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See also Auditioning and Business of Music

Musical Vacancies – online vacancy management ( – “A revolutionary new job platform for musicians, orchestras and ensembles.”

New England Conservatory Career Services Center – “offers professional development resources for all musicians.” Available to non-NEC students and institutions for an annual subscription fee. Their service Bridge: Worldwide Music Connection “provides 24-hr online access to a wide variety of opportunities in music.”

Director of the NECCSC Angela Myles Beeching has written a terrific book on developing a career as a musician, entitled Beyond Talent: Creating a Successful Career in Music – run, don’t walk, to get your copy.

A similar and complementary book is The Savvy Musician by David Cutler. Ditto!

Careers in Music – descriptions of music-related careers of all kinds: composing, arranging, film scoring, management, music ed, recording, music therapy, performance, and more. Also links to career resources and music-related associations.

Kickstarter – “A new way to fund & follow creativity.” “…a new form of commerce and patronage.” Kickstarter is a place to support creative projects of all kinds or to start a project and ask for support from others. A great idea for the arts in the 21st century!

Considering a Career in Music? – A series of articles on the subject by The Elison Institute

Navigating Music Careers (Rice University) – a series of brief video “lessons” on music career topics, such as teaching, freelancing, chamber music, orchestra, opera, auditioning, mental training, recording, staying healthy/preventing injuries.

College Music Society – The CMS maintains the MVL (Music Vacancy List), the top source of teaching jobs in higher education in North America. You must be a member of CMS to access the MVL.

HigherEd Jobs – “Now listing 18,970 jobs at 2,090 Institutions” Categories: Administrative, Faculty, Executive. Also listed by location and by Type (community college, 4-year institutions, part-time/adjunct).

Scholarly Hires – higher ed positions. Music positions are categorized by Instrument, Composition, and Theory

Academic Keys – like HigherEd Jobs; listings of all kinds of jobs in higher education institutions

Academic Coach – “Earnest exhortations and random tidbits for dessertating grad students, post-doctoral job hunters and tenure-track faculty”. See also the related commercial site, Successful Academic (academic consultant)

Chronicle of Higher Education Careers – listings in many areas, including music

Music Jobs – Listings (links) by the William and Gayle Cook Music Library of Indiana University. Needs updating. Not to be confused with…. – “Your daily link with the music industry”. Menu items: Find a Job; Forum; Blog; Employer Directory; Find People

Find a Gig – lots of links of various types.

IHS Performance Job Listings – The International Horn Society also maintains listings of orchestra jobs for horn.

Jobline – IHS posting of graduate assistantships and teaching positions.

Symphony Auditions: Getting Invited to the Audition – Part I, by Doug Yeo, Bass trombonist of the Boston S.O. Good article on how to apply for an orchestra job. See also Part II; Before the Audition, Audition Day, While on Stage, Between Rounds, Section Playing, If You Get Cut, Final Thoughts.

Musical Chairs
Online information on current classical music jobs for all instruments: symphony and opera auditions (worldwide), plus competitions, instruments, masterclasses, conservatoires (i.e. schools of music).

MusData – directory for symphony orchestras (currently 125 of them in the database) and musicians

Music Placement – Jobs – Indiana University – information on open positions for all music specialities

Music Career Development Network – Resources

MENC Career Guide for Music Education

Go Tour – resources for music tours

“Need a Job? Help Wanted at the NY Philharmonic” – NYT article on openings in major symphony orchestras

The Myth of the Starving Artist – a survey with hopeful news by Inside Higher Ed

Orchestra News – links to orchestras worldwide with site URLs and current concert programs.

How to Pursue a Career in Orchestral Music – article by BSO trombonist Doug Yeo. See also his “Pros and Cons to a Career in Orchestral Music

Becoming an Orchestral Musician: A Guide for Aspiring Professionals – book by Richard Davis

Five Essentials of a Music Career Success – article by Peter Spellman

Artists House Music – “Helping musicians and musicians create sustainable careers”

Oceanbound Entertainment – cruise ship gigs. See also Proship Entertainment

The Chicago Reading Orchestra – a professional development orchestra. Learn orchestral repertoire in a supportive environment.

he International Women‘s Brass Conference web site has an Employment page.

Faculty recruitmentweb site of a faculty recruitment firm

New Auditions – orchestral vacancies in the Netherlands. You can sign up for a free newsletter. Links to all the orchestras, chamber groups, wind bands, ballet orchestras and more.

My Auditionsa very useful site with content related to employment; you have to register, however, to receive the information (free; donations accepted). You can set up job alerts for orchestral jobs and teaching jobs, and there is a free monthly newsletter.

Playing Horn in the Big AppleArticle on Osmun’s web site by Jeffrey Lang on freelancing in New York City.

Classical Music Home Page CMH offers international job listings, music web reference (Grove Online, Naxos music library, et al.), “diary service”, tickets, self-publishing, musician’s organizer, and news and events. Coming: CMH musician’s directory, personal homepage, store, classified.

“Musicians add second careers to their repertoires,” article in the L.A. Times.

When it comes to careers, musicians learn to improvise” – article in USA Today

The Career Encouragement Blog“Daily encouragement for your career journey”

Great Jobs for Music Majors – book by Jan Goldberg

16 Ways to Make Yourself Unfireable – this is an article for people who work in business, but it’s good advice for everyone

CoolWorks – no, this site doesn’t have anything to do with horn or music jobs. But if you’re looking for a summer (or year-round) outdoor job in camps, national and state parks, resorts, Antarctica, Alaska, zoos, etc. this is the place to come first.

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