Open Positions:

To apply for any of these positions please follow application instructions listed under each position.

The Gulf Coast Symphony is an equal opportunity employer.  No calls please.

  • Substitute Musicians

    The Gulf Coast Symphony invites professional musicians to audition for our per-service Substitute Musicians Roster. All musicians must audition in person to be approved and included on the roster. Acceptance onto the substitute roster is not a guarantee of employment, nor a guarantee of any specific number of services.

    Musicians must be prepared to play an excerpt from a solo concerto in addition to choosing any 2 orchestra excerpts listed on our audition excerpt list (see below). Sight-reading will also be a part of this audition.

    You must be able to legally work in the United States. 

    In our continued commitment to diversity, Gulf Coast Symphony strongly encourages any musician of any race, ethnicity, identity, and ability to submit an audition.

    Auditions, by invitation only, will be held September 14 – 16 at the Music and Arts Center located at 13411 Shire Lane in Fort Myers, FL, 33912.

    To Apply

    The application for Substitute Musician roster is available at Acceptd.com.  To apply click here

    For a list of excerpts, click here.

    If you have any questions in completing any phase of the application process, contact the Gulf Coast Symphony through the messaging tool in your online application. Emails may be sent to [email protected] No calls please.

    Gulf Coast Symphony is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Access across all levels of our organization and strongly encourage all qualified applicants to apply. 

  • Gulf Coast Orchestra Fellowship (Jan to May 2023)

    Fellowship Program

    The Gulf Coast Symphony invites musicians to audition for the inaugural class of the Orchestral Fellowship. Another six musicians will be chosen to be part of our 2022-2023 class. This is commitment extends from January 2023 to May 2023. These paid fellowships offer a guaranteed fee of $135 per service for performances, plus additional pay for outreach opportunities. This program is geared to graduates of professional music programs who are in the earlier stages of their professional career. You must be able to work in the United States, be able to play all services offered, and have local housing in the Southwest Florida area.

    The following fellowships will be available for the 2022/23 season: 1 violin, 1 viola, 1 clarinet; 1 bassoon; 1 horn; 1 trumpet

    Fellows will not only serve as principal players in the Gulf Coast Chamber Orchestras and also as needed in the Gulf Coast Symphony, but will also curate a series of chamber music concerts and other programs to further their individual artistic curiosities and points of view. Fellows will also serve as guest coaches for various Gulf Coast Symphony educational initiatives. Additional opportunities for performances will be made available throughout the season and personal projects in music will be encouraged and supported by the Symphony. For this reason, an in person audition and interview is required for those candidates selected.

    Following your initial video audition, selected instrumentalist will be invited for in-person auditions in Fort Myers Florida.

    The auditions will be held early January 2023 at the Music and Arts Center located at 13411 Shire Lane in Fort Myers, FL, 33912.

    Job type: Part-time, per service; January 2023 to May 2023

    Apply

    The application process is available at Acceptd.com.  To apply click here

    For a copy of audition excerpts, click here

    If you have any questions in completing any phase of the application process, contact the Gulf Coast Symphony through the messaging tool in your online application. Emails may be sent to [email protected] No calls please.

    Gulf Coast Symphony is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Access across all levels of our organization and strongly encourage all qualified applicants to apply. 

  • House Manager

    Job Description: House Manager, Music & Arts Community Center 

    Type of Employment: Hourly (Non-exempt)

    Pay Rate: $15/hr (overtime after 40 hours per week)

    Expected Start Date: January 8, 2023

    The Orchestra:

    Now entering its 28th Anniversary season, the Gulf Coast Symphony (GCS) is one of the most dynamic and innovative orchestras in the United States. The primary goal of the Gulf Coast Symphony is to Create Community through Music. The organization boasts three primary performance groups: a full symphony orchestra composed of both professional and auditioned community members, a fully professional chamber orchestra, and its jazz collective.  High-quality performances with both world-renowned and emerging artists, a history of active community engagement, and commitment to arts education are cornerstone characteristics of the organization.  Professionally managed and led, it produces fourteen to sixteen concerts each season in the premiere performing arts venue in Lee County, Florida, the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, plus another 100 nights of concerts at its new, more intimate venue, and educational hub, its Music & Arts Community Center. Additionally, numerous educational outreach events, outdoor concerts, and other activities each year. GCS also runs MusicWorks! an after-school El Sistema program.  The concert season includes musicals, ballet, classical, pops, opera, jazz, chamber music, world music and other genres. The GCS is committed to performing a broad variety of concerts and creating a diverse, innovative and balanced program of performances, events, community and education projects which reaches the widest possible public, year-round. The organization has a current annual budget of $2.5 million dollars.  

    Central Role: Job Description: House Manager

    Summary: The House Manager is the primary front of house staff member for performances at the Music & Arts Community Center. In each shift they will train and lead a team of volunteer ushers to welcome patrons and ensure safe and orderly patron operations for concerts and events. Work is assigned and supervised by the Director of the Music & Arts Community Center. House Manager will work closely with the Box Office, Production team, and the administrative team to facilitate performances at the Music & Arts Community Center (MACC) in Fort Myers, FL. Assignments are expected to be carried out under limited supervision at the Music & Arts Community Center.  House Manager will need sound judgment, excellent time management skills, and internal motivation. 

    Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

    • Coordinate schedules for volunteer ushers, conduct nightly usher orientation
    • Serve as primary front of house personnel at MACC performances   
    • Provide operational and administrative support as needed
    • Attending company meetings as needed

    As the business evolves, so may this role. These duties may change as Symphony’s leadership identifies the need at any time.

    Requirements:

    • Estimated 10-20 hours per week, depending on performance schedule
    • Weekend and night hours required
    • Strong background in face-to-face customer service
    • Ability to stand and walk for extended periods of time (up to 3 hours), work includes standing, stooping, pushing and lifting 25 pounds occasionally
    • Ability to supervise lower-level employees as necessary
    • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing

    Desirable but not Required

    • Experience working as front of house staff for a  music, theater or other performance venue
    • Knowledge of the arts, theater and/or symphonic music is extremely helpful. 
    • Experience with industry-specific venue management practices
    • Experience with Tessitura (our ticketing system) or similar platform

    Gulf Coast Symphony is willing to teach successful candidates about specific practices unique to the performing arts industry as well as provide specific training on current software platforms.

    How to apply:

    To apply please send resume, cover letter and three professional references to [email protected]

    The Gulf Coast Symphony is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates for employment are considered without regard to race, color, sex, creed, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, non-job related disability, or marital status.

  • Stage Crew

    Type of Employment: Hourly (Part-time, seasonal, non-exempt)

    Pay Rate: $11-$20 hourly, dependent on qualifications

    Expected Start Date: January 2023

    The Orchestra

    Now entering its 28th season, the Gulf Coast Symphony (GCS) is one of the most dynamic and innovative orchestras in the United States. The primary goal of the Gulf Coast Symphony to Create Community through Music. The organization boasts three primary performance groups: a full symphony orchestra comprised of both professional and auditioned community members, a fully professional chamber orchestra, and its jazz collective.  High-quality performances with both world-renowned and emerging artists, a history of active community engagement, and commitment to arts education are cornerstone characteristics of the organization.  Professionally managed and led, it produces fourteen to sixteen concerts each season in the premiere performing arts venue in Lee County, Florida, the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, plus another 100 nights of concerts at its new, more intimate venue, and educational hub, its Music & Arts Community Center. Additionally, numerous educational outreach events, outdoor concerts, and other activities each year. GCS also runs MusicWorks! an after-school El Sistema program.  The concert season includes musicals, ballet, classical, pops, opera, jazz, chamber music, world music and other genres. The GCS is committed to performing a broad variety of concerts and creating a diverse, innovative and balanced program of performances, events, community and education projects which reaches the widest possible public, year round. The organization has a current annual budget of $2.7 million dollars.  

    Central Role:

    The Gulf Coast Symphony seeks Stage Crew Member(s) to assist in production operations at the Music and Arts Community Center and other local venues. Responsibilities include the installation of lighting, sound, video, and orchestral equipment, operation of lighting and video equipment, and provide assistance as run crew during live productions. The Stage Crew Member will work directly with the Technical Director and production staff to assist in the completion of duties to create high quality productions for our community.

    Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

    • Attending monthly remote and in-person production meetings.
    • Production equipment setup and operation at the Music & Arts Community Center and other local venues.
    • Assist with load-in and load-out of production equipment.
    • Work directly with the Technical Director and production staff to complete duties in an efficient and safe manner.
    • Ability to work and clearly communicate with other production staff.

    As the business evolves, so may this role. These duties may change as Symphony’s leadership identifies the need at any time.

    Requirements

    • The ideal candidate will be solutions-oriented, think critically, and solve problems within a team environment.
    • Ability to regularly lift 30 pounds and occasionally lift 80 lbs. 
    • Commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and access.
    • Commitment to continuous improvement and ongoing learning.
    • Able to provide proof of vaccination and any required booster against COVID-19.

    Desirable but not Required

    • Knowledge of the arts, theater and/or symphonic music is extremely helpful.
    • Knowledge of production equipment.

    Gulf Coast Symphony is willing to teach successful candidates about specific practices unique to the performing arts industry as well as provide specific training on current equipment.

    How to apply:

    To apply please send resume, cover letter and three professional references to [email protected]

    The Gulf Coast Symphony is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates for employment are considered without regard to race, color, sex, creed, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, non-job related disability, or marital status.

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