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About the HPO

For over a century, the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra has presented orchestral music and education programs with a mission to enrich the wellbeing of the greater Hamilton region. Music Director Gemma New and the professional musicians of the HPO present dynamic orchestral performances ranging from standard classical repertoire to popular music and world premieres by living composers. As one of Canada’s leading professional orchestras, the HPO has proudly contributed to the shaping of Hamilton’s cultural landscape and continues to uphold values of high calibre, inclusive and accessible orchestral music and education for all.

The HPO is proud to lead the Hamilton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (HPYO) as our pillar education program. The HPYO is the foremost student-based symphony orchestra in the Greater Hamilton Region operating with effective governance, expert artistic direction and committed volunteers. Founded by Glenn Mallory in 1965, the HPYO has given the joy and discipline of orchestral music to hundreds of young people and has delighted the thousands for whom they have played.

Admission is by audition only and the orchestra consists of 65 to 90 young musicians ranging in age from 12 to 24. After a successful audition, each young musician must make a yearlong commitment to regular rehearsals and performances. Youth orchestra musicians regularly represent more than 20 schools throughout the Greater Hamilton region, and there are more than 2,000 alumni in a wide range of professions, including two current members of the HPYO.


Equal Opportunity Commitment

The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra cultivates a work environment that encourages fairness and respect among all employees. We are committed to maintaining a work atmosphere in which people of diverse backgrounds may grow personally and professionally. We are an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate against an employee or applicant because of race, religion, gender, national origin, ethnicity, age, physical disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, or veteran status in hiring. Opportunity is provided to all employees based on qualifications and job requirements.


The Role:

The Education and Youth Orchestra Manager is responsible for leading HPO’s music education and youth orchestra programs. Working closely with the Executive Director and youth orchestra Music Director, The Education and Youth Orchestra Manager is charged with planning, creating, implementing and evaluating programs that encourage patrons of all ages to participate in and learn about orchestral music.


Specific responsibilities include:

Education and Outreach:

  • Creating music education programs for school aged children (K-12) and music appreciation programs for the community at large
  • Developing age-appropriate music programs that adhere to provincial curriculum guidelines and developing lasting relationships with schools and community partners
  • Collaborating with the Executive Director, Artistic Manager, Composer-in-Residence and administrative staff to develop program goals and themes
  • Creating or sourcing “Teacher’s Guides” and similar support materials where appropriate and managing distribution to schools and partners
  • Overseeing the maintenance of the HPO’s education program inventory
  • Planning all pre-performances/talks with community partners, including technical needs
  • Evaluating all programming to ensure internal goals are met and appropriate community impact is realized
  • Managing school and community partner engagements, including participant analysis, disability access needs and executing paperwork
  • Invoicing schools and partners for education programming, as required
  • Working with HPO Personnel Manager and Artistic Administrator to hire HPO musicians for education and community programming
  • Working with HPO marketing team on education marketing goals, plans, collateral and materials
  • Managing program evaluations and gathering feedback from community partners


Youth Orchestra (HPYO):

The Hamilton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (HPYO) Manager is responsible for overall youth orchestra program and communication management. The HPYO Manager is the primary point of contact for youth orchestra families and students, as well as the Music Director, coaches and guest artists.

The HPYO is currently made up of two orchestras; The Concert Orchestra and Philharmonic Orchestra. Young musicians are seated based on annual auditions.

Responsibilities include:

  • Coordinating all activities for the HPYO, including attending and supervising all HPYO rehearsals and concerts
  • Providing weekly updates for HPYO students and families, and respond promptly and diplomatically to all inquiries
  • Working with HPYO Music Director and/or conductor(s) to develop the season schedule and secure the necessary facility and equipment rentals
  • Working with HPO’s Personnel Manager to coordinate the hiring of all coaches
  • Coordinating repertoire selections with HPYO conductor(s) and HPO librarian to ensure timely distribution of music to HPYO students and coaches
  • Working with the venue partner to manage booking and payment for all production assistants and onsite crew
  • Promoting and managing HPYO auditions, including outreach to educators and schools and communication with potential student participants and their families
  • Working with HPO staff to coordinate marketing and fundraising communications to increase awareness of, and participation in, the HPYO
  • Working with the Executive Director to develop and manage HPYO’s annual budget
  • Coordinating the distribution of music, including bowings and other administrative forms as required for students and parents
  • Maintaining a positive relationship with venues and ensure that all venue policies are followed
  • Initiating and maintaining relationships with schoolteachers to increase awareness of and participation in HPYO’s program

Qualifications and skills:

  • University or college qualification in music or arts administration preferred
  • Experience working in the music education field as well as knowledge of music education pedagogy, research, as well as local and non-local priorities and trends
  • Experience working with youth orchestra or music education program an asset
  • Previous experience as a participant in a youth performing arts program an asset
  • Highly organized and self-motivated
  • Excellent communication and listening skills; comfort with public speaking
  • Enthusiasm for working with young musicians and parents
  • Interest in working in a fast-paced environment
  • The ability to work as part of small, dynamic staff team
  • The ability to prioritize tasks and lead volunteers
  • Familiarity with MailChimp and social media platforms is desirable but not required
  • Availability to work on weekends for all rehearsals, performances and other activities
  • Access to reliable transportation

Interpersonal Skills:  

  • Demonstrated ability to thrive in and contribute to an integrated and collaborative team environment and to apply a positive team approach to working with colleagues
  • Customer service-oriented, problem-solving attitude
  • Genuine interest in the mission of the HPO and in the arts


How to Apply:

Please send resume and cover letter to


Application deadline: Application review begins immediately; applications will be accepted until position is filled.


HPO’s Vaccination Policy

To prevent the infection and spread of COVID-19, and as an integral part of its public health and safety measures, The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra requires that all successful applicants show proof of full vaccination by a government-approved COVID-19 vaccine before beginning employment, unless an exemption from this policy has been granted.  Applicants who need an accommodation of this policy due to medical reasons should inform the HPO during the interview process. Please do not include any medical information on your application materials.