Ottawa Symphony
Alain Trudel, Music Director | Directeur artistique

Opportunities

We think music makes the world a better place. That’s why, for over 50 years, the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra has been nurturing Canada’s rising musical stars while bringing together passionate music lovers to collectively enjoy the best of the music world.

The Ottawa Symphony plays big music with a big heart, and this city has embraced us for it.

Experiential Learning Opportunities for Carleton University
2019-20 Season

Professional Development Practicums
These opportunities are open to undergraduate and graduate students.

1. Not-for-Profit Leadership

Over the course of the 2018-19 season, the OSO – through the benefit of a grant from the Community Foundation of Ottawa which funded a subject-matter expert consultant – a new multi-year fundraising strategy was developed to refocus the organisation on donor relations and stewardship. The OSO has a storied past as Ottawa’s civic orchestra and enjoys a very loyal but ageing patron and donor base(s). The new annual plan focuses on developing capacity and tools to solicit and manage donors. The GM and staff of the organisation require the assistance of an individual to help develop tools put this plan into action as a key support to the season, kicking off October 7th, and to help ensure the sustainability of this city’s professional orchestra.

Job requirements and Duties

  • Conduct research on, plan and execute fall campaign, including:
    - list analysis and generation; creative and content management of direct mail package, oversee printing and mailing; set-up and management of donor microsite; planning and management of donor post-campaign communications

  • Donor database evaluation and recommendations to enhance functionality and leverage of system

  • Donor research to help prepare management and Board for donor meetings

  • Preliminary planning for 2020 gala

Learning outcomes

  • Hands on experience, from end-to-end of campaign

  • Experience in patron and donor stewardship

  • Exposure to/opportunity to work with a local expert fundraising consultant

  • Exposure to classical orchestral music and opportunity to attend concerts

Prerequisites for working with the Ottawa Symphony

  • Must sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement

  • All IP created for the term of the placement remains the property of the Ottawa Symphony

  • Some work needs to be performed onsite and/or after regular work hours, particularly if production related.

  • Must have a sense of humour and be resourceful!

2. Arts Administration and Business/Marketing Management

In the 2019-20 season, the Ottawa Symphony will self-present and produce 4 major concerts (https://ottawasymphony.com/concerts-and-events/upcoming-concerts). The existence of the organisation depends upon public and private funding which requires the ongoing submission of grant applications and reporting to funders and donors, the development and execution of fundraising campaigns, and the flow of information to a volunteer board of directors. To that end, the Ottawa Symphony welcomes interest from arts management, communications and marketing, and business students to add strength to our professional staff.

Job requirements and Duties

  • Finance

  • Budgeting and planning

  • Accounting for not-for-profit arts organisation

  • Marketing

  • Strategy, content creation and execution of direct marketing, social and electronic marketing tactics

  • Administration

  • Grant writing and reporting to support annual, multiyear and special funding

Learning outcomes

  • Hands on experience in local performing arts organisation

  • Exposure to classical orchestra music and opportunity to attend concerts

Prerequisites for working with the Ottawa Symphony

  • Must sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement

  • All IP created for the term of the placement remains the property of the Ottawa Symphony

  • Some work needs to be performed onsite and/or after regular work hours, particularly if production related.

  • Must have a sense of humour and be resourceful!

3. Performance Production

In the 2019-20 season, the Ottawa Symphony will self-present and produce 4 major concerts. For dates and programmes, please see: https://ottawasymphony.com/concerts-and-events/upcoming-concerts

All concerts are presented at Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre, and feature over 70 musicians, including orchestra members, artistic leadership, and guest soloists. To do this, production resources are required.

Job requirements and Duties

  • Stage management, including back-of-house operations

  • Exposure to Front of House operations and volunteer work force

  • Recording (all concerts are recorded for archival purposes)

  • Box office operations onsite and in office

  • Development Musician payroll

Learning outcomes

  • Hands on experience of a large professional music ensemble in an important university and community venue

  • Exposure to remunerations for a professional, unionized performing ensemble

  • Exposure to professional arts administration and environment

  • Exposure to classical orchestral music and opportunity to attend concerts

Prerequisites for working with the Ottawa Symphony

  • Must sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement

  • All IP created for the term of the placement remains the property of the Ottawa Symphony

  • Some work needs to be performed onsite and/or after regular work hours, particularly if production related.

  • Must have a sense of humour and be resourceful!


For more information please contact:
Kate Holmes, General Manager
613-231-7802