Vice President of Artistic Planning

Led by Music Director Thomas Dausgaard, the Seattle Symphony unleashes the power of music, brings people together and lifts the human spirit. Recognized as one of the “most vital American orchestras” (NPR), the Seattle Symphony is internationally acclaimed for its inventive programming, community-minded initiatives and superb recordings on the Seattle Symphony Media label. With a strong commitment to new music and a legacy of over 150 recordings, the orchestra has garnered five Grammy Awards, 26 Grammy nominations, two Emmy Awards and was named Gramophone’s 2018 Orchestra of the Year. The Symphony performs in Benaroya Hall in the heart of downtown Seattle from September through July, reaching over 500,000 people annually through live performances and radio broadcasts.

Position Overview:

The Vice President of Artistic Planning is a senior member of the Seattle Symphony’s management team and reports to the President & CEO. The Vice President is responsible for leading and executing the Seattle Symphony’s multi-year artistic strategies in collaboration and consultation with Music Director and President & CEO. In addition to overseeing all programming for the Seattle Symphony including pops and popular culture concerts, the Vice President also oversees the programming for Benaroya Hall (which includes S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall and Octave 9: Raisbeck Music Center) including presenting touring ensembles and artists. This position requires both attention to detail and flexibility, and someone who embraces and exemplifies the Seattle Symphony values: Excellence, Innovation, Curiosity, Collaboration, Respect, Inclusivity, Integrity, and Service.


  • BA in Music or Arts Management or equivalent; MA preferred
  • Progressive artistic planning experience and responsibility working in a leadership role within an orchestra
  • Deep knowledge and understanding of classical as well as popular music repertoire; local, national and international landscape of classical music field and industry trends
  • Demonstrated success at managing relationships with conductors, instrumental soloists, composers and their agents/managers/publishers, and the ability to negotiate advantageous performance fees and contracts in balance with achieving the artistic vision of the SSO
  • Experience supervising and mentoring colleagues
  • Experience developing and managing budgets
  • International touring experience desired

Essential Job Functions:

  • Lead and implement the artistic strategy for the Seattle Symphony in consultation and collaboration with the Music Director, President & CEO, Artistic, Operations, Marketing, and Education and Community Engagement Teams
  • Negotiate guest artist fees and supervise process for guest artist contract, travel details, visa application and hospitality while performing with the Seattle Symphony
  • Develop and maintain relationships with guest conductors, soloists, composers and other artists, as well as managers and/or business agents for artists
  • Continually search for and identify top-level artists, conductors, composers, program concepts, and other ideas to keep Seattle Symphony programming artistically fresh, innovative, and aligned with the long term strategic artistic vision of the orchestra. Travel as necessary to evaluate or cultivate people and ideas.
  • Create and implement a plan for commissioning projects, in collaboration and consultation with the Music Director and President & CEO
  • Act as the primary staff liaison for the Artistic Advisory Committee of the Board of Directors
  • Supervise all members of the Seattle Symphony’s conducting staff
  • Oversee Seattle Symphony Chorale activities
  • In partnership with the VP & General Manager and Operations Team, optimize the scheduling of orchestra services
  • Oversee expense management for Artistic Department budget
  • Participate in the development of overall institutional policies and plans with other senior staff and the President & CEO
  • Mentor and develop Artistic Administration staff, facilitating success of the department personnel by assessment of their work, coaching and performance review, and strategies for improvement.
  • As requested, meet and speak with community groups to increase awareness of and interest in the orchestra, and encourage greater involvement in all Seattle Symphony activities
  • Assist in building relationships with key donors and stakeholders to help raise funds for the Seattle Symphony
  • Represent artistic and programming perspectives to donors, board members and volunteers.
  • Collaborate with Development Department on grant writing, reporting and other materials to ensure the financial success of the artistic programming


Please submit a cover letter and resume to

The Seattle Symphony values diversity and inclusiveness in the workplace. Individuals who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives are encouraged to apply. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunity (EOE) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, the Seattle Symphony will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

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