REPORTS TO:            Vice President and General Manager



The Director of Orchestra Personnel is responsible for the engagement of and communication with musicians, the administration of orchestra services, and ensuring compliance with the collective bargaining agreement. This position reports to the Vice President and General Manager (VPGM) and works closely with Orchestra musicians, Librarians, Artistic Administrator, Artistic Operations Manager, Director of Operations, and Stage Crew of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.



  1. Oversees compliance with work rules of the collective bargaining agreement and working conditions of all contracts governing the employment and engagement of musicians.
  2. Ensures the appropriate scheduling of full-time musicians for services, consulting with the Music Director, conductors, and section principals in determining performing assignments.
  3. Identifies need for and engages extra and substitute musicians.
  4. Schedules, advertises and oversees audition process to fill vacant positions in the orchestra. Administers probationary process for full-time, tenure-track positions, and assists with work authorization and visa issues as needed.
  5. Prepares orchestra rosters, weekly schedules and other orchestra personnel communication as needed for distribution to musicians and staff.
  6. Administers orchestra payroll and other compensation according to provisions of the collective bargaining agreement, side agreements, individual musician contracts, and other local and national electronic media agreements.
  7. Develops orchestral personnel annual budgets and oversees financial management of budgets throughout each season.
  8. Creates and maintains musician personnel records and reports.
  9. Facilitates clear and productive communication between musicians and library, stage crew, artistic administrative, and other operations staff.
  10. Manages musician leave requirements and requests in compliance with CBA and individual contracts, including vacation time, medical leave, relief, and other time off.
  11. Maintains an ongoing supportive and informative relationship with Music Director and communicates with other staff and guest conductors regarding work rules, illnesses and other issues that may impact artistic considerations.
  12. Collaborates with Artistic Administrator to develop rehearsal plans with conductors, managing changes and compliance.
  13. Works with stage management, conductors and musicians to ensure appropriate stage set-up and anticipates issues related to seating configuration.
  14. Serves as a resource and advisor to other staff and external constituents regarding musician engagement, questions, concerns, issues and requests, including SLSO community partnership programming and casting.
  15. Collaborates with the department of Human Resources regarding musician benefit administration and employment status changes, including hiring, leaves, resignations and retirements.
  16. Assists the VPGM and President/CEO with musician collective bargaining negotiations, individual contract negotiations, and grievances.
  17. Other duties as assigned.

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