Position Description The Operations Manager is responsible for rehearsal, concert, and special event production of all YOSA programs and rehearsal logistics for YOSA Orchestras. The Operations Manager is also responsible for all music library and program repertoire management.
Requirements The successful candidate shall have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent and at least 1 year of orchestra operations related experience. Work experience will be considered in lieu of degree. This position requires the following qualities: - Integrity - High level of customer service - Self-starter mentality - Ability to multi-task and prioritize effectively - Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal skills - High attention to detail - Ability to interact effectively with diverse constituencies - Passion for music education
Some evening and weekend work will be required, along with team lifting of heavy objects. In-depth knowledge of symphonic music, music education, and production is essential.
Duties and Responsibilities Rehearsal and Concert Production
Plan and coordinate concert, rehearsal, and camp production activities of the orchestras, including transportation of equipment, stage management, and other logistical arrangements.
Oversee day-to-day operations related to weekly rehearsals.
Communicate with conductors regarding rehearsal and concert logistics, including music needs and fulfill any requests.
Oversee all music rentals, purchases, and licensing.
Create and update all necessary production related paperwork, including ground plans for all YOSA orchestra ensembles.
Ensure best possible physical working conditions for the orchestra(s) in all situations.
Direct staff and volunteers in setup and breakdown on a weekly basis.
Provide support to ensemble directors, coaches, and section leaders.
Manage Intern(s) in operation of rehearsals and concerts.
Work closely with Operations Director to plan and execute all tasks listed above.
Chamber Music and Special Performances
Oversee all activities related to YOSA orchestras’ chamber music program and Hire-a-YOSA Ensemble requests.
Assist in training and management of Intern and Volunteers.
Oversee YOSA music library, including maintaining inventory, cataloguing music, archiving documents, and upkeep of database.
Become fluent in technologies used by YOSA operations staff, including but not limited to: Mail Chimp, FormAssembly, Salesforce, Bandcamp, WordPress, CampSite, SmartDraft, and Microsoft Suite.
Assist in coordinating activities of Development, Marketing, and Public Relations activities for special projects involving use of venues, stage crew, and/or orchestra musicians.
Other duties as assigned by Operations Director.
Compensation Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent employee benefits package including health and dental coverage, 401(k), and paid vacation.
YOSA Mission Statement and Description
YOSA (Youth Orchestras of San Antonio), the premier orchestral experience for youth citywide, enhances education, enriches the community, and transforms lives by pursuing excellence in classical music in a stimulating, nurturing, and fun environment that is equally accessible to all youth. What began as a community orchestra in 1949 has grown to become one of the top youth orchestra programs in the country. YOSA serves more than 3,000 youth annually who represent 155 schools and 25 school districts across the region. During the past five years, YOSA has awarded more than $350,000 in community supported scholarships to those needing assistance to participate in high quality music programs. New and innovative programming has drawn praise from groups that include the National Endowment for the Arts, ASCAP, Musical America Worldwide, and Centro San Antonio. YOSA represents San Antonio internationally with concert tours every two years, including a 2022 East Coast Tour with a performance at Carnegie Hall. YOSA is a resident company of the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.
YOSA supports nine orchestras that rehearse weekly throug...hout the school year. The YOSA Philharmonic, the most advanced YOSA orchestra, performs professional-level repertoire in premier venues at home and abroad, collaborating regularly with internationally renowned soloists and composers.
YOSA offers three one-week Summer Symphony Camp sessions that gives students an opportunity to continue their musical studies with special focus areas of composition, string orchestra, advanced orchestra and band, chamber music, and alternative music.
Community Partnerships and Outreach
YOSA MÁS: Music at School, is an intensive program offering supplementary services in support of transforming school orchestra programs into world-class music education centers. YOSA provides private lessons, sectional coaches, clinicians, teaching assistants, concert tickets, and other resources, as well as tuition assistance for affiliated students to participate in YOSA programs.
YOSA Rising Star Fellows is a unique program that provides intensive support to promising young Black, Hispanic/Lantinx, and Native American musicians residing within 50 miles of San Antonio. A select number of musicians become Rising Star Fellows each year and go on to receive support throughout their high school career.
Started in 2017, the YOSA Invitational is a community resource that invites local middle and high school bands and orchestras to rehearse, perform, and record in San Antonio’s premier venue, the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, at no cost to the school. In May 2023, 16 local school programs will participate in the YOSA Invitational.
YOSA’s dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion is inseparable from our mission as the premier youth orchestra in San Antonio. We strive to ensure that pursuing classical music excellence is equally accessible to all youth. We are community that comes together through a shared love of classical music but recognizes that there are systemic inequalities at every level. YOSA stands in solidarity with our musicians, families, and community to dismantle those systems and uplift all diverse voices. In this endeavor, every musician has the opportunity to maximize their creative, academic, and social potential and enrich their community.