Auditions and Employment

Section Violin 1 and 2

Audition date: Monday, February 13, 2017

Highly qualified applicants are encouraged to send a one-page rèsumé and refundable $40 deposit check, due on or before February 1, 2017, to:

Portland Symphony Orchestra

Attn. Martin Webster, Orchestra Personnel Manager

50 Monument Square, 2nd Floor

Portland, ME 04101

You may email your résumé to but your spot at the audition will be held only when your deposit check has arrived at the PSO office. Checks must be payable to the Portland Symphony Orchestra and will be returned at audition check-in, or destroyed if candidate notifies Martin Webster by February 9, 2017 of intent to cancel.

Employment will begin as soon as winners’ availability and the Portland Symphony Orchestra’s schedule allow. The PSO currently seeks to fill three violin openings: permanent positions Violin 1 Seat 10, and Violin 2 Seat 13, as well as a one-year opening for Violin 1 seat 8. The one-year position could become permanent at the conclusion of the 2017-2018 season pending the decision of a musician on leave.

The Portland Symphony Orchestra Audition Committee reserves the right to dismiss any candidate not meeting the highest professional standards at this audition.

All auditions take place on Monday February 13, 2017 at Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle Street in Portland.

Audition Repertoire:

First movement exposition of one of the following concerti:

Bartok #2, Beethoven, Brahms, Dvorak, Elgar, Glazunov, Korngold, Mendelssohn, Prokofiev #2, Sibelius, Tchaikovsky.  Accompaniment will not be provided.

Violin I excerpts (all candidates):

Beethoven Symphony no. 3:

Mvt. III: Beginning to Trio

Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique:

Mvt. I: 12 before #5 to #6

Brahms Symphony no. 4:

Mvt. I: beginning to 9 after B, 6 before Q to end of movement

Mvt. II:  “E” to 1 after “F”

Mozart Symphony no. 39:

Mvt. I: Beginning to 7 after “C”

Mvt IV: Beginning to “A”

Strauss “Don Juan”:

Beginning to 13 after “C” 

Violin II excerpts (all candidates):

Rachmaninov Symphony #2:

Mvt. II: 11 before #33 to #35

Mozart Symphony no. 41:

Mvt. IV: Beginning to “C”


Corporate and Foundation Relations Manager

Reports To: Director of Development

Summary of the Position:

The Foundation and Corporate Relations Manager is responsible for developing relationships with Foundations and Corporations, determining if interests align, meeting with and introducing key staff, soliciting gifts, writing proposals and reports and stewarding grants.

Duties include:

* stewarding the corporate and foundation relationships for the Symphony;

* developing relationships through personal meetings, emails, letters with corporate and foundation decision makers and introducing them to appropriate PSO personnel

* developing strategies for attaining gifts from corporations and foundations

* soliciting corporations for annual support and sponsorships as well as campaign gifts and naming opportunities

* with the encouragement of Foundations, writing grants for projects that align with the goals and needs of the PSO and managing the entire funding process

* working with key staff and departments within the PSO to understand their funding needs

* researching prospective funders;

* working closely with the Symphony’s Development team to meet the organization’s financial goals.


As a key relationship builder to the PSO, this person must have a deep understanding of the PSO’s artistic and educational programs, as well as a passion for the Symphony’s mission of serving our community by enriching lives through music.

The desired candidate will provide expertise to advance the PSO’s mission by researching and identifying sources of supporting, proactively seeking opportunities to generate new proposals based on corporate or foundation guidelines and interests, managing the grants and sponsorship calendar, and maintaining strong communication ties with corporate and foundation donors and prospects. This position collaborates with Symphony staff about funding priorities and activation of sponsorships.

A high degree of ownership and flexibility is required for this position, as it demands responsiveness to tight deadlines and execution of written communication that aligns with organizational language. It also requires a presence at concerts or events that may be scheduled after hours. This person must be a highly motivated individual with strong organizational and communication skills, and who is willing to work as part of a team in an intimate office setting.

This is a full-time position with benefits. Compensation will be based on experience.


The Symphony seeks someone with a bachelor’s degree and 3 to 5 years working in a Development Office or other related sales experience. This person should be an energetic, ambitious, fearless, and goal-oriented individual who has the ability to work independently and collaboratively. This person should also have a talent for building strong relationships across constituencies, be able to maintain professionalism internally and externally, and be able to maintain confidentiality of donor information.

Qualifications for the job include: excellent verbal and written communication skills; knowledge of philanthropy best practices; strong computer skills; experience building relationships with funders; prioritizing tasks to meet deadlines and financial goals; and appreciation for the Symphony’s artistic and educational programs and activities. Raiser’s Edge experience or other relational database experience is also recommended.

How to apply:

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Leah Robertson, Director of Development at by January 31. 2017.

Thank you to our Season sponsor the Maine Arts Commission, POPS! Series Sponsor, Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, Official Hotel, Holiday Inn by the Bay, and Education Partner, IDEXX.
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