Auditions & Opportunities

Open Positions

Join our team to help support the Orlando Philharmonic in our mission to enrich and inspire the diverse communities of Central Florida through the transformative power of live music.

See below for Administrative Staff openings, and upcoming Orchestra Auditions.

The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra invites applications and nominations for the position of Executive Director, available in the Fall of 2019.

Now in its 27th Season, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra (OPO) has the mission to enrich and inspire the diverse communities of Central Florida through the transformative power of live music. With a broad offering of classical symphonic and pops concerts, educational programs, free outdoor concerts, and special events, the OPO presents more than 170 live performances and reaches more than 70,000 young people and families annually. Eric Jacobsen leads the Orchestra in his fifth season as Music Director.

In the 2019-20 Season, the Orlando Philharmonic strives to bring people together with diverse and cultural inclusivity through the lens of the American Virtuoso. The Season includes five concerts on the FAIRWINDS Classics Series, and a new concert titled Inside the Score: Symphonie Fantastique, in which Music Director Eric Jacobsen will lead the audience on an exploration of Hector Berlioz’s best known work. The Pops Series includes five programs of two concerts each, and each offers unique experiences designed to excite audiences and break expectations. All performances take place at the Bob Carr Theater. The Focus Series includes five concerts at The Plaza Live Theater.

New to the OPO in the 2019-20 Season is RESONATE at The Plaza Live, a multi-venue concert experience featuring new works by visionary composers of today alongside the music of Mozart. And Composer-in-Residence Gabriel Kahane will bring his work emergency shelter intake form to the Bob Carr Theater stage featuring a choir of members from the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida.

The OPO is a resident company of the Dr. Phillips Center (DPC) for the Performing Arts, which opened in 2014 in downtown Orlando. The Orchestra currently performs at the DPC’s Bob Carr Theater. The third and final theatre of the DPC, Steinmetz Hall, will open in 2020. The 1,700-seat acoustic multiform theatre has been designed for the Orlando Philharmonic and fellow resident company, the Orlando Ballet. The OPO also owns and operates The Plaza Live Orlando, one of Orlando’s oldest venues. Originally a cinema, The Plaza Live has been transformed to a theatre space for local pop shows and events as well as larger, national acts.

The Orlando Philharmonic is governed by a 31-member Board of Directors, nine of whom are musician members of the orchestra. Additional support is provided by the Friends of the Orlando Philharmonic. The annual operating budget is $4.5 million and the Orchestra has a $5 million endowment. The OPO has an administrative staff of 16. David Hyslop is serving as Interim Executive Director.

The City

The diverse and dynamic Orlando metropolitan area consists of four counties comprising more than 2.5 million people. With many tax incentives and no state income tax, the Orlando business environment attracts many burgeoning high-tech industries. The area is headquarters to Advent Health, American Automobile Association (AAA), Darden Restaurants, Marriott Vacations, and Tupperware Brands. Orlando is also home to the University of Central Florida, a major research center and one of the nation’s largest universities, regularly cited for innovation, quality, access, and value.

Orlando hosts more than 70 million travelers annually, many of whom are visitors to Walt Disney World and Universal Studios. The city has three major professional sports teams in the Orlando Magic (NBA), Orlando City Soccer (MLS), and Orlando Pride (NWSL).

In addition to the Orlando Philharmonic, the city’s vibrant arts community includes professional ballet and opera companies, theatres, and major museums.

The Position

The Executive Director is the chief executive officer of the Orlando Philharmonic and reports to the Board of Directors through the Board President. In partnership with the Board of Directors and the executive management team, the ED provides vision, leadership, strategic direction, and management to enable the OPO to fulfill its mission and achieve its goals for programmatic excellence, community engagement, and financial success.

The Executive Director manages the human and financial resources of the OPO. The ED is responsible for all aspects of the OPO’s administration and operations, including: strategic planning; fund raising and patron development; budgeting and financial management; marketing and audience development; artistic administration; concert production; collective bargaining negotiations; educational activities; facilities; and community engagement.

With the President, the Executive Director provides impetus and support to the work of the Board and its committees. The ED takes a leadership role in fundraising, including donor identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship. The ED guides, motivates, and supervises the OPO staff, and provides guidance and support to those who serve the OPO as volunteers.

The Executive Director works in close partnership with the Music Director to achieve the OPO’s artistic goals. S/he fosters an environment that allows conductors, orchestra musicians, and guest artists to do their best work. Through creative programming and marketing initiatives, s/he builds audience size, diversity, and demand. S/he develops community partnerships and maintains positive working relationships between the OPO and its venues. The ED is the visible representative, spokesperson, and advocate for the OPO in Orlando and throughout the Central Florida community.

Candidate Profile

The successful candidate will be an experienced executive with at least five years’ progressive leadership experience in orchestra or performing arts management. S/he will combine a passion for music with a highly developed knowledge of symphony orchestras, artistic administration, and orchestra operations.

The successful candidate will be a strategic thinker with the ability to inspire and align OPO stakeholders around an exciting vision for the OPO’s growth and development. S/he will have the demonstrated ability to develop and execute a strategic plan, and to set, achieve, and exceed goals for earned and contributed income, audience development, and program excellence.

The successful candidate will be willing to devote a substantial amount of time and energy to fundraising across all community groups. S/he will have the ability to foster and maintain relationships with individual and institutional donors. S/he will have a track record of success with major gift fundraising and experience with endowment campaigns.

The successful candidate will have the demonstrated ability to work effectively with creative artists to achieve artistic goals. S/he will have the ability to negotiate and work effectively and collaboratively with professional musicians and stage personnel in a collective bargaining environment. Experience managing a performing arts venue and/or relationships with various concert venues will be considered an asset.

The successful candidate will be flexible, creative, curious, and persistent. S/he will be a superb listener with the willingness to consider options and the ability to make decisions. S/he will be able to manage multiple agendas and competing priorities with skill and good humor. S/he will be a person of integrity and high ethical standards with a strong commitment to transparency. The successful candidate will be able to speak and write persuasively about the OPO. S/he will welcome the opportunity to become an active part of the greater Orlando community.


Compensation, including benefits, is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.


The Orlando Philharmonic is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all facets of the organization, and seeks to develop a diverse candidate pool.

Please send a cover letter outlining your specific interest and qualifications for this position. Include a resume, salary requirements, and contact information for at least three references. Electronic submissions are preferred. All applications will be treated as confidential and references will not be called without the candidate’s knowledge and agreement.

The position will remain open until filled. The Search Committee will begin to review credentials in late August.

Please send materials to:

Orlando Philharmonic – Executive Director
c/o Catherine French Group
2500 Q Street NW, Suite 623
Washington, DC 20007

MS Word or Adobe Acrobat attachments only

Title: Community Engagement & Group Sales Manager
Reports to: Manager of Sales & Patron Services
Category: Regular, full-time, exempt

Position Summary:

The Community Engagement & Group Sales Manager is responsible for maintaining excellent customer service for patrons of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra Box Office. This position will report to the Manager of Sales & Patron Services. Additional duties may include general administrative support and concert duties. The Community Engagement & Group Sales Manager must be able to work flexible hours, with some nights and weekends required.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities: 

• Manage day-to-day group sales for the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra (OPO)
• Work directly with the Manager of Sales & Patron Services to accomplish group sales goals
• Develop lead sheets, touchpoints, and contact plans for group sales
• Manage OPO Educational ticket sales and work with school contacts
• Serve as contact for school group sales to Symphony Storytime Series concerts and other education programs
• Work with Education Manager to input ticket orders
• Provide Box Office support for Education events
• Provide weekly reports to the Manager of Sales & Patron Services, which will include:
• Contacts with potential group sales
• All completed group sales contracts
• All payments received
• Active group sales proposals
• Identify and attend appropriate tabling opportunities for OPO in the Central Florida community
• Represent the OPO at Central Florida community events to increase awareness and engagement
• Will work with the Education Manager to build a wide range of arts, education, and civic partnerships to leverage the service and relevance of the Philharmonic throughout Central Florida
• Identify key opportunities to increase subscriber loyalty and retention
• Manage all group sales accounts, leads, and plans in Tessitura CRM
• Provide assistance with day-to-day for OPO Box Office
• Provide assistance with Will Call for night of show at OPO Box Office
• Assist with subscription renewal and acquisition efforts
• All other duties as assigned


• Previous professional arts organization work is desired.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
• Self-directed, creative, and flexible; able to problem-solve, multi-talk, and adapt to changing priorities.
• Experience with use of computer programs, with experience in Tessitura CRM strongly preferred.
• Knowledge of the Central Florida community is strongly preferred.
• Ability to work as part of an effective team, and to inspire and lead through example utilizing the skills, abilities, and passions of a diverse set of stakeholders to build relationships and advance the organization’s mission.
• Available to work nights and weekends, as needed.
• Bachelor’s degree is preferred.
• Must have transportation to travel throughout the Central Florida community.

Compensation and Benefits:

The Community Engagement & Group Sales Manager is a full-time, exempt, benefits-eligible position. Annual salary is $32-37K, commensurate with experience and qualifications. The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra offers a comprehensive benefits package; 100% paid medical, vision, and long-term disability and life insurance, paid vacation, personal days, and sick leave.

Application Instructions:

Send resume, cover letter, and salary expectations to Applications will be reviewed until position is filled.
We kindly request no phone calls regarding applications for employment.

The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

Title: Orchestra Personnel Manager
Reports to: Director, Artistic Operations

Status: Full-Time (52-weeks/yr), Exempt

Position Summary:

The Orchestra Personnel Manager functions in a human resource capacity regarding orchestra
personnel, including administration of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), preparing payroll,
scheduling contract musicians, hiring substitute and extra musicians, coordinating auditions, addressing
musician personnel issues and serving as liaison between musicians and the Music Director, guest artists
and administrative staff. This position serves as an integral member of the Artistic Operations staff,
contributing to the creation of exceptional symphonic music presentations and patron experiences.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities: 

● Ensure that all musician activities are executed in compliance with the CBA; ensure musician
compliance with personnel policies as stated in the CBA; staff negotiating and orchestra
committee meetings as assigned
● Understand and adhere to all budgets and instrumentations related to orchestra personnel;
prepare musician payroll and ensure timely resolution of any concerns
● Issue individual musician contracts, calculating salary and tenure increases each year; track
special provisions; distribute and collect contracts by appropriate deadlines; manage tenure
review process; maintain personnel records and provide appropriate information to the Director of
Artistic Operations
● Distribute the season calendar and weekly orchestra schedule; distribute information regarding
rehearsal orders, service locations, instrumentations and dress; prepare musician rosters and
hire needed substitute and extra musicians; communicate information to music library and stage
● Administer leave requests from musicians; develop and maintain system for tracking attendance
in OPAS, leave, relief, rotation and performance assignments
● Consult String Principals and Music Director as needed regarding seating assignments and
implement in a timely manner
● Manage all auditions for open Core positions, Substitute auditions, Review auditions; assemble
audition committees prepare national advertisements, compile audition requirements, coordinate
candidate registration and oversee audition process.
● Manage all orchestra rehearsals and concerts, including timekeeping of services relating to start
and end times and intermissions including notifying conductors of time constraints; parking
assignments; works with production manager ensure proper working conditions for the musicians
● Facilitate communication between Music Director, Executive Director, Union, Orchestra
Committee, Musician Board Members and individual musicians; post, distribute and announce
information and changes as they occur; be available to musicians and staff, responding to
voicemail and email in a timely manner
● Ensure proper handling of orchestra disciplinary issues in compliance with the CBA and in
coordination with the Executive Director, Music Director and Director of Artistic Operations
● Administer Unemployment Benefits and verify employment status for third parties as necessary
● Coordinate orchestra travel for run-out and tour services, including transportation, room
assignments, itineraries and organization of per diem payments
● Represent the orchestra at venues in the event administrative personnel are delayed or absent
● Perform other duties as requested, assigned or needed Qualifications:
● Bachelor’s degree in music with a minimum of three years experience in orchestra personnel
management or as a member of a professional symphony orchestra
● Superior communication, management and interpersonal skills
● Highly self-motivated and goal oriented with a keen attention to detail
● Possess strong personal integrity with the ability to handle sensitive and confidential information
● Must have a positive attitude, be able to work as part of a high-functioning team, possess a
passion for symphonic music, a strong desire to connect it with our community and an
understanding of and sensitivity to the needs of orchestra musicians, guest artists and conductors
Certificates and Licenses Required: This position requires a valid Florida Driver’s License with a clean
driving record and personal transportation.

Other Skills and Abilities:

This position requires facility in the use of computer programs such as
Google Suite, Word, Excel, Outlook and a commitment to become fluent in OPAS. Knowledge of classical
music, artists and the ability to read music preferred.

Physical and Vision Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that
must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable
accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Specific physical abilities required by this job include the ability to walk, stand, and move agilely in venues
and production spaces; ability to talk and hear; ability to lift and carry up to 25lbs.; ability to drive a car.
Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth
perception and the ability to adjust focus.

Compensation and Benefits:

The Orchestra Personnel Manager position is a benefits-eligible position. Annual salary is $35K to $40K,
commensurate with experience and qualifications. OPO offers medical and vision insurance (100% of
employee premium covered by employer), paid vacation, personal days, and sick leave.

Application Instructions:

Send resume, cover letter, and salary expectations by Friday August 23, 2019 to:

The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

About the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra

Celebrating its 27th Anniversary Season in 2019-20, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra
( is led by Music Director Eric Jacobsen and composed of accomplished musicians
from around the world. The Philharmonic annually presents more than 120 live performances of classical,
popular, and chamber music in venues across Central Florida. Known for its artistic excellence and
community collaboration, the Philharmonic reaches more than 70,000 children, youth and families
annually through its Young People’s Concerts, Symphony Storytime Series, the Notes in Your
Neighborhood program, and free outdoor community concerts.

The Philharmonic owns and operates The Plaza Live, a multi-use venue with a 900-seat theater that also
houses the orchestra’s administrative offices and rehearsal space. As a resident company of the Dr.
Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, the Philharmonic will perform its primary subscription series
concerts in Steinmetz Hall when it opens in 2020.

About Music Director Eric Jacobsen

Conductor and cellist Eric Jacobsen is in his third year as the Music Director of the Orlando Philharmonic
Orchestra, where he has begun a new trend in creative programming and community engagement that
has engaged a wider audience. Hailed by The New York Times as “an interpretive dynamo,” he has built
a reputation for engaging audiences with innovative and collaborative projects.

Jacobsen founded the adventurous Brooklyn-based orchestra The Knights with his brother, violinist Colin
Jacobsen, to foster the intimacy and camaraderie of chamber music on the orchestral stage. As Music
Director, Jacobsen has led that inventive ensemble at venues ranging from Carnegie Hall and Ojai Music
Festival to the Dresden Musikfestspiele and the Cologne Philharmonie. Their extensive recordings
include Azul, with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and the ground beneath our feet, on Warner Classics; the
Grammy-nominated Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2 with Gil Shaham on Canary; and three albums for
Sony Classical.

In demand as a guest conductor, Jacobsen has led or will lead Camerata Bern, the Alabama, Baltimore,
Detroit, and Virginia symphony orchestras, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, Deutsche Philharmonie
Merck, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, and Silk Road Ensemble. He is also an
Artistic Partner of the Northwest Sinfonietta and Music Director of the Greater Bridgeport Symphony. A
dedicated chamber musician, as well, Jacobsen has toured the world and recorded numerous world
premieres as a member of the venerated Silk Road Ensemble and the genre-defying string quartet
Brooklyn Rider.


At this time, we do not have any audition opportunities scheduled. We encourage you to check this page frequently for first notice of any audition opportunities.

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