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POSITION: Chamber Music Production Assistant

The New York Youth Symphony (NYYS) Chamber Music Program (CMP), led by Director Dr. Lisa Tipton, offers opportunities for students to enhance their musical abilities, improve their performance confidence, and develop interpersonal skills within small group settings. The program welcomes 80-90 players each season and places them in 20-25 ensembles of all sizes, including trios, quartets, and more. Groups are coached by professionals from throughout the city and participate in master classes given by members of the Shanghai, Juilliard, and Orion quartets, and members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Performances take place each spring at the Scandinavia House and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. The performance at Weill Recital Hall includes the world premiere of a commissioned work.

NYYS seeks a highly pro-active and organized Production Assistant for the Chamber Music Program to begin in Fall 2019. This part-time position is a member of the CMP’s administration and responsible for event management of the program. The ideal candidate possesses an interest in arts administration, music education, and/or event production. The ideal candidate exemplifies the NYYS mission to educate and inspire young musicians through exceptional ensemble training and performance opportunities in all aspects of this role.


  • Concert and event production at masterclasses, community outreach performances, workshops, orientation, juries, assessments, and final concerts, which may include the following responsibilities:
    • Arriving at least 30 minutes before start time
    • Stage set up and changes – setting chairs, music stands, moving piano, restoring the room, and cleaning up at the end of the event.
    • Stage managing – rotating groups between warm up, stand by, and on stage locations.
    • Taking attendance and notes at master classes to share with students
    • Turning pages for pianists
  • Assisting with auditions in various locations in midtown Manhattan and group placement at the beginning of the season as requested.
  • Assisting with students and projects as requested by the Director
  • Occasional meetings with Director to stay informed on program and plan upcoming events.
  • Communicating with students, parents, master class artists, coaches, NYYS staff and Trustees at events


  • Ability to frequently move and transport materials and equipment weighing at least 25 pounds
  • Ability to traverse stairs and limited backstage areas easily
  • Available to work mostly evenings and weekends (schedule varies and is subject to change)
  • Previous experience with chamber music and/or performance
  • Outstanding interpersonal and critical thinking skills
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office software

Email resume and cover letter to by Monday, July 15, 2019.

POSITION: Orchestra Librarian

Reporting to the New York Youth Symphony (NYYS) Music Director and Artistic Operations Manager, 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.

August 2019 — June 2020


  • Complete paperwork and obtain quotes for rental fees for parts/scores needed for the season and place rental orders once approved by Artistic Operations Manager and Music Director.
  • Coordinate 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 NYYS website or Dropbox.
  • Prepare scores for Assistant Conductor and Orchestra Manager. Secure scores for sectional coaches as needed from Artistic Operations Manager.
  • Address changes or issues with orchestral parts during each rehearsal cycle.
  • Transport music folders when required (concerts, Kickoff, sectional 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 and Open Dress Rehearsals (6 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 13-15, 2019).
  • 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.


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

Email resume and cover letter to by Monday, July 15, 2019.