Auditions and Employment

Director of Education & Community Engagement

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: Reports to the Executive Director

The Director of Education and Community Engagement, in partnership with the Music Director and Assistant Conductor, is charged with creating and overseeing programs that encourage three generations of Maine learners to engage with and participate in symphonic music. These programs will include in-school programs, concerts, and workshops; family and Discovery programming; community engagement initiatives; and adult education programs.

This individual must be a big-picture strategic thinker; be a self-starter who tackles challenges head-on; be able to develop and monitor new initiatives with confidence; and be an organized worker who efficiently and skillfully manages details. Skilled in consensus building and driving organizational initiatives forward, this individual must be an excellent relationship/partnership builder, communicator, and proponent of the PSO’s mission to enrich lives through music.

Serving a lead role in program planning, piloting, and implementing, the Director of Education & Community Engagement must have a strong knowledge of symphonic repertoire and current trends in music education.  A bachelor’s degree is required.  An advanced degree or experience in education is expected.
In collaboration with school leaders and musicians, the Director of Education & Community Engagement will develop age-appropriate, musically engaging concert programs and curricula that meet the needs of the community while adhering to state/federal guidelines as applicable.


  I. Strategic Leadership and Change Management

  • Lead and facilitate organizational change while implementing the Symphony’s strategic vision to provide “Music Education for Three Generations of Maine Learners”
  • Lead collaborative efforts to create relevant and sustainable curricula and music education programs that have clearly defined goals while meeting school standards and needs
  • Develop and implement education program assessment tools; facilitate cross-constituency review of results in order to maximize program improvement

  II. Programs (Organized by Three Generations)

1. Youth

  • Manage the PSO Musical Explorers program planning and execution
  • Create and distribute teachers’ guides, digital media, and other appropriate materials related to educational programs
  • Collaborate with musician leaders and teachers to develop engaging, age-appropriate, and relevant KinderKonzert programs
  • Oversee musician hiring, venue scheduling, and all other administrative aspects of KinderKonzerts
  • Partner with the Music Director and Assistant Conductor & Community Liaison to develop engaging, relevant Youth Concert programs
  • Manage Kinderkonzert and Youth Concert ticketing, reservations, seating, and other production elements in partnership with staff and volunteers

2. Family/Community

  • Oversee the implementation of pre-concert activities and other concert elements for Discovery Concerts
  • Partner with the Music Director and Assistant Conductor & Community Liaison to develop engaging and relevant Discovery Family concert programs
  • Coordinate engagement activities with community partners

3. Lifelong Learning

  • Oversee the implementation of Concert Conversations and Open Dress Rehearsals, in partnership with the Music Director and Assistant Conductor
  • Oversee community programs such as: Meet the Maestro, Meet the Musician, Music and Wellness activities, etc.

  III. Communications

  • Communicate regularly with PSO Family and Partners about achievements and challenges throughout the implementation process
  • Serve as the primary Staff Liaison for the PSO Board Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning Committee
  • Provide regular updates about education programs with the Marketing team to facilitate effective marketing and PR efforts

  IV. Relationship Building

  • Build and sustain strong relationships with educators, school systems, volunteers and other area community organizations
  • Collaborate effectively with musicians in program planning, scheduling, implementation, and evaluation
  • Develop and maintain relationships with education leaders, community partners, supporters and organizational arts leaders to enhance PSO’s relationship in the community
  • Attend concerts of the orchestra to represent the PSO to the public
  • Develop monthly reports to be circulated to the Board, staff, and musicians on education & community programs; provide other reports as requested

V. Budget

  • Develop the annual education budget in conjunction with the Executive Director and Senior Staff.  Ensure program costs and revenues achieve budgeted targets throughout the year
  • Create future financial forecasts based on the strategic vision; propose annual budget within broader framework

Orchestra Profile:

The Portland Symphony Orchestra (PSO)’s mission is to “serve our community by enriching lives through music.” In its 90th season, the PSO is regarded as one of the top symphony orchestras of its size in the country. A musical hub for 82 professional musicians, the PSO strives to achieve the highest level of artistic quality, develop and nurture meaningful community relationships, and inspire children and adults through lifelong learning programs. Programming includes: 11 Classical, 8 Pops, 3 family “Discovery” and 12 “Magic of Christmas” concerts; 4 Youth Concerts (ages 8-12), and 65+ KinderKonzerts (ages 3-7, performed in 12 Maine communities). Engagement activities are coordinated around concerts including (but not limited to): open dress rehearsals, lectures, and events to directly connect people to PSO musicians. As the largest performing arts organization in Maine, the PSO is proud to serve the entire state.


Please submit resume, cover letter, references, and salary history to  The e-mail subject line should be titled PSO Education and Community Engagement Application, and all attachments should be PDF (preferred) or Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx).

Application Deadline: December 15, 2014



Principal, 2nd violin 

Highly qualified applicants are encouraged to send a one page resumé, including email address and telephone number to:

Portland Symphony Orchestra
ATTN: Leah Puleio, Orchestra Personnel Manager
50 Monument Square, 2nd Floor
Portland, ME 04101

Or Email:

Emailed resumés should be in Word or PDF format.

Resumés are due on or before January 9, 2015 along with a $40 refundable deposit to secure your spot.

Please make the $40 deposit check to the Portland Symphony Orchestra. Deposit checks will be returned upon audition check-in or will be mailed back if the audition is cancelled before Friday, January 16, 2015

Employment will begin as soon as a winner’s availability and the Portland Symphony Orchestra’s schedule allow.

The Portland Symphony Orchestra Audition Committee reserves the right to dismiss any candidate not meeting the highest professional standard.

Audition date and location – January 26, 2015 at Merrill Auditorium

Audition Repertoire:

First movement of a standard concerto of candidate’s choice (exposition only).  Accompaniment will not be provided.

Violin I excerpts:

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”

Mvt. II:  “E” to 1 after “F”

Mvt. III: Beginning to 1 after “C”

Mozart Symphony no. 39:

Mvt. I: Beginning to 7 after “C”

Strauss “Don Juan”:

Beginning to 13 after “C”


Violin II excerpts:

Smetana Bartered Bride Overture:

Beginning to 5 after “A”

Mozart Symphony no. 41:

Mvt. IV: Beginning to “C”

Rachmaninoff Symphony no. 2

11 before #33 to #35

Strauss “Also Sprach Zarathustra”

4 before #14 – #18

Sight reading may be a component of this audition.

Thank you to our Season sponsor the Maine Arts Commission, POPS! Series Sponsor, WEX, Official Hotel, Holiday Inn by the Bay, and Education Partner, IDEXX.
Maine Arts Commission WEX Holiday Inn by the Bay IDEXX