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New York Youth Symphony is hiring! Please see below for full-time and part-time opportunities.

Director of Development

The New York Youth Symphony (NYYS) seeks a fulltime experienced Director of Development to join one of the nation’s leading innovative music education
organizations for aspiring young musicians.

Founded in 1963 to showcase the New York metropolitan area’s most gifted musicians, ages 12–22, NYYS’s activities have since grown and diversified to encompass programs in chamber music, composition, jazz, conducting, and musical theater songwriting with regular performances at world class venues including Carnegie Hall and Jazz at Lincoln Center, plus international touring. Through its award-winning commissioning program, “First Music,” NYYS has commissioned over 170 new works from young composers since 1984. Moreover, the careers of world-renowned musicians, conductors, and composers have been assisted by their early experiences with the New York Youth Symphony.

Approaching its 60th Anniversary, NYYS recognizes the need to hire a full-time, experienced Director of Development to assist the organization to not only
sustain its current level of activities, but also to enable a more diverse group of students to participate in and benefit from NYYS’ various programs. Reporting
to and in partnership with the Executive Director, the Director of Development will be responsible for all aspects of NYYS’s fundraising activities, such as planning
and managing various fundraising campaigns including the annual fund, special events, capital campaigns; ensuring strong donor cultivation, recognition, and
stewardship; researching new funding sources; serving as key ambassador in engaging existing and prospective donors, etc. In addition, the successful
candidate will have a passion for music education, a self-initiating, professional temperament, and 5-10 years of experience in development work.


  • Actively seek, cultivate, and solicit new funding sources form individuals, donors, foundations, corporations, and public sources with a focus on arts education, community outreach, and other relevant objectives;
  • Craft compelling materials to communicate with current and prospective donors, including grant proposals and reports
  • Orchestrate annual fundraising appeal, all fundraising events and explore new fundraising projects and engagement opportunities;
  • Oversee and maintain database systems and processes essential to fundraising activities including research, cultivation, stewardship, record keeping, reporting, and acknowledgements;
  • Coordinate with development staff and consultants for the 60th anniversary campaign.


  • Five (5) or more years experience in the nonprofit fundraising world or related positions;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Experience with CRM databases;
  • Preferred qualities: A positive attitude, creative thinker, highly organized with meticulous attention to detail; knowledge of music is desirable but not required.

Salary: Commensurate with experience; includes full benefit package.
To Apply: Send a cover letter and resume to

Chamber Music Program Manager

The Chamber Music Program (CMP) Manager is a part-time, hourly role, which runs September 1, 2022 to May 31, 2023. This position is a key member of the CMP administration and responsible for event and personnel management. They report to the Director of Artistic Operations and the Director of Chamber Music Program.  

Administrative Duties include: 

  • Assisting the Director to produce and plan events, outreach activities, and concerts throughout the season, which will require frequent communication and occasional meetings to stay informed on the program and plan upcoming events.  
  • Co-Managing the CMP communications including: 
  • Creating and drafting general CMP email blasts.  
  • Communicating to all CMP members regarding acceptances, masterclass and studio class placements/reminders, assessment and final concert details, assessment comments, and other important information throughout the season. 
  • Responding to inquiries and providing solid and clear communication to students, parents, and administrators.  
  • Assisting with recruitment and auditions (in-person and via zoom as needed)  
  • Assisting with group placement at the beginning of the season  
  • Facilitating zoom calls for the Director. 
  • Creating sign-ups for masterclasses and other in-person events. 
  • Taking and distributing notes for students at masterclasses.  
  • Assisting with students and projects as requested by the Director. 
  • Preparing materials for the next season, including creating and organizing folders in OneDrive, drafting email templates, drafting a list of possible outreach locations and competitions, and drafting electronic forms 
  • Being familiar with organizational emergency policies and COVID-19 safety protocols outlined in the community pact. Reporting any positive cases to the Administration immediately 

Concert and Event Production Duties: 

  • CMP events include both in-person and online masterclasses, community outreach performances, workshops, orientation, juries, assessments, and final concerts. The CMP manager duties may include: 
  • Arriving at least 30 minutes before start time 
  • Setting up, managing production needs, and returning the space to its original state.  
  • Turning pages for pianists 
  • Stage managing – rotating groups between warm up, stand by, and on-stage locations.  
  • Taking attendance.  
  • Assisting with any video production projects/technology set-up. 
  • Creating and drafting Masterclass programs.  
  • Communicating with students, parents, masterclass artists, coaches, and NYYS staff and Trustees at events.  

To apply: Send cover letter and resume to Jeremiah Adriano, Director of Artistic Operations, jadriano[at]

Orchestra Librarian

Reporting to the Music Director and Director of Artistic Operations, the Orchestra Librarian is responsible for ordering and preparing all music performed during the concert season, maintaining all contents of the library, maintaining library records, and disseminating music to and collecting music from students. This is position is an independent contractor role.

POSITION DURATION: August 2022 — June 2023


  • Complete paperwork and obtain quotes for rental fees and/or licensing for parts/scores needed for the season and/or streaming and recording. Place rental orders once approved by Director of Artistic Operations and Music Director.
  • Coordinate and work with principal section leaders to determine and mark original master parts with bowings and other markings prepared by the Music Director.
  • Prepare & distribute practice and performance parts to students as required by the rehearsal schedule. Practice parts are distributed via printed copies and pdf versions uploaded to or Dropbox.
  • Prepare scores for assistant conductor and orchestra manager. Secure scores for sectional coaches as needed
  • Address changes or issues with orchestral parts during each rehearsal cycle.
  • Transport music folders when required (concerts, Kickoff, masters coachings, rehearsals).
  • Return rental parts in good order the week following the final concert of the cycle to the rental company and/or to the New York Public Library.  Late fees incurred as a result of negligence on the Librarian’s part will result in a deduction (of an equal amount to late fees charged) of pay.
  • Catalogue new acquisitions and re-catalog orchestra music at end of the season in the music library.


Concert attendance is required for all NYYS Orchestra performances (5 per season). Duties include:

  • Setting out music folders on stands at least 30 minutes prior to dress rehearsal.
  • Placing parts and scores during concert as necessary.
  • Collecting folders following concerts.
  • Transporting music to/from venue


  • Assist Orchestra Manager, senior office staff, and Music Director with all orchestral activities, including auditions, coachings, and Kickoff weekend (September 16-18, 2022).
  • Address library-related questions and concerns of the orchestra musicians.

Note:  The librarian may enlist the volunteer service and support of orchestra musicians especially in the collection and distribution of parts. Additional performances and/or appearances by the orchestra may require librarian assistance.


  • A minimum of two years’ experience as an orchestral librarian
  • Excellent communications skills
  • Attention to detail, budgets, and deadlines

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Send resume and cover letter to Jeremiah Adriano, Director of Artistic Operations, jadriano[at]

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