APRIL 3, 2021

Orvieto Musica, Inc. (OM) is searching for the new artistic / executive director of this successful, 27-year-old summer music festival in Orvieto, Italy, designed for emerging American and international artists in strings, trumpet, piano, and voice. The mission of Orvieto Musica is to challenge “emerging artists in their pursuit of musical excellence amidst the beauty and international life of hill-top town Italy, providing a supportive, intense, and inspiring environment.” The artistic / executive director must be an accomplished, superb musician with a love of teaching, the value of cultural diversity, proven management and tech-savvy skills, flexibility, and tourist level conversational Italian. The role requires at least full-time commitment before, during, and after the three-week festival in June / July plus varying weekly hours of preparation throughout the year. Compensation consists of a stipend (without benefits), transportation to and from Orvieto, housing in Orvieto, and use of OM office space in Chicago, IL, if practical (3318 N. Lakeshore Dr., Suite 100, Chicago IL 60657, USA). OM plans to move ahead with this search, but conditions related to COVID-19 may require a flexible timeline and process. For detailed information about the search and position, see below.

 

How to Apply

The search begins in spring 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. The intention is to begin a transition period of at least one and no more than three years with the current artistic / executive director by fall 2021. The COVID-19 environment may affect this schedule.

The application materials should include the following items.

  • A cover letter describing the candidate’s assessment of qualifications for and interest in this position
  • A full and up-to-date resume of education; performance, teaching and management experience; language skills and travel experience; technical skills
  • Links to recent performances demonstrating skills and artistry in several musical periods and styles
  • Relevant professional reviews
  • Names of three references who can attest to the candidate’s management and financial skills as well as temperament and aptitude for this position
  • A telephone / web-based interview with the current director, advisory board members, U.S.-based OM faculty, and possible alumni/ae of the festival. For the semi-finalists, a day-long in-person interview in the Chicago, IL area (at the candidate’s expense); and a telecommunications interview with Orvieto-based faculty and staff, ideally including the following people and components.
    • Members of the OM Advisory Board
    • The current artistic / executive director
    • OM faculty
    • OM staff based in Italy, electronically
    • OM alumni/ae
    • A performance / lecture
    • A teaching demonstration
    • Ample opportunity for the candidate’s questions
  • Orvieto Musica may bring one or two final candidates to a June/July festival in Italy.

Materials should be submitted to info@orvietomusica.org or Orvieto Musica, Inc. / 3318 N. Lakeshore Drive / Suite 100 / Chicago, IL  60657. The materials will not be returned to the applicant.

Materials will be acknowledged within two weeks of receipt.

There will be periodic notifications of the status of the process.

At the close of the process, which could be lengthy, there will be written notice of the final decision.

 

 

 

ORVIETO MUSICA, Inc.
Chamber Music in the Heart of Italy
SEARCH FOR ARTISTIC / EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Orvieto Musica (OM) is searching for the artistic / executive director of this summer music festival in Orvieto, Italy designed for emerging American and international artists in strings, trumpet, piano, and voice. This person will succeed the founder and long-time artistic / executive director, Nyela Basney. The length of the transition will depend on the new director’s experience and needs: from one to three years. The new director will assume full responsibility no later than at the 2023 festival. Inquiries should be sent to info@orvietomusica.org. The Orvieto Musica website contains information on the festival and search: www.orvietomusica.org. OM plans to move ahead with this search, but conditions related to COVID-19 may require a flexible timeline and process.

The Orvieto Musica Advisory Board has approved the following statements. The artistic / executive director’s role is to fulfill the mission and vision of the festival. A core value of Orvieto Musica is respect of diverse cultures, ethnicities, perspectives and experiences.

The OM Board of Directors along with the current Artistic / Executive Director have been planning this search for many months, that is, since before the world started to experience the effects of COVID-19. At the least, restrictions designed to contain the disease may affect the timeline and some methods for the search. We value the Festival and the life of music especially in difficult times; they bring us together in heart, mind, and spirit. We plan to proceed with the search as best we can, keeping in communication with potential applicants and interested friends and colleagues about any changes in methods and procedures. Music abides.

Mission Statement

Orvieto Musica challenges emerging artists in their pursuit of musical excellence amidst the beauty and international life of hill-top town Italy, providing a supportive, rigorous, and inspiring environment.

Vision statement

Orvieto Musica, the premier summer chamber music festival in Italy, enhances the career trajectory of accomplished young singers, pianists, string and trumpet players.

Knowledge, Values, Skills

Any international project in the arts can be exhilarating, rewarding, and enriching as well as complex and challenging.

Knowledge

The artistic / executive director must be an accomplished and superb musician in one of the areas of the festival. The director sets the standards and defines the aspirations of musicianship for the participants.

The artistic / executive director must be able to consult knowledgeably with the OM faculty in the choice of repertoire for all three areas:  Art of Song, Intensive Strings, and TrumpetFest.

The person must have enough conversational Italian to function at a tourist level plus the commitment to develop Italian language skills to the professional level necessary to conduct business in an Italian town where most people outside the tourist industry do not speak English.

Values

  • Respect for differences of culture
  • Interest in / love for Italian culture and way of life
  • Flexibility to adapt needs of the festival to the needs of the local environment
  • Integrity in every aspect of the festival with every constituent (trust lost cannot be regained)
  • Creating an environment for emerging artists that is at once supportive and demanding
  • Love of teaching
  • Love of music

Skills

Management Skills

  • Ability to build productive and respectful relationships with local Italian officials
  • Long-term planning skills
  • Independent decision-making often in unanticipated situations
  • Collaborative style with festival faculty and staff, affording structure, support, and autonomy
  • Technological comfort and savvy
  • Excellent organizational skills
    • Scheduling
    • Participant and faculty housing and meals—find, vet, negotiate, monitor
    • Concert program brochure and flyers–development and printing
    • Supervision of performance and rehearsal venues
    • Orientation planning
    • Responsive routine correspondence
  • Concern for the health and welfare of participants
  • Promotion of the festival including recruiting of students throughout the year
  • Mentoring of faculty and staff
  • Record-keeping
  • Awareness of liability issues and mature decision-making skills in reference to legal issues
  • Comfort with driving in Italy
  • Comfort walking five to six miles a day and ability to work long hours during the intensive three-week festival

Financial Skills

  • Accurate and complete financial record-keeping
  • Accurate assessment of financial needs and resources
  • Flexible management of limited resources to meet needs
  • Comfort working in an environment in which relationships are equal in importance to numbers and finances
  • Banking in the U.S. and Italy

Time Commitment and Compensation; Opportunities

This position requires the following approximate annual commitment of time. The artistic / executive director must have the time available to meet these requirements.

Summer prior to the next year’s festival:  July-August (10-15 hrs./wk.) closing fiscal year (FY) books with Treasurer and planning for recruiting for next year’s festival

Fall prior to the next year’s festival:  5-8 hrs./wk. working with Treasurer to plan budget for new FY, keeping up with correspondence, reserving ad space, building and updating recruiting lists

Spring prior to the next year’s festival:  15-20 hrs./wk. tracking participant requests, forms, payments, etc., answering participant questions, last-minute support of recruiting, making housing reservations in Orvieto, confirming performance space in Orvieto etc.

Before, during and after the three-week festival in late June to early July: long hours every day and 24/7 availability for the needs of the festival days and evenings, approximately four weeks in Orvieto.

Compensation for this part-time position consists of a stipend, without benefits. International transportation to Italy and housing in Orvieto are provided in the OM budget. The AD/ED has use of the OM office space in Chicago.

The new artistic / executive director will have opportunities to work with the Orvieto Musica board to create performance and teaching opportunities in the United States, Orvieto, and Italy which would enhance that person’s career and the reputation of the festival.

How to Apply

The search begins in spring 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. The intention is to begin a transition period of at least one and no more than three years with the current artistic / executive director by fall 2021. The COVID-19 environment may affect this schedule.

The application materials should include the following items.

  • A cover letter describing the candidate’s assessment of qualifications for and interest in this position
  • A full and up-to-date resume of education; performance, teaching and management experience; language skills and travel experience; technical skills
  • Links to recent performances demonstrating skills and artistry in several musical periods and styles
  • Relevant professional reviews
  • Names of three references who can attest to the candidate’s management and financial skills as well as temperament and aptitude for this position
  • A telephone / web-based interview with the current director, advisory board members, U.S.-based OM faculty, and possible alumni/ae of the festival. For the semi-finalists, a day-long in-person interview in the Chicago, IL area (at the candidate’s expense); and a telecommunications interview with Orvieto-based faculty and staff, ideally including the following people and components.
    • Members of the OM Advisory Board
    • The current artistic / executive director
    • OM faculty
    • OM staff based in Italy, electronically
    • OM alumni/ae
    • A performance / lecture
    • A teaching demonstration
    • Ample opportunity for the candidate’s questions
  • Orvieto Musica may bring one or two final candidates to a June/July festival in Italy.

Materials should be submitted to info@orvietomusica.org or Orvieto Musica, Inc. / 3318 N. Lakeshore Drive / Suite 100 / Chicago, IL  60657. The materials will not be returned to the applicant.

Materials will be acknowledged within two weeks of receipt.

There will be periodic notifications of the status of the process.

At the close of the process, which could be lengthy, there will be written notice of the final decision.