Greenville County Youth Orchestra Young Artist Orchestra seeks conductor

GCYO seeks engaging, talented conductor for top-level ensemble

  • COMPENSATION INFORMATION: follows the GCS Arts Supplement Salary Guide and is based on experience

Send inquiries to Executive Director David Kiser:


  • Job Title: Greenville County Youth Orchestra Young Artist Orchestra Conductor
  • Reports to: Executive Director
  • Hours: Supplemental Pay Position of Greenville County School District (GCS) on behalf of the GCYO Association

Job Summary

The Young Artist Orchestra conductor provides artistic leadership for the entire organization. They lead rehearsals and performances during the school year for the Young Artist Orchestra ensemble and the newly created Chamber Orchestra. They collaborate with the Executive Director to further the educational and artistic goals of the organization.

Key Responsibilities


  • Conducts the Young Artist Orchestra (YAO) at all rehearsals, dress rehearsals and performances weekly on Monday evenings during the Fall and Spring semesters. We follow the GCS Calendar (Approximately 34 rehearsals)
  • Conducts and mentors the newly created Chamber Orchestra
  • Develops students’ orchestral performance skills
  • Develops students’ ability to learn parts independently and function in rehearsal and performance
  • Performs tasks associated with maintaining a functioning orchestra such as assuring music is marked as needed, determining seating rotation, assuring extra instruments or performers are available when needed
  • Chooses repertoire to inspire and challenge players while maintaining the highest standard of performance
  • Ensures that all repertoire is consistent with the educational mission of GCYO and the performance capabilities of the students by whom it will be performed
  • Oversees two chair auditions a year
  • Communicates bimonthly with students in the ensemble outside of rehearsal, letting them know the artistic and technical goals for the month’s objectives and how they need to meet those goals by setting specific benchmarks like metronome markings, articulation, dynamics, etc.
  • Assures the audition material is current and accurate for the ensemble
  • Maintains high standards of behavior in rehearsals and performances
  • Attends and runs rehearsals at annual Weekend Camp (expenses paid)
  • Recruits students


  • Sends repertoire choices to the Executive Director a month in advance of any performance
  • Tracks attendance and communicates it weekly to the ED Assistant
  • Follows the safety and student well-being policies set out by Greenville County Schools
  • Use Charms (our CRM platform) to communicate with students and to check attendance accuracy


The conductor position compensation follows the GCS Arts Supplement Salary Guide and is based on experience.

How to apply

Submit a resume and a short cover letter detailing your experience with orchestral directing and working with young people. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Send via email to Executive Director David Kiser: with the subject heading “YAO Conductor Application.”