Columbus Indiana Philharmonic Music Director Search

Job Summary: The Music Director works for and reports to the Board of Directors as the Primary Orchestral Conductor. The Music Director provides the overall artistic leadership for the orchestra and works collaboratively with the Executive Director to plan for the growth and stability of the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic (CIP).

Key Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the selection, retention, and dismissal of musicians in the orchestra.
  • Oversee orchestral programming and conduct the orchestra’s musical preparation and presentation.
  • Lead the selection of guest artists for all orchestral concerts.
  • Represent the CIP in a professional manner and build and maintain relationships with the CIP’s Board of Directors, staff, and patrons.
  • Comply with all local, state, and federal legal requirements.

Job Duties and Responsibilities


  • Provide the Executive Director an artistic annual budget that supports the financial and public objectives of the CIP.
  • Chair the Artistic Team made up of musicians, board members (current and past) and patrons to select the orchestral and choral works to be performed each season. Selections will be presented by the Music Director to the Board of Directors Executive Team for review prior to the Board of Directors vote 18 months prior to the intended concert season.

Board of Directors

  • Attend meetings of the Board of Directors and Executive Team. Present orchestral and programming reports for these meetings.


  • Recruit, select, and artistically engage all musicians.
  • Responsible for supervising the artistic staff and recommend any changes/updates to the Musician Employment Policy Manual to the Executive Director.
  • Negotiate and execute all musician contracts as needed on behalf of the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic (orchestra and choral personnel, guest artists, music acquisition) within the approved budget guidelines.
  • Review and update musician contracts and handbook in collaboration with the musicians’ council and the Executive Director.
  • Suggest music for the CIP Annual Meeting.
  • Monitor and authorize artistic expenditures in accordance with approved artistic budget.
  • Plan, rehearse and conduct Philharmonic orchestral concerts with the highest level of professionalism.

 Marketing and Promotion:

  • Collaborate with the Executive Director, Marketing Manager, and Marketing Team as marketing plan is developed.
  • Provide copy for the planning of printed materials including season brochure, program book, and educational materials.
  • Coordinate season program notes acquisition and final copy for program book to the Executive Director.
  • Collaborate guest artist community involvement in the schools and master classes with the Executive Director.


  • Recruit and select the Philharmonic Youth Orchestra conductor and collaborate with the artistic director of Columbus Indiana Children’s Choir.
  • Work with the Education Director to create programming for the CIP education outreach endeavor.

Music Director Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in music required, master or doctorate degree preferable.
  • Excellent knowledge of music techniques, theory, and performance.
  • Great organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills.
  • Strong leadership, time management, and multitasking abilities.
  • Ability to give clear instructions and make decisions under pressure.

To apply:
Send cover letter, resume, and samples to any links of materials by August 15 to:

Columbus Indiana Philharmonic Music Director Search
315 Franklin Street
Columbus, IN 47201


Columbus Indiana Philharmonic (CIP) is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Prohibits Discrimination and Harassment of Any Kind: the CIP is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at the CIP are based on business needs, job requirements, and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, family medical history or genetic information, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. The CIP will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics.