opportunities

advancement manager
marketing intern
librarian
production and education intern
community engagement intern
meet the music docent
volunteer

advancement manager

department: advancement
reports to: director of advancement and leadership giving

full-time position/non-exempt

position purpose

As a leader within the advancement department, the manager secures contributed income for the Orchestra from foundations, corporations and government agencies. S/he also serves as a writer and editor for donor communications.

scope & responsibilities

The advancement manager develops, implements and evaluates a comprehensive corporate, foundation and government agency fundraising strategy in support of the Orchestra’s key programs, including writing proposals, creating fundraising plans, drafting budgets and evaluating programs. This position works regularly with advancement, marketing, finance and production departments to ensure effective communications with donors at all stages of the giving cycle. The advancement manager is responsible for raising over $900,000 from foundations, corporations and government agencies, and contributes to other fundraising projects as a writer and editor. Specific responsibilities are as follows:

institutional fundraising (70%)

  • prepare and submit requests to institutional donors, including writing and editing proposals and letters of inquiry, creating project budgets and compiling other collateral;
  • ensure compliance with grant agreements and arrange for appropriate funder recognition;
  • evaluate program outcomes and prepare narrative and financial reports for grantors; design, administer and analyze results from participant surveys;
  • establish and execute a strategic plan for increasing support from institutions, particularly corporations; research new potential corporate sponsorships, develop relationships with key decision-makers and create sponsorship pitches aligned with the values and strategic needs of corporate funders;
  • build and maintain relationships with contacts at institutional partners; communicate organizational and program updates with key stakeholders regularly;
  • project income from institutional sources and collaborate with senior staff on budgets;
  • collaborate with all departments to define projects, their objectives and outcomes;
  • maintain orderly institutional donor files and records in database;
  • oversee collection, entry and maintenance for DataArts’ Cultural Data Project.

donor communications (15%)

  • serve as editor, brand police and proofreader to ensure highest level of donor communications in projects such as annual fund and special event solicitations, donation acknowledgement letters and donor newsletters.

arts advocacy and general administration (15%)

  • develop and maintain relationships with advocacy agency personnel and aides to office holders through representing LACO at arts-community gatherings, correspondence and face-to-face meetings;
  • stay apprised of policies, political developments and power structures affecting the flow of public funds to government cultural agencies;
  • provide support at evening and weekend concerts and events as assigned;
  • serve as back-up gift processor;
  • complete other advancement tasks as assigned.

requirements
The position requires a seasoned fundraiser with a minimum of five years’ experience in grant writing, who possesses exceptional communication, analytical and interpersonal skills, as well as in-depth knowledge of the challenges inherent to the non-profit fundraising field. Specifically, the advancement manager must have:

  • a bachelor’s degree or higher;
  • five years’ successful grant writing experience, preferably at an arts-related non-profit;
  • demonstrated success in securing corporate sponsorships as well as foundation grants of $250,000 and above;
  • experience conceptualizing programs and executing solicitation strategies;
  • excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to produce proposals to foundations, business correspondence, solicitation materials, acknowledgment letters and grant reports;
  • the ability to synthesize complex programs, concepts and perspectives into a unified narrative with creativity, clarity and ease of language; flexibility in writing a persuasive piece tailored to a specific audience;
  • experience developing and tracking budgets, as well as the ability to analyze data related to program evaluation;
  • knowledge of the national and local philanthropic landscape, specifically grantors with performing arts, classical music or education as a funding priority;
  • the desire to manage multiple projects on deadline in a fast-paced work environment;
  • the drive to take initiative and work independently;
  • excellent customer-service skills and experience working closely with board members, volunteers, donors, consultants, institutional partners and beneficiaries;
  • the ability to maintain confidentiality with sensitive donor information;
  • proficiency with Microsoft Excel, Word and Outlook;
  • experience managing a grants calendar and tracking donor contacts in a database; familiarity with a CRM such as Patron Manager or SalesForce preferred;
  • scheduling flexibility required; some evening and weekend hours with required overtime.

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

about los angeles chamber orchestra
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International and “resplendent” by the Los Angeles Times, has established itself among the world’s top musical ensembles. Since 1997, LACO has performed under the baton of acclaimed conductor and pianist Jeffrey Kahane, hailed by critics as “visionary” and “a conductor of uncommon intellect, insight and musical integrity” with “undeniable charisma,” “effortless musicality and extraordinary communicative gifts.” Under Kahane’s leadership, the Orchestra maintains its status as a preeminent interpreter of historical masterworks and a champion of contemporary composers. During its almost 50-year history, the Orchestra has made 31 recordings, toured Europe, South America and Japan, performed across North America and garnered eight ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, LACO presents its Orchestral Series on Saturdays at Glendale’s Alex Theatre/Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium and on Sundays at UCLA’s Royce Hall; Baroque Conversations at downtown Los Angeles’ Zipper Concert Hall; and Westside Connections chamber music series, designed to illustrate the relationship between music and other artistic disciplines, at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica. LACO also presents a Concert Gala, an annual film event, featuring the Orchestra performing the score live, and several fundraising salons each year. Additionally, LACO outreach programs, Meet the Music, Community Partners, Campus to Concert Hall and the LACO/USC Thornton Strings Mentorship Program, reach thousands of young people annually, nurturing future musicians and composers as well as inspiring a love of classical music.

marketing intern

department:  marketing

reports to: marketing & sales manager

part-time internship (15 hours per week) for a defined nine-month term (sep – may); modest monthly stipend & parking/public transportation reimbursement

 position purpose

To assist the marketing department in effectively and efficiently managing the Orchestra’s day-to-day marketing and box office functions.

scope & responsibilities

The marketing intern assists the marketing department with marketing communications, including advertising, social media, preparation of brochure, program and website content; box office functions, including sales reports, renewal campaign and ticket mailings; and with general organization to ensure the efficiency of the department.

  •  Assist with research and content for the social media platforms, e-marketing campaigns and laco.org to help expand LACO’s online presence and engage our audience
  • Assist with promotion of LACO’s Campus to Concert Hall program and All Access Pass offers for full-time college students
  • Maintain events calendars for various websites, news outlets and listservs
  • Assist with preparation of program books including procurement and editing of artist biographies and photographs and preparation of repertoire listings for publication
  • Maintain folders of all marketing mailings and advertising clippings
  • Assist with organization and tracking of subscription and single ticket sales and promotions through analysis and reporting
  • Help with concert duties including after parties, patron greeting, receptions and staffing information tables
  • Assist with subscription renewal and acquisition mailings, and acknowledgement of orders
  • Other duties as assigned

experience/characteristics required

The ideal candidate for LACO’s marketing intern will be enthusiastic, creative and organized, with excellent verbal and written communication skills, sensitivity to deadlines and social grace. The candidate must pay meticulous attention to detail and possess the ability to respond efficiently, effectively and creatively to simultaneous challenges and opportunities. Candidate must be motivated, enjoy working as part of dynamic administrative team and possess team spirit.

Familiarity with social media, ticketing and/or arts administration is very desirable. Knowledge of orchestral repertoire is helpful. Solid computer skills including Excel are required. Intern may have the opportunity to assist at evening and weekend concerts and events.

learning objectives

  • Learn how a nonprofit art organization functions
  • Experience working in an office environment with staff members at all levels
  • Gain hands-on experience in marketing, emarketing, ticketing and patron services
  • Gain knowledge of the planning and execution of the subscription renewal, acquisition and single ticket campaigns
  • Gain experience with sales reporting

 to apply

Please email resume, comprehensive cover letter and short (one page) writing sample to: info@laco.org

librarian

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.

qualifications
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
email: auditions@laco.org
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.

production and education intern

department: production and education
part-time internship for LACO’s 2016-17 season (September – June) – modest monthly stipend
desired start date: August 22nd, 2016

position purpose
To assist the production & education coordinator with the Orchestra’s current production and operational processes and assist in the management of the Orchestra’s education and community engagement programs.

orchestra operations
– assists with maintaining effective communication with LACO musicians, outside venues, guest artists, vendors and staff members regarding daily operations and production activities;
– assists with scheduling the travel, lodging and transportation of guest artists with accuracy and effectiveness;
– assists with the production of the concert season, run-out concerts, auditions, and other activities as required;
– assists with the drafting of artist contracts;
– assists with the research and tracking of musical scores and parts, as directed by the coordinator and the music librarian;
– assists with various group mailings to orchestra members and guest artists, as needed.

education and community engagement
– assists the coordinator with the Orchestra’s Meet the Music and Community Partners programs, as well as the Composer-in-Residence’s needs, by corresponding with schools, docents, social service organizations, musicians, teachers, principals and volunteers;
– assists with producing and implementing the application and assignment processes for participating schools and social service organizations; and
– assists with facilitating any additional community engagement and education activities as required.

experience/characteristics required
The ideal candidate for LACO’s production and education intern will be a detail-oriented problem-solver with excellent communication skills, respectful of confidentiality and discretion, able to balance competing responsibilities, professional, successful in meeting deadlines, and able to work with a wide range of personality types. Candidate must be motivated and enjoy working as part of dynamic administrative team.

Familiarity with orchestra management and/or arts administration is very desirable. Knowledge of orchestral repertoire is extremely helpful. Solid computer skills are required. Intern will be required to assist at evening and weekend concerts and events.

to apply
Please email resume, cover letter and short (one page) writing sample to: info@laco.org

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. During its almost 50-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.

community engagement intern

department: production and education
part-time internship for LACO’s 2016-17 season (September – June) – modest monthly stipend
desired start date: September 5, 2016

position purpose
To assist the operations and programs manager in effectively and efficiently managing the Orchestra’s vital education and community engagement programs.

scope and responsibilities
– assists manager with the Orchestra’s Meet the Music concerts (four per season) with on-site logistical support
– assists with composer-in residence school visits (usually three per season)
– assists with greeting LACO’s Community Partners participants at LACO orchestral concerts
– other activities as assigned

experience/characteristics required
The ideal candidate for LACO’s community engagement intern will be a “people person” with excellent communication skills, ability to balance competing responsibilities, flexibility and social grace. The candidate must possess the ability to respond efficiently, effectively and creatively to simultaneous challenges and opportunities. Candidate must be motivated, enjoy working as part of dynamic arts administration team and possess team spirit.

Familiarity with orchestra management and/or arts administration is very desirable. Knowledge of orchestral repertoire is quite helpful. Photography skills are a plus. Intern may have the opportunity to assist at evening and weekend concerts and events.

to apply
Please email resume, cover letter and short (one page) writing sample to: info@laco.org

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. During its almost 50-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.

meet the music docent

hours:
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.

salary:
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 Serge Liberovsky at 213 622 7001 × 212 for more information.

volunteer

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.