Position Announcement:
Music Director/Conductor

The La Porte County Symphony Orchestra welcomes applications for the position of Music Director/Conductor. Selected candidates will conduct one concert during the 2018-2019 or 2019-2020 season.

Click here for the initial press release (in PDF).

The Position

As an independent contractor, the Music Director/Conductor reports directly to the board and is responsible for the fulfillment of the orchestra’s artistic potential and its image in the community.
The Music Director/Conductor devotes his or her best effort to promote and enhance the image of LCSO. It is the responsibility of the Music Director/Conductor to supervise the orchestra members, soloists, guest artists, and independently contracted artistic personnel for all concerts personally conducted.
An Artistic Committee collaborates with the Music Director/Conductor for successful marketing purposes. The Hoosier STAR Chairperson and Committee collaborate with the Music Director/Conductor and the LCSO Executive Director for successful fundraising purposes.

Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate will possess a Masters of Music degree or higher with exceptional musicianship and conducting skills. He or she will exhibit:

  • experience, including work with professional musicians
  • knowledge of a broad range of repertoire
  • strong interpersonal leadership and communication skills
  • vision, passion, and the ability to make symphonic music relevant and exciting for existing and new audiences

The Orchestra

La Porte County Symphony resides within the vibrant arts landscape of Northwest Indiana and serves the 110,000 residents of La Porte County and regions beyond, including the Southwestern area of Michigan. Now celebrating its 45th season, LCSO is a cornerstone of the performing arts for the area. What began as a small community orchestra has developed into a highly visible semi-professional orchestra of 60 musicians serving audiences across seven counties.

The orchestra season includes three symphonic subscription concerts: two pops and one classical. The season kicks off with Hoosier STAR, a trademarked gala fundraiser and vocal competition, now in its 13th year of success. In addition to contracted summer concerts, LCSO contracts with the Healthcare Foundation of La Porte for their annual Holiday at the Pops event and various summer concerts.

LCSO presents a day of three back-to-back Children’s Educational Concerts each year for 6000+ students from La Porte Community Schools and surrounding area school corporations, senior living centers, and agencies working with individuals with intellectual disabilities. The excellence of LCSO’s educational outreach is significant for the area and the Children’s Educational Concert has been recognized as one of the most successful children’s concerts in the nation by the American String Teacher’s Association and the National School Orchestra Association.

The Organization

LCSO takes pride in reaching its mission to enrich the cultural lives of all individuals through orchestral music by realizing its vision to be recognized as a major and unique cultural asset characterized by: Excellence, Diversity, Participation, Engagement, Education, & Collaboration.

LCSO is governed by a 15-member Board of Directors and is supported by a professional administrative staff. The current operating budget is $250,000. In 45 years, the orchestra has had only seven artistic directors.


Compensation will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.


Applications must include:

  • a personal letter of interest
  • a short resumé
  • sample program/s conducted by the candidate
  • names and phone numbers of at least three professional references

Applicants must also submit example programming for:

  • one classical concert running two hours including a 20-minute intermission
  • one pops concert running two hours including a 20-minute intermission
  • one 45-minute thematic children’s educational concert
  • YouTube channel to include, but not limited to:
    • one video of the candidate leading a rehearsal running a minimum of ten minutes
    • two unedited videos of contrasting pieces featuring the candidate conducting

Please submit applications no later than June 18, 2018 to:

Music Director Search
La Porte County Symphony Orchestra
P.O. Box 563
La Porte, IN 46352

*PDF and PowerPoint attachments only

Additional Information

No phone inquiries, please. LCSO is an equal opportunity employer.

Download this Job Posting (as a PDF) at here.

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