Music Director & Conductor Search


MUSIC DIRECTOR/CONDUCTOR The Ashland Symphony Orchestra (ASO) is searching for our next Music Director/Conductor to lead our orchestra and bring classical music to North Central Ohio.

ABOUT THE ASHLAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA With a history dating back to 1925, the ASO was re-formed in 1970 and is celebrating its 50th season. The ASO currently performs six (6) mainstage, and one (1) each pops, educational, family, and runout concert each year. The ASO regularly features its own musicians and often engages solo artists of international acclaim. These include pianists Roman Rabinovich, Alon Goldstein, and Adam Golka, violinists Iyla Kaler, Jinjoo Cho, and Aaron Berofsky, and vocalists Helen Welch, Joan Ellison, and Jeanette Vecchione. The ASO is Ashland County’s largest arts employer with 62 professional musicians on its roster. The ASO is supported by an active and committed 22-member Board of Directors. Ashland is proud to be the smallest community in the United States to host a professional symphony orchestra and is committed to artistic excellence. Its musicians are among the best professional performers in the region.


  • Provide artistic vision and musical leadership as conductor, artistic director, and community arts leader for a professional orchestra with a $250K annual budget
  • Conduct all rehearsals and performances for mainstage concerts; pops, youth, and family concerts; and runouts
  • Attract and retain quality musicians, and audition new members as necessary in conjunction with orchestra audition panels
  • Guide the choice of program repertoire and selection of guest soloists that provides cultural and educational value and engages the community
  • Develop long-range artistic plans for the orchestra in conjunction with the Executive Director and Board of Directors
  • Participate in and support fundraising and community engagement
  • Present demonstrations, lectures, or masterclasses in schools and the community
  • Assist in the general promotion of the orchestra by being available for public appearances and media interviews
  • Assist in promotion of endowment or capital campaigns

QUALIFICATIONS: The successful candidate shall be a consummate musician who possesses:

  • A graduate music degree with experience conducting a professional orchestra
  • A thorough knowledge of orchestral repertoire and styles
  • An expressed commitment to creating and building a diverse community of music lovers
  • A commitment to innovative and engaging programming
  • Ability to design and present inspiring educational programs
  • Familiarity with fundraising and donor stewardship in the context of fine arts
  • Readiness and ability to serve as the public face of the organization and a strong desire to engage with the community
  • Strong interpersonal, leadership, and communication skills

REPORTING: The Music Director/Conductor reports to the Board of Directors

SALARY: Salary commensurate with experience

APPLICATIONS: Applications should consist of a letter of interest, an artistic résumé, links to videos of conducting contrasting repertoire, sample programs from the past two years of concerts in which you served as conductor or artistic advisor, a repertoire list, and three references. Please submit these in .pdf format to


ASO is an equal opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and complies with all applicable federal, state and local antidiscrimination laws.

ABOUT ASHLAND “The best of the Midwest is on bold display here. Find yourself among small-town charm, rustic scenery, and world-class cultural offerings combined in one lovely package.”1 Ashland is located in North Central Ohio, conveniently located on Interstate 71 with easy access to the metropolitan areas of Cleveland, Columbus, and Akron. Ashland is home to Ashland University, University Hospitals – Samaritan Medical Center, Charles River Laboratories, and Hedstrom Plastics. In addition to the ASO, we enjoy a variety of cultural entertainment opportunities including the Ashland Regional Ballet and the Theatre, Arts, and Music offered by Ashland University. And then there’s the quiet splendor of our countryside: a rolling quilt of farms and woodlots peppered with hidden-jewel county parks. Ashland is frequently rated among the most affordable places to live in the United States and has dubbed itself “The World Headquarters of Nice People”.2

1 Ashland Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
2 Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce

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