South Carolina Philharmonic

Prelude Orchestra Director

South Carolina Philharmonic Youth Orchestras

Job Description



Founded in 1964, the S.C. Philharmonic Youth Orchestras (SCPYO) offer exceptional orchestral playing experience for young people throughout the Midlands. Each year more than 200 students participate in the orchestras, comprised of the very best student musicians. Membership in the SCPYO program is open to students throughout the state, ages 8 through high school, on an auditioned basis.


Prelude Orchestra was created to accommodate the growing program and will make its debut in the 2019/2020 season. 

Prelude Orchestra is a string-only group that will be comprised mostly of late elementary and early middle school children, ages approximately 8-12.  Members of Prelude Orchestra will have 1-2 years of playing experience and will play Grade 1 and Grade 2 music. 


Youth Philharmonic Orchestras:

Prelude Orchestra →    String Orchestra  →    Repertory Orchestra   →  Youth Orchestra

3rd-7th grade                6th-9th grade               8th-10th grade                   9th-12th grade

Ages 8-12                     Ages 11-14                 Ages 13-15                         Ages 14-18

Grade 1-2 music           Grade 3-4 music         Grade 5-6 music                 Professional literature

String only                    String only                  Full orchestra                     Full orchestra


Salary: $4,000/year



  • Weekly rehearsals from September to May on Sundays from 1:30-3:00 in the USC String Project building
  • Three concerts throughout the season, historically one in November, one in February, and one in April
  • Three audition days with the other SCPYO directors to determine members and placement.  The audition days will be two Sundays in May and one Sunday in September from 8:00 am-6: 00 pm
  • Collaborate with the other directors to determine and program appropriate music, three to four pieces per concert
  • Knowledge of appropriate repertoire for a string orchestra of this level, and the ability to foster an environment where students will remain and thrive in the program
  • Annually recruit in the Spring for new members of the program by communicating directly with local orchestra directors and private teachers
  • For the inaugural season, more recruiting is expected to build up the group


    Qualifications and Experience:

    • A Bachelors or Masters of Music Education-String Emphasis (or equivalent)
    • One or more years public school orchestra teaching experience within the past five years
    • Experience teaching orchestra to elementary or middle school students
    • Strong conducting skills
    • Suzuki experience/training preferred, but not required

    Application Process:

    • Send your resume and letter of interest to Judy Lawrence, orchestra manager, at by January 18, 2019
    • Letter of interest should include your personal teaching philosophy, your recruitment techniques, and what you believe to be the purpose of a Youth Orchestra program in the community


      Deadline to Apply: January 18, 2019


      Hiring Process:

      ·Applicants will be narrowed down to top applicants by the end ofJanuary 2019

      ·Top applicants will be brought in for an interview scheduled duringthe first or second week of February 2019

      ·Finalists will be chosen by February 15, 2019

      ·Finalists will be given an assigned section of music to rehearsewith the group for 25 minutes; music will be available for pick-up from theSouth Carolina Philharmonic Office by Monday, February 18

      ·Prelude Orchestra Director finalists will rehearse with the groupSunday, March 3 and Repertory Orchestra Director finalists will rehearse withthe group Sunday, March 10

      ·The directors will be chosen by March 15

      ·Directors will be officially hired on April 1 and are expected tobegin recruiting for the 2019/2020 season at that time

      ·Directors will be formally announced at the final SCPYO concert onSunday, April 28 at 3:30pm at the Koger Center; directors are expected to attend


      Questions?  Contact the SCPYO Manager, Judy Lawrence, at