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Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis Music Director Search

The Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis (COM) invites applications for a part-time, contracted Music Director position starting with the 2025-2026 concert season. The Music Director reports directly to the Board of Directors and is responsible for fulfilling the COM’s mission to foster an enriching musical experience for audiences in the Twin Cities and advancing the COM vision of community building through music.


The Music Director is responsible for concert programming, assists with musician selection, and leads rehearsals and concerts. Additionally, the Music Director will advocate for the orchestra as relates to commissions, collaborations, fundraising, and marketing in collaboration with the orchestra and board members to further the stature of the orchestra.

Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate will possess superior interpersonal and leadership skills; have relevant conducting experience, including work with volunteer musicians; and exceptional musicianship with knowledge of a broad range of orchestral repertoire. The music director will bring a passion, their own vision, and relationships in music and the community to maximize the performance capability of dedicated volunteer musicians and make classical music exciting for COM audiences. This is the ideal opportunity for an ambitious conductor to grow and lead a talented ensemble with a devoted audience in a rewarding artistic environment.

A detailed announcement of the position, including job description, qualifications, compensation, and the application process can be found here.


The application requirements and timelines are also described below. 

Application Process

Application Requirements

Applications must include:

  • A one-page cover letter describing your interest in and vision for the COM Music Director position.

  • A CV.

  • Three to five references with phone and email contact information, including at least two of these contacts:

    • A musician who has performed under your direction.

    • A conductor who is familiar with your work, such as a mentor or colleague.

    • A supervisor or key colleague such as a member of a board of directors, a contact in collaboration, or similar.

  • Two to four media samples demonstrating candidate conducting concerts and rehearsals, shared via a URL.

  • Up to six pages in a single pdf file outlining the following in this order:

    • Your philosophy on how to engage an audience during a concert.

    • Your approach and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

    • Your methodology to encourage the best from an orchestra in rehearsal. o Your experience working with volunteer musicians, and musicians of diverse skill levels.

    • Your three favorite pieces to conduct and why they are favorites.

    • Your process for programming a season of orchestra works.

    • The repertoire for three concerts you would program for COM including:

      • 1 regular “subscription” concert

      • 1 summer outdoor concert

      • 1 family concert

In preparing repertoire lists, please avoid works the COM has performed later than 2020. Refer to our website’s current and past concert listings for guidance.


We kindly request files saved as pdfs and labelled with your name. A single pdf including all materials is acceptable. Please direct inquiries and application materials to Marie Harvat, Search Committee Chair, via

Application Timeline

Priority will be given to applications received by 11:59 PM on January 31, 2024. Applications that are incomplete or received after January 31, 2024, may be considered at COM’s discretion. Application review begins February 03, 2024, with interviews to follow. Finalists will be invited to conduct one or more concerts during the 2024-2025 season with appropriate compensation.


The Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin.

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