Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra announces the following vacancies:

principal horn – May 14-15, 2017
audition repertoire list (download PDF)

application due: April 2, 2017

a $50 deposit will be required of all candidates wishing to take the audition, to be refunded on the audition day

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is an equal opportunity employer

the orchestra welcomes and encourages candidates from diverse & underrepresented backgrounds


reports to: director of operations and programs
position starts: July 1, 2017
application deadline: December 1, 2016

interviews to be held in Los Angeles, California in February 2017

job summary
The Librarian is responsible for the purchase, rental, and preparation of scores and parts for all performances. In consultation with the Music Director and the Director of Artistic Administration, the Librarian selects performance editions; marks all necessary bowings, cuts, and edits; and disseminates all scores and parts. The Librarian maintains the LACO Music Library, records repertoire performance data, and assesses long-range acquisition needs.

music duties
– Maintain LACO Music Library: pull all necessary materials from the LACO Music Library; assure that all parts and scores are accounted for and returned to the library in complete and proper order, and are appropriately re-shelved in a timely manner following each performance set; update LACO Music Library Catalog of holdings by: adding new entries for materials purchased and performing routine maintenance of current library database, as necessary.
– Maintain performance records listing for each performance by: recording performance time of each movement of each piece; noting conductor, applicable artist/soloist, and any other pertinent information which would be helpful in preparing future performances of the same repertoire. Librarian is responsible for updating and maintaining performance history database and shall be compensated at the appropriate hourly Local 47 rate.
– Schedule, receive and inventory incoming rental materials and ascertain their condition for performance. Inventory, pack and ship outgoing rental materials within timeframes specified by publisher, and maintain related shipping records.
– Produce, and make readily available at every service, backup parts for every instrument dictated by instrumentation, of the same edition and bearing identical markings as performance parts.
– Produce, and appropriately catalog in the LACO Music Library, an archival copy of each final performance first desk string rental, borrowed, original, or other non LACO owned performance part.
– Maintain accessory supplies in library road box for access at all venues.
– Remove all marks made by LACO musicians on rental parts before return of parts to publisher, as dictated by policies of each respective publisher.
– Research all relevant copyright and performance guidelines dictating rights and costs for performance and recorded media capture of copyrighted works, as necessary, and advise Music Director and Director of Artistic Administration accordingly.
– Maintain good working relationships with all publishing houses and composer management, serving as LACO’s principal point of contact. Maintain a current file of publisher catalogs; research availability and cost of music to be ordered and/or rented, in consultation with the Music Director and the Director of Artistic Administration. The Librarian directly procures all required materials, abiding by all budgetary guidelines, following approval of Music Director and Director of Artistic Administration.
– LACO shall maintain annual membership in MOLA for Librarian, networking with fellow librarians and taking advantage of published resources to stay apace with best practices, current research, and new developments in the field.

production duties
– Attend all required production meetings related to each orchestral concert set, as dictated by the Director of Artistic Administration. Maintain and monitor a LACO email address to ensure timely and professional internal and external correspondence, including reports of all errors, discrepancies, and problems to the Director of Artistic Administration.
– Prepare, disseminate, and manage the master bowing schedule by: ascertaining dates of distribution of parts in relation to each orchestral performance set as dictated by Article XV, J of the 2015-2020 LACO Master Agreement; disseminating parts to string principals for bowing as dictated by the master bowing schedule; ensuring coordination between string principals and timely receipts of all bowed parts, according to the master bowing schedule. Ship all LACO-owned parts of upcoming concert repertoire to string principals during summer months, in advance of forthcoming concert season.
– Coordinate and collect master set of marked bowings from the Music Director or guest conductor and/or string principals. Mark bowings in string parts from master set and/or score. Repair music and folders as needed. Mark orchestra parts as directed by the Music Director or guest conductor. Facilitate clear coordination and planning with Music Director or guest conductor to ensure that, for every work being performed, proper editions of both parts and scores are utilized, such that all measure numbers and rehearsal letters correspond appropriately.
– Assemble and breakdown orchestra music folders, refilling music and scores as needed.
– Attend all orchestral services, for the duration of each service, to perform the following duties, as required: distribute and collect music at all rehearsals and concerts, as applicable, ensuring that music is placed on stands in accordance with Article XV, K of the 2015-2020 LACO Master Agreement; assist conductors and musicians with needs related to printed music. Place and collect conductor scores from podium as needed in rehearsals and performances.
– Maintain accurate records of material requests and loans for study purposes by any staff musician, conductor, or guest artist.
– Review all invoices for music and library supplies, and monitor expenses within approved budget, as created in consultation with Director of Artistic Administration.
– Prepare audition excerpt books according to audition repertoire lists, as established by the parties set forth in Article X, D of the 2015-2020 LACO Master Agreement, and provide supplies, support, and assistance at all auditions, as required. Compensation for support and assistance at auditions shall be at the scale wage set forth in Article XVI, O of the 2015-2020 LACO Master Agreement.

Position requires degree in music or equivalent, ability to read music, and training in library procedures; thorough knowledge of orchestral repertoire instrumentation and score markings; and familiarity with music publishing, licensing and copyright law. The Librarian must be meticulous and detail-oriented, have the ability to work in a fast-paced environment, and exhibit excellent written and oral communication skills, and a member in good standing of the American Federation of Musicians, Local 47.

to apply
highly qualified and experienced candidates should e-mail, fax or mail a cover letter and a one-page resume to the following address:

Auditions Coordinator
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
350 S. Figueroa Street, Suite 183
Los Angeles, CA 90071
fax: 213 626 2157

applications must be received by December 1, 2016

about LACO
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is “America’s finest chamber orchestra” (Jim Svejda of PRI’s The Record Shelf). Since its inaugural concerts in 1969, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra has established itself among the world’s top musical ensembles. Under the baton of prominent pianist and conductor Jeffrey Kahane since 1997, LACO maintains its status as a preeminent interpreter of historical masterworks and a champion of contemporary composers. In its 45-year history, the Orchestra has made 31 recordings, toured Europe, South America and Japan, and performed across North America, earning adulation from audiences and critics. LACO presents seven Orchestral Series concerts on Saturdays at Glendale’s Alex Theatre or Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium and on Sundays at UCLA’s Royce Hall; five Baroque Conversations concerts at downtown Los Angeles’ Zipper Concert Hall at The Colburn School; three Westside Connections chamber music concerts; and an annual Discover concert, which features an in-depth examination that sheds new light on a single piece of music, at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium. In addition, LACO presents a Concert Gala, Silent Film screening and several fundraising events each year. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles and managed by a staff of 14 full- and several part-time employees, LACO offers a collegial workplace and welcomes innovative thinking and initiative.