Chamber Music Northwest, Artistic Director

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Chamber Music NW



January, 2018

Chamber Music Northwest will consider an individual, a pair of individuals, or a collaborative ensemble as candidates to serve as its next Artistic Director.

Position Overview

Under the general strategic direction of the CMNW Board of Directors, the Artistic Director will conceive, articulate and implement the artistic vision for CMNW, building on the organization’s reputation as an internationally recognized music producer and presenter known for artistic excellence, innovation and creative diversity.  The Artistic Director reports to the Board of Directors, with direct review by the Board Executive Committee.

Ideal candidates will be critically acclaimed musicians with extensive performance experience, and will be engaging, enthusiastic, and persuasive advocates and ambassadors for chamber music in all its diversity.  Candidates should possess extensive and ongoing professional relationships with concert artists, composers and artist representatives, and an understanding of the dynamics of artists working together in ensembles. Equally important, candidates will have a vision for both preserving and advancing chamber music into the future through education and support of young and early-career musicians, development of new music, exploration of innovative venues, styles of presentation, and audience engagement.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Throughout the year, in communication with the Board of Directors, provide overall musical leadership to CMNW by establishing and articulating the artistic direction of music programming.
  • Continue to broaden the exposure of audiences to music drawn from a wide range of cultures.
  • Develop program concepts for the CMNW Summer Festival, and for all other CMNW produced and presented concerts.  Provide oversight for education and community outreach activities.
  • Select musicians of the highest possible artistic quality from a diverse population of artists. Oversee, direct and review their CMNW professional activities.  Book the artists, coordinate their Portland presences for specific dates, and build programs and rehearsal schedules in collaboration with the artists and ensembles.
  • Implement dynamic musical programming that will recognize varied audiences, innovation, and the basic chamber music canon.
  • Represent CMNW as an advocate and ambassador in the Chamber Music and Classical Music fields.
  • Work together with the Board of Directors to guide, enhance and implement near, mid and long range artistic plans.
  • Program each season within the approved annual budget, which has a two-year ongoing planning horizon and commitment of financial support.
  • Be present in Portland as much as possible for the CMNW Summer Festival (June/July) and other planned concert periods throughout the year.
  • Serve as a member of the CMNW Commissioning Committee and assist this committee in the research, identification, selection and commissioning of new works.
  • Meet regularly in person, or by phone, with the Board of Directors during scheduled meetings.
  • Represent and promote CMNW – its artistic vision, programs and need for financial support – to audiences, current and prospective donors, at cultivation events and during solicitation visits.
  • Work with, and supervise as appropriate, artistic operations support staff.


  • Highly esteemed, critically acclaimed musician, with extensive performance experience.
  • Engaging and persuasive communicator comfortable as spokesperson on stage.  Enthusiastic about being a public figure sharing the vision for CMNW with Board members, current and potential supporters, community at large, media and others.
  • Possesses deep, extensive and ongoing professional relationships with concert artists, composers, artist managers and representatives.  Understands the dynamics of artists working together in ensembles.
  • Has a full understanding of the musical architecture inherent in programming a festival, and an awareness of trends in the classical music industry as they relate to artists, composers and audience development.
  • Committed to engaging CMNW with the Portland community through educational and community initiatives.
  • Passion for leading chamber music into the future through education and support of young and early-career musicians, development of new music, and exploration, and where appropriate, implementation of innovative venues and styles of presentation.
  • Able to work effectively with operational, marketing, financial and development staff.  Skilled at managing staff assigned for support. 

Compensation and Hiring Schedule:

Compensation will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. 

Interested candidates should submit the following application materials by March 1, 2018:

  • A cover letter highlighting career achievements and unique qualifications to serve in this dynamic leadership role, and expressing your artistic vision and philosophy.
  • A resume or CV that includes details of your musical and leadership experience and qualifications.
  • Optional links to any website or online content or media you would like to share.

The Artistic Director Designee’s first season will begin in the fall of 2020 and conclude with the 2021 Summer Festival. To allow adequate planning time for this season, initial interviews will occur in the spring/summer of 2018. Finalists will then participate in formal interviews and activities during the 2019 Summer Festival. The Designee will be selected and contracted in the fall of 2019 to allow a full year of planning for the 2020-21 season. It is also desirable that the Designee be available to participate in some capacity, and by specific invitation from the current Artistic Director, in the 2019-20 season. Full engagement will commence after the conclusion of the current Artistic Director’s final season in September 2020.

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Location: Portland, OR
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