Overview

Positioned for growth, the East Texas Youth Orchestra seeks a part-time, contract Director of Development with a vision to increase revenue through contributed income and establish individual and major giving programs beyond our current capacity.

Working closely with the Executive Director and Board of Directors, the Director of Development will manage a portfolio of institutional funders that encompass foundations, corporations, and government support. The Director of Development should be a writer able to paint a picture of ETYO’s mission and vision, understand how to adapt our narrative and messaging to specific applications, and savvy with budgets and organization financials. Additionally, the Director of Development will work to establish relationships with donors, businesses, and community leaders in order to cultivate new prospects, and lead in the areas of fundraising initiatives and grant writing.

About East Texas Youth Orchestra

The East Texas Youth Orchestra began as the Tyler Youth Orchestra in 1955, as a violin
ensemble for 5th and 6th graders, reorganized as a string orchestra in 1975, and expanded to
a full orchestra in 1979. The Tyler Preparatory Orchestra began in 1991 to provide musical
enrichment and training for beginning string musicians, and in 2006, the Tyler Academic Orchestra formed to serve intermediate musicians who are still honing their skills for the East
Texas Youth Orchestra. In the spring of 2014, the Tyler Youth Orchestra saw the need to expand and became the East Texas Youth Orchestra. Today we offer musical education to all
borders of our East Texas area.

ETYO recently completed its first international tour to Vienna, Austria, taking over 40 musicians
to perform in historic venues including the MuTh, home to the Vienna Boys Choir, and in the
Golden Hall of the Musikverein, home of the Vienna Philharmonic. The East Texas Youth
Orchestra will begin its 64th season and is led by Artistic and Executive Director Felix Torres, Philharmonic Orchestra conductor Sarah Reason, and Jazz Academy director Dr. Sarah Roberts. The board of directors is comprised of community leaders from all over East Texas and is led by President Phil Ketcham.