Job Openings

Youth Orchestras Manager

Primary Function: The Columbus Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA) seeks a full-time Youth Orchestras Manager to oversee and manage all human and financial resources necessary for the operation of the Columbus Symphony's Youth Orchestras program. The Manager also oversees all operational aspects of the Young Musicians Competition and the Young Musicians Showcase. The candidate for this position will be an employee of CAPA, however they will dedicate 100% of their time to the Columbus Symphony. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Schedules youth orchestra rehearsals, performance venues, concerts and auditions.
  • Collects fees and communicates with parents, students and other music professionals.
  • Works with graphic design personnel and oversight of the CSYO music library.
  • Oversees all Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestras Programs including Youth Orchestra, Cadet Orchestra, Chamber Strings, Junior Strings, Columbus All City Orchestra, and Summer Pops Orchestra.
    • Processes memberships, collects tuition, and oversees financial aid/payment plans.
    • Distributes handbooks.
    • Schedules dates of concerts and rehearsals and ensures appropriate staffing.
    • Creates program books, including content, layout, and program notes.
    • Publicizes and schedules auditions, collects applications and corresponds with candidates.
    • Maintains and administers the instrument loan program.
    • Leads school tours.
  • Secures location for Youth Musicians Competition and publicizes the event. Records applicants and communicates competition information.
  • Secures musicians to perform in the Young Musicians Showcase at the Ohio Theatre prior to CSO classical concerts. Meets musicians, places signage, and secures proper equipment for the event.
  • Maintains student database.
  • Suggests new ideas to the overall CSO administration.
  • Performs other responsibilities as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Proficient computer skills, including knowledge of Microsoft Office.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills with the ability to collaborate with artistic and administrative staff and community members.
  • Solid Understanding of public-school structure and knowledge of music and music education.
  • Broad operational and theoretical knowledge of orchestras.
  • Ability to maintain a positive work atmosphere by interacting with internal and external contacts in a professional, respectful manner.

Credentials and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Music Education, preferably Instrumental/Orchestra.
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in music education.
  • Prior database and orchestra management experience preferred.
  • Valid Driver’s License with ability to provide own transportation. Proof of personal car insurance is required for driving company vehicles.
  • Availability to work evenings and weekends as needed.

Special Requirements:

The position will require a satisfactory background check; CAPA will determine the level of background check required based upon current industry standards for individuals working with children.

To Apply: Click HERE.

Stage Manager

Primary Function: The Columbus Symphony Orchestra seeks a Stage Manager to professionally coordinate all technical and physical requirements for orchestra services, including rehearsals, concerts, run-outs, and private events. The Stage Manager ensures the appropriate preparation for each orchestra service within the timeframe set forth in the Master Agreement, including but not limited to chairs, stands, lighting, temperature control, overseeing stage access, and safely installing and removing equipment. This position also makes and/or supervises changes and adjustments where reasonably requested and necessary.

Special Information: This position is covered under the IATSE Local No. 12 collective bargaining agreement. The Stage Manager will be guaranteed 41 weeks of full-time employment during a calendar year, with the potential to work additional weeks.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develops orchestra set up plans in consultation with Personnel, Library, conductors and Music Director for each program in the season, using the standing set up as defined by the Music Director.
  • Works with venue personnel to coordinate orchestra shell setup prior to rehearsals or performances, including the setup of risers and other required stage and/or backstage equipment.
  • Develops and provides stage plot and set-up information to appropriate stage managers.
  • Serves as liaison with venue production staff regarding any conflicts, overlap of service, technical holds and other production issues.
  • Prepares production timetable and coordinates the efficient use of stagehands.
  • Provides adequate backstage security.
  • Works with the Personnel Manager to coordinate the proper number/placement of chairs and music stands for performances to ensure all orchestra members have enough room to play and see the conductor.
  • Arrives early for performances to check all backstage preparations and inform orchestra or stage personnel of any last-minute changes.
  • Coordinates with principal percussionist to ensure that all large percussion instruments are properly placed on stage.
  • Ensures proper stage lighting and temperature.
  • Provides direction to stagehands and makes all stage moves during a performance or rehearsal, as required.
  • Coordinates all stagehand calls and approves and submits stagehand payrolls to the Symphony, where applicable.
  • Works with guest artist personnel to advance performances including coordinating stage set-ups and ensuring all other production needs are met.
  • Evaluates future concert programs and venues and identifies all production elements needed to accommodate the program.
  • Evaluates guest artists’ production rider requirements for cost and feasibility and recommends appropriate revisions.
  • Serves as a production resource for planning other CSO sponsored activities and advises on venue issues.
  • Coordinates the transportation of equipment for services as necessary, including rental of the CSO’s cargo vehicle.
  • Consults with the Vice President of Operations to uphold general maintenance of symphony-owned instruments including repair and/or replacement.
  • Conducts annual inventory of symphony-owned instruments.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent organizational skills and interpersonal communication with the ability to communicate with a wide variety of individuals including Artistic and Operations staff, musicians, musician committees, stagehands, and vendors.
  • Basic computer knowledge.
  • Ability to supervise others.

Credentials and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree desired.
  • Knowledge of classical music and experience in concert production and theatre techniques, including sound, lighting and special effects.
  • Must maintain a valid Driver’s License.

To Apply: Click HERE


Community Engagement and Business Development Manager

Primary Function: The Columbus Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA) seeks a full-time Community Engagement and Business Development Manager to develop, execute, and evaluate the CSO’s Community Engagement program. In addition, this position if responsible for developing new business opportunities for the Columbus Symphony that results in earned revenue. This position requires a high level of coordination both inside and outside the organization to ensure successful implementation of programs and achievement of goals. The candidate for this position will be an employee of CAPA, however they will dedicate 100% of their time to the Columbus Symphony. 

Duties and Responsibilities

Community Engagement:

  • Oversees strategy and execution of the Columbus Symphony Community Engagement and Columbus Symphony Cares programs.
  • Maximizes and quantifies impact of financial resources of community engagement activities within engagement funds parameters.
  • Designs, implements and schedules programming in coordination with community and civic organizations, government, venues, and Columbus Symphony Cares social service partners.
  • Ensures programming and musician community engagement services fall within budgetary parameters set in collaboration with Executive Director.
  • Maintains list of community engagements, partner organizations and contacts, and personnel.
  • Disseminates musician hiring needs for community engagement events, sold performances and small ensembles to senior director of production, librarians and assistant personnel manager, as applicable.

New Business Development:

  • Strategically researches, networks and develops performance opportunities that enhance the bottom line for the institution, for instance run-outs, sold performances, tours, etc. 
  • Oversees, designs, and executes group sales program in partnership with the Vice President of Marketing.
  • Presents, promotes, and sells Columbus Symphony product to existing and prospective customers.
  • Achieves revenue goals and outcomes.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to prioritize tasks in an environment of competing deadlines and constituencies.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and ability to develop new initiatives outside industry standards.
  • Ability to exercise discretion, tact, sensitivity and diplomacy in interpersonal relationships among multiple constituencies. 
  • Ability to “sell” the Symphony to diverse constituencies.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Microsoft Office with high proficiency in Excel.
  • Ability to read music and decipher orchestral instrumentation preferred.

Credentials and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in music, arts administration, or related field.
  • Minimum of 3 years management experience in orchestral role.
  • Experience cultivating successful community relationships and partnerships.

Special Requirements: Requires flexibility of schedule to accommodate needs of the organization that often include evening and weekend events.

To Apply: Submit and application via our Applicant Tracking System HERE.