Independence,” and run-outs to Frostburg State University and the Wisp Resort in western Maryland.

A comprehensive education program reaches young audiences from pre-school through college. String, wind, and brass ensembles bring music instruction to all Washington County elementary schools. Monthly Kinder Konzerts offer early childhood music education for pre-school audiences. A four-week program, Symphony Saturdays, welcomes first, second, and third graders. Fourth graders from public, private, and home schools participate in the Orchestra’s annual youth concerts, called Link Up, a partnership with Carnegie Hall. Middle and high school music students attend an hour-long version of a classical program. Orchestra ensembles – string quartet, woodwind quintet, brass quintet – perform spring in-school presentations for all elementary schools in Washington County. In addition, student musicians from middle school through college are invited to dress rehearsals of Masterworks concerts, participate in artist master classes, and receive regular coachings from MSO teaching artists throughout the school year.

The Maryland Symphony Orchestra has an annual operating budget of $1.5 million and an endowment of $2.4 million. The Orchestra is governed by a Board of 24 and has an administrative staff of five full-time and five part-time employees. The Friends of the MSO provides volunteer support.

Hagerstown is located in Western Maryland, 70 miles from Washington, DC, and 75 miles from Baltimore, Maryland. The area is well known for historic sites such as the Antietam Battlefield, and has extensive park areas for hiking, skiing, biking, white-water rafting, and other outdoor activities.

The Position

The Executive Director manages the human and financial resources of the Maryland Symphony in order to achieve the Orchestra’s mission. S/he is responsible and accountable for all aspects of the organization, including planning, fund raising, external relations, marketing and promotion, concert production, artistic administration, education, financial management, contract negotiations, and general operations. The Executive Director ensures that the Orchestra meets or exceeds its goals for earned and contributed income, financial stability, and community engagement.

The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors through the President. S/he implements the policies set by the Board. S/he serves as an ex officio member of all Board committees and provides support to the work of the Board. S/he engages, motivates, and supervises a high caliber administrative staff. S/he develops the annual master plan for orchestra operations.

The Executive Director prepares annual operating budgets for Board approval, monitors performance against budget, and ensures compliance with grant guidelines and reporting requirements. S/he assists and supports the fundraising efforts of the Board. S/he implements effective strategies for audience development and ticket sales.

The Executive Director represents the Maryland Symphony throughout the community. S/he ensures effective communication with all of the Orchestra constituencies. S/he directs advocacy activities at the local, state, and Federal levels. S/he actively seeks opportunities to expand the reach and impact of the Maryland Symphony throughout the quad-state region.

Candidate Profile

The successful candidate will be a strong leader with excellent management and interpersonal skills. S/he will have the proven ability to build productive relationships with a broad range of internal and external constituencies. S/he will have a strong working knowledge of orchestra music, production, operations, and contract negotiations. S/he will have excellent financial management skills and a track record for achieving budget goals. S/he will have strong public presentation skills.

The successful candidate will have leadership experience as an executive director or senior manager with a professional orchestra and will be familiar with all aspects of concert production and orchestra operations. Experience with marketing, audience development, fundraising, and facilities management will be considered a plus. A passion for music education is essential.

The successful candidate will bring new energy and ideas to the Maryland Symphony. S/he will have the ability to unite all stakeholders in embracing a shared vision for the future of the Orchestra as an artistic and education institution serving a broad community and audiences of all ages. S/he will welcome the opportunity to make a home in Washington County, to become an active and visible member of the Hagerstown community, and to participate in local, state, and regional activities as the chief spokesperson and representative of the Maryland Symphony.


Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Please submit a cover letter that describes your interest and qualifications for the position. Send with a resume, the names of several professional references, and salary history or requirements. All applications will be treated as confidential. References will not be contacted without an applicant’s knowledge. Electronic submissions are preferred, to mjonnes@marylandsymphony.org. Applications are due by Monday, March 13, 2017.

Michael Jonnes
Executive Director
Maryland Symphony Orchestra
30 West Washington Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740