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Please note – Due to the precautionary measures in place with regards to COVID-19, CSO 2020 auditions have been postponed. Auditions will be rescheduled when practicable – in the meantime, please direct any queries to Annette Brown, Acting Orchestra Manager, via

Orchestral Operations Manager

Reports to CEO
Full time position based in Canberra
Salary: $65,000 – 75,000 plus super, negotiable based on skills and experience


The Canberra Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is a professional part-time orchestra that enriches the cultural life of the Canberra region through the presentation of classic and contemporary symphonic works and a diverse suite of ensemble and community programs. The professional orchestral organisation of the nation’s capital, the CSO also champions the work of Australian composers and provides pathways for emerging musicians.


An opportunity has arisen for a motivated arts management professional to join the CSO as part of its administrative team. Working to the CEO and with the artistic leadership team, other CSO staff and orchestral musicians, this Canberra-based role will be responsible for ensuring the scheduling and production of all CSO orchestral and ensemble performances to a high standard, including musical services for commercial and community activities, in line with the CSO’s artistic vision and annual programming.

The successful applicant will demonstrate a passion for delivering high quality music experiences; proven experience in and knowledge of the orchestral environment; sound and nuanced practical judgement; capacity to model performance requirements and effective use of resources; and project management skills to ensure timely delivery of programs.

The Orchestral Operations Manager will be required to:

  • Coordinate and deliver regular live music performances on stage, considering venues, logistics, engagement of musicians, budget, workplace conditions and related factors.
  • Model costs, resources, musical and technical requirements and timelines for programs, events and activities, including forward planning across multiple seasons.
  • Advise on logistics, venues and CSO operational capacity to deliver programs, supervise operational requirements and manage end-to-end processes for rehearsals and performances, including coordinating outdoor orchestral events, adhering to best practice workplace conditions.
  • Engage a range of high-quality musicians across local and national networks, including coordinating auditions and player rosters.
  • Collaborate effectively with internal and external stakeholders to implement CSO’s artistic vision, objectives and strategies, always exercising discretion and sound judgement.

Other desirable attributes:

  • A compelling view of the impact that orchestral and ensemble performance has on its community and audiences.
  • A functional knowledge of and respect for the business and administrative operations of a large performing arts organisation, including governance, event management, philanthropy, and external relations and marketing.
  • Awareness of the particular musical resources and conditions in Canberra that affect the orchestra’s capacity to deliver its programs at a standard of excellence.
  • Commitment to providing optimal performance conditions for CSO musicians and improvements to the musician experience.
  • The ability to cultivate networks and to effectively represent the CSO in a professional manner in all contexts.

To express your interest or enquire confidentially: 

Please submit your expression of interest, briefly outlining your relevant experience and suitability to the role (maximum two pages), together with your CV, to the CEO, Rachel Thomas, via

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Please note – the recruitment process for the Orchestral Operations Manager role has been suspended. However, enquiries and expressions of interest may still be directed to