Job Title: Director of Artistic Planning
Reports to: Chief Operating Officer
Status: Regular, full-time, exempt from overtime
The Director of Artistic Planning is responsible for planning all Houston Symphony programs and artistic projects. Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the position works in close collaboration with Music Director, Executive Director/CEO, staff conductors, and the Artistic Advisory Committee of the orchestra. With these key partners, the Director of Artistic Planning shapes and implements the Symphony’s overall artistic vision and provides essential artistic guidance to ensure that the Houston Symphony achieves its goal of artistic excellence.
Essential Job Functions:
• Serve as primary contact for Music Director for artistic planning and programming, including classical subscription season and other Music Director performances, projects, recordings, and tours.
• Supervise the Director of Popular Programming in the execution of all Pops subscription and popular artist special concerts.
• Plan education, family, and community programs, as well as other special projects. Support and supervise staff in the execution of these programs and projects.
• Nurture relationships with artists, artist managers, and other artistic collaborators, including directors, visual artists, designers, etc. Identify emerging conductors and artists and develop relationships with them.
• Supervise the artistic department in logistics relating to the Music Director, guest conductors, cover conductors, soloists, artistic collaborators, and visiting composers, including visas, hotels, transportation, rehearsal orders, rehearsal and performance schedules, hospitality, etc.
• Manage relationship with the Houston Symphony Chorus Director. Work closely with the Chorus Manager on all Houston Symphony Chorus matters.
• Manage commissions by maintaining relationships with composers, actively identifying and developing commissioned projects, executing associated agreements, etc.
• Supervise the Houston Symphony library.
• Liaise with other departments in the organization regarding cross-departmental initiatives, especially those that are Music Director-driven. Advocate for artistic initiatives to staff colleagues and board members as needed.
• Assist with related artistic messaging for Marketing, Communications, and Development proposals.
• Develop and monitor artistic budgets for all artistic activity.
• Maintain a focus on long-term, high-level artistic planning for the organization.
• Foster a friendly and positive environment within the department throughout the creative process of developing artistic plans and in communicating artistic ideas and vision with other departments seeking such information.
• Foster and maintain healthy, constructive relationships with Houston Symphony musicians and leadership.
• Serve as an artistic advisor and resource for other departments in the organization.
• Keep current with global activities of all major guest soloists and conductors.
• Perform additional duties as required by the Houston Symphony Society.
• Graduate degree and/or significant relevant experience required. Preference will be given to candidates with strong prior experience.
• Extensive knowledge of classical music, artists, and conductors required. Knowledge of popular artists and music is also desirable.
• Creative and intellectually curious nature preferred.
• Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
• Strong initiative and ability to work independently and as part of a team. Works well with others to set goals, resolve problems, and make decisions that enhance organizational effectiveness.
• Excellent interpersonal skills and diplomatic abilities. Positively influence others to achieve results that are in the best interest of the organization.
• Professional demeanor.
• Ability to multi-task, delegate, and balance institutional priorities.
• Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other relevant orchestra software applications such as OPAS.
• Availability for evening and weekend work required.
About Houston Symphony
Founded in 1913, the Houston Symphony is one of America’s oldest performing arts organizations with a distinguished musical history. The Houston Symphony performs over 170 concerts for more than 350,000 people every year, featuring an innovative and broad spectrum of classical, popular, education and community-based symphonic programming.
The Houston Symphony is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against otherwise qualified applicants on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, age, sex, marital status, national origin, disability or handicap, veteran status, or any other protected class.