Vice President of Artistic Planning

Reflecting the vision of the Music Director as the artistic leader of the organization, the Vice President of Artistic Planning is responsible and accountable for the development and execution of the overall artistic program, and ensures that programming is consistent with the mission, goals, and values of the Minnesota Orchestra.

We believe every employee is essential to the success of the organization and critical to accomplishing our mission. Our working relationships are based on our shared values: Respect for each other as individuals, confidence in one another, and a genuine desire to actively Listen and Collaborate with each other.

Working with the President and CEO, the Artistic Planning Group, the Artistic Advisory Committee, guest conductors, resident artists, and staff, the VP prepares multi-year plans for all Minnesota Orchestra concerts.  Our programs are designed to attract, inspire, and excite concert audiences.  Working within approved budget guidelines, the VP determines artists and repertoire for classical concerts, educational concerts, special concerts, tours, broadcasts, recordings, and all other musical events.   

Key Leadership and Strategy Accountabilities

  • Takes a leadership role with the Artistic Planning Group; ensures effective internal communication and transparency about all artistic matters
  • Meets regularly with the Music Director and the Artistic Advisory Committee to receive recommendations and to discuss repertoire, guest conductors, soloists, and other programming issues
  • Oversees the engagement of all artists, including conductors, composers, solo artists, and ensembles
  • Develops festivals and thematic programming as appropriate
  • Cultivates and stewards relationships with creative and performing artists and their managers; serves as an artistic collaborator and resource for soloists and guest artists as well as members of the Orchestra
  • Keeps current and informed about talented conductors, composers, vocalists, and instrumentalists, especially at the outset of their professional careers
  • Oversees the Minnesota Orchestra’s commissioning program
  • Serves as a resource to other departments, including Development, Marketing, Communications, Operations, and Education and Community Engagement by providing expert knowledge and research
  • Participates in presentations to external audiences; serves as a spokesperson on programming and artistic matters
  • Works with Marketing and Communications in finding connections between programming and audiences; reviewing and editing artistic programming-related printed materials; and engaging with the Digital team to advise on program-related content
  • Takes a leadership role in identifying, recruiting, and introducing the next Music Director of the Minnesota Orchestra to multiple stakeholders
  • With the Vice Presidents of Advancement, Marketing and Guest Services, Finance and Administration, and Orchestra Administration and the Directors of Human Resources and Communications, serves as a member of the President and CEO’s senior leadership team
  • Demonstrates leadership through a commitment to Orchestra values, setting clear goals and priorities, holding themselves and direct reports accountable to meet priorities, coaching and counseling direct reports regarding individual performance and other career development areas, and creating an environment that inspires a high level of commitment and performance

 Key Qualifications and Abilities

  • Formal education in music and the performing arts, or equivalent training and hands-on experience sufficient to perform the essential functions of the position
  • Progressively responsible experience in a similar music or performing arts management role developing an artistic program and managing a team
  • Thorough knowledge of the full range of orchestra repertoire
  • Highly developed understanding of audience interests; passion for connecting audiences with orchestras and symphonic music
  • Demonstrated interest in innovation, commissioning, and presenting new work
  • Demonstrated success developing and managing relationships with conductors, solo artists, composers, and their agents, managers, and publishers; established relationships with leading international artists; and the demonstrated ability to recognize and cultivate young talent
  • Experience negotiating performance fees and contracts
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities and deadlines with excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to listen and communicate effectively with internal stakeholders, external suppliers, vendors, and other entities
  • Demonstrated aptitude for preparing and analyzing financial information such as annual planning, monthly budgeting, and managing expenditures
  • Willingness to be a team player with a collaborative approach to artistic planning
  • Ability and willingness to collaborate with others to identify and solve issues and make proactive recommendations
  • Creativity, curiosity, persistence, optimism, and a personal commitment to transparency
  • Ability to attend evening and weekend performances, donor receptions, and other Orchestra, Board, and community related events
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally

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