Concertmaster

Concertmaster Opening – Mennonite Community Orchestra

The Mennonite Community Orchestra invites applicants for the position of Concertmaster. The job description is listed below.

Persons interested are asked to submit a recent recording of their playing of not more than 5-6 minutes which highlights their playing ability. This may be one or two pieces or excerpts. Stylistic contrast within the music recorded is preferred. Piano accompaniment is not required.


A one-page bio outlining musical studies and leadership experiences in orchestra or ensemble music making and any teaching experience is also invited. Applications should be submitted to mcorchestrawpg@gmail.com by July 31 2022. Any questions can be directed to this address also.

Mennonite Community Orchestra Concertmaster Job Description

Duties:
The MCO Concertmaster shall:
 provide bowings for all string sections and work with the Librarian to mark parts as required
 play any solo parts in the 1 st violin section
 work with the MCO Personnel Manager to determine seating within the string section
 act as the conduit between conductor and orchestra and be accountable to both parties
 translate instructions from the conductor into specific technical language for the strings
 confer with other string section leaders as necessary to ensure unity in performance
 by example, lend a sense of stable and consistent leadership from rehearsal to rehearsal
 maintain the appropriate sense of decorum during rehearsals by setting a personal example
 lead the orchestra in tuning before rehearsals and performances
 assist with aspects of the orchestra’s management as necessary
 be an ex officio member of the Repertoire Committee and the MCO Board
 participate in the audition process for any prospective string players

Qualifications:
The MCO Concertmaster shall possess
 thorough knowledge of historical playing styles in addition to complete idiomatic understanding of the mechanics of string playing
 extensive knowledge of the orchestral repertoire

 a high level of technical proficiency
 excellent sight-reading ability
 good communication skills
 good understanding of rehearsal and performance protocols

An honorarium commensurate with the MCO’s status as a volunteer organization is offered to recognize the work and responsibility the position entails.