Conductor Search

Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra Conductor Search Announcement

The Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra announces the search for a new Music Director/Conductor. Auditions will begin during the 2019-2020 Season. Applications will be accepted through May, 2019. The NMKSO season consists of three full orchestra concerts and a summer chamber music event. The musicians comprise area professionals, educators, community players, and advanced students. The orchestra serves the Newton, North Newton, and surrounding areas.

Conductor Duties:

The Music director/Conductor, in consultation with the Manager, selects the music for classics concerts and rehearses and conducts the music for said concerts. If unable to rehearse and conduct one or more of the scheduled concerts the music director will assist with the securing the services of a guest conductor.

  • Plan the concert season
  • Select works to be performed
  • Conduct concerts as agreed upon by contract
  • Develop the overall artistic quality of the orchestra
  • Select guest artists
  • Within the terms of the working agreement with musicians, approve playing personnel
  • Become a visible and active part of the community, representing the orchestra at various civic functions as appropriate
  • If unable to rehearse and conduct one or more of the scheduled concerts the music director will assist with the securing the services of a guest conductor.
  • Other duties include local public appearances and promotion of the orchestra within the community.



  • Master’s or doctoral degree in music with emphasis in conducting or equivalent; professional level conducting experience, and experience with a wide range of orchestral literature.
  • Thorough knowledge of the orchestral repertoire and styles, comprehensive knowledge of scores, and self-awareness of personal strengths and weaknesses in specific repertoire
  • Instinct for developing imaginative programming ideas that have significance to the orchestra, the occasion, and the community
  • Interpretive skills that enable communication of the emotional content of a wide range of music
  • Mastery of at least one instrument; musical insight; and understanding of and sensitivity to the musician’s point of view.


  • Effective baton technique that maintains the continuity of the overall performance of a work while evoking and controlling response by gesture at all levels of musical detail
  • Effective and efficient rehearsal technique that balances attention to technical details with communication of overall interpretive goals
  • Podium presence sufficient to enhance the quality of music-making and support the musicians’ physical efforts.


  • Basic knowledge of the orchestra as a nonprofit organization with an understanding and appreciation of the roles of the board, the manager, the musicians, and the volunteers.
  • Commitment to fulfilling the orchestra’s potential as an artistic and community resource; willingness to become involved in the life of the community
  • Ability to inspire and communicate musically and verbally with audiences of all ages
  • Interest in community outreach activities
  • Willingness to support fund raising and participate in the promotional endeavors of the orchestra

Residency is not required, but candidates must be present for the weekend of rehearsals and performance. The conductor will be asked to attend annual NMKSO fundraiser and other community events as their schedule allows.

NMKSO Mission:

To be an outstanding community orchestra that advocates and performs great symphonic music for Newton and the surrounding region.

Vision: NMKSO is a community-based organization which provides area residents the opportunity to perform and appreciate a variety of orchestral literature. Through our concerts and outreach programs we strive to educate and inspire audiences and enrich the artistic, economic, and cultural life of the community.

Applications will be accepted through May, 2019. Please contact to submit your application.