UPDATED 6-5-2019
The Traverse Symphony Orchestra has an opening for an Executive Director:


The  Traverse Symphony Orchestra, northern Michigan’s leading regional performing arts ensemble, seeks a leader who will take this extraordinary orchestra to the next level. The TSO has 60+ professional musicians led by internationally successful Music Director Maestro Kevin Rhodes.  Maestro Rhodes has conducted 50 different orchestras in 15 countries. Traverse City, home to the TSO, has a strong arts community and is known for spectacular beauty, four-season recreation, dining, entertainment and more.


Position Summary:
The executive director (ED) will be responsible for all aspects of the organization. He or she will direct the organizational operations, develop and implement policies and programs related to administrative, budgetary, fund-raising, advocacy, and marketing. The ED will represent the orchestra in all community activities and patron/donor relations. The TSO board of directors seeks a dynamic and effective individual with demonstrated leadership skills and extensive management experience that is dedicated to achieving the orchestra’s mission to bring unprecedented excellence in symphonic musical experiences. The successful candidate will have the ability to manage a productive staff, work effectively with board and community members, and collaborate with artistic personnel to ensure the quality and growth of orchestra programming. As the TSO grows to a budget of $1M+ the board expects to share that growth with the ED as an incentive to reward their leadership as they direct the TSO successfully into the future.


Entry Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher.
  • Minimum of five years’ experience in symphony or other not-for-profit management.
  • Experience in fund development, marketing and promotion.
  • Superior interpersonal communication skills.
  • Consensus-building and organizational skills.
  • Experience in business finance management and accounting skills.
  • Knowledge of and passion for symphonic orchestral repertoire.
  • Solid computer skills.


Status, Benefits and Salary Range
Full-time, exempt, salaried.

Employee health care coverage 75%.

Vacation, sick and personal days.
Competitive Salary Offered


Please submit a letter of application along with a current resume and references to the board of directors at info@traversesymphony.org.


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