As part of a major expansion of its operations, the Irish Baroque Orchestra is creating a post of Conductor as part of its formal management structure, subject to review and renewal. This is a strategic development in line with PCIwas recently announced Strategic plan, reinventing our culture, presented by the Board of Directors PCI in 2021.
As Conductor for the Irish Baroque Orchestra, you have a vital role to play in planning and implementing the operations of the organisation. You will work closely with the CEO deliver projects according to budget estimates and established delivery times, while managing orchestra musicians and key external production personnel, such as keyboard tuners and instrument movers. A logistics management degree is included as part of this role, and some touring work may be required. This role is crucial within the PCI‘s structure, sitting at the interface between the CEO, musicians and production team.
The goal of all PCI is to drive the company’s development and share a vision of long-term sustainable success.
The Irish Baroque Orchestra is acclaimed as Ireland’s flagship period music ensemble and delivers historically informed performances to the highest standards in Ireland and abroad. Under the artistic direction of Peter Whelan, scholarship and musical excellence converge in a unique way through the PCI‘s work. This creates an original offering like no other organization in the Irish classical music scene. Through this integration of research and practice, the very idea of the orchestra is redefined, providing an unusual and enriching experience for today’s audience.
As an ambassador for stories from Ireland’s musical past, the PCI uses his unique perspective to expand on the growing stock of knowledge surrounding the very early days of Baroque and Classical music in Ireland. the PCIThe research, recording and performance of offers the people of Ireland a new opportunity to reassess and reclaim their cultural heritage, while engaging the Irish diaspora through the growing global reach of this work. Even Handel’s Messiah – a highlight of the annual tour in the PCI calendar – is a revived link to the cultural life of Dublin in 1742.
In 2019 the orchestra released ‘Welcome Home Mr Dubourg’ on Linn Records, which was featured in the Irish Times and on BBC Radio 3 and met with positive reviews across Europe. The second album, ‘The Trials of Tenducci’ with Irish mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught, was released in March 2021 and went straight to the top of the iTunes classical charts in Ireland upon release. It was critically acclaimed worldwide, receiving notable praise from Gramophone Magazine, France Musique & BR Classic.
the PCI is committed to developing the scene for historically informed performances in Ireland and works with a number of partner organizations across the country to ensure its continued growth for future generations. The Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra gives students the opportunity to work intensively on elements of period style, and PCIThe Apprentice Scheme supports students in their first steps in the profession. An annual side-by-side program with the Royal Irish Academy of Music is a crucial and recent development in the PCI, as well as a new course in Baroque Strings for amateur adult string players.
The Irish Baroque Orchestra is generously funded by the Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon. It also receives financial support from Dublin City Council and Culture Ireland. The orchestra has its own collection of period instruments, purchased with the help of a capital grant from the Arts Council and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. the PCI is resident at the National Concert Hall in Dublin and since 2021 is a member of the entire European Early Music Network.
Responsibilities of the role include:
- Be the first point of contact within staff for orchestral musicians regarding project work; deal with their requests, questions and problems.
- Write and distribute project schedules to the orchestra, according to internal rules PCI schedules and keep musicians informed of any other relevant information or announcements regarding their planned activity.
- Discuss and agree rehearsal times with the Artistic Director, guest conductors and guest artists, in collaboration with the CEO.
- Management of players’ leave requests (‘N / As’), in conjunction with the CEO if necessary on the value and feasibility of these requests, keep accurate records of the N / As and repair replacement players as needed.
- Manage all project logistics, including travel and accommodation for guest artists.
- Draw up seating plans for all concerts in discussion with the artistic director and the conductor (main conductor and associate conductor from 2023), if necessary.
- Oversee the management of the music library and help ensure that all music is acquired and available in a timely manner prior to all rehearsals. This may include scanning and downloading so that musicians can access parts digitally.
- Ensure that orchestra performances go successfully and according to plan.
- Ensure that all production contractors supporting the artistic production of the orchestra (e.g. keyboard technicians) adhere to agreed schedules and budgets, in collaboration with the CEO.
- Manage occasional production assistants, tuners, transportation and ticketing personnel for performances as required.
- Take responsibility for health & Security of musicians and contractors during all concerts and rehearsals, as applicable. This will include conducting risk assessments with the CEO.
Your effectiveness in the role will rely on an enthusiastic problem-solving attitude (including anticipating problems that may arise), good people management skills and excellent communication. We want to appoint someone who shows initiative and who will confidently take on the many responsibilities, opportunities and challenges inherent in this role. The ability to work independently as well as in a team is a key part of the role.
The following attributes are desirable:
- Solid experience (minimum 3 years) in performing arts administration, preferably in an orchestral context, with exceptional organizational skills and resourceful realization of artistic projects.
- Direct experience working closely with and managing orchestral musicians and guest artists.
- Proven ability to manage performers; sensitive understanding of musicians and their needs
- Good knowledge of classical/orchestral music, practice and repertoire.
- Energetic and personal approach to teamwork, able to cultivate excellent working relationships with musicians, colleagues and a wide range of external partners.
- Professional experience in event management.
- Proven ability to manage a variety of projects simultaneously and work on own initiative.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Good use of the computer.
- Musical Literacy.
- Full EU driver’s license for at least one year.
- Exceptional attention to detail and ability to manage a complex workload with multiple projects running concurrently.
The following attributes are advantageous:
- Passion and enthusiasm for the historical interpretation and promotion of Baroque music.
- Proficiency in music editing software, such as Sibelius, Finale or similar.
Terms of appointment
- 0.6 AND P, prorated salary of €35,000, starting as close to April 1 as possible.
- Initial fixed-term contract of 6 months, with the possibility of later extension to full-time.
- Line manager: CEO
- Key relationships: Artistic Director, PCI members and all visiting/guest musicians.
To apply for the position of conductor, please send your resume and cover letter to recruitment [at] www.irishbaroqueorchestra.com before 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 25, with the subject “Orchestra Manager Application”. Your letter should not exceed one side of A4. Please refer carefully to the role description and person specification, using your letter to demonstrate your suitability for the position. Please include your contact details, the names and contact details of two references (we will not ask for references without discussing them with you) and how you heard about this position.
We will create a shortlist of candidates to invite to the interview stage by mid-March and expect to be able to indicate the outcome of all expressions of interest to candidates no later than this date.
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