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Manager, Civic Orchestra Fellowship Programs

TITLE: Manager, Civic Orchestra Fellowship Program


DEPARTMENT: Negaunee Music Institute at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association


Since 1919 the Civic Orchestra has trained thousands of the nation’s most outstanding, emerging professional musicians while presenting free concerts at Symphony Center and in communities across Greater Chicago.

Each season approximately fifteen Civic musicians are designated as fellows and receive additional training that enhances their membership in the orchestra. Through an array of experiences designed to build and diversify creative and professional skills, fellows prepare for multifaceted careers in music.

Learn more about the work of the Civic Fellows on the blog they co-author –


1. Lead the design and implementation of all aspects of the Civic Orchestra Fellowship Program including:

  • curation and performance of chamber concerts, at Symphony Center and in communities across Greater Chicago;
  • partnerships with Chicago Public Schools;
  • mentorship of young musicians through the Chicago Youth in Music Festival;
  • songwriting projects in the juvenile justice system and with families who have lost children to gun violence;
  • fellow-led group and independent projects.

2. Identify and engage musicians and staff of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association as well as a roster of guest faculty to lead training workshops and seminars throughout the season.

3. Facilitate bi-weekly Civic Fellows meetings, manage absence requests and hiring of substitute personnel, submit payroll memos, maintain online calendars and manage the program budget. Collaborate with staff colleagues on content creation for and Civic Orchestra social medial channels.

4. Manage education and community engagement activities for the full Civic Orchestra including side by side rehearsals with local youth orchestras, the annual Bach Marathon and “artistic challenges” issued to the orchestra by guest artists and Civic staff.

5. Provide support when requested for full Civic Orchestra concerts, open rehearsals and special events that occur outside of Symphony Center. Undertake additional promotional efforts that build audiences for these events.

6. In conjunction with CSOA Development, contribute to funding proposals, program impact reports and stewardship of donors. Participate in ongoing evaluation of the Fellowship Program.

7. Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Music or Music Education, or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum 2-3 years of experience managing personnel for a youth, pre-professional or professional orchestra, university school of music or conservatory.
  • Advanced program management skills in music education and experience working collaboratively in diverse communities.
  • In-depth knowledge of symphonic music and a passion for how music can transform lives.
  • Exceptional communication, organizational, written and verbal skills. Ability to speak publically in front of large audiences.
  • Capacity to function as a strong leader as well as a member of a team in a fast-paced and demanding environment.
  • Willingness and availability to work evenings and weekends.
  • Excellent computer skills including Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Good sense of humor and calm demeanor under pressure.


Reports to the Director of The Negaunee Music Institute.

Primary contacts include Civic Fellows, Civic Orchestra musicians, the Civic Orchestra Manager, individuals and organizations from dozens of Chicago area communities, CSOA Development, Operations, Marketing and PR staff, CSO musicians, guest artists, teaching artists and volunteers.


Pleasant office environment.


To apply for full-time, part-time or seasonal positions with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association:

Please email your cover letter, resume and salary history (PDF or Word attachments only) to

Please send your cover letter, resume and salary history to:

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association
Human Resources Department
220 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60604

Please send your cover letter, resume and salary history to 312-294-3838.

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association is an Equal Opportunity employer which values and encourages a diverse workforce.

Contact Info:
Job Type: Permanent
Location: Chicago