Employment at the QCSO

Below are the opportunities available at the Quad City Symphony. If you have an interest, please view the job description posted and then complete the Application Procedure. Thank you for visiting the QCSO website, we look forward to hearing from you!

QCSYE Coordinator

The Quad City Symphony Youth Ensembles (QCSYE) is seeking candidates to fill the position of QCSYE Coordinator.

The Quad City Symphony Youth Ensembles (QCSYE) consists of four school-year orchestras for musicians of all ability levels, ages 7 to 18. The program provides a rigorous and inspiring learning environment founded on musical excellence for string, woodwind, brass, and percussion musicians. Students develop valuable musical, social, and leadership skills which set them up for success in school and beyond. Financial aid is available so everyone can participate regardless of ability to pay.

JOB SUMMARY:

The Quad City Symphony Youth Ensembles Coordinator (QCSYE Coordinator) is a part time, 18 hour per week, non-exempt position responsible for leading all direct operations of the QCSYE with the Director of Education and Community Engagement (DECE). The QCSYE Coordinator will work in close partnership with the DECE, and all QCSYE Artistic Staff conductors, and reports to the DECE.

JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Strategy

  • Working with the DECE, see that the educational mission of the organization’s strategic direction is effectively executed through the successful operations of the QCSYE.
  • Monitor progress and provide input to the DECE on all relevant areas of the QCSYE.

Operations

  • Oversee and manage all QCSYE rehearsals, concerts, and events in conjunction with relevant staff, including setup, teardown, and procurement of necessary equipment and personnel.
  • Establish accurate and timely communication with parents and members before, during, and after QCSYE rehearsals and concerts to ensure members’ needs are met.
  • Manage weekly email communication, Remind Texts, and topical emails for the QCSYE.
  • Engage in effective and professional interpersonal communication with parents and members before, during, and after QCSYE rehearsals, concerts, and events, to ensure members’ needs are met.
  • Serve as a conduit of information between the DECE, conducting staff, parents, and members.
  • Assist in the collection of outstanding QCSYE tuition receivable balances.
  • Maintain up to date membership records using Salesforce.
  • Prepare and distribute QCSYE Member Handbook.
  • Maintain QCSYE webpages and all content including forms on qcso.org.
  • Assist with implementation of the QCSO educational concert, Symphony Day.
  • Cultivate and maintain professional relationships with the local school districts, community colleges, and other educational/civic institutions. Act as a spokesperson for the Association in QCSYE matters.
  • Work with Volunteers for Symphony to support any QCSYE needs.
  • Collaborate with DECE on new and innovative educational programs related to the QCSYE.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • This position requires excellent interpersonal skills, the ability to relate to a diverse population, and the ability and willingness to model the mission and high standard of behavior of the QCSO.  Must be able to handle multiple projects with a strong attention to detail.
  • Job experience in assisting projects in a music field preferred.
  • Ability to work with limited supervision, prioritize work, and meet deadlines with a high degree of detail orientation and accuracy.
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of colleagues, QCSYE students, and parents.
  • Must be able to lift 25 pounds on a frequent basis.
  • Must be able to listen, hear, speak, read, write, climb stairs, bend, stoop, and stand for intermittently long periods of time.
  • This job description is subject to change and is not designed to be a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required by the employee.
  • Employment is contingent with passing a complete background check.
  • Available on Sundays (generally 12:30 – 8:30 PM) and flexible weekday hours during the QCSYE season (August – June) and weekdays during the off season (June – July).
  • Bachelor’s degree in music.

COMPENSATION: Compensation for this part time non-exempt position is competitive and commensurate with experience.

START DATE: July 1, 2022

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

Please send a letter of intent and resume with three references* via email to:

Chelsea Sammons, Director of Education and Community Engagement, at csammons@qcso.org.

No phone calls please.

*References will be contacted only after an applicant has been invited to interview.

SELECTION PROCESS:

Applications will be paper-screened and those exhibiting superior qualifications will be invited to interview. QCSO is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Private Lesson Violin/Viola Instructor

The Quad City Symphony Orchestra is looking to hire experienced music teachers to establish private teaching studios within the Quad Cities in an effort to help us continue to grow our Private Lesson Program (PLP).

Responsibilities:

  • Plan and prepare lessons in relation to individual students’ needs
  • Teach music theory, aural skills and practical techniques to students as needed to fully participate in lessons and ensembles.
  • Provide the Director of Education and Community Engagement with a complete list of required materials
  • Provide the Director of Education and Community Engagement with desired teaching days/rates.
  • Provide the QCSO Director of Finance with logs of lessons taught according to pay date schedule for the purpose of payroll and invoicing to students.
  • Motivate students and encourage progress
  • Communicate with Director of Education and Community Engagement.
  • Ensure up-to-date knowledge and awareness of honor band and orchestra audition requirements (IMEA, ILMEA, etc.)
  • Foster an environment within the teaching studio of constructive feedback and open communication with parents.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Music in Performance or Education or required. (Performance Diplomas also considered)
  • Demonstrable knowledge of music curriculum and the ability to implement it
  • Ability to interact collaboratively with students, parents, and administration
  • Excellent oral and written skills
  • Able to pass a local background check
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Able to thrive working in a team environment

Compensation

  • Instructors will be classified as employees of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra and will be paid on the 15th and 30th of each month via direct deposit.
  • Instructors will set their own lesson length/dates/rates.
  • The QCSO is solely responsible for collecting lesson fees.

Application Procedure:
Interested parties should submit a resume and a cover letter that describes your teaching philosophy to Chelsea Sammons at csammons@qcso.org. No phone calls, please. Review of applications will begin immediately, and applications will be reviewed until PLP needs are met. Questions about the position can be directed to Chelsea Sammons at csammons@qcso.org, and interested candidates are encouraged to apply early.

Accounting Clerk

The QCSO Association announces the part-time, administrative opening of Accounting Clerk.

JOB SUMMARY:

The Accounting Clerk is a part-time, 10-15 hour per week, non-exempt position responsible for all-encompassing aspects of accounting. The Accounting Clerk reports to the Director of Finance and works with all QCSOA administrative staff members.

JOB DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

Accounting

  • Assist with Accounts payable, accounts receivable, journal entries, and deposits.
  • Assist with month-end reporting and bank reconciliations
  • Assist with audit preparation
  • Assist with maintenance of the association’s revenue and expense records, employee files, and documentation.
  • Filing and maintaining association and employee records
  • Assist with other duties as assigned.

These responsibilities are subject to change and are not designed to be a comprehensive listing of all activities, duties, or responsibilities.

QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Business, Finance, or Accounting degree or a student majoring in one or more of these areas of study.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and QuickBooks Applications.
  • Demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills, the ability to relate to a diverse population, and the ability to model the mission and high standard of behavior of the QCSO.
  • Understand a high level of discretion and ethics and be able to communicate examples of maintaining confidentiality.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects with strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently and ask questions when appropriate.
  • Consent to and ability to pass background and credit checks.
COMPENSATION:

Compensation for this part-time, 10-15 hour per week non-exempt position is competitive and commensurate with experience and includes a retirement savings option.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

Please send a letter of intent and resume with three references* via email to: Beth Sindt, Director of Finance, BSindt@qcso.org.  No phone calls, please.

*References will remain strictly confidential and will only be contacted after an applicant has been invited to an in-person interview.

SELECTION PROCESS:

Applications will be paper-screened and those demonstrating superior qualifications will be invited to an in-person interview. QCSO is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The QCSOA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. The QCSO strives to maintain a workplace that fosters mutual employee respect and promotes harmonious, productive working relationships. QCSO believes that discrimination and harassment in any form constitute misconduct that undermines the integrity of the employment relationship. Therefore, all employment decisions at the QCSOA are based on merit, individual qualifications, and job requirements, without regard to age, color, creed, physical or mental disability (including HIV-positive status), gender identity (including transgender or transsexual status), national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or any other characteristics protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.  The QCSOA will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics.

Private Lesson Clarinet Instructor

The Quad City Symphony Orchestra is looking to hire experienced music teachers to establish private teaching studios within the Quad Cities in an effort to help us continue to grow our Private Lesson Program (PLP).

Responsibilities:

  • Plan and prepare lessons in relation to individual students’ needs
  • Teach music theory, aural skills and practical techniques to students as needed to fully participate in lessons and ensembles.
  • Provide the Director of Education and Community Engagement with a complete list of required materials
  • Provide the Director of Education and Community Engagement with desired teaching days/rates.
  • Provide the QCSO Director of Finance with logs of lessons taught according to pay date schedule for the purpose of payroll and invoicing to students.
  • Motivate students and encourage progress
  • Communicate with Director of Education and Community Engagement.
  • Ensure up-to-date knowledge and awareness of honor band and orchestra audition requirements (IMEA, ILMEA, etc.)
  • Foster an environment within the teaching studio of constructive feedback and open communication with parents.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Music in Performance or Education or required. (Performance Diplomas also considered)
  • Demonstrable knowledge of music curriculum and the ability to implement it
  • Ability to interact collaboratively with students, parents, and administration
  • Excellent oral and written skills
  • Able to pass a local background check
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Able to thrive working in a team environment

Compensation

  • Instructors will be classified as employees of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra and will be paid on the 15th and 30th of each month via direct deposit.
  • Instructors will set their own lesson length/dates/rates.
  • The QCSO is solely responsible for collecting lesson fees.

Application Procedure:
Interested parties should submit a resume and a cover letter that describes your teaching philosophy to Chelsea Sammons at csammons@qcso.org. No phone calls, please. Review of applications will begin immediately, and applications will be reviewed until PLP needs are met. Questions about the position can be directed to Chelsea Sammons at csammons@qcso.org, and interested candidates are encouraged to apply early.

Private Lesson Euphonium/Tuba Instructor

The Quad City Symphony Orchestra is looking to hire experienced music teachers to establish private teaching studios within the Quad Cities in an effort to help us continue to grow our Private Lesson Program (PLP).

Responsibilities:

  • Plan and prepare lessons in relation to individual students’ needs
  • Teach music theory, aural skills and practical techniques to students as needed to fully participate in lessons and ensembles.
  • Provide the Director of Education and Community Engagement with a complete list of required materials
  • Provide the Director of Education and Community Engagement with desired teaching days/rates.
  • Provide the QCSO Director of Finance with logs of lessons taught according to pay date schedule for the purpose of payroll and invoicing to students.
  • Motivate students and encourage progress
  • Communicate with Director of Education and Community Engagement.
  • Ensure up-to-date knowledge and awareness of honor band and orchestra audition requirements (IMEA, ILMEA, etc.)
  • Foster an environment within the teaching studio of constructive feedback and open communication with parents.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Music in Performance or Education or required. (Performance Diplomas also considered)
  • Demonstrable knowledge of music curriculum and the ability to implement it
  • Ability to interact collaboratively with students, parents, and administration
  • Excellent oral and written skills
  • Able to pass a local background check
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Able to thrive working in a team environment

Compensation

  • Instructors will be classified as employees of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra and will be paid on the 15th and 30th of each month via direct deposit.
  • Instructors will set their own lesson length/dates/rates.
  • The QCSO is solely responsible for collecting lesson fees.

Application Procedure:
Interested parties should submit a resume and a cover letter that describes your teaching philosophy to Chelsea Sammons at csammons@qcso.org. No phone calls, please. Review of applications will begin immediately, and applications will be reviewed until PLP needs are met. Questions about the position can be directed to Chelsea Sammons at csammons@qcso.org, and interested candidates are encouraged to apply early.

Private Lesson Horn Instructor

The Quad City Symphony Orchestra is looking to hire experienced music teachers to establish private teaching studios within the Quad Cities in an effort to help us continue to grow our Private Lesson Program (PLP).

Responsibilities:

  • Plan and prepare lessons in relation to individual students’ needs
  • Teach music theory, aural skills and practical techniques to students as needed to fully participate in lessons and ensembles.
  • Provide the Director of Education and Community Engagement with a complete list of required materials
  • Provide the Director of Education and Community Engagement with desired teaching days/rates.
  • Provide the QCSO Director of Finance with logs of lessons taught according to pay date schedule for the purpose of payroll and invoicing to students.
  • Motivate students and encourage progress
  • Communicate with Director of Education and Community Engagement.
  • Ensure up-to-date knowledge and awareness of honor band and orchestra audition requirements (IMEA, ILMEA, etc.)
  • Foster an environment within the teaching studio of constructive feedback and open communication with parents.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Music in Performance or Education or required. (Performance Diplomas also considered)
  • Demonstrable knowledge of music curriculum and the ability to implement it
  • Ability to interact collaboratively with students, parents, and administration
  • Excellent oral and written skills
  • Able to pass a local background check
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Able to thrive working in a team environment

Compensation

  • Instructors will be classified as employees of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra and will be paid on the 15th and 30th of each month via direct deposit.
  • Instructors will set their own lesson length/dates/rates.
  • The QCSO is solely responsible for collecting lesson fees.

Application Procedure:
Interested parties should submit a resume and a cover letter that describes your teaching philosophy to Chelsea Sammons at csammons@qcso.org. No phone calls, please. Review of applications will begin immediately, and applications will be reviewed until PLP needs are met. Questions about the position can be directed to Chelsea Sammons at csammons@qcso.org, and interested candidates are encouraged to apply early.

Auditions

Membership in the Quad City Symphony Orchestra is gained through an audition process. Auditions for open positions will be announced here. 

The QCSO is proud to be a partner orchestra of the National Alliance for Audition Support (NAAS), an unprecedented national initiative to increase diversity in American orchestras. It will do so by offering Black and Latinx musicians a customized combination of mentoring, audition preparation, financial support, and audition reviews. Learn more at www.auditionalliance.org.

If you have any questions about auditioning for the QCSO, please email Marc Zyla, QCSO Personnel Manager.

Principal Trumpet

The Audition:
Date: April 22nd, 2022, 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM (Preliminary Auditions Only. Finals will be held at a later date.)
Location: Adler Theatre, 136 E 3rd St. Davenport, IA 52801
Position: Principal Trumpet (A Contract, 35 guaranteed services)
Position to begin fall 2022.

Application Deadline: April 1st, 2022.

Service Minimums: Contracted Principal Musicians shall commit to no fewer than two-thirds (2/3) of offered Masterworks Performance Sets and at least one-half (1/2) of all other offered non-Masterworks Performance Sets

Compensation (2021-2022 rates, 2022-beyond under negotiation):
Per Service: $120.85 (base scale)
Meal Per Diem: $10.00
Hotel Reimbursement: $55.00 per night
Travel Reimbursement: $.41 per mile, $.51 if transporting additional musicians

Required Audition Excerpts:
CLICK HERE to download the audition repertoire packet.

Application Process:
Complete the online form below and attach your one-page resume. There is no deposit.

 

Intern at the QCSO

We are always looking for unpaid interns seeking to learn in a non-profit environment.

Internships are available throughout the year. During the school year, interns must commit to at least two hours per day, once per week. When school is not in session, interns must commit to at least ten hours per week spread out over two to five days. Many of our interns work up to 20 hours per week. We do not allow unpaid interns to work more than 20 hours per week, except under a school sanctioned program. We have had interns from Augustana, St. Ambrose, Western Illinois University and other area educational institutions and, if you show genuine interest, they are happy to talk to you about their experiences.

Our interns have helped with subscriptions and ticketing, marketing flyers, a recycling initiative, advertiser and sponsor targeting, participated in the Quad City Chamber of Commerce’s Intern QC project, helped with youth music education programs, worked symphony events and helped with a variety of tasks required to surprise and delight our subscribers and ticket holders. The occasional lunches, free event tickets and lots of thanks is your reward along with solid, practical internship experience that can give you a leg up in the highly competitive job market. Many interns have also shared the benefit academically through course credits.

Are you interested? Please, email us sharing your thoughts or to learn more.

What our interns have to say…

As an accounting intern at the QCSO, I have learned what it means to be an accountant for a nonprofit organization. It’s not just about being the “money person”, it means working with all staff members in order to make the organization run more smoothly. As an intern, I have also been able to work on projects in other departments, giving me experience in working for a nonprofit as a whole. I absolutely love working for the Symphony because of the enthusiasm and encouragement that comes from all staff members. This internship has given me confidence in my passion for nonprofit work, and I plan to find a position working for a nonprofit when I graduate.

– Andrea Hult, Augustana College

As an intern at the QCSO, I have had many valuable experiences and have learned what it entails to run a non-profit organization. I have learned that a symphony is much more than the musicians and the music, and that there are many people and jobs behind the scene that makes a symphony performance and season run smoothly. I have had a chance to work in various departments and on various projects within the symphony, such as the marketing and box office departments, and learned the different aspects and jobs of these departments. I loved my time here at the symphony and love the enthusiasm, encouragement, and confidence that the staff members have in my abilities and ideas.

– Darian Auge, St. Ambrose University

I have had such a great time interning with the QCSO this past year. Music has always been a passion of mine and being able to combine that passion with my interest in non-profit organizations is amazing. I have learned much about what it takes to keep a non-profit organization running as well as many details of running a box office. I know this internship will benefit me in my future endeavors and I am very thankful for having had this opportunity.

– Paige Phelps, Augustana College

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