Location: Denver, Colorado

Type: Contract

Position Overview

The Denver Philharmonic Orchestra is seeking a talented and driven Music Director to lead our dedicated group of musicians and be a key contributor to the orchestra’s community outreach and fundraising.

A key leader in the organization, the Music Director serves as the Chief Artistic and Musical Officer of Denver Philharmonic Orchestra, providing artistic leadership and shaping the orchestra’s musical direction, repertoire selection, and season programming. This position offers a unique opportunity for a highly-skilled conductor to collaborate with a committed group of semi-professional musicians and create memorable musical events in Metro Denver.

Key Responsibilities

Artistic Leadership

  • Develop and execute a vision for the orchestra’s growth and excellence, working collaboratively with the Board of Directors to achieve these goals.
  • Shape the orchestra’s musical direction, repertoire selection, and programming for the season that lasts 5 to 6 full concert cycles and additional auxiliary events.
  • Attend and contribute to monthly Board meetings.


  • Conduct rehearsals and performances with precision, enthusiasm, and interpretive insight.
  • Maintain high standards of performance and inspire the orchestra to reach its full potential.
  • Work with the orchestra’s assistant and associate conductors as well as outside guest clinicians to ensure musical interpretation and tempi are understood before assistant conductors lead sectionals and/or rehearsals, as applicable.

Repertoire Selection

  • Curate a diverse and engaging repertoire that reflects the orchestra’s mission, appeals to a broad audience, and brings to life composers that encompass the spirit of equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Ensure that programming is appropriate for the orchestra’s skills and showcases the talents of the orchestra’s musicians.


  • Select and work with soloists, guest conductors, guest clinicians, Music Director Laureate, and composers to create exceptional and unique musical experiences.
  • Foster strong relationships with musicians, Board members, and staff to build a harmonious working environment.

Educational and Outreach Initiatives

  • Develop and lead educational and outreach programs to engage with the community, schools, and underserved populations.
  • Promote a deep appreciation of classical music and the orchestra’s role in the community.
  • Help source musical collaborations with local musical or non-musical organizations to increase access to additional audiences and enrich our musician’s musical depth.

Auditions and Recruitment

  • Conduct bi-annual auditions to recruit new musicians and ensure the highest level of performance.

Budget Management

  • Ensure high levels of communication and engagement with the Board and administrative team on the musical needs and costs of each concert program so that the orchestra effectively meets its programming budget and effectively allocates its financial resources.


  • Master’s degree or equivalent in music conducting or a related field.
  • Proven experience as a conductor with a successful track record of working with orchestras and concert programming.
  • Exceptional musicianship, conducting technique, and interpretive skills.
  • Strong leadership and communication abilities.
  • Dedication to nurturing and developing the talents of semi-professional musicians.
  • A passion for promoting classical music in the community.
  • Residence in the Denver Metro area

Application Process

Interested candidates should submit the following application materials by using the form below by Friday, March 15th:

  • A current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Links to videos or recordings of your conducting performances (if available).
  • Contact information for at least three professional references.

$22,000- $26,000 commensurate with experience. Candidates that pass the initial screening will be asked for a sample programming for a 3-concert season for Denver Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Denver Philharmonic Orchestra is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply.

Extended Deadline for Application: Friday, March 15

Music Director Application

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