Orchestra Manager and Librarian

Elmhurst Symphony Association

Elmhurst, IL

Work Location: Hybrid: remote & office


  • Part Time
  • Elmhurst, IL (Remote)
  • Work Location: Hybrid: remote & office
  • Symphonic
  • $16,000.00
  • $21,000.00

Website Elmhurst Symphony Association

TITLE: Orchestra Manager and Librarian
CLASSIFICATION: Part-time Employee
REPORTS TO: Executive Director, Music Director
KEY CONTACTS: Music Director, Stage Manager, Orchestra Musicians, Soloists, Executive Director, Administrative Staff, and Board Members
LOCATION: Elmhurst, IL (Hybrid: On-Site and Remote Work)

SUMMARY: The Orchestra Manager and Librarian is responsible for administering the personnel, production, and music needs of the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra. This includes applying the union community agreement, preparing and maintaining payroll, scheduling musicians, hiring substitute and extra musicians, coordinating auditions, providing and organizing all music needed for rehearsals and performances, and maintaining the orchestra’s library of parts and scores.

HOURS: Average 10-15 hours of work per week; estimated 20-25 hours per week during the performance season and 5 hours per week in the off-season.

SCHEDULE: This position requires variable working hours depending on the production schedule of the Elmhurst Symphony, including working during all ESO performances and rehearsals; occasional nights and weekends are required. The Elmhurst Symphony regularly rehearses on Wednesday evenings.

SALARY: $16,000–$21,000 annually, depending on prior experience

High organization with attention to detail, ability to work independently, strong communication skills, and ability to effectively manage volunteers
Musical literacy with the ability to read full scores, transpose, recognize and interpret interpretative markings (bowings, notes from the conductor), and interpret instrumentation formulas
Experience playing an orchestral instrument in a symphony orchestra, and orchestra management and/or music librarian experience is preferred but not required
Thorough understanding of Google Sheets or Microsoft Excel, and familiarity with Google Workspace applications (Gmail, Sheets, Docs, Sites, etc.)

APPLY: Please email resume in PDF format to apply+orchestramanager@elmhurstsymphony.org; no cover letter is required (in fact, cover letters are discouraged).


Orchestra Personnel
Determine the instrumentation needs of each piece performed
Maintain list of players suitable for hire as extras or substitutes
Hire and schedule all orchestral musicians, including the preparation of individual musician contracts, consistent with the orchestra’s artistic standards, as necessitated by repertoire and player absence

Ensure musicians receive timely and accurate compensation; track payroll variations, including doubling, extra services, overtime, extra and substitute players, and small ensemble payments
Maintain attendance records for each service
Secure all necessary signatures, paperwork, and approvals for personnel payment; resolve financial discrepancies in coordination with the bookkeeper

Music Procurement and Preparation
Arrange for the purchase, rental, or borrowing of all materials to meet program needs
Take delivery of and track incoming music, promptly return rented or borrowed materials, check all incoming and outgoing performance materials for condition and completeness, maintain shipping records
Manage and execute all aspects of music preparation, including assembly and distribution of music folders, ensure timely and consistent marking/bowing of parts, creation of practice parts
Prepare audition materials for formal auditions in consultation with Principal Musicians and Music Director

Music Library
Catalog, file, and maintain the ESO’s collection of scores and parts; manage loans of music from the ESO library
Maintain accurate performance records

Rehearsals and Performances
Log significant events in connection with rehearsals or concerts, such as complaints, tardiness, and failure to comply with organizational policies
Coordinate changes in seating, on-call musicians, and engagement of last-minute substitutes due to unscheduled absence or tardiness
Make announcements at rehearsals as required

Coordinate the audition process for the replacement or addition of orchestra musicians, advise management and orchestra committees regarding best practices, and schedule all auditions in coordination with all involved parties
Initiate appropriate recruiting strategies (such as placing ads, maintaining and updating candidate lists, and direct outreach), greet candidates, and appropriately represent the Elmhurst Symphony Association
Record audition results and communication decisions to candidates

Advise and participate in meetings and communications regarding the union community agreement as required
Develop budget projections for orchestra musician payroll and music library costs
Provide personnel list for concert programs
Advise on all matters related to musician policies
Report concert repertoire to performance licensing organizations (ASCAP and BMI)
Attend Music Committee, staff, and board meetings as requested

To apply for this job email your details to apply+orchestramanager@elmhurstsymphony.org