The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra (FWSO) announces an opening for a Conducting Fellow to assist and provide support to the FWSO Music Director as well as cover conductor for the Music Director, Pops conductors, and guest conductors for all orchestra services for a two-year appointment. The Conducting Fellow will have the unique opportunity to train and be mentored one-on-one by Music Director Miguel Harth-Bedoya. The Conducting Fellow will lead education, family, and community concerts in addition to other conducting and administrative duties as specified by the Music Director and Artistic Operations department. Candidates must possess meaningful orchestral conducting experience, a broad knowledge of orchestral repertoire and concert programming, be fluent in English and willing to relocate to the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Successful candidates will need to demonstrate an ability to deliver dialogs (memorized or on the spot) to audiences.

About the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra is one of the most successful orchestras in the United States, performing an impressive 200 concerts each year for an audience of 200,000 adults and children from all walks of life. Throughout the last 19 seasons, Music Director Miguel Harth-Bedoya has transformed the Orchestra into an ensemble that is admired the world over for its artistic excellence and commitment to community engagement. As the principal resident company of the acoustically-superb Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall, the Orchestra performs a broad range of symphonic and pops concerts. The FWSO is recognized nationally for the strength and uniqueness of its collaborations with other organizations including the Fort Worth Opera, The Cliburn, Texas Ballet Theater, and the Children's Education Program at Bass Performance Hall. The Orchestra's annual summer music festival, Concerts in the Garden, has grown to be one of the largest and most successful summer outdoor festivals of its kind in Texas, attracting an annual audience of nearly 45,000. The FWSO is a 46-week orchestra with an annual budget of $13 million and an endowment of $23 million.


  • Assist and provide support to Music Director and all guest conductors
  • Serve as cover conductor for the Music Director, Pops conductors and guest conductors for all services
  • Collaborate with Director of Education and VP of Artistic Operations and COO in programming of education and community concerts
  • Conduct FWSO Education, community and other concerts as assigned
  • Assist with administrative duties relating to education, community engagement, and audience development

Job Requirements

  • Extensive training and experience in orchestra conducting
  • Broad knowledge of symphonic repertoire and concert programming
  • Exceptional oral communication skills
  • Exceptional organizational skills and time management ability


Salary commensurate with experience
Comprehensive benefits package

Conducting assignments will be commensurate with experience.
Appointment will be no less than two years.

Application procedure

Individuals should submit a cover letter indicating reason for interest in this program, current resume, and contact information for three professional references. Candidates are also required to submit video samples (15 minutes maximum total duration) demonstrating their recent work. This should include (at the minimum) two contrasting repertoire styles. Video should be shot at close range of the conductor, taken from orchestra's vantage point, facing the FRONT of the conductor, of either a rehearsal or performance with full symphonic or large chamber orchestral ensemble. Videos must be sent electronically with links and dates of capture (Youtube, Vimeo, etc.).


Audition procedure

Applicants will be notified by March 14, 2019, if they have been selected to audition and interview in person. Auditions will take place on Thursday, April 18, 2019 from 8:30 am – 6:00 pm. Travel, accommodations, meals, and all related expenses are the sole responsibility of each candidate.

Please submit all materials to:
Kelly Ott, Artistic Manager