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The Lancaster Symphony Orchestra (Lancaster, PA) is searching for our next Music Director & Conductor to lead our orchestra and bring classical music to our South-Central Pennsylvania community. The Symphony began its search in Fall 2019, but several measures, not the least of which is the Coronavirus pandemic, halted the process. We are pleased to announce that the search is resuming.


The core purpose of the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra (LSO) is to enrich, entertain, and educate the South-Central Pennsylvania community through unique live musical performances and to provide community engagement opportunities for students of all ages.  

The LSO officially debuted on May 1, 1947. Innovative programming includes the LSO Composer’s Award, the oldest award of its kind in the nation. The idea captured national attention, remains a yearly feature, and brings outstanding contemporary American composers to Lancaster. Past award recipients include Gian Carlo Menotti, Leroy Anderson, Morton Gould, John Corigliano, Michael Daugherty, and Jennifer Higdon. A robust and enthusiastic group of community singers comprise the Lancaster Symphony Chorus, which performs with the LSO once or twice each season. The LSO has had the pleasure of introducing Lancaster audiences to world-renowned artists such as violinists Hilary Hahn and Rachel Barton-Pine, cellist László Fenyő, and pianist André Watts. 

The LSO, now in its 74th season, has evolved from a community orchestra playing a few concerts per year into an organization of professional musicians from throughout the region. Each year the orchestra presents six masterwork series, two pops series, and a holiday series. The LSO performs at the historic Fulton Theatre and surrounding boutique venues.  

The Symphony’s nationally recognized Sound Discovery Community Engagement Programs serve 10,000 students of all ages every year through open rehearsals, instrument petting zoos, instrument loans, master classes, and education concerts. New for the 2020-2021 season is a partnership with Carnegie Hall’s Link Up program.

The LSO is a non-profit organization governed by a board of community volunteers and managed by a professional staff. 


Lancaster, located approximately 70 miles west of Philadelphia, “… is a historic and diverse city with a vibrant culture centered on the arts, superb food, and eclectic local shops. That culture is further enriched by the residents of Lancaster City, past and present, born and raised, and from all over the globe” (www.visitlancastercity.com). Lancaster, the nation’s oldest inland city, was home to President James Buchanan and congressman-abolitionist Thaddeus Stevens. Lancasterwas namedon Forbestop 10 Coolest U.S. cities to visit in 2018” and placed third on U.S. News & World Report’s list of “Best Places to Retire in the U.S. 2020.” 


  • Provide artistic vision and musical leadership as principal conductor, artistic director and a community arts leader for a professional regional orchestra with a $1M annual budget
  • Conduct all rehearsals and performances for at least six (6) subscription concert programs, pops, education concerts and runouts
  • Attract and retain quality musicians, and audition new members as necessary along with orchestra audition panels
  • Guide the choice of program repertoire and selection of guest soloists who provide cultural and educational value and engage the community
  • Develop long-range artistic plans for the orchestra in conjunction with the Executive Director and Board
  • Participate in and support fundraising and community engagement
  • Present pre-concert talks before main stage concerts
  • Present demonstrations, lectures, and masterclasses in grade school through university with additional presentations for adult learners
  • Actively participate in the LSO’s extensive education and community engagement programs
  • Assist in the general promotion of the orchestra by being available for public appearances, and radio and press interviews
  • Assist in promotion of endowment or capital campaigns


  • 5 or more years of demonstrated experience in programming and conducting a professional orchestra.
  • Proven track record of success in audience development with an expressed commitment to creating and building a diverse community of music lovers
  • A demonstrated commitment to innovative and engaging programming tailored to a diverse audience
  • Experience in designing and presenting inspiring education programs
  • Comfort level and familiarity with fundraising and donor stewardship in the context of the performing arts
  • Readiness and ability to serve as the public face of the organization with a strong desire to become an integral part of the community
  • Strong interpersonal, leadership and communication skills 


The Music Director will work directly with the Executive Director and report to the Board of Directors


Commensurate with experience 


Complete applications will include a letter of interest, an artistic résumé, links to videos of the applicant conducting rehearsals and performances of contrasting repertoire, sample programs from the past two years of concerts in which applicants served as conductor or artistic advisor, a repertoire list, and three references. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please submit these in .pdf format to applicant@lancastersymphony.org 


December 7, 2020 

No phone calls please, we ask you to direct all questions to the email applicant@lancastersymphony.org

The Lancaster Symphony Orchestra is an equal opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and complies with all applicable Federal, State and local anti-discrimination laws.