Nothing is more rewarding than working with music and talented musicians. Join the New World Symphony family, be a part of Miami's explosive cultural growth. Specific information about job qualifications, responsibilities, compensation, benefits and application procedures for each available position may be found below. These positions are open to all qualified candidates, the New World Symphony is a not for profit organization and an equal opportunity employer. Please be sure to check on the availability of positions from time to time as this section of the NWS website will reflect current job vacancies. Interested candidates may also submit their resumes to be maintained on file for consideration in openings applicable to positions not listed below.
Co-founded in 1988 by Artistic Director Michael Tilson Thomas, the New World Symphony, America's Orchestral Academy, is a dynamic, internationally recognized post-graduate educational institution with a mission to prepare gifted graduates of top music schools for leadership roles in orchestras and ensembles around the world. NWS Fellows are challenged by a demanding course of practical training, performances and instructional activities intended to develop the full complement of skills and qualifications required of musicians in the 21st century. The three-year fellowship program offers a wide range of performance and educational opportunities in both domestic and international venues. The New World Symphony's success may be measured in part by the careers of its hundreds of alumni who have attained positions with professional orchestras and ensembles throughout America and around the world.
During the 2010-11 season, the New World Symphony inaugurated its new Frank Gehry-designed campus—a laboratory for the way classical music is taught, presented and experienced—in the heart of Miami Beach's Art Deco district. A highlight of the new campus is its unprecedented integration of technology into educational, rehearsal and performance spaces. An iconic concert auditorium features a nearly 360-degree projected video and lighting capability; a large additional complement of theatrical lighting; nine robotic cameras and an HD media suite; and top-of-the-line audio recording and sound reinforcement equipment. The campus also includes seven video, lighting and audio design and post-production studios. Some articles about the new building and its opening can be found here:http://www.nws.edu/Press.aspx.
DEPARTMENT: Artistic Programs
REPORTS TO: Technical Director
A bachelor’s degree preferred, preferably in theater; minimum of three years of theatrical experience, at a music school, orchestra, other performing arts organization, or with a touring company; experience with latest-technology lighting equipment (GrandMA and ETC Ion lighting consoles, Varilite VL-1000TS moving lights), video projection systems (Christie Roadie HD30K) and audio equipment (DigiDesign D1 mixing console, Yamaha DM2000V2 mixing console), mechanical staging, rigging and screen systems, and sound reinforcement; working knowledge of three-phase power and related systems; ability to interact effectively as a team player with variety of personalities; good written and oral communication skills; attention to detail and to the highest standards of stage and concert presentation; ability to manage numerous tasks simultaneously in a demanding, multi-activity work environment; ability to read music; working familiarity with classical orchestral and chamber music; a valid drivers’ license; ability to drive a manually operated truck with a lift gate; proficiency in word processing, spreadsheet, and database usage.
The physical demands are representative of the physical requirements necessary to successfully perform the essential functions of the Production Technician. Reasonable accommodation can be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the described essential functions of the Production Technician. The Production Technician is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. The employee is constantly required to exert various types of physical exertion, such as prolonged reaching, bending, kneeling, and lifting. Vision abilities required by this job include close vision.
While performing the responsibilities of the Production Technician, these work environment characteristics are representative of the environment the Production Technician will encounter. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the Production Technician. The Production Technician works in indoor and outdoor work settings with mild to adverse exposure to environmental hazards and must be able to climb stairs and ladders and walk long distances to access all areas of the facility. The noise level in the work environment is usually mild to loud. The employee in this position works in varying settings and will be subject to noise and atmospheric conditions such as fumes, odor, dust, etc.
- Works closely with the Senior Director of Program Operations, Technical Director and other production personnel in setting up stage, lobby, rehearsal rooms and other spaces for all activities held at the New World Center, elsewhere in the Miami area, and on domestic and international tours.
- In consultation with the Technical Director, participates in the stage logistics required of all rental-related activities held at the New World Center.
- Loads equipment and cases; drives truck(s) when appropriate for all events at the New World Center and while transporting equipment locally and on tour.
- Participates in setting the stage according to the conductor’s specifications and to provide the best possible working environment for the musicians. Participates in stage changes during rehearsals and concerts.
- As directed by the Technical Director, works flexible hours that include normal business hours, evenings, weekends and holidays.
- As directed by the Technical Director and in conjunction with the Director of lighting, serves as house lighting engineer for selected NWS productions. Ensures that stage and audience areas are properly lighted.
- As directed by the Technical Director and in conjunction with the Director lighting, assists in the
daily maintenance of all lighting and projector instruments within the New World Center.
- Participates in weekly departmental and other production meetings.
- Performs all other duties as assigned.
Non-exempt (hourly) position, negotiable salary subject to budgetary parameters. Extensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, short- and long-term disability and life insurance; paid vacation, personal, sick and designated holiday leave; employer-matched 401k plan; parking privileges.
APPLICATIONS AND DEADLINE:
E-mail cover letter, resume, and verifiable salary history by February 1, 2014 to:
William Quirk, Technical Director, New World Symphony;
E-mail: William.Quirk@nws.edu. No phone calls, please
DEPARTMENT: Artistic Programs
REPORTS TO: Senior Vice President for Artistic Planning and Programs
Required: Baccalaureate degree in music and/or music technology; working knowledge of classical music; ability to read musical scores; pertinent concert production and office experience; strong writing skills; well-developed computer skills (i.e., word processing, spreadsheet and database usage); attention to detail; ability to manage numerous tasks simultaneously in a fast-paced work environment; willingness to work a variable schedule with an extensive time commitment, including frequent weekend and evening hours.
Preferred: Familiarity with basic audio editing software (e.g., Sound Forge, Audacity), presentation software (e.g., ProPresenter) and animation software (e.g., Adobe After Effects); basic image manipulation experience (e.g., Adobe Photoshop); knowledge of audio-video production hardware (e.g., routers, switchers).
- Serve as member of video production team in preparation for and production of NWS WALLCAST™ Concerts; provide score analysis relative to shot sequencing; act as score reader
- Research and write projected program notes; compile and develop other information projected during concerts, including text translations; act as concert projectionist as assigned
- Research, acquire and contractually license images used in projected content developed for selected concerts, including Discovery Concert background videos and video program notes
- Conduct music- and project-related research projects on behalf of Senior Vice President and Artistic Director
- Organize and coordinate ancillary concert activities, including exhibits, film presentations and lectures
- Organize and coordinate rehearsal- and concert-related exchanges with composers and others via Internet2
- Provide general administrative support to Senior Vice President
- Perform other production-related duties as assigned
Based on experience and subject to budgetary parameters. Extensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, short- and long-term disability and life insurance; paid vacation, sick and designated holiday leave; employer-matched 401k plan; parking privileges.
APPLICATIONS AND DEADLINE:
E-mail cover letter and resume by February 10, 2014 to Douglas Merilatt, Senior Vice President for Artistic Planning and Programs, New World Symphony at firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls, please.