Youth Orchestra Assistant Librarian
Job Details
Main Location - San Francisco, CA
Part Time
Admin - Clerical
Youth Orchestra Assistant Librarian




Youth Orchestra/Education Department

Division of Orchestra, Education, and Strategic Initiatives

Work Status:

Temporary Part Time

Payroll Type:


Location of Job:

Davies Symphony Hall,

San Francisco, CA




Not to exceed 19 hours per week

Regular hours:

Hours are flexible and include evening hours and weekend hours

Reports to:

Associate Director, Youth Orchestra Program






The San Francisco Symphony is widely considered to be among the most artistically adventurous and innovative arts institutions in the United States, celebrated for its artistic excellence, creative performance concepts, active touring, award-winning recordings, and standard-setting education programs. In the 202021 season, the San Francisco Symphony welcomed conductor and composer Esa-Pekka Salonen as its twelfth Music Director and embarked on a new vision for the present and future of the orchestral landscape. This exciting artistic future builds on the remarkable 25-year tenure of Michael Tilson Thomas as the San Francisco Symphonys Music Director. Tilson Thomas continues his rich relationship with the Symphony as its first Music Director Laureate. In their inaugural season together, Esa-Pekka Salonen and the San Francisco Symphony have introduced a groundbreaking artistic leadership model anchored by eight Collaborative Partners from a variety of cultural disciplines: Nicholas Britell, Julia Bullock, Claire Chase, Bryce Dessner, Pekka Kuusisto, Nico Muhly, Carol Reiley, and Esperanza Spalding. This group of visionary artists, thinkers, and doers joins with Salonen and the San Francisco Symphony to chart a new course of experimentation by collaborating on new ideas, breaking conventional rules, and creating unique and powerful experiences.


The San Francisco Symphony presents more than 220 concerts and presentations annually for an audience of nearly 450,000 in its home of Davies Symphony Hall and through its national and international touring. A cornerstone of the organization's mission, the San Francisco Symphony's education programs are the most extensive offered by any American orchestra today, providing free comprehensive music education to every first- through fifth- grade student in the San Francisco public schools, and serving more than 75,000 children, students, educators, and families annually. The San Francisco Symphonys recordings have won such awards as France's Grand Prix du Disque and Britain's Gramophone Award, as well as 16 Grammy Awards. San Francisco Symphony radio broadcasts, the first in the nation to feature symphonic music when they began in 1926, today carry the Orchestra's concerts across the country. In 2004, the SFS launched the multimedia Keeping Score on PBS-TV and online and in 2014, the San Francisco Symphony inaugurated SoundBox, an experimental performance venue and music series located backstage at Davies Symphony Hall. February 2021 saw the launch of SFSymphony+, the San Francisco Symphonys on-demand video streaming service. For more information, visit



The San Francisco Symphony is committed to cultivating an environment of inclusion, equity, and diversity for our staff, musicians, patrons, and community. As leaders and innovators of our inherited tradition of orchestral music, we acknowledge our responsibility to identify and dismantle the oppressive barriers that we have historically maintained. We resolve to hold ourselves accountable, devote resources, and embrace change by centering racial equity and listening to and learning from marginalized voices.


We recognize that this is an ongoing, sometimes uncomfortable practice, and continue to learn and evolve. We welcome applicants who are enthusiastic to join us on this journey.



This apprenticeship position will support the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra (YO) program as Music Librarian, working under the guidance of the Assistant Director, Youth Orchestra Program; YO Music Director; and YO Principal Librarian. The position will also take direction from the San Francisco Symphony Music Library staff as necessary.


The YO Assistant Librarian will work part-time, not to exceed 19 hours per week. Hours are flexible and include evening hours and weekend hours in conjunction with YO rehearsals, performances, and other events.



Provide librarian support for Youth Orchestra

  • Check in new music
  • Produce all orchestra and ensemble parts
  • Edit parts as necessary (copying bowings, fingerings, articulations, etc.)
  • Build/decollate folders
  • Distribute and collect folders for sectionals/rehearsals/concerts
  • Produce excerpts for entrance auditions and seating auditions
  • Maintain ensemble library
  • Catalog music parts/score inventory
  • Maintain current inventory of library supplies
  • Consult with YO Music Director and YO Coaches regarding library matters
  • Consult with YO Manager and YO Principal Librarian about work process and task distribution
  • Assist with ad hoc YO library projects as assigned

Familiarity with orchestral music is essential. Experience performing in an orchestra and/or reading scores is preferred. Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team, and with a wide range of people including youth, adults, professional musicians, parents, and administrators. Strong organizational skills, with ability to work independently and coordinate highly detailed tasks. Interest in learning the art of orchestral librarianship is a plus.



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In alignment with the values statement above, the San Francisco Symphony celebrates diversity and is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), national origin, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information (including characteristics and testing), military and veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law. The San Francisco Symphony believes that diversity and inclusion among our employees is critical to our success, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool.


Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, the San Francisco Symphony will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.