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Employment Opportunities

Ensemble Faculty and Staff Positions


Conductor - Philharmonic Orchestra

Reports to: Music Director & Executive Director

Department: Artistic Operations

Work location: 4401 Trail Lake Dr., Fort Worth, TX 76109 (Non-remote)

Status: Part-time

Work hours: Weekly Rehearsals Sundays 3:00 PM - 5:15 PM plus concerts and additional duties throughout the year

Supervisory duties: None

Minimum Requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree in Music Education or Performance
    • Prefer: Graduate degree in Music Education or Performance
  • 5+ Years of full orchestra teaching or conducting experience
  • Proven history of high-quality musical conducting, performance, and education experience at the secondary level
  • Significant experience selecting repertoire, planning, and leading orchestral seasons
  • Drivers license and reliable transportation
  • Must pass a background check
  • Must be able to work in the United States without a visa
  • Must be able to lift 25 lbs

Job Overview:

The Fort Worth Youth Orchestra has been preparing the next generation of musicians and leaders in Fort Worth since 1964. Nearly 20,000 young musicians have been part of the FWYO in one of its 5 ensembles, Suzuki school, or additional programs. The FWYO’s flagship Youth Orchestra - under the direction of Dr. Germán Gutiérrez - was named 2nd in The American Prize Youth Orchestra Division in 2021 and has performed around the world. In addition, the FWYO owns and operates the historic Orchestra Hall.

The Philharmonic Orchestra is a preparatory full orchestra with winds, brass and percussion that will have more than 82 members for the ‘22-’23 season. Philharmonic players tend to be exceptional local or home school students who are developing the skills to perform symphonic literature. For many this is the first opportunity to perform with a full orchestra. The median grade for Philharmonic members is 10th grade, but members often range from 7th - 12th grade. Most members either move up to the Youth Orchestra or graduate from the FWYO upon completion.

The ideal candidate will be respected by colleagues in the metroplex, familiar with pedagogy for both strings and band instruments, and be equally comfortable coaching advanced musical concepts and basic instrumental concepts like alternative fingerings, bowings, and transpositions. Familiarity with educational full-orchestra repertoire is also needed.

Philharmonic rehearsals are scheduled Sundays from 3 PM to 5:15 PM weekly during the school year at FWYO’s Orchestra Hall with little flexibility. Additional sectionals may be arranged. Concert cycles usually include 7 rehearsals. The ensemble performs at 4 scheduled concerts and may be asked to perform at additional community concerts. There is also a history of a concerto competition among Philharmonic members who win the opportunity to perform with the ensemble on a concert. 


Applicants should apply online at Candidates are requested to submit a resume and around 5 minutes of performance footage (accessible by link or under 1 GB uploaded to the FWYO) that demonstrates conducting and musical ability. While optional, candidates are also recommended to submit up to an additional 5 minutes of rehearsal footage demonstrating teaching and rehearsal ability if available.

Invited finalists may be asked to rehearse a small group. Details of the requirement will be communicated by email if necessary. Applications are requested by July 11, 2022. Questions can be sent to


Essential Duties:

  • Conduct and lead concerts and rehearsals with the FWYO Philharmonic Orchestra

  • Select appropriate repertoire for developing orchestral musicians

  • Provide pedagogically appropriate feedback to students and meeting them at their skill level

  • Ensure fair and justifiable placement of musicians within the ensemble

  • Operate to the best of the ensemble's ability within established time constraints

  • Collaborate with Artistic Operations staff to ensure logistical needs are communicated and met including, but not limited to: sectional needs, ensemble chairs/placement, background-checked/cleared clinicians, instrument needs, contract support musicians, concerto competition judges, and other logistics for rehearsals and performances

  • Developing and maintaining positive working relationships with students, families, external public and private music teachers, staff, and conductors

  • Communicate in a timely manner with all constituents and colleagues

  • Aid in the selection of future members

  • Assist in managing the student population and ensuring compliance with the FWYO Student Code of Conduct, Ensemble Handbook, Public Health and other FWYO policies

  • Assist with recruiting efforts

  • Assist with occasional fundraising efforts

  • Abide by FWYO Employee Handbook and additional policies

  • Other duties as assigned


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Advanced instrumental music education and conducting knowledge

  • Ability to lead positive and engaging rehearsals

  • Ability to stand for long periods of time

  • Advanced orchestral planning skills with a focus on adhering to time constraints while planning for success

  • Advanced knowledge of orchestral instruments and their pedagogy 

  • Advanced knowledge of orchestral music for developing players

  • Access to email account and phone for off-site communication

  • Familiarity with Google for Work

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Ability to lift 25 lbs




Fort Worth Youth Orchestra is an Equal Opportunity Employer and provides fair and equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other protected status prohibited under Federal, State, or local laws. All employment decisions are based on valid job-related requirements.

FWYO Suzuki

Suzuki trained instructors interested in joining the FWYO Suzuki faculty may reach out to Patty Purcell, FWYO Suzuki Coodinator, at Faculty are considered part-time employees who build their own studios with the assistance of staff and join together for group class weekly. There are currently openings for Piano and non-string instrument Suzuki instructors. Others will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Private Lesson Instructors

Interested in teaching lessons at Orchestra Hall? The FWYO is able to provide instructors a shared studio space (some with pianos and orchestral percussion equipment), a waiting area, copy room, and access to FWYO facilities and equipment for recitals. For rates and information, please contact us at