Greenville County Youth Orchestras (GCYO) has several conductor positions open for the 2019-20 season and is currently seeking applications. Both the Young Artist Orchestra and Philharmonic conducting positions will be available. We are open to a candidate applying for both positions.

GCYO is the afterschool orchestra program of the Greenville County School District in partnership with the non-profit GCYO Association. GCYO’s mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing a quality orchestral program that develops and educates young musicians. Our goal is to make this available to any student who has the talent and drive, regardless of race, sex, color, disability, religion, or national origin.

1) Conductor/Artistic Director Young Artist Orchestra

The Young Artist Orchestras (YAO) is the most advanced orchestra of the 5 GCYO ensembles.  YAO rehearses and performs in 3 concert cycles each year. Repertoire includes standard orchestral masterworks as well as contemporary compositions. Performances are held at the Peace Center Gunter Theatre. In addition, they perform in two “all orchestras” concerts each year, one at the Peace Center Concert Hall and one in an area high school. Students in YAO are predominantly high school aged and come from area public, private and home school settings as well as the Governors School for Arts and Humanities and the Fine Arts Center. YAO rehearses each Monday during the school year from 6:30 – 9:30.

Duties include, but not limited to:

  • Select repertoire
  • Conduct all rehearsals
  • Direct the orchestra in all concerts
  • Serve student members as an inspiring leader; promote the joy and responsibility of being an orchestral musician
  • Coordinate with Executive Director in creating a rehearsal calendar for the season, incorporating sectional rehearsals and possible guest conductors.
  • Communicate with coaching staff regarding sectionals
  • Communicate with students via weekly rehearsal notes with recordings
  • Meet at least quarterly with other GCYO conductors to discuss repertoire, schedules for the all orchestras concerts, annual auditions, and teaching goals for each orchestra
  • Collaborate with the Philharmonic Conductor on side by side selections for the three Gunter Theatre concerts
  • Create positive relationships with school district strings and band teachers
  • Student recruitment from area strings and band programs as well as the Fine Arts Center and Governors School
  • Coordinate solo auditions (internal concerto auditions) to select student soloists that will be used during YAO and Philharmonic performances

2) Conductor, The Philharmonic

The Philharmonic is an advanced symphony orchestra comprised of middle and high school aged musicians who display considerable talent, training and ability. “The Phil” performs in at least four concerts each year: three joint concerts with the YAO at Dorothy Gunter Theater, the January “Winter Orchestras Concert” at an area high school, and the April “Spring Orchestras Concert” which is held at the Peace Center for the Performing Arts. Repertoire consists of orchestral masterworks, transcriptions and original works composed for student orchestra. The Phil rehearses each Monday during the school year from 4:45 – 6:15.

Duties:

  • Select repertoire
  • Conduct all rehearsals
  • Direct the orchestra in all concerts
  • Serve student members as an inspiring leader; promote the joy and responsibility of being an orchestral musician
  • Coordinate with YAO Director and Executive Director in creating a rehearsal calendar for the season, incorporating sectional rehearsals and possible guest conductors.
  • Communicate with coaching staff regarding sectionals
  • Communicate with students via weekly rehearsal notes with recordings
  • Meet at least quarterly with other GCYO conductors to repertoire selections, schedules for the all orchestras concerts, annual auditions, and teaching goals for each orchestra
  • Collaborate with the YAO conductor on side by side selections for the three Gunter Theatre concerts and with the Sinfonia conductor on a side by side for the Spring Orchestras Concert
  • Create positive relationships with school district strings and band teachers
  • Student recruitment from area strings and band programs as well as the Fine Arts Center and Governors School

Please submit cover letter and cv/resume to Holly Caprell by March 29, 2019.   holly.caprell@gcyo.net.

Visit our web-site www.gcyo.net for more information about GCYO.