CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Symphoria is always looking for talented individuals who can help expand our mission to influence and educate the Syracuse community through the power of music.  View the information below to learn about our available positions and how to apply.  Thank you for your interest in Symphoria!

ARTISTIC JOB OPENINGS

All winning candidates are required to show proof of US citizenship or eligibility to work in the United States.

SUBSTITUTE AND EXTRA MUSICIANS

Percussion, Harp, and Keyboard

  • Audition Date: Thursday, October 6, 2022
  • Resume Deadline: September 13, 2022
  • To be considered please send a one page resume to Arvilla Wendland at AWendland@ExperienceSymphoria.org.

Please note that all audition candidates must show proof of being fully vaccinated by September 22, 2022 OR proof of a negative COVID test result administered within 72 hours of the audition. COVID Safety Protocols will be observed.

*Acceptance to Symphoria’s Substitute and Extra List does not guarantee employment.

Please note: all repertoire is subject to change.

VIOLIN

Exposition of the first movement of a major Romantic or 20th Century Concerto

All First Violin Parts

  • Brahms – Symphony No. 4, 4th movement: m. 33 to Reh. D (m. 80)
  • Mozart – Symphony No. 29 in A major, 2nd movement: Beginning to downbeat of m. 27
  • Prokofiev – Classical Symphony, 1st movement: Beginning to Reh. H
  • Schumann – Symphony No. 2, 2ndmovement: Beginning to m. 48 (with repeat)
  • Strauss – Don Juan, 1st page (Beginning to m. 66)

VIOLA

Exposition of one movement from a major concerto OR one movement from an unaccompanied Bach Sonata or Partita

  • Beethoven – Symphony No. 5, 2nd movement: mm. 1-10, 23-37, 49-59, 78-86, 98-106
  • Brahms – Symphony No. 1, 2nd movement – mm. 28-39 (downbeat only) and mm. 53-62, 3rd movement – mm. 87-108 (downbeat of 1st ending)
  • Mendelssohn – Scherzo from Midsummer Night’s Dream, beginning to Reh. D
  • Mozart – Symphony No. 40, 4th movement: pick up to m.48 – m.66 & pick up to Reh. C – m.205
  • Strauss – Don Juan – Beginning to Reh. D

CELLO

Exposition of the first movement of a standard concerto

  • Beethoven – Symphony No. 5, 2nd movement – theme and 2 variations
  • Brahms – Symphony No.2, 2nd movement, beginning thru m.16
  • Mendelssohn – Midsummer Night’s dream, Scherzo, N to O
  • Mozart – Symphony No. 35, 4th movement mm.134-181
  • Strauss – Don Juan, Beginning to D

BASS

Solo of choice (3-5 minutes)

  • Mozart – Overture to “The Magic Flute”
  • Strauss – Ein Heldenleben: #9 to downbeat of #11, 8 before #16 to the downbeat of #16, #49-#50, #51 to the downbeat of #70, #77-#78
  • Mendelssohn – Hebrides Overture: Reh. E to the downbeat of Reh. F, Reh. G to the end
  • Rossini – Barber of Seville Overture: 12 before Reh. D to 5 after Reh. D, 4 before Reh. G to the downbeat of Reh. H

FLUTE

Mozart Concerto in G Major – 1st movement, exposition

  • Beethoven – Leonore Overture No. 3 – mm. 1-36 and mm. 328-360
  • Brahms – Symphony No. 4 – 4th movement – mm. 89-105
  • Mendelssohn – Midsummer Night’s Dream – Scherzo, 12 before P to the end
  • Ravel – Daphnis et Chloe – Reh. 176 to 2 after Reh. 179

Piccolo*

  • Beethoven – Symphony No. 9, last movement solo mm. 343-374 or 16 before H through 16 after H
  • Rossini – Overture to Semiramide, 5 after G through 3 after H and 8 before U through letter U
  • Ravel – Bolero – 3 after Reh. 8 to Reh. 9 (2nd flute part, doubling piccolo)

*Flutists are encouraged to audition on flute and piccolo, but may specify flute only. 

OBOE

Mozart Concerto in C major, K. 314, 1st movement: beginning to m. 97

All First Oboe Parts

  • Brahms – Concerto for Violin, 2nd movement: beginning to m.32
  • Stravinsky – Pulcinella, Serenata – beginning to 1 measure after Reh. 10
  • Ravel – Le Tombeau de Couperin, 1st movement – beginning to Reh. 2 AND 6 after Reh. 8 to Reh. 9
  • Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 4, 2nd mvmt: beginning to m.21 AND 3rd mvmt: Meno mosso (m.133) to downbeat of m.144
  • Mendelssohn – Symphony No. 3 “Scottish”, 2nd mvmt: pickup to Reh. A to downbeat of m.100
  • Rossini – La Scala di Seta: pickup to m.6 to downbeat of Reh. 3

English Horn (optional)

  • Berlioz – Roman Carnival: Andante sostenuto to Reh. 4
  • Dvorak – New World Symphony, 2nd movement: mm.7-18
  • Debussy – Nocturnes – 1st mvmt: pickup to 3 after Reh. 8 to 2 before Reh. 10 AND 2nd mvmt: m.3 to 7 before Reh. 1 AND un peu plus animé (after Reh. 1) to 7 before Reh. 4
  • Respighi – Pines of Rome, 4th movement: 11 after Reh. 18 to Reh. 20

CLARINET A/Bb

Mozart Concerto, 1st movement (exposition mm.57-155) Any edition is acceptable.

All First Clarinet Parts (except where marked)

  • Beethoven – Symphony No. 6, 1st movement – mm. 474- 492 (2 before Reh. K to 17 after Reh. K) 2nd movement – mm. 68-78 (1 before Reh. D to Reh. E)
  • Beethoven – Symphony No. 8, 3rd movement – trio section
  • Dvorak – Symphony No. 8 (2ND CLARINET), 2nd movement duets – Reh. A to 3 measures before Reh. B and 8 measures after Reh. F to the downbeat of Reh. G
  • Mendelssohn – Scherzo from Midsummer Night’s Dream, Beginning to Reh. B (mm. 1-48)
  • Mendelssohn – Fingal’s Cave Overture (2ND CLARINET), duet section after Reh. F
  • Rachmaninoff – Symphony No. 2, 3rd movement – opening solo (m.6 to the middle of 1 before Reh. 47)
  • Rimsky-Korsakov – Scheherazade, 2nd movement – cadenza (Reh. F, not including the downbeat, to Reh. G), 3rd movement – Reh D. to Reh. F, 4th movement – Reh. I to Reh. K

Eb Clarinet (optional)

  • Berlioz – Symphonie Fantastique, 5th movement – mm.40-65 (Reh. 63 to five after Reh. 64)
  • Ravel – Daphnis et Chloe Suite No. 2, “Big Solo” only (Reh. 200 to Reh. 204)
  • Ravel – Bolero
  • Strauss – Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, cadenza only (Reh. 40 for thirteen measures)

Bass Clarinet (optional)

  • Stravinsky – Rite of Spring, 1st part – Reh. 11 to Reh. 12
  • Grofé – Grand Canyon Suite On the Trail – 3 after Reh. 2 to Reh. 3
  • Ravel – Daphnis et Chloe Suite No. 2 – Reh. 156 to 3 after Reh. 157
  • Strauss – Don Quixote – Reh. 14 to 5 after Reh. 16, Reh. 72 to Reh. 74

SAXOPHONE

Solo of choice

  • Mussorgsky – Pictures at an Exhibition – 2nd mvmt (complete) “Il Vecchio castello” (alto saxophone)
  • Prokofiev – Romeo and Juliet. Suite No. 2 – 1st “Montagues and Capulets” Reh. 9 to Reh. 10 (tenor saxophone)
  • Ravel – Bolero – Reh. 6 to Reh. 7 (tenor saxophone solo) & Reh. 7 to Reh. 8 (soprano saxophone solo)

BASSOON

Mozart Concerto, 1st movement exposition mm. 35-71

All First Bassoon Parts

  • Mozart – Marriage of Figaro Overture: mm. 1-24 & mm. 101-123
  • Prokofiev – Peter and the Wolf: 1 bar before Reh. 15 to bar 4 of Reh. 16
  • Ravel – Bolero: m. 3 of Reh. 2 to downbeat of Reh. 3 (solo)
  • Rimsky-Korsakov – Scheherazade, 2nd movement: m. 5 to Reh A (solo) & bar 2 of Reh L to Reh M (cadenzas)
  • Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 4 – 2nd movement: m.274 to end
  • Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 6 – 1st movement: mm. 1-12

Contrabassoon (optional)

  • Beethoven – Symphony No. 5 – 4th movement: mm. 374-436

HORN

Mozart Concerto No. 2 or No. 4, 1st movement

  • Beethoven – Symphony No. 6, 3rd movement – Horn 1
  • Brahms – Symphony No. 3, 3rd movement – Horn 1
  • Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 4, 1st movement opening – Horn 1 & 2
  • Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 5, 2nd movement solo – Horn 1
  • Strauss – Til Eulenspiegel, Horn 1 opening call, Horn 1 & 3 alternating calls up to high C
  • Shostakovich – Symphony No. 5, 1st movement low tutti – Horn 1

TRUMPET

Haydn – Concerto in E flat, 2nd movement

First Trumpet Parts

  • Bizet – Carmen, Prelude
  • Stravinsky – Petrouchka, Ballerina’s Dance
  • Mussorgsky  – Pictures at an Exhibition, Promenade
  • Mahler – Symphony No. 5, opening
  • Respighi – Pines of Rome, off stage trumpet solo
  • Schumann – Symphony No. 2, opening section

TROMBONE

David – Concertino, 1st movement (no cadenza)

  • Mozart – Requiem, Tuba Mirum mm. 1-18 – Second Trombone
  • Saint Saens – Symphony No. 3 “Organ”, Reh Q – Reh R
  • Wagner – Ride of the Valkyries: final major section
  • Bernstein – Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, mm. 664-701

BASS TROMBONE

Lebedev – Concerto in One Movement (beginning to Meno mosso tranquillo on page 2)

  • Respighi – Fountains of Rome, 5 before Reh. 11 – 2nd bar of Reh. 14
  • Schumann – Symphony No. 3 “Rhenish”, mm. 1-18
  • Wagner – Ride of the Valkyries: final major section

TUBA

Vaughan Williams – Concerto, 1st movement: beginning to 5

  • Mahler – Symphony No. 1: slow mvmt. solo
  • Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries: final major section

PERCUSSION*

Xylophone

  • Kabalevsky – Colas Breugnon Overture
  • Copland – Hoe-Down from “Rodeo”

Snare Drum

  • Rimsky-Korsakov – Scheherazade – 3rd & 4th
  • Rimsky-Korsakov – Capriccio Espagnol – 3rd & 4th

Cymbals

  • Tchaikovsky – Romeo and Juliet – 2nd mvmt: Reh. 32 to Reh. 33
  • Rachmaninoff – Piano Concerto No. 2 – 2nd mvmt: Reh. 32 to Reh. 33

Tambourine

  • Dvorak – Carnival Overture
  • Bizet – Aragonaise from “Carmen”

Bass Drum

  • Mahler – Symphony no. 5 – 1st mvmt: 9 before Reh. 7 to Reh. 7 AND 3rd mvmt Reh. 30 to Reh. 31
  • Berlioz – Symphonie fantastique: m.485 to end

Triangle

  • Brahms – Symphony No. 4
  • Bizet – Danse Boheme from “Carmen”

Timpani

  • Beethoven – Symphony No. 1 – 3rd Movement
  • Beethoven – Symphony No. 9 – 2nd Movement Letter R to T
  • Hindemith – Symphonic Metamorphosis – 2nd Movement 5m. after S to T 2m. before Z to end
  • Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 4 – 1st Movement 2m. before T to 3m. before U

*Percussionists are encouraged to audition on all instruments, but may choose to audition for percussion only or timpani only.

HARP

Handel Concerto in B flat – 1st mvmt. Exposition

All First Harp Parts

  • Tchaikovksy – Nutcracker – Waltz of the Flowers Cadenza
  • Berlioz – Symphony Fantastique – Un Bal: beginning to 4 after Reh. 23
  • Mahler – Adagietto from Symphony No. 5: beginning to Reh. 1
  • Debussy – The Afternoon of a Faun: Reh. 2 to Reh. 4 & Reh. 7 to Reh. 8
  • Ravel – Tzigane: Reh. 4 to Reh. 5
  • Stravinsky – Firebird – Bercuese: 1 before Reh. 4 to Reh. 10
  • Rimsky-Korsakov – Capriccio Espagnol: Cadenza

KEYBOARD

Piano

  • Copland – Appalachian Spring (13 instrument version) – Reh 6 to Reh 14 and Reh 47 to Reh 51
  • Saint-Saens – Carnival of the Animals – Aquarium and Finale (Piano 1)
  • Saint-Saens – Symphony No. 3, Mvmt. 2 – 6 before Reh D to Reh E and Reh S to the end (Primo Piano)
  • Stravinsky – Petrouchka (1911) – Reh 2 to Reh 5, Reh 33 to Reh 47, Reh 48 to Reh 49, and 1 before Reh 52 to 4 after Reh 58
  • Stravinsky – Firebird Suite (1919) – Variation of the Firebird (complete)

Celeste

  • Holst – The Planets – Mvmt. 3 Mercury (complete)
  • Tchaikovsky – Nutcracker, Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy (complete)
  • Shostakovich – Symphony No. 5, Mvmt. 3 – Reh 96 to the end

Symphoria is proud to be a partner orchestra of the National Alliance for Audition Support (NAAS), an unprecedented national initiative to increase diversity in American orchestras. It will do so by offering Black and Latinx musicians a customized combination of mentoring, audition preparation, financial support, and audition previews. Learn more at http://www.auditionalliance.org.

STAFF OPENINGS

Job Title: Marketing Coordinator

Reports to: Executive Director

Status: Full-Time, Non-Exempt

Salary Range: $36,000 – $40,000/year plus full individual health benefits (optional employee-paid vision and dental insurance available)

Location: Syracuse, NY with flexibility around remote and in-person working options.

Organizational Overview: As Central New York’s professional orchestra, Symphoria presents 50+ orchestra concerts each year through its Masterworks, Pops, Casual, Spark, Kids, and free Summer concert series and reaches 100,000 people annually in venues ranging from libraries to public parks to its home venue, the Crouse-Hinds Theater at the Civic Center. Presenting every genre of music, from Beethoven to jazz to the music of Star Wars, Symphoria’s mission is to engage and inspire all community members throughout Central New York with outstanding orchestral and ensemble performances, and innovative education and outreach initiatives. Symphoria’s vision is to contribute to a diverse, vibrant, equitable, and culturally rich community through the power of great music, and in so doing, enhance the quality of life and economic vitality of Central New York.

Position Overview: The Marketing Coordinator is a detail-oriented music-lover responsible for online media marketing support, writing press releases, newsletters, creating marketing and advertising collateral (digital and print), and data-driven marketing and management. The Marketing Coordinator supports all aspects of the Symphoria’s marketing, communications, and audience development efforts. The manager requires strong writing skills, an eye for design, and the highest standards for accuracy and detail. The Marketing Coordinator will work to achieve marketing and audience development goals for Symphoria.

Position Responsibilities include:

  • Development, implementation, and monitoring of electronic marketing campaigns including, Google AdWords, Facebook/Instagram, and Google Display campaigns, etc.
  • Content creation, management, and monitoring of social media posts and platforms, digital newsletters, press releases, video clips, webinars, etc.
  • Providing consistent and frequent website updates, interactive links, and developing ideas for expanding content and audience engagement.
  • Utilize database information to create deeper patron connections through targeted email campaigns, follow-ups, and audience surveys.
  • Research new and emerging technology and marketing resources to drive visibility and brand recognition for Symphoria.
  • Utilize analytical tools to track and report on performance of paid content, social media, and organic search results.
  • Develop organizational strategies and tactics that conform to budget priorities to promote seasonal events.
  • Maintain a calendar for all planned marketing efforts, and adjust promotions based on sales performance.
  • Identify and cultivate strategic media and PR partnerships to ensure key successes in Symphoria’s marketing efforts
  • Utilize skills and expertise of marketing committee members, and coordinate meetings, member recruitment and reporting
  • Undertake any secondary tasks and duties

Qualifications:

  • College degree in marketing, public relations, advertising, and/or communications, arts administration, or the equivalent in work experience.
  • Excellent writing, research, and interpersonal communication skills are a must.
  • Experience in researching topics, writing, and editing content for websites using WordPress, social media, newsletters, press releases, articles, and collateral.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office 365 and Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Premiere Pro, InDesign, and Illustrator).
  • Proficient with Customer Relationship Management systems (experience with Salesforce preferred).
  • Experience with targeted electronic marketing campaigns.
  • Expertise reviewing web analytics, tracking, and calculating campaign returns on investments (ROI)
  • The ability to handle multiple tasks and projects simultaneously
  • Team-oriented attitude and commitment to be an active participant in Symphoria’s organizational culture
  • Self-starter with the ability to prioritize work assignments under tight deadlines, make independent decisions, and collaborate effectively with professionals.
  • Excellent communication and organization skills
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, to include evenings and weekends
  • A passion for symphonic music
  • Enthusiasm for checklists, spreadsheets, and calendars
  • Curiosity, a willingness to learn new things, and the ability to creatively solve problems in a collaborative setting
  • The ability to work with staff and volunteers to achieve organizational goals for earned revenue and audience development.

How to Apply: Please email a cover letter, résumé, representative portfolio items, and 3 professional references in one attachment with Marketing Coordinator in the subject line to: pmurchison@experiencesymphoria.org.

Job Title: Stagehand for Symphoria

Reports to: Stage Manager 

Job Description  

Responsible for assisting with the physical operation of the orchestra that includes staging, set-up and strike, and storage and maintenance of equipment. Responsible for assisting with the preparation and appearance of the stage for rehearsals and performances; assisting in the production of orchestra services as determined by the Orchestra Manager and/or Stage Manager by performing the following duties.  

Duties  

  • Assist with the set-up of the orchestra: chairs, music stands, percussion, large instruments, and other equipment as assigned. This may include assisting with set changes for concerts. It also includes providing the best possible working conditions for musicians on and off stage and assisting our staff in anticipating logistical problems. 
  • Assist with implementation of stage logistics in all venues, to ensure the rehearsal/performance space meets all criteria outlined in the CBA contract 
  • Load and unload the truck at the rehearsal/concert venue in a safe, efficient manner.  
  • Assist the stage manager with addressing musician working condition concerns as they pertain to the CBA, such as temperature, lighting or safety. Help implement proactive strategies to minimize musician concerns. 
  • Assist with maintaining inventory of all our equipment, making periodic checks on conditions and performing minor repairs or arranging necessary repairs if needed as assigned. 
  • Other duties as required by the Orchestra Manager, Stage manager, and other Symphoria staff as needed. 
  • Conduct oneself with professional decorum at all times, to include language and physical appearance. 

Qualifications  

  • Minimum 1 year of orchestra or theater stage experience preferred 
  • Working knowledge of orchestral instruments, percussion instruments, and orchestral seating conventions helpful 
  • Ability to lift, carry and move up to 50 lbs. 
  • Ability to work efficiently as a team member in a deadline-oriented environment
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends  

Working Conditions  

Hours – Symphoria presents a series of concerts throughout the season, with each set consisting of performances at a variety of venues. The schedule is flexible, and stagehands can pick the shifts that fit their schedule.  Rehearsals are usually held at any time during the day and are typically 6-8 hours. Out of town concerts times lengthen the call times and vary depending on the location of the event. This position is part time on an AS NEEDED BASIS with advance notice. 

Physical Demands – The stagehand will have to lift supplies, instruments and equipment.  This person may also need to stand for long periods of time while preparing and running concert events.  

Pay Rate is $17.00/hr with a minimum 2 hr call

How to Apply: 

Please email a letter of interest, three references, and a resume to: 
Sabrina DeVos
Orchestra Manager sdevos@experiencesymphoria.org

Or send a hard copy to:
Symphoria
Attn: Sabrina DeVos
450 S. Salina St., Suite 100
Syracuse, NY 13202

INTERNSHIP OPENINGS

Join the Symphoria team and experience the excitement of a growing arts nonprofit! Located in downtown Syracuse, Symphoria is Central New York’s professional symphony orchestra and features a core of 50 experienced musicians who are committed to Central New York. Founded in December 2012, Symphoria operates as a professional co-op – one of only two orchestras structured this way in the U.S. – with musicians at the heart of the organization. Symphoria currently reaches more than 100,000 Central New York community members of all ages through more than 50 concerts each year in venues large and small, including a summer season of up to 10 free outdoor performances in parks throughout the region.

Our mission is to engage and inspire community members throughout CNY through outstanding orchestral and ensemble performances, and innovative education and outreach initiatives.

MARKETING, including managing social media, post-concert surveys and analysis, website updates and content enhancement, materials distribution, and targeted audience development;

DEVELOPMENT, including donor and sponsor benefit fulfillment and tracking, event coordination and support, on-line foundation and corporate research, and database support;

CONCERT PRODUCTION, including assisting with concert set-up and strike, hospitality for guest artists and conductors, and a variety of pre- and post-concert responsibilities;

EDUCATION & OUTREACH, including communicating with area educators, assisting with the development and distribution of program materials, research and development of program assessment tools, and on-site support for Symphoria outreach initiatives.

MUSIC LIBRARY, including preparing music for distribution, expanding our music library database, ordering, copying, and bowing parts, and assisting Symphoria’s music librarian as needed.

The successful candidate(s) will demonstrate a commitment to excellence, and the capacity to work both independently and as part of a team. Interns must demonstrate excellent organization skills, computer literacy in all standard programs (graphics expertise a plus), attention to detail, and well developed communication and interpersonal skills. Must be able to lift up to 25 lbs. Symphoria offers a flexible schedule, with a minimum commitment of at least 10 hrs/wk.

TO APPLY

Interested candidates please email a cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references to: Pamela Murchison, Managing Director, at PMurchison@ExperienceSymphoria.org. Please include INTERN in the subject line. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until these positions are filled.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

If you are interested in volunteering as an usher for our Spark, Casual or Kids concerts, please contact Emily Bass at EBass@ExperienceSymphoria.org or call the Box Office at (315) 299-5598 x201.