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Sarasota Orchestra
Sarasota, FL, United States (hybrid)
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Sarasota Orchestra
Sarasota, Florida, United States (hybrid)
1 day ago



Since 1949, Sarasota Orchestra has inspired and entertained music-lovers across the region and visitors from around the world. A cultural leader in a city known for its vibrant arts community, Sarasota Orchestra’s threefold mission is dedicated to exquisite performance and first-class musical education.

As the oldest continuing orchestra in the state of Florida, each year the 76-member Orchestra performs more than 100 classical, pops, chamber music, and community outreach concerts.

The mission of Sarasota Orchestra is to engage, educate, and enrich our community through high-quality, live musical experiences.

Job Title:                    Director of Artistic Planning

Department:             Artistic Operations

Reports To:                Vice President of Artistic Operations

Classification:           Full-time, Salary/Exempt

Supervises:                Artistic Coordinator and Librarians 

Location:                   Sarasota, FL

General Overview:

Reporting to the VP of Artistic Operations, the Director of Artistic Planning will work closely with the artistic leadership and management team in planning activities for upcoming seasons and executing artistic plans for the Sarasota Orchestra and Sarasota Music Festival. Working in a collaborative, team environment, the Director of Artistic Planning will play a central role in advancing artistic excellence across the organization’s performance missions: professional orchestra, Sarasota Music Festival and education programs. 


Artistic Programming

  • In partnership with the music director, conducting staff and management team, make repertoire and programming suggestions for Masterworks, Pops, Great Escapes, Discoveries, chamber music, and other programs
  • Compile artistic plans and coordinate preparation with librarians
  • Actively participate in the process for season calendar planning
  • Identify guest conductors, artists, Pops programs and other ideas that will advance the artistic profile of Sarasota Orchestra

Contract Management

  • Work with agencies and artists’ managers to engage guests and negotiate contracts within agreed upon budgetary guidelines; supervise the Artistic Coordinator to ensure that contracts are executed
  • Facilitate guest artist participation in donor-related activities and, when required, ensure these engagements are part of contractual agreements
  • Oversee the Artistic Coordinator in the gathering and dissemination of information for artist schedules, rehearsal orders, logistical information and fulfillment of artists' riders
  • Manage Artistic Coordinator in fulfilling the foreign visa application process
  • Primary artistic contact for Sarasota Opera, Sarasota Ballet and other contracted orchestra and chamber music engagements
  • Prepare Orchestra contracted service agreements with other organizations such as Opera and Ballet
  • Facilitate communication between conductors, guests artists and Librarians


  • Develop proposals, annual budgets and manage to approved budgets for artistic department including guest conductors, guest artists, Pops programs, artistic travel, library rentals and purchases
  • Ensure compliance with all CBA requirements within the umbrella of artistic planning and administration
  • As required, participate in music director searches and searches for staff conductors
  • Communicate artistic plans to Marketing and Development departments, review printed and online content and provide artistic support for Development events
  • Lead and oversee accuracy of internal program information for staff
  • Participate in weekly Artistic Operations team meetings
  • Perform other relevant duties and projects as assigned



  • Bachelor’s degree in Music
  • 5 to 7 years relevant staff work experience in orchestral organizations
  • Thorough knowledge of orchestral repertoire
  • Proficiency in computer software including Office and OPAS
  • Ability to multi-task with attention to detail
  • Ability to work well in a team environment
  • Self-motivated, detail oriented and deadline driven
  • Ability to work nights and weekends during season

Physical Requirements:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear, sit, bend, and use hands to finger, handle or feel.  Repetitive motion is required while using a computer.  The worker is required to have visual acuity to perform an activity such as preparing and analyzing data and figures and viewing a computer terminal.  This position requires the ability to occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. 

Working Conditions:

The job operates in a professional environment including performance hall and office settings.  The environment is generally moderate in temperature and noise level. 

If you are interested in this opportunity with Sarasota Orchestra, please apply here or call 941-487-2704 with any questions you may have. When applying, please include a cover letter and a resume.  Salary range posted is dependent on qualifications and experience. Thank you!

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer

Job Information

  • Job ID: 66958202
  • Workplace Type: Hybrid
  • Location:
    Sarasota, Florida, United States
  • Company Name For Job: Sarasota Orchestra
  • Position Title: Director of Artistic Planning
  • Job Function: Artistic Director
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: BA/BS/Undergraduate
  • Min Experience: 5-7 Years
  • Required Travel: 10-25%
  • Salary: $70,000.00 - $90,000.00 (Yearly Salary)

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