Job Description for Music Director for
Greenville Symphony Orchestra in Greenville, South Carolina

Job Title

Music Director

Music Director Role

The Music Director reports directly to the Board and is responsible for the fulfillment of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra’s (GSO) artistic potential and its image in the community.

Position Summary

The Music Director is responsible for the repertoire, programming, and artistic production. The Music Director participates in auditions and has a significant influence (higher percentage of the vote) when selecting new musicians. As the GSO’s artistic leader, she/he must build and sustain the orchestra’s visibility and involvement in the community. The Music Director is expected to work closely with the musicians, Executive Director, GSO staff, and Board President in carrying out these responsibilities.

Candidate background

Salary and Contract

Multi-year contract at competitive salary and benefits dependent upon experience and availability (expected range competitive in a Group 4 orchestra). Currently, the GSO hosts at least one guest conductor each year, but the organization is open to other arrangements. The expectation of the Music Director is that he/she would conduct at least half of the concert weeks.

How to Apply

Please review this job description for the Greenville Symphony Orchestra’s (GSO) Music Director. If you are interested in and believe you meet all the qualifications for this position, then we invite you to apply by January 31st, 2022. To apply, please email

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Desirable qualities and skills

General Requirements

Technique and Performance

Administrative and personal

About the GSO

Founded in 1948, the Greenville Symphony Orchestra has been the classical music foundation of the Greenville, South Carolina community. As a leader in orchestral artistry in the Southeast, the GSO comprises a core of 68 musicians, 11 of whom are salaried. While the GSO is not a union orchestra, the orchestra generally follows union policies. The GSO attracts highly talented professional musicians, evidenced by the growing number of auditionees each year.

The Symphony enriches the lives of those who attend Masterworks symphony concerts, usually with guest artists, (6 programs of 2 performances each), Chamber concerts (4 programs of 3 performances each), Holiday at Peace (3 performances), and Pops and Spotlight performances (one performance each). Education outreach serves more than 28,000 children who experience a variety of education programs, including concerts. The Symphony has performed all the major orchestral works, hosted illustrious artists such as YoYo Ma, Nadia Solerno-Sonnenberg, and Olga Kern, appeared at the Spoleto Arts Festival in Charleston, SC. and frequently collaborates with the Greenville Chorale.

The GSO performs at the Peace Center, a six-acre performing arts center on Main Street. The Peace Center has a concert hall (capacity 2,100+) where Masterworks and Pops concerts are performed. The Peace Center also has the Gunter Theatre (capacity 425+) where Chamber concerts are performed. Spotlight concerts are performed at venues across the community.

The GSO is a Group 4 orchestra with typically thirteen weeks of concerts and a budget of approximately $2.5 million. The GSO has an endowment of over $13 million. There is a current endowment campaign, which has raised $3.5 million towards a $5 million goal. GSO offices up the street from The Peace Center house eleven professional staff. Both the Music Director and the Executive Director report to the 40-member Board. The GSO Board includes four musicians with voting privileges. With a strong subscriber and patron base, the GSO celebrates its 75th Anniversary in the 2022-23 season.

About Greenville, SC

Greenville, located in the Foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Upstate South Carolina, consistently ranks among the top ten mid-size USA cities for tourism, entrepreneurial business development, international investment per capita, friendliness, abundant “foodie-centric” global restaurants and craft beer halls, best for retirement and overall livability. The county population is over 525,000 with the two adjacent counties bringing the area to over 1 million. The upstate region is one of the strongest mid-sized manufacturing centers in the country and attracts international and domestic firms, such as BMW Manufacturing and Michelin’s North American Headquarters. Greenville professional sports teams include a Class A affiliate to the Boston Red Sox baseball team, USL League One soccer, and minor league ice hockey.

Since the 1970’s, Downtown Greenville has been reimagined with double rowed trees, mini parks and public sculptures lining Main Street, along with hotels, restaurants, and shops. Downtown hosts over 300 events a year, attracting over 4 million visitors. Furman University and Bob Jones University each have symphony orchestras, as does nearby Clemson University. The S.C. Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, a year-round residential arts high school in the downtown area, provides full scholarships in music, dance, writing, visual arts, and drama. Greenville also hosts four professional community theaters, two major art museums, two ballet companies, the Sigal Music Museum, the Greenville Chorale, and touring acts at the 2,100-seat Peace Center for the Performing Arts and the 15,000-seat Bon Secours Arena.

Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport, located midway between Atlanta and Charlotte, serves daily nonstop flights to major cities including Atlanta, New York, Washington DC, Charlotte, Philadelphia, Denver, Chicago, Miami, Detroit, Dallas, Houston, and many Florida airports.

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