Executive Director

Executive Director

The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra (ASO) seeks a strong leader who has the proven ability to lead and manage a symphony orchestra, including the creation and achievement of the organization’s strategic and budgetary goals and executing with operational excellence in line with its stated mission and vision. This individual must have a successful track record in fundraising, strategic leadership, must possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills to effectively collaborate and interface with staff, musicians and a volunteer governance board.

The Position: Executive Director

The Executive Director serves as the chief executive officer of the ASO and reports to the Board of Trustees through the Board Chair. The Executive Director is responsible for managing all leadership and operational aspects of the ASO, including human and financial resources. Priorities of the position include fundraising, increasing the patron and donor population of the ASO, creating and implementing a strategic plan in cooperation with the Board and the Artistic Director, and developing and executing a sustainable budget. The Executive Director is responsible and accountable for implementing the policies set by the Board of Trustees.
The Executive Director provides seamless and financially sustainable operations in support of the ASO’s musical offerings. In accomplishing this, the Executive Director works collaboratively with the Artistic Director who is responsible for all artistic matters. As a resident of the community, the Executive Director commits time and resources to ensure that the ASO serves as a community, cultural and educational institution that is widely viewed as integral to and supportive of the community. The Executive Director manages and operates in a manner that expands diversity and inclusivity throughout the organization.

In collaboration with the Board, Board appointed Committees, and the Artistic Director, the Executive Director directs all operational aspects including but not limited to the following:

  • Strategic and Financial Planning, and Staff Management
    • Develop, update, implement and evaluate the ASO’s Strategic Plan as a framework for implementing the Symphony’s artistic and educational priorities;
    • Manage budgets, finances and endowment to support strategic objectives and plans for sustainable operations;
    • Develop, direct and achieve fundraising and ticket sales goals;
    • Create, monitor, and achieve a board-approved budget for each symphonic season;
    • Set goals for, plan and implement, a multi-year comprehensive fundraising campaign, to encompass multiple streams of philanthropic investment, annual, restricted, planned, and endowment giving;
    • Manage, assist, and maintain a high caliber staff to carry out all operational functions.
  • Artistic Vision and Community Development
    • Coordinate and cooperate with the Artistic Director (AD) in the development and achievement of the AD’s artistic vision as part of the Strategic Plan;
    • Plan, market and produce ASO Masterworks, Pops, Chamber Series, Family and other musical performances in alignment with the Artistic Director and Strategic Plan;
    • Contract musicians in accordance with the current Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), and negotiate future Collective Bargaining Agreements;
    • Develop and implement creative and effective marketing plans for the publication of programming, ticket and subscription information, and various musical events in a variety of media in order to attract a diverse audience, maximize attendance at music events, and expand the influence and impact of the symphony;
    • Actively engage with national, regional and local nonprofit organizations to cultivate partnerships, patrons and donors to expand the ASO sphere of influence while also building bridges and opportunities for increased diversity and inclusion;
    • Be visible throughout the community, actively cultivating partnerships in order to promote the Symphony and its mission among an ever-widening community of individuals, corporations, local, regional and national nonprofit organizations and leaders, foundations, elected officials and state and local government agencies;
    • Collaborate with the Friends of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, the management of Maryland Hall, and with others as appropriate, in achieving operational and financial goals, and in growing and sustaining the ASO Community.
  • Educational and Diversity Outreach
    • Guide and promote the educational priorities of the ASO and the Annapolis Symphony Academy and its Director in partnership with the Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) and other organizations;
    • Direct and expand ASO’s opportunities to engage with more diverse ethnic, educational and cultural audiences.


  • At least five years of senior management experience in a symphonic organization, including a minimum 3 years experience in designing and leading successful development strategies and fundraising;
  • Experience in financial management, and developing and implementing sustainable operational budgets;
  • Experience in development and implementing successful strategies for growth and impact of symphonic organizations;
  • Experience in community networking to promote organizational mission and goals;
  • Experience in fostering, managing and maintaining a productive staff capable of meeting or exceeding operational needs.

Desired Additional Qualifications

  • Experience managing a comprehensive, capital, or endowment campaign;
  • Experience negotiating and managing union contracts and requirements.

Compensation will be within a range of $110,000 and $140,000 and commensurate with qualifications and experience. The Annapolis Symphony offers a competitive benefits package to its employees, including health insurance and paid annual vacation.

Please send a cover letter that outlines interest and qualifications, a resume, and a list of references to:
(MS Word, or PDF only, please)

Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and continue until the appropriate candidate is identified. Questions may be addressed to the Search Committee at the above e-mail — which will respond to questions as promptly as possible. No calls please.

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The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra

Based in Maryland’s capital and regularly performing at the newly renovated Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra is the largest performing arts organization in the city. It is a fully-professional, part-time, union orchestra. As such, the Symphony has taken a leadership role in promoting excellence, innovation, and education. It offers a variety of concerts each year, including a series of six pairs of Masterworks concerts (Friday and Saturday nights), three of which are also performed at the Music Center at Strathmore, a Chamber Series, three Pops concerts (Labor Day in the Park in two locations and a Holiday concert at Maryland Hall), family and school concerts, and a wide variety of educational outreach activities, residencies and special events. The orchestra regularly collaborates with other major organizations throughout the region, including the U.S. Naval Academy Men’s and Women’s Glee Clubs and the Annapolis Opera. In 2018, the Symphony launched the Annapolis Symphony Academy, an educational program that identifies and nurtures musical talent in youth in an environment of artistic excellence, as well as economic and cultural diversity. In 2019, the Symphony was named an Affiliate organization at the Music Center at Strathmore.

The Annapolis Symphony’s artistic excellence has grown significantly under the leadership of Artistic Director and Conductor José-Luis Novo, now in his nineteenth season. Maestro Novo is the longest serving Artistic Director of the Symphony. In addition to conducting the Symphony Orchestra, Maestro Novo also conducts the senior-level Orion orchestra of the Academy which offers two performances a year. There are many highlights to Maestro Novo’s tenure. The following are examples. In 2022, Maestro Novo led the ASO in the first, and artistically acclaimed, international tour with concerts in four cities in Spain. World renowned guitarist Pepe Romero appeared as guest artist for each of the concerts. In fact ASO now attracts many top level guest artists including Midori, James Ehnes, Anne Akiko Meyers, Vadim Repin, Vadim Gluzman, Noah Bendix-Balgley, Olga Kern, Jon Nakamatsu, Denyce Graves, Steven Isserlis and others. Under the baton of Maestro Novo, ASO has performed exciting new works commissioned by the Symphony and representing an impressive range of cultural diversity. The Symphony is in the process of recording three new albums for the London-based Toccata Recording Label, the first of which will be released in the next months.

The Annapolis Symphony is governed by a Board of Trustees and, in addition to its Artistic Director, employs seven full-time and four part-time professional staff. ASO’s ensemble of approximately 70 contracted professional musicians operates under a collective bargaining agreement with the American Federation of Musicians, Baltimore Local 40-543. A new 3-year agreement was ratified in June 2022 and went into effect on July 1, 2022. The annual operating budget is $3.3million. The ASO also holds a significant endowment.

Additional Information

This position is open until filled.

The ASO encourages diverse candidates to apply and is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment. The ASO is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. 

Candidates from minority backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply.