Metropolitan Wind Symphony

62 Mossdale Road
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Date Posted:
November 29, 2018

Eastern Massachusetts



Music Director of Metropolitan Wind Symphony/MetWinds

MetWinds Music Director/Principal Conductor Job Description
1. Choose programs for the year including repertoire selection, timing of programs, theme research, etc.
2. Develop rehearsal/concert schedule and be present for the entire duration of all scheduled MWS rehearsals and concerts except as approved in advance by the Board
3. Audition and seat all MetWinds members
4. Commissioning Projects- Advise and assist Commissioning Committee Chair, if requested.
5. Provide artistic evaluations of performance recordings for MWS CD projects
6. Be available for consultation regarding artistic aspects of Continuum concerts, including venue, ensemble participation, the program, and any other applicable artistic matters.
7. Be available for consultation regarding artistic aspects of Festival of Bands, including evaluation of ensembles' application CDs, determining which groups to invite, coordination of programs, and any other applicable artistic matters.
8. Communicate and coordinate with soloists and guest conductors.
9. Communicate and coordinate all artistic needs with Associate Conductor
10. Communicate and coordinate music needs with librarian including arrangers for all pieces if appropriate.
11. Communicate and coordinate all personnel decisions and issues with Auditions Coordinator and/or Personnel Manager
12. Discuss informally and formally with ensemble members musical questions, artistic concerns, etc.
13. Communicate artistic vision through attendance and participation at Board and committee meetings
14. Consult the organizational calendar for deadlines which apply to the Music Director. When entering deadlines which effect other MWS staff, please notify them of new entries or changes as soon as they are made.
15. Carry out all the above responsibilities in the context of the primary, dual goals of: a. Reaching the highest possible levels of artistic performance, and; b. Establishing and maintaining a positive, mutually respectful artistic and professional relationship with the ensemble as a whole.

Extensive wind band conducting experience at a high level is a factor to which we give serious consideration. This long-term position encompasses much more than conducting. It requires musicianship, artistic direction, leadership, a view of the future, and an ability to make those dreams a reality.

How To Apply:

The Metropolitan Wind Symphony (MetWinds), an adult, audition-only concert band which is now celebrating its 48th season and which rehearses in Dedham, MA on Wednesday nights, is now accepting applications for the position of Music Director. The deadline for receiving applications is January 31, 2019. Finalists will have the opportunity to audition for the position by conducting the MetWinds for one concert (and the rehearsals leading to that concert) during its fall 2019-summer 2020 season. The candidate who is eventually chosen for the position will begin service in September, 2020.

Extensive wind band conducting experience at a high level is a factor to which we give serious consideration. This long-term position encompasses much more than conducting. It requires musicianship, artistic direction, leadership, a view of the future, and an ability to make those dreams a reality.

If you are interested in applying, please send a letter of application and resume, including references, and if possible, a list of music conducted in performance during the last five years and representative audio or video recordings of you conducting rehearsals or concerts, preferably of concert bands, either on CDs or DVDs or accessible through internet links or file sharing sites,to:

Metropolitan Wind Symphony

c/o Bob Piankian

9 Surrey Road


For more information on the position, please call Bob Piankian at (617) 796-9990 or email him at

More information on the MetWinds is available on our web page at:

Apply by:
January 24, 2019
approximately 11,000
About this Organization:
The Metropolitan Wind Symphony was founded by Jerry Gardner in 1971, and was awarded the prestigious 2015 Sudler Silver Scroll Award for Community Concert Bands by the John Philip Sousa Foundation. Currently celebrating its 47th anniversary, MetWinds comprises over 60 talented woodwind, brass, and percussion instrumentalists who audition for membership and seating. It makes a significant contribution to the cultural life of the Greater Boston community by providing its audiences with high quality concerts and its members with opportunities for musical growth. MetWinds presents formal performances of traditional and contemporary wind band literature, as well as more informal pops concerts throughout the metropolitan Boston area. Members rehearse Wednesdays from September through June, traveling from more than 30 communities in Massachusetts and neighboring states. All volunteers, they also pursue careers as varied as education, engineering, computer science, medicine, law, music, and public health. The MetWinds Commissioning Fund, begun through an anonymous endowment, allows MetWinds to actively contribute to the wind band literature by annually commissioning new works. Our commissioning program has included four categories of composers. These include internationally-known composers James Curnow, Johan de Meij, Elliot Del Borgo, Peter Schickele, Guy Woolfenden, Chen Yi, Lewis J. Buckley, and Frank Ticheli. Massachusetts composers include Allen Feinstein, Peter Hazzard, Marjorie Merryman, and Greg Tucker. Emerging composers include David Dzubay, John Heins, and Greg Sanders. The first student composers commissioned by MetWinds were Hayato Hirose, Noah Taylor, and Jesse Brault, whose pieces premiered in 2005 and 2007, followed by Matthew LaRocca and Joseph Kaz in 2013. In 2010 and 2011, MetWinds premiered fanfares by John Heins, Kevin Wilt, Joseph Eidson, and Alexandra Conza, winners of our 40th Season Fanfare Competition. Many of these works have been published and have been performed in the United States and abroad by other wind ensembles. The Boston Festival of Bands, founded by MetWinds in 1989, includes bands from New England, the Atlantic states, and Canada. The Festival is celebrated annually at historic Faneuil Hall in Boston on the second Saturday in June. The Continuum series, also founded by MetWinds, involves middle and high school bands, and New England university bands in educational interaction and outreach. The latest Continuum was hosted by MIT at Kresge Auditorium in Cambridge in March, 2016. Besides Metropolitan Wind Symphony, the concert featured the MIT Wind Ensemble and Foxboro High School Wind Ensemble. In April 2005, MetWinds, at the invitation of the New England College Band Association, performed at their Gordon College conference. MetWinds is a member of the Association of Concert Bands (ACB), the national organization for concert bands, and has been selected twice to perform at the ACB National Convention: April 1994 in Burlington, VT and April 2012 in Poughkeepsie,NY. MetWinds has been heard on WGBH, WBUR and WCRB.