Assist in the development, implementation, and monitoring of orchestra’s artistic objectives.
Draft and manage guest artist contracts. Work directly with guest artists to arrange transportation, lodging, hospitality, and other artistic needs.
Ensure that management and musicians adhere to the provisions of the master agreement.
In collaboration with the Music Director and Executive Director, manage the contractual needs of each musician, such as leave requests, resignations, and the tenure process.
Manage the flow of information between administration and musicians, ensuring that all parties are informed of the master schedule and the needs of individual services.
Oversee and coordinate the work of the Personnel Manager. Approve musician payroll spreadsheets prepared by the personnel manager.
Manage the logistical needs for annual auditions, including date and venue selection, position announcements, repertoire preparation, and candidate correspondence, with input from the Music Director and Personnel Manager.
Facilitate lodging requests for musicians, and manage their needs at services.
Prepare, distribute, and track Erie Philharmonic musician contracts each season.
Develop and implement strategies for all facets of concert production, including stage lighting and sound, facility usage, stage plots, staging, and stagehand management for each performance and event of the season.
Generate an annual season service schedule in collaboration with Executive Director and Music Director.
Oversee and direct the work of all production vendors, staff, and crew (IATSE) related to each performance.
Secure required equipment, instruments, licenses, and permits for each performance.
Arrange for transportation of musicians and equipment for regional performances and broadcasts. Moving equipment and driving moving trucks often required.
Attend all rehearsals and concerts.
In consultation with the Executive Director, seek and obtain new opportunities for performances by the orchestra and its ensembles.
Collaborate with Music Director and Executive Director to draft programs for pops concerts. Assist Music Director with programming research as requested, and consult with Music Director regarding arrangements and editions.
Research arrangements/editions and determine rental needs and prices.
Prepare all music for distribution to musicians for each concert, including managing bowing timelines, marking cuts, fixing page turns/errata, and transferring bowings and markings among parts.
Distribute music to players according to timeline stipulated in master agreement.
Collect all music following concerts and return to library or publishers as appropriate.
Curate the orchestra’s music library, cataloguing acquisitions, managing loan requests, and maintaining an orderly collection.
Ensure proper licensing for all repertoire performed by the orchestra.
BUDGET & PLANNING
In consultation with the Executive Director, prepare, manage, and track the following budgets: musician payroll, library, guest artist, production, and several other smaller budgets related to season operations needs.
Identify trends that may present new opportunities for the Philharmonic; make recommendations for the advancement of the orchestra to Executive Director, Music Director, and staff.
Work closely with the Executive Director and other designated staff in long-range planning for the Philharmonic; prepare budget projections as needed.
Serve as staff liaison to the Erie Philharmonic Chorus and Erie Junior Philharmonic and manage the logistics of each group’s collaborations with the Erie Philharmonic.
Serve as staff liaison to the board’s Music Advisory Committee and other committees as interest and need dictate.
Hire and supervise interns as appropriate.
Perform other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.
The Erie Philharmonic seeks an experienced, outgoing, creative and enthusiastic individual
to oversee all concert logistics and management of the music library.
Two years of operations experience with a professional orchestra
Experience working as an orchestra librarian and working with a union orchestra preferred
Experience working in concert production and knowledge of performance tech preferred
Extensive musical knowledge preferred
Willingness to work beyond normal 9-5 hours
Collaborative and positive attitude
Obsessive attention to detail
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Flexibility and willingness to take initiative when needed
Entering our 2017-18 season, the orchestra is coming off of 4 straight sell out concerts in a 2200-seat venue. With record attendance numbers and a blossoming audience base, the Philharmonic is entering a period of unrivaled success, not seen before in its 100+ year history.
The history of the Erie Philharmonic began on November 30, 1913, when the Erie Symphonic Orchestra, a 50 piece ensemble ...under the direction of Franz Kohler, presented a concert of “Sacred Music.” The title notwithstanding, the concert was entirely symphonic and was enthusiastically received by the Erie audience. Kohler, who had been concertmaster and first violinist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra from 1897-1911, conducted the orchestra until 1916 when his health failed.
In 1920, following a lapse of four years and the end of World War I, the orchestra was reorganized under the direction of Henry Bethuel Vincent. As music director for one season, Vincent revised the orchestra under the sanction of the American Federation of Musicians so that professional and amateur musicians played together.
Under the baton of John R. Metcalf, from 1931 to 1947, the orchestra reached a new level of support from the community. The Erie Philharmonic Society was created to sponsor the orchestra, and in 1947 all members of the orchestra were paid union scale wages. The orchestra also became a charter member of the American Symphony Orchestra League in 1942.
Fritz Mahler (a nephew of Gustav Mahler) was appointed music director in 1947 and performed the orchestra’s first pops concert in 1948. In 1950, the Erie Philharmonic sponsored its first important commission, Peter Mennin’s (Erie native) “Concerto for Orchestra,” which has established itself in the orchestral repertoire. The Erie Philharmonic Chorus began its great tradition in October of 1952, singing choruses from "La Traviata" under the direction of Fritz Mahler.
In 1953, Music Director James Sample and President William Schuster established the Erie Junior Philharmonic, which today still serves as an important part of the Philharmonic’s educational activities. After Sample, the orchestra continued its artistic achievements under the batons of John Gosling (1967-76), Harold Bauer (1974-76), Walter Hendl (1976-90), Eiji Oue (1990-96), Peter Bay (1996-99), and Hugh Keelan (2000-06).
In the summer of 2007, Daniel Meyer was named the 12th Music Director of the Erie Philharmonic. The 2016-17 season marks the 103rd Season of the Erie Philharmonic.