executive director

With the vision to be a vital cultural force in Los Angeles and recognized as a premier orchestra worldwide, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) is well-positioned for the future and seeking an Executive Director inspired by its history and excited to lead the organization toward its next chapter.

The Executive Director will have the opportunity to guide LACO into the achievement of its strategic goals: to position the Orchestra as an indispensable community resource and the preferred partner and collaborator for presenting transformative and intimate music experiences; to present programs that diversify, deepen and expand the LACO community; and to establish a stable financial foundation on which to build the next 50 years of sustainability. Unique to LACO is its ability to respond to different geographies and demographics and capitalize on the diversity and vitality of Los Angeles by balancing innovative and traditional elements in all programs. Exciting for the next Executive Director is the chance to further position LACO as the flexible model orchestra of the future.

For a detailed job description and information on how to apply, please visit Morris & Berger’s website.

development & donor relations assistant

position purpose
To support the Orchestra’s development department in expanding its major gifts program through donor research, accurate record keeping, and stewardship and cultivation planning.

scope & responsibilities
The development & donor relations assistant supports the execution of major gifts fundraising and provides general administrative support to the development department and office. Responsibilities are as follows:

• provides administrative support to LACO’s development team, with an emphasis in major gifts, including drafting correspondence, data entry, meeting preparation and management, filing and scheduling
• accurate donor database management including gift entry, pledge tracking and updating of contact information as needed
• assists in the research of prospective donors and creating of donor profiles, reports, collateral and materials for use in cultivating major gift donors
• assists in the timely acknowledgement of cash contributions and ticket donations
• opens and tracks mail; monitors donation logs as assigned
• responsible for taking and circulating meeting minutes at all department & strategy meetings, with a focus on documenting action items
• maintains administrative office, including answering phones, filing and coordinating calendars and communicating across departments for smooth office operations
• maintains an orderly patron file system and assists with updating/cleaning of data in the ticketing/donor database system
• provides support at evening and weekend concerts as assigned, including staffing merchandise tables, donor lounges or receptions as needed
• as appropriate, assists other departments and works as a member of interdepartmental teams to ensure effective and efficient operations
• at all times, demonstrates cooperative behavior with supervisors and coworkers
• additional development and general office tasks as assigned

characteristics required
The development & donor relations assistant is an enthusiastic, organized, mature, personable, detail-oriented problem solver with excellent communication and critical-thinking skills. The development & donor relations assistant has the ability to respond both quickly and with imagination to a variety of simultaneous challenges and opportunities. The development & donor relations assistant will be able to:
• think analytically and work independently while handling multiple assignments simultaneously
• pay close attention to detail and meet project deadlines consistently
• shuffle priorities efficiently and assist where needed
• interact effectively and congenially with a wide variety of colleagues and constituents
• maintain confidentiality with sensitive donor information
• be an effective collaborator on team projects
• apply proactive thinking to anticipate obstacles and opportunities for improvement
• demonstrate excellent written and spoken communication skills.

• Bachelor’s degree is required.
• 2-3 years successful working experience at an arts-related or non-profit office is preferred.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Proficiency with Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook; experience with database management or CRM (Customer Relationship Management) interface preferred; familiarity with Patron Manager or Salesforce a plus.
• Scheduling flexibility including evening and weekend hours at concerts and special events required. 40 hours per week maximum. Some overtime may be required during heavy events periods. EOE

to apply
Please email resume, comprehensive cover letter and 2-3 page writing sample to: info@laco.org No phone calls, please

about the los angeles chamber orchestra

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 at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica; 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 12 full- and several part-time employees, LACO offers a collegial workplace and welcomes innovative thinking and initiative.

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meet the music docent

There are four Meet the Music concerts each season. Docents are asked to attend a two hour weekday morning training session at the LACO offices a few weeks prior to each of the four concerts. After the meetings, docents will then disperse to schools to teach students participating in Meet the Music. Docents are invited to attend all Meet the Music concerts.

duties include:
Going to schools to teach students about the music they will hear at a LACO concert. Introducing students to classical music in a fun way.

skills required:
Enthusiasm and the ability to present knowledge in exciting ways to large groups of 4th, 5th and 6th graders. An appreciation of music is a big plus, but a musical background is not required. We will provide you with all the information and training that you will need to teach the students.

Volunteer Position with insider perks and the invaluable opportunity to experience LACO’s Meet the Music concerts. Parking for training sessions and Meet the Music concerts will be provided.

Please call Shawne at 213 622 7001 × 212 for more information.


Volunteering is a satisfying way to give back to your favorite Orchestra. Volunteers have the opportunity to meet the musicians, attend concerts, receive acknowledgment in our season program and more!

Some of the ways you can help include office support, music education, concert/event support and orchestra hospitality. Learn more, or contact us at info@laco.org.