Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale
San Francisco, California, United States
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10 days ago
Job Type
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$180,000.00 - $220,000.00
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Over 10 Years
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Yearly Salary
Job Function
Executive Director


Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale invites applications and nominations for the position of Executive Director, available in the summer of 2024.

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale

Based in San Francisco, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale (Philharmonia) inspires audiences in the Bay Area and throughout the world with historically informed performances of music from the Baroque to early Romantic periods, as well as music of our time, using period-specific instruments and vocal techniques that capture the style, spirit, and distinctive sound of the time in which it was written. Philharmonia engages audiences through its Bay Area series and through national and international tours, recordings, commissions, and educational programs. Philharmonia has been recognized as “America’s leading historically informed ensemble” by The New York Times and was named “Ensemble of the Year” in 2004 by Musical America.

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra was founded in 1981 by harpsichordist Laurette Goldberg. Music Director Emeritus Nicholas McGegan led Philharmonia for the next 35 years. Richard Egarr has been Music Director for the past four years. The 2024-25 season will introduce audiences to four conductors who aspire to lead the organization as it enters its next chapter. The Chorale was founded in 1995 and has been led by Valérie Sainte-Agathe since 2022.

Philharmonia’s musicians are leaders in historical performance around the country and many serve on the faculties of The Juilliard School, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and Stanford University. Philharmonia has engaged in artistic collaborations with The Juilliard School, Dunedin Consort, Mark Morris Dance Group, and the American Modern Opera Company (AMOC), and has performed at world-renowned venues and festivals including Carnegie Hall, The Concertgebouw, Lincoln Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Caramoor Summer Music Festival, and Tanglewood.

Among the most recorded orchestras in the world, Philharmonia boasts a discography of nearly 50 recordings, including a coveted archival performance of mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson in Berlioz’s Les nuits d’été, and a GRAMMY®-nominated recording of Haydn symphonies. Under the creative leadership of Music Director Richard Egarr, Philharmonia significantly expanded its digital presence with more than 100 virtual programs in its 2021-22 season alone.

The 2024-2025 season includes five subscription programs, each presented in San Francisco, Palo Alto, and Berkeley. Three of the five subscription programs in Palo Alto take place at Bing Concert Hall in a co-presentation with Stanford Live. The 2024-25 season also includes a continuation of Philharmonia’s Jews & Music initiative, now in its tenth season.

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale is governed by a Board of Directors and has a staff team of nine full-time and two part-time employees. Sharon Dolan is Interim Executive Director. The current operating budget is $3.2 million.

The Opportunity

The next Executive Director (ED) of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale will bring administrative leadership to an internationally recognized ensemble with a rich history of artistic accomplishment as the organization builds on that success, recalibrates its operations, and sets bold new artistic goals for the years ahead. The ED will join the organization at a critical decision time as Philharmonia selects and appoints a new Music Director. The ED will have the opportunity to forge a partnership with the new Music Director in developing an artistic vision for the future.

The Position

The Executive Director is the chief administrative officer of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale. The ED provides leadership, vision, and sound management to ensure that Philharmonia fulfills its mission and achieves its short- and long-term goals for artistic, financial, and organizational success. The ED ensures that the principles of equity, diversity, inclusion, and access are embedded and reflected in Philharmonia’s programs and operations.

The Executive Director is responsible and accountable for overseeing all aspects of Philharmonia’s administration and operations, including: strategic planning; budgeting and financial management; fundraising; marketing, communications, and public relations; artistic administration and concert production; orchestra relations and collective bargaining negotiations; electronic media; education and community engagement; and advocacy.

The Executive Director recruits, motivates, and supervises a highly effective administrative team. The ED provides administrative support to the Board of Directors and ensures that the Board and its committees have timely and accurate information to assist their decision-making. The ED works as a partner with the President of the Board to develop the Board and to ensure that the Board fulfills its governance responsibilities.

The Executive Director takes a leadership role in the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of philanthropy from all sources, and ensures that Philharmonia’s fundraising goals are met. The ED provides guidance, impetus, and support to the fundraising efforts of the Board.

The Executive Director oversees the development, implementation, and management of operating budget and establishes budget accountability throughout the organization. The ED monitors the budget, including cash flow, and makes adjustments as needed.

The Executive Director oversees the work of the marketing team in achieving revenue goals and expanding Philharmonia’s audience through effective branding, ticket sales campaigns, promotions, and activities that increase audience engagement.

The Executive Director is a partner to the Music Director in realizing the organization’s artistic vision. The ED fosters an environment that supports Philharmonia’s artistic goals and ensures that Philharmonia enjoys primacy of place among opportunities available to the finest period-instrument musicians working in the field today.

The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors through the President and oversees an administrative team that includes the General Manager, Director of Development, Director of Marketing and Communications, and Director of Finance and Administration. Other staff positions include the Director of Artistic Planning, Director of Operations and Patron Services, Director of Education, Development Manager, Marketing Manager, Production Coordinator, Office Coordinator, and Orchestra Librarian.

Philharmonia offers a hybrid work environment, but requires in-person attendance in the Philharmonia's office on a regular schedule. In addition, it requires the ability to attend evening and weekend performances and events and occasional travel.


Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate will be an experienced executive who combines a passion for music with a track record of success in fundraising, financial management, and audience development. Prior experience as a chief administrator is strongly preferred. The successful candidate will have a work history that reflects a commitment to the principles of equity, diversity, and access and to fostering an organizational culture of inclusion and belonging.

The successful candidate will have a strong working knowledge of music and the business of music, including commissioning, touring, recording, and electronic media. Specific interest in 17th, 18th and early 19th century repertoire and historically-informed performance practices, although not required, will be considered a plus.

The successful candidate will have the demonstrated ability to work effectively with a music director, professional musicians, and other creative and performing artists in a collective bargaining environment.

The successful candidate will be a willing and enthusiastic fundraiser with the demonstrated ability to set, achieve, and exceed goals for contributed income from all sources. Experience with endowment and special project fundraising will be an asset. The candidate will have the proven ability to oversee the design and implementation of effective marketing and ticket sales campaigns that build audiences for both live and virtual performances.

The successful candidate will be an effective manager of people, programs, and projects. The candidate will be able to speak and write persuasively about Philharmonia. The candidate will have strong budgeting and financial management skills and the demonstrated ability to manage cash flow. The candidate will be a strategic thinker with excellent planning skills. The successful candidate will have the ability to attract talented professional staff and to inspire both staff and volunteers to meet and exceed expectations.

The successful candidate will be creative, innovative, curious, and collaborative. The candidate will be a person of integrity, high energy, and optimism. The successful candidate will welcome the opportunity to become an active participant in the cultural life of the San Francisco Bay Area community and in the broader international music community that shares a similar artistic mission.


The compensation range for this position is $180,000 - $220,000 per year depending on qualifications and experience.


Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access in all facets of the organization and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of age, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, religion, national origin, and any other identities that require protection under the law.

Please prepare a cover letter that describes your specific interest in Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale and outlines your qualifications for the position. Send with a resumé and contact information for at least three professional references. Electronic submissions are requested. All applications will be treated as confidential and references will not be called without the candidate’s knowledge and agreement.

Please send materials to:

Philharmonia Baroque – Executive Director

c/o Catherine French Group

2500 Q Street NW, Suite 623

Washington, DC 20007

Please submit material in Adobe PDF format,

While this position will remain open until filled, applicants are encouraged to submit materials by early June when the Search Committee will begin to review credentials.

Job ID: 73484939
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