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6 Apr 2022

Full-Time MCYO Program Manager

Strathmore Hall Foundation Inc. – Posted by North Bethesda, Maryland, United States

Job Description


Strathmore is a nonprofit multi-disciplinary arts center outside Washington, DC with multiple venues, strong community partnerships and robust educational programming. Spotlighting world-class talent and serving as a launch pad for local artists, Strathmore presents nearly 400 accessible and affordable events and exhibitions each year in the Music Center,  Mansion, on our 16-acre campus, at AMP, and throughout the community.


Based one-half mile outside the Capital Beltway in North Bethesda, Maryland, we serve the entire Washington, DC region and the state of Maryland with exceptional artistic experiences and opportunities to learn and connect. Our programming is a vibrant reflection of the community that surrounds us. Strathmore believes the most compelling contemplations of our world are created by artists. Amplifying these creative voices is at the heart of our work.


We are actively assessing how systemic inequities impact our organization’s work at all levels and how best to address those inequities in a way that is consistent with our mission. This commitment is made within the broad context of Strathmore’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) goals to expand access and diversity, promote inclusion, and build equity for all.  With these daily actions, Strathmore intends to become a fully anti-racist organization. You can read more about Strathmore on our website, including information about our mission and values.


Position Summary:

The Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras (MCYO) of Strathmore creates a seamless connection between the artistic and the educational experience for students ages 7 – 18. MCYO is highly regarded regionally and nationally as one of the country’s most outstanding youth orchestra programs. Founded in 1946 as the Montgomery County Youth Orchestra, MCYO is the oldest and most established youth orchestra program in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

Under the direction of MCYO Music Director Kristofer Sanz and MCYO Artistic Advisor Jonathan Carney, MCYO offers three full orchestras, a chamber ensemble, three string orchestras, small ensembles and chamber groups to over 500 talented musicians in grades 2-12. Auditions for MCYO are held annually in late August.


The MCYO Programs Manager rounds out a three-person leadership team charged with the day-to-day management of the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras.  The MCYO Programs Manager knits together the operational and programmatic aspects of the MCYO team, providing expert coordination among all constituencies – students, parents, staff, coaches, and production team.


Reporting: The position reports to the MCYO Acting Managing Director



May include, but are not limited to the following:


Programmatic Responsibilities – 50%

Artistic Direction and Planning

Off-campus/Outreach programs:

  • Coordinates & manages 5 off-campus programs: Small Ensemble, Summer Strings Camp, Chamber Music Program, East County Strings, and Latin Strings and Percussions.
  • Helps develop and monitor these program budgets.
  • Helps develop, implement & oversee curriculum, calendar, rehearsal & performance schedules, auditions, special events, registration, etc.
  • Arranges staffing: coaches & teachers for off-campus/outreach programs.
  • Arranges space for rehearsals/recitals.
  • Supervises coaches, students, and volunteers involved for off-campus programs.
  • Liaison/point of contact for all off-campus programs.


On-campus programs:

  • Assists all staff during the audition processes.
  • In coordination with Managing Director and Music Director, plans and oversees season Parent Orientation Meetings in Fall, including logistics and hand-outs, meeting agenda, etc.
  • Attends all concerts/rehearsals – on and off-campus. Assists with logistical needs, prior to and during.
  • Assists the Managing Director and Music Director for weekly rehearsals, – interfacing with managers, volunteers, getting subs when needed, developing a shared sub list
  • Helps recognize/appreciate volunteers
  • Assists Managing Director and Music Director in determining concert day needs, schedules.
  • Together with Managing Director and Music Director, coordinates orchestra/ensemble tours (domestic and abroad); do the research, get bids, etc.
  • Together with Managing Director and Music Director, coordinates MCYO member receptions/social events


Administrative Responsibilities – 30%

General Management

  • Maintains regular communication with coaches, parents/guardians, and students in the special programs.
  • Assists Managing Director with office administrative duties, including response to calls, mails, email, record-keeping, and filing.
  • In coordination with the Managing Director, enters program information for rehearsals and performances on Booking Sheets and Event Booking calendar.
  • Responsible for the review & revision of MCYO documents, procedures, guidelines, and scholarships.
  • In consultation with the Music Director, recruits, and selects staff, (coaches, managers, volunteers) as needed.
  • In conjunction with the Managing Director, identifies, contracts, and coordinates payment for all external space rentals (for rehearsals, performances, and events).


Liaises with Strathmore Departments and Partners – 15%

  • Coordinates with Education department and MCPS for LSP/ECS logistics and program implementation
  • Coordinates with Marketing/Communication, Advancement, and Operations departments
  • Together with Music Director, ensures effective communication with MCYO constituent groups (ASTA, MCPS, private teacher network, UMD, alumni, other arts orgs)


Other duties as assigned – 5%



Satisfactory completion of this job includes successfully:

  • Facilitating full integration of MCYO programming and operations with Strathmore departments.
  • Coordinating and supporting the growth and development of MCYO off-site programs.
  • Streamlining the audition process and rehearsal season launch of MCYO orchestras.
  • Contributing to a proactive flow of new ideas that support Strathmore’s artistic goals and that helps describe them in dynamic ways.
  • Build and maintain positive relationships with fellow staff, patrons, partners, vendors, and volunteers.



  • Demonstrates exceptional organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Employs open and effective communication skills
  • Works consistently to resolve issues in a responsible and timely fashion
  • Displays high degree of dependability and reliability



  • Minimum 3-5 years of experience in youth ensemble coordination or management
  • BA or equivalent certification
  • Knowledge of Washington Metro area arts landscape
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience driving timelines and coordinating multi-faceted project plans
  • Exceptional attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Desire to grow, learn, and contribute to a team



This is an exempt, salaried position. Salary is commensurate with experience, in the range of $48,000- $55,000 annually with a competitive benefits package. All contacts and correspondence will remain confidential.



To apply for this position, please submit prior to April 15, 2022, the following items:

  • Cover letter
  • Résumé

If submitting your application electronically, the email SUBJECT line must contain the words “MCYO Programs Manager” Only qualified applicants will be contacted. Please direct all submissions to:  Human Resources, 


Although emailed applications are preferred, applications may also be mailed to:

Human Resources
5301 Tuckerman Lane
North Bethesda, MD 20852


Strathmore is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment. Accordingly, Strathmore provides employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, creed, ethnicity, sex, pregnancy, national origin or ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, citizenship status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, family responsibilities, genetic status or information, military or veteran status or status in any status protected by federal, state, or local law.


This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training. Strathmore will not tolerate unlawful discrimination, harassment, or retaliation under any circumstances.

We are eager to cultivate a broad and inclusive field of applicants.  Strathmore is committed to building a diverse community of staff, volunteers, and interns.  Individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.


How to Apply


To apply for this position, please submit prior to April 15, 2022, the following items:
  • Cover letter
  • Résumé
If submitting your application electronically, the email SUBJECT line must contain the words “MCYO Programs Manager” Only qualified applicants will be contacted. Please direct all submissions to:  Human Resources,    Although emailed applications are preferred, applications may also be mailed to: Human Resources 5301 Tuckerman Lane North Bethesda, MD 20852

Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 40,000 - 60,000.

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