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Interim Concertmaster

*posted July 31, 2021

Audition Date:  
Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Annual Compensation:  $28,245.67*

*Salary to be pro-rated based on winning candidate’s mutually agreed upon start date.

Description of Position:

This is a full-time or core position as Concertmaster of the MSO.  This would be for the September 1, 2021, through May 31, 2022, season only; the actual employment date beginning with the winning candidate’s availability.  The job consists of two parts:  performing all duties of Concertmaster in the Orchestra (maximum of 95 services) and all duties of Violin I in the MSO String Quartet (maximum of 40 services). It is not possible to separate these two functions.  Additional Concertmaster duties include providing bowings for upcoming repertoire to MSO Music Librarian in a timely manner.

The MSO rehearses and performs primarily on nights and weekends.  There are some daytime orchestral educational services.  Actual service usage for the season averages around 90.

The String Quartet rehearses and performs most frequently during the daytime presenting at least one pair of educational concerts most weeks during the school year.  Several times during the season the Quartet will be asked to perform incidental music for MSO functions.  There may also be occasional recitals or featured pieces on a Chamber concert.  Actual service usage for the Quartet averages around 40.  The season dates for the Quartet are the same as for the Orchestra.

Applicant agrees to perform all MSO and String Quartet services requested subject to the terms enumerated in the Master Agreement between the Jackson Federation of Musicians, Local 579 American Federation of Musicians, and the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra Association.

The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra presents a 38-week season beginning September 1 and concluding May 31.  The MSO is comprised of a full-time core of 27 musicians and supplemented, as repertoire requires, by local and regional musicians.  The orchestra rehearses and performs primarily at night and on weekends.  Musicians of the MSO are covered under a collective bargaining agreement between the Jackson Federation of Musicians, Local 579 American Federation of Musicians and the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra Association.  For more on the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra please visit our website,

PLEASE NOTE:  In order to be hired by the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra candidates must already be authorized to work in the United States.  All applicants to this audition MUST provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination.

Application Process:  Please send resume and credentials to Richard Hudson at,, with “Interim Concertmaster position” in the email Subject Line.  Or fax to (601) 960-1564 and include “RE: Interim Concertmaster Position” on cover page.


Mississippi Symphony Orchestra Seeks President

*posted June 23, 2021

m/Oppenheim Executive Search is assisting the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra (MSO) in the search for a new President. Please click to view the full position description or to nominate/apply. We can be reached directly at the numbers below, and we appreciate your support for the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra.

Founded in 1944, the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra is the cornerstone of Mississippi performing arts and has a long history of innovation, creativity, and excellence. Led by Music Director Crafton Beck and based in the City of Jackson, MSO is an innovative regional orchestra that presents orchestral music performances, programs and education of the highest quality to residents and visitors of Mississippi. Known as the “Birthplace of America’s Music,” Mississippi has shaped the course of modern music with its contributions to blues, jazz, rock, country, and gospel. The MSO has an annual operating budget of $1.6 million and a $3.6 million endowment. MSO is led by 50 Board members, 5 full-time and 3 part-time staff members, and 85 musicians.

Reporting to the Chairperson of the Board of Directors and working in partnership with the Music Director & Conductor, the President will be an entrepreneurial leader who will lead MSO in achieving its artistic, financial, community relations, educational, and DEIA initiatives. The President should have a passion for performing arts and the ability to work successfully with donors, community members, educators, and the organization’s Board of Directors to strengthen the Orchestra.

We appreciate you sharing the position description with your network, and also any nominations you might have.

Thank you!

Dennis Hanthorn
#(404) 806-8200 or

Lee Kappelman
#(202) 803-6674 or

Kevin Redick
#(415) 762-2646 or


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