Auditions and Employment

There are currently two open staff positions:

  • Sales & Patron Services Manager (FT);
  • Graphic & Digital Media Designer – PT (25 hours a week)


There is currently one musician audition opportunity:

  • Assistant Principal Bass



Auditions and Employment


Portland Symphony Orchestra

Portland, Maine

Announces auditions in Portland on Monday, September 24, 2018 for Assistant Principal Bass.

One year position, may become a permanent, tenure-track chair. Should this position be won by a current member of the PSO, the resulting vacancy may be offered to the runner-up at this audition (one year position, may become a permanent, tenure-track chair).

Highly qualified musicians are invited to send a one-page résumé, due by Friday, September 14, with $50 refundable deposit check (payable to Portland Symphony Orchestra) to:

Portland Symphony Orchestra
50 Monument Square, Floor 2
Portland, ME 04101

Attn. Martin Webster, Orchestra Personnel Manager


Emailed résumés in pdf or Word, please.

Deposit checks will be returned at the audition, or will be destroyed if your audition is cancelled on or before Wednesday, September 19, 2018.

Employment to begin during the 2018-2019 season as soon as the winning candidate’s availability and the PSO’s schedule allow. The PSO is a per-service orchestra offering approximately 77 services in the 2018-2019 season. Pay for this position is currently $144.45 per service pending ongoing wage negotiations.

The Portland Symphony Orchestra audition committee reserves the right to dismiss any candidate not meeting the highest professional standards.

The audition will be held at Woodford’s Congregational Church in Portland, Maine.

Required audition repertoire:

  1. Solo of choice

  2. Orchestral excerpts

Mozart Symphony #39

  • 1stmvt: Bar 13to Letter
  • 4thmvt: Double barto Letter C

Beethoven Symphony # 5

  • 2ndmvt: Letter Cto 10 bars after C and5 barsafter Letter Eto 20 after E
  • 3rdmvt: Openingto Letter AandDouble bar(trio) to 23 bars after Letter B No repeat

Brahms Symphony #1

  • 1stmvt: Letter Eto 1stending
  • 4thmvt: Letter Kto L

Strauss Ein Heldenleben

  • 9-11
  • 15-17
  • 40-1 Bar before41
  • 51-63
  • 3 bars before 66 to 74

Orchestral solos

Mahler Symphony #1:  3rdmvt

Stravinsky Pulcinella:  VII mvt. (Vivo) With Repeat

Prokofiev Lt. Kije:  2ndmvt (Romance)

Haydn Symphony #31(Horn Signal) 4thmvt, variation 7 With Both Repeats

Strauss Salome, Finale:  8 before 305to 1 after 306

  1. Possible sight-reading


JOB TITLE: Sales and Patron Services Manager (FT)

REPORTS TO:Director of Marketing and Communications

JOB SUMMARY:The Sales & Patron Services Manager is responsible for identifying and cultivating group sales prospects; assisting and tracking a contract telemarketing sales team; and communicating with patrons. The position reports to the Director of Marketing and works closely across all departments of the PSO and box office staff to coordinate efforts. The position is full-time in Portland, Maine with some evening and weekend concert/event coverage.

QUALIFICATIONS of the ideal candidate

  • Excellent customer service and interpersonal skills; ability to increase retention by engaging clients and sharing enthusiasm for the live concert experience
  • Strategic, sales-oriented mindset with at least two years of sales experience with proven track record of achieving sales goals; non-profit or performing arts experience a plus
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills with an ability to communicate effectively and in a timely way with external and internal constituencies, as well as strong editing skills.
  • Experience in E-mail communications (i.e. Constant Contact)
  • Social media savvy
  • Strong computer skills, including Word, Excel, Outlook, and WordPress are a must, with Tessitura box office skills the gold standard
  • Willing to work as part of a team in an intimate office setting.
  • Thrives in an extremely fast-paced environment and can process information on the fly. Great communication, flexibility, and teamwork
  • Knowledgeof and/or passion for classical music.



  • Grow group attendance and ticket revenue annually through the retention of existing groups and acquisition of new groups, includingsales to corporate, institutional, educational or community groups
  • Develop and execute annual group sales marketing plan, to include direct mail, email, print ads, and events—aligned with overall marketing plan. Measure success of promotions and activities.
  • Deliver the highest possible customer service; determine Group Sales procedures and policies; help lead Group Sales pricing decisions; leverage existing tools (Tessitura, T-Stats, etc.) to recommend and make good business decisions.
  • Prospect and develop new leads and lists.
  • Manage group sales budget; run weekly sales and lead/contact reports; forecast and make sales projections.
  • Administrative tasks include processing group sales orders, collecting payment, and managing group sales web pages:, email, and the group sales phone line.
  • Supervise ongoing contract telemarketing campaign to boost subscriptions. Track telemarketing results and facilitate communication between the telemarketing company, the PSO Marketing Director and the PortTIX the box office at Merrill Auditorium.

 Patron Services

  • Respond in a timely manner to patron inquiries
  • Update the PSO website
  • Track & deliver complimentary ticket requests in conjunction with the Corporate and Foundations Relations Manager.
  • Enhance the PSO’s connection to its community through the promotion of outreach concerts and disbursement of complimentary tickets to local service organizations.
  • Ensure a dynamic presence on Facebook and other social media outlets. Facilitate a personal, two-way conversation between patrons and the PSO.
  • Assist in the creation, proofreading and scheduling of PSO E-News and concert communication
  • Perform administrative tasks to support sales efforts, and to benefit PSO customer relations in general
  • This position serves in the rotation for front-of-house and marketing table management duties at concerts and events.

Other Marketing Duties

  • Proofread marketing materials
  • Coordinate placement and distribution for brochures, advertisements, newsletters, program books, posters, presentations, signage and promotional materials.
  • Assist Corporate and Foundations Relations Manager is planning and managing corporate sponsor employee discount program
  • Work cross-functionally to leverage activities in other areas of the organization (audience engagement efforts such as the City Christmas Tree Lighting) to drive ticket sales.
  • Other duties as assigned.


In addition to complimentary and discounted tickets to the Portland Symphony Orchestra performances, other benefits include accrual-based sick and vacation time and paid holidays, health insurance (medical, dental and vision) partially paid plans.

To Apply

Please email resume and cover letter to Mical Hutson, Director of Marketing and Communications at by July 13, 2018. For more information on the Portland Symphony Orchestra (Maine), please visit

An Equal Opportunity Employer:  It is the policy of the Portland Symphony Orchestra to provide all persons with equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, handicap, age, or Vietnam Veteran status.

The Portland Symphony Orchestra serves its community by enriching lives through music.

JOB TITLE: Graphic and Digital Media Designer – PT (25 hours a week)

REPORTS TO:Director of Marketing and Communications

JOB SUMMARY:The Graphic and Digital Media Designer will produce creative that builds brand engagement for all departments of the PSO using brand and campaign guidelines established by and under the direction of the Director of Marketing and Communications. The position is part-time (25-hours) in Portland, Maine.

Essential Responsibilities Include

  • Translate marketing objectives into compelling and effective advertising collateral.
  • Create and execute print, digital, and motion graphic design projects within brand and style guidelines for campaigns established by PSO partners.
  • Compile & Produce Program Book
  • Participate in A/B testing of advertising materials. Understand what works best and apply these learnings to future design projects.
  • Assist with photo shoots as well as photo/video selection, management, and archiving.
  • Meet tight deadlines and stay within established budgets and project objectives.
  • Execute proofing and approval process recommendations accurately.
  • Manage marketing material logistics including inventory, inserts, media kits and archived collateral.
  • Serve in the rotation for front-of-house and marketing table management duties at concerts and events.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications for the Ideal Candidate

  • 3 to 5 years’ experience working in graphic design. Bachelors’ degree in graphic design or related field preferred.
  • Proficient with Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe After Effects, Microsoft Outlook, and Microsoft Word in a Windows environment.
  • Understanding of typography, layout principles, and printing (including pre-press).
  • Ability to take design concepts and apply them to different advertising mediums in a cohesive manner
  • Excellent attention to detail and organizational abilities.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a positive attitude. Great communication, flexibility, and teamwork.
  • Good knowledge of camera equipment and photography.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously, meet tight deadlines, and work well under pressure.
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and communicate project status to stakeholders.
  • Effective writing, editing, and proofreading skills.
  • Responsive to design critiques and changes.
  • General marketing and advertising knowledge.
  • Occasional evening and weekend work required to attend events.
  • Other duties as assigned

Benefits In addition to complimentary and discounted tickets to The Portland Symphony Orchestra performances, benefits include accrual-based sick and vacation time, and paid holidays.

Thank you to our Season Sponsors the Maine Arts Commission, Top of the Old Port Parking managed by Dirigo Management Company; PSO Pops! Series Sponsor Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram; Official Hotel Holiday Inn by the Bay; and Education Partner IDEXX.
Top of the Old Port Dirigo Management Company Maine Arts Commission Holiday Inn by the Bay Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram IDEXX