Conductor Directing

Kenneth Freed, Music Director

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Organization Description: Founded in 1951, the Mankato Symphony Orchestra serves the Greater Mankato metropolitan area and surrounding communities in southern Minnesota. Kenneth Freed has served as Music Director since 2006 and under his direction, the Orchestra has grown artistically and moved to the brand new Verizon Hall in downtown Mankato for some of its performances. The Orchestra performs 5 symphonic concerts, a Fourth of July concert, a family series at the Children’s Museum, and sponsors a chamber music concert series. Recently, the orchestra has partnered with the City of Mankato to put on a rock show with the full orchestra. Mankato is a growing and vibrant community with an active arts scene. It is home to the campus Minnesota State University and is the regional center of south central Minnesota. 

Overview: For this position, the Orchestra is seeking a visionary steward who, under the direction of the board of directors, will collaborate with the Music Director to continue to grow the Orchestra artistically and financially. The Executive Director assumes responsibility for the management of all resources needed to achieve the orchestra’s mission.This position is responsible for overall day-to-day management of the Mankato Symphony’s administrative, marketing, public relations, fundraising, planning and development, financial operations, and other duties as assigned. The position reports to the Board of Directors through the board President.  

Position is open until filled.  Salary range $65,000 - $70,000 commensurate with experience. 




  • Two years successful development experience
  • Proven fund development and donor development skills
  • Strong budgetary and fiscal management and reporting skills
  • Interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate with community partners, employees, board members, and other stakeholders
  • Public relations and marketing experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree


  • Management experience with an orchestra.
  • Master’s or other graduate degree
  • Background in music performance, education, or administration

Development / Fundraising:

  • The Executive Director oversees the Orchestra’s Director of Development.
  • Develop, implement and maintain effective donor/investor communication plans.
  • Maintain regular donors and sponsors.
  • Partner with Board and Staff to cultivate potential donors and sponsors. 
  • Identify prospects for grants and donations, lead application preparations, and manage any grants received in accordance with their provisions and requirements.
  • Collaborate with the Board to plan, develop, manage and implement an annual fundraising plan.
  • Work with the Board, Orchestra, and volunteers to plan and carry out events intended to raise funds, and/or increase the visibility of the Symphony in the community.
  • Solicit advertisements for the Orchestra’s program and other publications.


  • Serve as primary contact with the governmental and community partners. 
  • Develop and implement systems and procedures that ensure organized, efficient and effective operations with maximum utilization of available resources.
  • Ensure accurate & timely record keeping including: financial, ticket sales, fundraising, grants, volunteers, schedules, and prospects.
  • Maintain overall general office management to assure timely handling of correspondence, public inquiries, office coverage, and general office activities.
  • Engage and employ necessary staff including administrative staff, music librarian, and personnel manager. 
  • Supervise an administrative assistant, the music librarian, the personnel manager, interns, and volunteers.
  • Attend relevant non-profit and industry related workshops, seminars, and conferences to increase knowledge and insight as approved by the board.

Marketing and Sales:

  • Actively promote Orchestra locally and regionally.
  • Oversee ticket sales operations, development, and distribution.
  • Develop and manage effective Symphony advertising and collateral materials.
  • Research, develop and implement marketing plans for the organization overall branding, season ticket sales, single ticket sales, and special events.
  • Ensure that all MSO documents, invitations and advertising reflect the organizations commitment to quality. 
  • Actively seek and secure multi-media marketing methods, using diverse, appropriate mediums
  • Secure primary and secondary program sponsors for all performances
  • Solicit advertisements for the Orchestra’s program and other publications

Public Relations: 

  • Represent organization and support the Music Director and Board of Directors in the community.
  • Develop, establish, and maintain effective relationships with local and regional media contacts to maximize exposure opportunities.
  • Develop, maintain manage positive, effective customer service.

Concert / Special Events:

  • Support the Music Director, and Committees with the planning, production and logistics of concerts and special events.
  • In collaboration with the Music Director ensure the contracts and agreements with guest artists are negotiated and approved in timely manner.
  • Coordinate all arrangements necessary for the timely planning of the Orchestra’s performance schedule.
  • Attend all concerts and special events.
  • Serve as liaison to orchestra regarding non-artistic matters.
  • Develop and implement strategies to increase revenue through sales of individual tickets and season ticket packages. 

Budget / Finance:

  • With the Music Director prepare and submit proposed yearly operating budgets to the Executive Committee and Board.
  • Maintain current and accurate financial records, monitor expenditures in accordance with budget, and submit monthly financial statements to the Executive Committee and Board.
  • Ensure that grants are spent in accordance with guidelines and that reporting requirements are met.

Board of Directors:

  • Attend all Board and Executive Committee meetings.  
  • Help identify and recruit qualified candidates for Board membership.
  • Provide the information and tools needed by the board to perform their duties. 
  • Keep the board abreast of trends, issues & opportunities; seek decisions from the board on governance matters facing the Orchestra. 
  • With the board, develop a support organization of volunteers to assist with various Orchestra activities.
  • Assist and support the Board with strategic planning.


  • Plan and implement all aspects of MSO education and outreach programs, including youth concerts, family concerts, school concerts, adult education, and volunteer programs. Assess effectiveness of each activity.
  • Cultivate and maintain professional relationships with the local school district, community colleges, and other education / civic institutions.  Act as primary spokesperson for the MSO in education matter. 

Please send Cover Letter and Resume to Shannon Beal, President-Mankato Symphony Orchestra by email 




This position will provide professional and highly efficient administrative support to the Executive Director and day-to-day office management.  Essential job functions include office management , light bookkeeping, and support for the execution of programs, performances, and special events.  Maintenance of donor and patron records, managing ticket sales systems, and othe projects as assigned. 

Assist and support all marketing activities, including but not limited to: public relations (press, program books, and newsletters); advertising (print, electronic, and media); season subscription and renewal campaigns (direct mail, telemarketing); all ticket sales (including box office management); audience research; new subscriber activities.

Maintainance of the Mankato Symphony Orchestra website and social media platforms.  Strong organization, verbal and written communication skills necessary.  Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel required, able and willing to learn new systems. 

Part-time, flexible hours.  Year round or 10-month schedule optional.  

Please send Cover Letter and Resume to Shannon Beal, President-Mankato Symphony Orchestra by email 




View our Audition page for information about current vacancies, arranging a midseason audition, and a rehearsal and performance schedule.


Internships Available Year Round

The Mankato Symphony has openings for part time unpaid internships or volunteer opportunities. Suggested fields are music or music industry, graphic design, nonprofit leadership, marketing and public relations, education, and writing, although we are open to new opportunities.

Desired qualifications:

  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to multi-task and stay effectively on-task without constant direct supervision
  • Some knowledge of the non-profit world and/or performing arts and/or classical music is helpful but not necessary

Interns will have access to free tickets for symphony events and a recommendation letter or professional reference upon successful completion of the internship. Credit must be arranged through your college or university.

Contact: Email Us or call 507-625-8880 for additional information about interning. 



We are always looking for volunteers, whether you would like to make a short or long term commitment. Please fill out this form or visit our profile on the United Way's Get Connected site for additional information. Volunteering for the Symphony is a great way to get service hours for school or a club.