ACO Seeks Orchestra Librarian

The American Composers Orchestra reads New Music by American Composers

Reports To: Operations and Production Manager 

Supervises: None 

Position Type:  Part-time, Per-service 

  

POSITION SUMMARY  

The Orchestra Librarian is a key staff position responsible for the concert operations of the ACO Library. The Librarian will provide support and work closely with the Artistic Director, musicians, staff, other conductors and guest artists.   

 

ABOUT ACO  

 American Composers Orchestra (ACO) is dedicated to the creation, celebration, performance, and promotion of orchestral music by American composers. With commitment to diversity, disruption and discovery, ACO produces concerts, pre-college and college education programs, and emerging composer professional development to foster a community of creators, audience, performers, collaborators, and funders. More information at www.americancomposers.org.  

ACO provides a flexible work environment for team members. ACO’s team is currently working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will offer team members the option to work from our NYC office when it is safe to do so, or create a schedule that balances remote and in-office work. For this role, we seek a team member based in the tri-state area, in order to lead on-site production for public programs and manage ongoing in-office tasks. Accommodations are readily available for team members with disabilities and neurodivergent team members.  

  

CANDIDATE PROFILE  

 We strongly encourage applications from historically marginalized communities and backgrounds currently underrepresented in the orchestra field. We are seeking a creative, resilient, highly organized, and strategic thinker, capable of realizing boundary-breaking work from concept to completion. ACO’s staff is a small and dedicated team who share responsibilities and support each other’s roles, offering opportunities for learning and growth. As a mission-driven organization, we are seeking a team member who has a passion for new music, and shares our values of discovery, disruption, and diversity.  

  

 ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES  

 

MUSIC PROCUREMENT   

  • Ensure that principal string parts are acquired far enough in advance for bowing 
  • Check all incoming and outgoing performance materials for condition and completeness and take appropriate action to rectify any deficiencies 
  • Check newly-commissioned scores and parts on arrival for alignment expected instrumentation and doublings per the commission agreement 

 

MUSIC PREPARATION   

  • Responsible for all aspects of music preparation, including but not limited to editing, proofreading, distribution, and managing the collection of and marking bowings in all string parts 
  • Work with conductors and soloists to prepare music according to their specific requirements 
  • Coordinate all music performance materials to ensure editions are compatible in every way 
  • Review all music to determine if orchestra parts meet acceptable standards: legible parts, adequate rehearsal letters, numbers, and measure numbers. Take the necessary steps to correct any problems that could potentially disrupt rehearsals 
  • Ensure that there are enough parts and scores available onsite at each service 
  • Ensure that bowings, rehearsal letters/numbers, measure numbers, and cuts are compatible between the conductor’s score, soloists’, and the players’ parts 
  • Assemble and arrange music in orchestra folders 

 

CONCERT/REHEARSAL DUTIES   

  • Deliver and return all music from rehearsal and performance venues  
  • For assigned rehearsals and concerts, arrive at least one hour early to execute any changes in bowing, distribution of parts, etc. 
  • Ensure that all musicians have music and, if not, provide alternative materials 
  • Manage conductor’s scores and batons; collect and store all music at conclusion of services 
  • Distribute and collect music at concerts and rehearsals; assist conductors and musicians with needs related to printed music 
  • Follow up at every rehearsal with the conductor and string principals for possible bowing changes and part corrections

 

ORCHESTRA LIBRARY MAINTENANCE   

  • Acquire appropriate music storage equipment and materials 
  • Catalogue and digitalize ACO commission score archive  
  • Catalogue general submissions for music director and artistic director to review 

 

ADMINISTRATIVE   

  • Communicate any discrepancies between received parts/scores and expected instrumentations/doublings to Personnel Manager and Operations and Production Manager 

 

QUALIFICATIONS  

  • Undergraduate degree required, and a minimum of five years orchestral library experience preferred 
  • Have strong desire to work with musicians and to provide the best work environment possible 
  • Ability to interact effectively with Music Director, musicians, staff, stage crew, and guest artists 
  • Must possess knowledge and love of contemporary music 
  • Thorough knowledge of orchestral literature, foreign terms, musical terms/signs (including bow markings) and contemporary notation 
  • Ability to read/write music in different clefs and transpositions, transcribe parts, copy orchestra parts legibly and quickly using hand manuscript and computer notation software 
  • Knowledge of current score editions and reference sources, enabling performance from materials meeting the highest scholarly standards 
  • Possess knowledge of copyright laws in the U.S. and knowledge/familiarity with music licensing agencies 
  • Knowledge of archival preservation of paper materials 
  • Self-directed, with a strong work ethic and collaborative skills 
  • Ability to think creatively, problem-solve in advance, meet deadlines, and work in a fast-paced environment with minimal direction 
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and a high degree of accuracy are essential 
  • Willingness to work flexible night and weekend hours during the concert days 
  • Proficiency with Office software including Outlook, PowerPoint, Word, and Excel 

  

TO APPLY  

Please visit www.americancomposers.org/careers to submit a cover letter and resume. We are seeking to fill this position immediately.  

 ACO is an equal opportunity employer. ACO does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.