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!

Private Lesson Program 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).   

Current Openings:


  • 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 QCSO PLP Coordinator with a complete list of required materials
  • Provide the QCSO PLP Coordinator 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 QCSO PLP Coordinator and 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.


  • Bachelor of Music in Performance or Education required.
  • 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


  • 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 Marc Zyla at by July 13, 2020. 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 Marc Zyla at, and interested candidates are encouraged to apply early.


Membership in the Quad City Symphony Orchestra is gained through an audition process. Auditions for open positions will be announced here. **THERE ARE NO CURRENT OPENINGS**

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

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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