Music Director Search


Music Director/YSI Conductor

Working closely with the Executive Director and the Board of Directors, the Music Director is responsible for managing all artistic and educational aspects of the organization, and implementing the policies set by the Board of Directors. The Music Director reports to the Executive Director.


Leadership/Artistic Planning:

  • Work with the Executive Director to develop and sustain operational policies and procedures consistent with the Mission, Vision, and Core Values of the organization, and to carry out the HYS Strategic Plan.
  • Oversee the repertoire and educational offerings for each HYS program, as defined by the Strategic Plan.
  • Work to balance classical canon with new works, and integrate local music/musicians where appropriate.
  • Oversee audition processes for all programs. Work with the conducting staff and program staff to ensure equitable audition practices, including repertoire selection and judge selection.
  • Oversee student progression in all programs.
  • Work with the Executive Director to secure guest clinicians, artists, soloists, and composers.
  • Oversee musical and educational aspects of the Pacific Music Institute.
  • Work with staff and faculty to develop new programs, including small ensembles.


  • Conduct all Youth Symphony I concerts, rehearsals, and events. Youth Symphony I is HYS’ most advanced symphony orchestra, and is typically composed of 90-100 students from grades 9-12. The Youth Symphony I season calendar typically involves the Na Mele Gala Fundraiser, the Winter Concert, (2) Listen & Learn Concerts, a Neighbor Island Community Service Tour (3 concerts), the Spring Concert, and the Aloha Concert Luncheon.
  • Plan and prepare season repertoire.
  • Provide service as “cover conductor” for other orchestras, as needed.
  • Conduct the Symphony Orchestra for the Pacific Music Institute.
  • Attend all performances, oversee acoustical balances and “sound check” rehearsals with soloists/guest artists.
  • Lead or coach additional rehearsals or sectionals as needed.
  • Attend additional performances by subsets of HYS, such as chamber groups, for special events, including donor events and public outreach. These events may be added throughout the season and will be scheduled with as much notice as possible.

Outreach/Community Engagement:

  • Play an active, dynamic role in media events and fund-raising activities.
  • Act as an ambassador for HYS both in concert and at certain community events.
  • Work proactively and collaboratively to create and/or deepen relationships with performing arts organizations, schools, universities, community partners, and funders.


  • Communicate with the Operations Manager and Programs Manager to facilitate all concert production needs, including staging, instrumentation, rehearsal scheduling, concert timing, and guest artist management.
  • Oversee and evaluate all music staff. Perform annual performance evaluations, consistent with the Mission and Vision of the organization.
  • Maintain current understanding of, and effectively utilize computer programs relative to, Music Director responsibilities.
  • Lead professional development opportunities for conducting staff.
  • Attend monthly Board of Directors meetings and provide Music Director report.


The ideal candidate will:

  • Maintain the highest artistic and educational standards while remaining supportive, patient, and approachable.
  • Display flexibility, transparency and openness.
  • Combine respect for HYS’ distinguished legacy with the courage to innovate, offering fresh vision, methods and style.
  • Serve as a role model for students and staff.
  • Represent HYS’ highest ideals to the local community and music world at large.
  • Possess excellent communication skills. 


  • Orchestral conducting experience and broad knowledge of orchestral repertoire, concert programming, and adolescent musical development.
  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) required; a music performance degree preferred.
  • Fluency in English and ability to communicate effectively to high school students, staff, parents, and a wide range of audience members.
  • Ability to articulate and demonstrate a deep appreciation for, understanding of, and sensitivity to the needs of high performing youth.

Due to the nature of the position, the Music Director/YSI Conductor is expected to reside in or near Honolulu, HI.

Additional Salary Information: Salary commensurate with experience. Benefits include: Medical and Dental Insurance; Employee Programs and Discounts; Temporary Disability Insurance; Group Term Life Insurance & Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance; Workers’ Compensation; Flexible Spending Program; Paid Time-Off Program and Company Paid Holidays; 403(b) Retirement Plan; Pre-Tax Commute Plan, Section 132; Individual Retirement Account (IRA); Tuition Assistance; Personal Development & Learning Opportunities