Job Openings

Youth Orchestras Manager

Job Summary – The Columbus Symphony Orchestra seeks a full-time Youth Orchestras Manager to manage all human and financial resources necessary for the operation of the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestras program. Working with the Director of Education, the Youth Orchestras Manager will oversee the operation of all aspects of the Youth Orchestras program as well as the Young Musicians Competition and the Young Musicians Showcase.


  • Oversees all Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestra Programs – Youth Orchestra, Cadet Orchestra, Chamber Strings, Junior Strings, Columbus All City Orchestra and Summer Pops Orchestra
  • Schedules and publicizes auditions, collects applications, and corresponds with candidates
  • Schedules youth orchestra rehearsals, performance venues, concerts, and parent representatives
  • Communicates with parents, students, and other music professionals
  • Collects fees including membership, tuition, financial aid, and payment plans
  • Administers and maintains instrument loan program
  • Maintains Youth Orchestra handbook
  • Works with graphic design personnel on the creation of program books (layout, content, and program notes)
  • Schedules school tours and orchestra retreats
  • Organizes the Young Musicians Competition by securing judges and location, publicizing the event, recording applicants and notifying them of audition times
  • Organizes the Young Musicians Showcase by scheduling musicians to perform prior to CSO classical concerts, meeting musicians, placing signs and securing proper equipment
  • Oversees the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestra (CSYO) music library
  • Maintains student database
  • Provides new ideas to the overall Columbus Symphony administration


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education, preferably Instrumental/Orchestra
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in music education-related activities
  • Understanding of public school structure
  • Prior orchestra management and database experience is preferred
  • Ability to work some nights and weekends 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Broad knowledge of orchestras including operational and theoretical knowledge
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office and ability to learn new computer programs
  • Ability to collaborate and communicate with a variety of people in a professional and respectful manner (artistic and administrative staff, community members, students and parents)
  • Ability to maintain a positive work atmosphere
  • Demonstrated leadership skills

Special Requirements - This position requires a satisfactory background check; CSO and CAPA will determine the level of background check required based upon current industry standards for individuals working with children. Individual must have access to a car; a valid driver’s license and proof of personal car insurance are required.

To Apply: Email resume, cover letter and salary requirements to


Assistant Librarian

Job Summary - The Columbus Symphony Orchestra seeks a full-time Assistant Librarian to participate in all orchestra library functions under the direction and supervision of the Principal Librarian such as: cataloging music, acquisition and preparation of music for rehearsals and performances; supplying music for all CSO functions, and serving as a source of musical reference and assistance to members of the CSO and its staff.


Music Preparation

  • Assists the Principal Librarian in preparing each concert series
  • Reviews all music to determine if orchestra parts meet acceptable standards and corrects problems that could potentially disrupt rehearsals
  • Assembles and arranges music in orchestra folders
  • Provides parts to the string principals for bowing purposes and to all musicians for pre-rehearsal practice
  • Ensures that rehearsal letter/numbers and measure numbers are compatible between conductors’ scores and players’ parts

Concert/Rehearsal Duties

  • Arrives one hour early for assigned rehearsals and concerts to execute stage set-up and address any needs
  • Sets conductor’s scores and batons; collects and stores all scores at conclusion of service
  • Distributes and collects music at concerts and rehearsals
  • Follows up with the conductor and string principals at every rehearsal for any changes or corrections

Orchestra Library Maintenance

  • Maintains the orchestra’s collection of scores and parts; repairs and maintains music and folders
  • Catalogues and files all music and audio records in the orchestra library and maintains accurate inventory
  • Catalogues and files all audio recordings
  • Disassembles concert folders, properly filing CSO materials and returning non-CSO materials in a timely manner
  • Tracks all items borrowed from the library and ensures their timely return
  • Tracks and submits all financial items


  • College Degree in music or equivalent musical knowledge
  • Knowledge of orchestral repertoire, music theory, foreign terms, musical terms/signs, transposition and notation
  • Excellent computer skills including working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
  • Experience with music notation software (preferably Sibelius) and OPAS is helpful

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of U.S. copyright laws
  • Ability to provide leadership and supervision as needed to musicians and staff (in absence of Principal Librarian)
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to interact effectively and productively with the Music Director, guest conductors, musicians, stage crew and staff
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to details.
  • Ability to work independently with good time management and multi-tasking skills
  • Ability to work well under pressure
  • Ability to lift 25 pounds regularly

Special Information: This position will start on January 2, 2018.

To Apply: Email resume, cover letter and salary requirements to