VP, Artistic Planning

The Minnesota Orchestra is the largest performing arts organization in the state and one of America’s top symphonic ensembles. Now in its second century, the Orchestra continues a tradition of world-renowned artistic excellence, adventurous programming, and a visionary commitment to building the orchestra of tomorrow, under the musical direction of Osmo Vänskä. 

The Vice President of Artistic Planning creates and develops the vision for the artistic planning and programming of the MOA in consultation with the Music Director and the Artistic Planning Group (composed of musicians, artistic staff members and the Music Director) (“APG”).  The Vice President is responsible for initiating and sustaining the MOA’s relationships with conductors, instrumental soloists, composers and other artists (“guest artists”).


  • Lead and implement the process for creating the artistic vision and programming for the MOA, in consultation and collaboration with the Music Director and the APG.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with guest conductors, soloists, composers and other artists, as well as managers and / or business agents for artists.
  • Travel as necessary to attend performances by other artists or ensembles to identify and assess talent, and to identify trends or opportunities in the areas of repertoire, concert format and / or programming.
  • Develop the master schedule for the Orchestra, in conjunction with the Vice President of Orchestra Administration, and the Vice President of Marketing and Guest Relations.
  • Oversee development of, and adherence to, the artistic budget within financial parameters of the MOA; create financial projections as needed for planning purposes.
  • Assist in developing regional, national and international performance, recording and broadcast opportunities for the Minnesota Orchestra.
  • Negotiate guest artist fees.
  • Supervise process for guest artist contract issuance, travel details, visa applications, and hospitality / accommodations while performing with the MOA.
  • Create and implement the MOA’s plan for commissioning projects, in consultation with the Music Director and the APG.
  • Supervise MOA staff conductor(s).


  • Degree in Music or Arts Administration.
  • Progressive experience and responsibility working in an artistic leadership role within an orchestra.
  • Demonstrated success at managing relationships with conductors, instrumental soloists, composers and their agents / managers / publishers.
  • Experience in negotiating performance fees and contracts.
  • Collaborative and team-oriented leader, with a proven track record of successfully creating and implementing programs.
  • Ability to communicate effectively (verbally and in writing) with all constituents: colleagues, guest artists, donors and community members.
  • Experience supervising and mentoring colleagues.
  • Experience creating and managing budgets.


  • Must be able to travel independently (with or without accommodation).
  • Must be able to read and speak English proficiently.
  • Must be able to use a computer (with or without accommodation).


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Minnesota Orchestral Association
1111 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis , MN 55403
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The Minnesota Orchestra is committed to building a diverse and inclusive workplace.  We welcome and encourage applicants from all racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds.  The Minnesota Orchestra embraces its commitment to equal opportunity for all applicants, regardless of race, color, creed, gender, religion, age, marital or veteran’s status, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by local, state or federal law.