Manning the backstage during a concert


Applications for Music Director were accepted through January 31, 2018 at 

(See description below) Applications are being accepted for audition in 2019 and appointment in the fall of 2019 for the 2020 summer season.   Currently applications are being accepted through the League of American Orchestra's jobs site and at  A job description is posted below.


The Lake Placid Sinfonietta always welcomes individuals who are interested in helping the organization through an internships or volunteerism.   We have offered both paid and unpaid internships for work in marketing, production, and music library management.   We are able to work with college level intership supervisors to provide any documentation that is necessary for crediting.  If you have a skill you would like to share, or an idea you would like to work on, please contact us and we will be happy to talk to you! 


The Lake Placid Sinfonietta welcomes applications for the position of Music Director  beginning in the 2020 season.

The Position:

The Lake Placid Sinfonietta maintains a consecutive six-week season during the months of July and August. Its summer season consists of six Symphony Series concerts performed at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts; an Adirondack Series of concerts performed throughout the Adirondack Park region; six Pops concerts performed outdoors in the Paul White Memorial Shell.  The music director is responsible for choosing repertoire, programming and artistic production, rehearsing the orchestra and engaging high-quality soloists.  As an artistic leader, the music director is expected to maintain a working knowledge of the LPS's extensive library and build the orchestra's visibility and involvement in the community. The music director is also expected to take an active role in fundraising activities.  The music director is expected to work closely with the executive director, board and other staff in carrying out these responsibilities. Additionally, the music director is expected to coordinate programming with the artistic director of the LPS Pro Musica Chamber Music series.

Candidate Profile:

The ideal candidate will possess exceptional musicianship and conducting skills including a superior knowledge of harmony and the ability to arrange; previous experience as a music director of a professional symphony or chamber orchestra; knowledge of a broad range of repertoire; strong interpersonal skills, both on and off stage; leadership and vision for the orchestra; the ability to make symphonic music relevant and exciting while understanding the demographic of our audience; the ability to grow the organization not only artistically but financially; possess strong connections in the professional music world as to bring in the highest possible quality soloists and guest artists.

The Orchestra:

The Lake Placid Sinfonietta is a professional chamber orchestra, which was founded at Lake Placid 100 years ago; currently it consists of twenty contracted professional musicians, most of whom have performed with the orchestra for many years.  Its mission is to enrich the cultural life of Adirondack communities with live professionally performed classical music and educational opportunities for all ages.  The Lake Placid Sinfonietta retains its original theater orchestra instrumentation comprised of strings (4,3,2,2,1), single winds (fl,ob,clar,bsn), 2 horns, 1 trumpet, 1 percussionist/timpani.   Trombone, Harp, Piano (Keyboard) and occasional extra string players have been added when needed.  The LPS Library contains many arrangements of standard classical repertoire for this instrumentation.  It is the duty of the music director, depending on the repertoire chosen outside this catalogue, to go through the score, revoice chords and cross cue any important melodic or fundamental parts to various instruments so that the  particular piece retains its original harmonic and structural integrity. 


Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.



Application materials  must include the following:

  • Personal letter of interest from the candidate
  • A resume detailing relevant professional experienc
  • Up to three video clips of the candidate conducting 
  • Three professional references (names, email and phone numbers)
  • Additional materials may be requested in later rounds
  • The three finalists will be required to provide programming and musical direction for a two week period during the 2019 summer season

The Lake Placid Sinfonietta is an equal opportunity employer.   PLEASE SUBMIT APPLICATION MATERIALS BY JANUARY 31, 2018 TO:   No phone inquiries, please.