Boston Philharmonic

236 Huntington AvenueSuite 209
Boston, MA 02115

Date Posted:
August 05, 2019

Eastern Massachusetts



Production Manager


This position is the primary manager for all BPO and BPYO production needs. This includes maintaining communications with the various rehearsal and performance venues, arranging rental of instruments, scheduling piano tunings and cartage for instruments and equipment as needed, ensuring that venues are set up for all rehearsals and performances in a timely fashion, and stage management during rehearsals and performances.

The hours for this position vary depending on the rehearsal and performance schedule. Rehearsals and concerts generally take place during evening and weekend hours (a schedule for the season is available for reference).

Additional hours and duties may apply.


Venue Logistics:
Serve as liaison between the BPO, BPYO, and all performance and rehearsal venues
Create and distribute stage plots and production itineraries
Complete and submit production requirement forms as requested by each venue
Confirm all dress rehearsal, pre-concert lecture, and performance schedules with venue administrators
Confirm all load in/load out schedules with venue administrators
When necessary, collaborate with staff at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (BFIT) in moving gear in and out of the auditorium
When necessary, make arrangements with alternative venues when BFIT is unavailable

Arrange transportation for all instruments and auxiliary equipment between BFIT and any off-site performance or rehearsal locations.
Collaborate with cartage company in coordinating load in/load out schedules in accordance with venue needs
Serve as point person for all load ins/load outs
Create and share cartage inventories for each move with cartage company
Process invoices from cartage company and ensure that payments are made in a timely manner

Coordinate set-up of chairs, stands, and related equipment in advance of all BPO and BPYO events. Strike and store all equipment following each event.
Collaborate with BPO/BPYO personnel managers to create appropriate stage plots based on orchestra size
Set up and strike Benjamin Zander’s keyboard for all pre-concert lectures

Stage Management
Choreograph and oversee all stage changes, collaborating with venue staff when necessary.
Serve on “door duty” throughout each performance, assisting with the entrances/exits of conductor and soloists
Control house lighting for concerts at Sanders Theatre

Instruments and Equipment - Rentals and Maintenance
Rent any necessary instruments based on repertoire demands. Ensure maintenance of all equipment in possession of the BPO.
Schedule drop off/pick up logistics for all rentals
Ensure that all rental payments are processed in a timely fashion
Ensure that the piano at BFIT is being properly cared for

Other duties as assigned.


· 2+ years of relevant experience

· Ability to lift and move music stands, chairs, timpani, podiums, stools, and other instruments and equipment as required

· Willingness to be a team player within a small arts nonprofit organization.

· Ability to work effectively with a diverse group of personalities.

· Knowledge of and/or interest in the performing arts/classical music a plus.

· Must be WELL ORGANIZED at all times.

· Ability to work independently but also effectively within a small, dynamic group.

How To Apply:

Send a resume and a cover letter highlighting your experience and qualifications to Elisabeth Christensen, Managing Director (, subject line: BPO-Production Manager.

Apply by:
August 31, 2019
About this Organization:

Founded by Benjamin Zander in 1979, the BPO features professional, student and amateur musicians and is one of Boston's premier orchestras. Maestro Zander’s intense belief in the transformative power of music along with his warmth and welcoming spirit are why our audiences describe the Boston Philharmonic as "passionate," "inspiring," "unique," and – perhaps our favorite descriptor – "un-stuffy." We present top-notch music in a manner that both music aficionados and the casual listener can enjoy. We also have the newly launched and extremely successful Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra that includes 115 talented musicians between the ages of 12 and 21 who receive their musical training and Maestro Zander’s leadership tuition free. And we are especially proud of our expansive outreach program ‘Crescendo!’ that engages and mentors students in the Boston public and charter schools throughout the year.