Employment Opportunities

The Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO), widely regarded as one of the New Jersey’s finest arts organizations, is a highly successful, professional orchestra.  The PSO presents a six-program classical subscription series and pops concerts at Richardson Auditorium in Princeton, a chamber music series throughout Central New Jersey, a series of lectures and events for the community, and robust education programs reaching over 10,000 schoolchildren annually.


JOB TITLE:  Assistant Conductor

REPORTS TO:  Executive Director

SUPPORTS:  Music Director, Administrative Staff, Librarian, Musicians


JOB SUMMARY:  The Assistant Conductor’s primary role is to act as cover conductor and primary artistic support to the Music Director or guest conductor for subscription rehearsals and concerts during the PSO season. This includes personal preparation of all scores and providing real-time verbal feedback on artistic concerns. The Assistant Conductor is a vital member of the PSO team and serves as a representative for the orchestra at fundraising and community events as needed. The position provides conducting opportunities for public performance as available, to be discussed on an annual basis.





-Serve as cover conductor for all classical series rehearsals and concerts. Maintain a high level of preparation suitable to step in for the Music Director should the need arise.

-Be present at all rehearsals and assist with balances and other artistic matters.

-Conduct any offstage ensembles and serve as score reader/operator for electronica parts or other production elements as necessary.

-Participate in pre-concert talks and other lectures or community events during service weeks as requested.



-Attend select PSO board meetings and development events as a representative of the orchestra; build relationships with PSO constituents.

-Be available for interviews and other media needs as requested.



-Graduate level degree in music or equivalent experience.

-Substantial conducting training and experience conducting orchestral performances.

-Extensive knowledge of orchestral repertoire and familiarity with other genres.

-Must be a confident public speaker and be able to communicate effectively with Music Director, PSO musicians, staff, board members, and patrons.

-Must be authorized to work in the U.S.


To apply, please submit cover letter, including discussion of how you view the role of cover conductor and what you would hope to gain from the position, resume including performance and repertoire list, and a list of professional references. Candidates must also submit two to three contrasting videos (rehearsal or performance), not to exceed ten minutes in total. Videos preferably should be submitted as links to online viewing platforms, i.e. YouTube, and must be accessible to multiple viewers.


The successful candidate is expected to be local to Princeton during service weeks for rehearsals and other events. Please see season schedule below. Occasional release from rehearsal due to scheduling conflict will be considered. Full rehearsal schedule available upon request.


Please submit all materials to Katie Curatolo, Manager of Artistic Operations, at kcuratolo@princetonsymphony.org by Friday, August 31, 2018.


The Princeton Symphony Orchestra is an equal opportunity employer.


2018-19 Concert Schedule


September 28 & 29, 2018: A Bernstein Celebration

October 27 & 28, 2018: Beethoven Piano Concertos

November 18, 2018: Rachel Barton Pine plays Paganini

February 2 & 3, 2019: Beethoven’s Fifth

March 23 & 24, 2019: Dvořák/Liebermann/Mazzoli

May 19, 2019: Derek Bermel’s Mango Suite


More information available here.