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!

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 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:
Violin/Viola
Cello
Percussion

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 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.

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 Marc Zyla at mzyla@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 Marc Zyla at mzyla@qcso.org, and interested candidates are encouraged to apply early.

QCSYE Wind Specialist

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

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 DESCRIPTION
The position of the Wind Specialist is to oversee individual instrument technique, develop ensemble skills, and promote valuable performance experiences for orchestral wind players in the QCSYE. The Wind Specialist promotes growth and development of the QCSYE organization by developing rehearsal and performance habits, practicing technique, and ensemble standards for students.

The Wind Specialist will:

  • Lead wind sectionals for QCSYE full orchestra rehearsals
  • Collaborate with the QCSYE Music Director, Concert Orchestra Conductor, and QCSYE General Manager to implement pedagogical goals of each ensemble
  • Work with the QCSYE Music Director and Artistic Staff to choose audition excerpts, listen to auditions, and assign members to the appropriate level orchestra
  • Assist staff in recruitment efforts as needed

QUALIFICATIONS
The Wind Specialist should be an experienced teacher of young wind players in group settings. Additionally, they should have conducting experience and the skills needed to implement chosen repertoire and plan sectionals for students whose playing experiences ranges from 1- 8 years. The QCSYE Wind Specialist may be invited to conduct the ensemble in rehearsals/performances.

Necessary qualifications for the position include:

  • Proficiency in beginning band instruments
  • Ability to engage positively with both students and parents
  • Ability to teach young musicians effectively
  • Willingness to work cooperatively with artistic and operational staff to promote the mission of the QCSYE
  • Weekend availability a must
  • Bachelor’s degree in Music Education or Music Performance
  • Experience as a band director preferred

APPLICATION PROCESS
Candidates should submit a cover letter and resume with three references to Marc Zyla at mzyla@qcso.org by Monday, January 10. Review of applications will begin in mid-January, and applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. Questions about the position can be directed to Marc Zyla at mzyla@qcso.org, and interested candidates are encouraged to apply early.

Compensation: $6,000 annually

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.

Section Violin (5 positions)

The Audition:
Date: February 4th, 2022, 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: Adler Theatre, 136 E 3rd St. Davenport, IA 52801
Position: 5 Section Violin (B Contract, 15 guaranteed services)

All positions begin fall 2022.

Application Deadline: January 3rd, 2022.

Service Minimums: Contracted Section 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: $87.99 (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.

 

Section Bass (4 positions)

The Audition:
Date: March 4th, 2022, 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: Adler Theatre, 136 E 3rd St. Davenport, IA 52801
Position: 3 Section Bass (A Contract, 35 guaranteed services)
1 Section Bass (B Contract, 15 guaranteed services)

All positions begin fall 2022.

Application Deadline: February 1st, 2022.

Service Minimums: Contracted Section 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: $87.99 (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.

 

 

Principal Trumpet

The Audition:
Date: April 22nd, 2022, 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM
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:
Audition Requirements TBA.

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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