Auditions and Employment


Assistant Concertmaster (1 year position)

Section Violin (multiple openings)

Highly qualified applicants are encouraged to send a one page resumé and $40 deposit check 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 September 21, 2015 along with a $40 refundable deposit to secure your spot.

Checks should be made payable to the Portland Symphony Orchestra. Deposit checks will be returned upon audition check-in or will be destroyed if the audition is cancelled before September 28, 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 – Monday, October 12, 2015

Audition Repertoire will be posted as soon as it becomes available.




Executive Director

The Portland Symphony Orchestra welcomes nominations and applications for the position of Executive Director, available in the summer of 2015.


The Portland Symphony Orchestra is a fully professional ensemble that was founded in 1924 and has served area audiences for 90 years. The Portland Symphony is guided by an active Strategic Plan (adopted in 2011 and updated in 2014) that supports the mission to serve our community by enriching lives through music. This Plan includes a strong focus on expanding the Orchestra’s education and community engagement programs, and incorporates the results of a comprehensive education and community needs assessment project completed in 2013.

The orchestra offers a subscription season of classical and pops concerts from October through June, including six Classical Tuesdays, five Classical Sundays, four pairs of Pops Concerts, and three Discovery family concerts. In 2014, the Orchestra performed for more than 100,000 children and adults.

The Portland Symphony’s Magic of Christmas, with twelve near-capacity performances annually, has become Maine’s favorite December holiday tradition for 35 years, and attracts more than 15,000 people annually. The Portland Symphony also performs occasionally in the summer, including a city-wide July 4th celebration featuring the Orchestra outside on the Eastern Promenade in Portland which attracts more than 60,000 attendees.

Concerts are presented in the recently renovated, acoustically excellent Merrill Auditorium in downtown Portland and in other venues throughout Maine. Merrill Auditorium is owned and operated by the City of Portland. The Portland Symphony took the lead in the renovation and, in partnership with Portland Ovations, operates the Merrill Auditorium box office, PortTIX.

The education programs of the Portland Symphony reach 26,000 children and adults each season, and these programs focus on serving three generations of learners: youth, families, and lifelong learners. School-aged children throughout Maine attend KinderKonzerts,Youth Concerts, classroom visits, open dress rehearsals and masterclasses. Families are served through Discovery concerts, and lifelong learners are able to connect with musicians and guest artists through a broad range of programs. The PSO also connects with the broader medical community through programming focused on stress reduction, and collaborates with the University of Southern Maine School of Music, where several PSO musicians are members of the faculty.

The PSO has been strengthening the organization’s capacity to execute the Strategic Plan. These initiatives have included the hiring of Assistant Conductor & Community Liaison, Norman Huynh, whose position aids the growth of artistic and education programs. The PSO is working to increase ticket revenue to maximize attendance at concerts, and is exploring future financial opportunities to grow and sustain its artistic and education programs.

Robert Moody was named Music Director in 2007 and will enter his eighth season in 2015-16. Moody, who also serves as Music Director for the Winston-Salem Symphony and Artistic Director for Arizona MusicFest, has announced he will step down at the end of 2017-2018, his tenth season. Moody’s tenure has been marked by acclaimed performances, an increased focus on education and community engagement through the addition of three Discovery concerts each season, innovative collaborations with local arts organizations, and increased audience interaction. Moody is also a dynamic public speaker and regularly addresses groups in corporate, civic, and community settings.

The Portland Symphony is governed by a 32-member Board of Trustees, and has nine full-time and eight part-time staff members. The annual operating budget is $3.2 million and the Orchestra has an investment-managed account of $5.4 million. The Orchestra is currently in the third year of a four-year Collective Bargaining Agreement. The population of the city of Portland is 66,000 and the greater metropolitan area is 204,000. A culturally diverse city, Portland is home to vibrant African and Asian communities who speak more than 70 languages and dialects.


The Executive Director provides leadership and vision to fulfill the orchestra’s mission and achieve its goals for artistic excellence, financial stability, and community engagement. S/he is responsible and accountable for all aspects of the orchestra’s operations, including strategic planning; artistic administration; fundraising; marketing; communications; budgeting and financial management; orchestra relations and negotiations; concert production; educational programs; and community engagement.

The Executive Director develops and implements the annual operating budget of the Orchestra. S/he ensures that the Orchestra achieves its annual and long-term goals for contributed income. S/he gives impetus and support to the fundraising efforts of the Board of Trustees. S/he represents the Portland Symphony throughout the community and leads the orchestra’s fundraising and advocacy efforts with individual donors, corporations, foundations, and government agencies. S/he actively seeks out opportunities for productive partnerships and collaborations with other organizations in the community.


The ideal candidate will be an experienced orchestra or not-for-profit arts executive with proven leadership ability, excellent management skills, and a record of success with fundraising, audience development, and community engagement. S/he will have a strong working knowledge of music and the ability to ensure artistic quality and growth for the organization. A thorough understanding of the challenges facing symphony orchestras today and the creative vision to address these challenges effectively is a necessary requirement.

The successful candidate will have superb interpersonal and communication skills. S/he will effectively motivate Trustees, staff and volunteers, and will foster creativity and teamwork in an atmosphere of mutual respect. S/he will have the temperament and understanding needed to encourage the artistic growth and development of the Orchestra.

The successful candidate will be an enthusiastic fundraiser, public spokesperson and advocate for the Portland Symphony and the Orchestra’s value to the community. S/he will provide support and leadership to the fundraising efforts of the Board. S/he will actively seek out opportunities for collaborations and productive partnerships with other area organizations. S/he will have superb public presentation skills and the willingness to be an active part in community life.

The successful candidate will be a person of integrity with a reputation for fairness, honesty and high ethical standards. S/he will work well under pressure and will be able to manage competing priorities and deadlines effectively. S/he will be a self-starter with the energy, maturity and self-confidence to lead and secure the position of the Portland Symphony as a significant musical force and an indispensable community asset.

Relocation to Maine is required.


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


Please send a cover letter of application that addresses your specific interest in the position and your qualifications. Include with a resume, salary history, and contact information for at least three professional references. All submissions will be treated as confidential and references will not be called without the candidate’s knowledge.

Portland Symphony Search c/o Catherine French Group
2500 Q Street NW, Suite 623
Washington, DC 20007

Electronic submissions in PDF form are requested.


Corporate and Foundation Relations Manager

Reports to Director of Development

The Corporate and Foundation Relations Manager is the steward of corporate and foundation relationships for the Symphony. Key duties include management of the grants process, including grant writing, department check-ins about funded projects, and reporting; stewardship and solicitation of corporate and foundation gifts; research for prospective funders; and 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 support, 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 communications that align with organizational language. It also requires a presence at concerts or events that may be scheduled afterhours. This person must be a highly motivated individual with strong organizational and communication skills, 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, 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.



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

Application Deadline:  June 15, 2015.



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.


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