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Thank you for your interest in employment opportunities at the Niagara Symphony Orchestra. Please see below for the positions currently available.


Now Hiring

Executive Director

Get to know us:

Since its inception in 1948, the Niagara Symphony Orchestra (NSO) has evolved from a small community ensemble into a professional orchestra that is a cultural cornerstone of the Niagara Region. Under the baton of Maestro Bradley Thachuk since 2010, NSO has flourished, featuring both celebrated and emerging talents and championing Canadian compositions alongside timeless classics.

From our season’s home at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre and in other locations throughout the year, we offer vibrant performances to listeners across the region. Community outreach and educational like the Youth Club, Summer Music Camp, and Spotlight On!, nurture musical appreciation and skill across all ages. With support from our community, patrons, and all levels of government, NSO’s mission is to entertain, educate, and enrich the Niagara Region’s quality of life through the power of orchestral music. To help make this possible, we now seek a dynamic Executive Director.

The Role

As NSO’s Executive Director, you will play a critical role in leading our administrative
functions, ensuring financial sustainability, and amplifying our presence as a premier
cultural institution. You will:

  • Embody collaborative leadership to inspire a culture of excellence, innovation, teamwork, and respect across the entire NSO community, including our musicians, staff, and stakeholders.
  • Conduct strategic planning and execution to drive the NSO’s mission forward in accordance with our strategic vision.
  • Champion fundraising activities, build relationships with government entities, and develop partnerships to secure the NSO’s enduring legacy.
  • Lead marketing and public relations efforts to heighten the NSO’s profile and expand our audience base within the Niagara region.
  • Direct education and community outreach initiatives that support the NSO’s commitment to educational excellence.
  • Manage general administration, oversee financial operations and budgeting, ensure effective human resource management, and uphold the Collective Bargaining Agreement for organizational efficiency and fiscal accountability.
Key Qualifications
  • The ideal candidate will possess a post-secondary degree or equivalent experience in communication, management, arts, business, or a related field.
  • We are looking for a leader with at least five years of relevant management experience (preferably in arts administration), demonstrated exemplary customer service, and the ability to drive strategic initiatives forward.
  • Your skills should include effective communication, budget management, and experience in fundraising and donor relations. Experience in grants and sponsorships would be advantageous.
  • You’ll also need a track record of inspiring teams, problem-solving, and a commitment to the NSO’s vision.
  • A personal appreciation for symphonic music and the role of symphony orchestras in today’s society would be an asset.
  • Proficiency in English and professional presentation skills are essential.
Application Process

To apply for this position, please submit a resume and cover letter quoting the job title in the subject line by May 23, 2024, to:

Bonnie Rose
Chair, ED Search Committee
Niagara Symphony Orchestra
[email protected]

Niagara Symphony Orchestra is committed to the principles of equality and diversity in the workplace. We welcome applications from Indigenous peoples, minority communities, immigrants, persons with disabilities and the LGBTQ2S+ community. We will provide accommodation in all phases of the hiring process, up to the point of undue hardship, upon request.

Thank you for your interest. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis as qualified candidates are received. Due to the anticipated volume of applications, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Compensation: $80,000-$85,000 per annum (based on experience).

Now Auditioning

section cello

Position: Second Cello for the 2024-2025 Season (Tenure Track with a probationary period of 2 years)

National Auditions will be held on May 13, 2024 at Silver Spire United Church, 366 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines, ON L2R 3N2

Services: number of services varies from season to season
Per Service: $112.00 (Starting August 2024)
Additional Benefits: 10% AFM-EPW pension, some contribution toward travel as per the MA

Application Deadline: April 29, 2024

Applicants must submit a CV, including their name, permanent address, email address & phone number by email only to the Personnel Manager at [email protected]. No telephone enquires will be accepted.

The Niagara Symphony is a per service orchestra with a season of 10 orchestral programs (12+ performances) in the 23-24 season. Visit www.niagarasymphony.com for more information about the orchestra and its 75-year history.

Terms and Conditions:
Auditions will follow the “OCSM Code of Ethics Concerning the Audition Procedure”.
All successful candidates must be eligible to work in Canada and are required to join Local 298 (Niagara).
All terms/conditions are subject to change at any time.

The Niagara Symphony Orchestra is an equal opportunity and inclusive employer and welcomes all applications. The Niagara Symphony thanks all applicants for their interest, but only those selected for an audition will be contacted.