Executive Director

Job Title: Executive Director
Reports to: President of the Board and the Board of Directors
Supervises: All staff and consultants

Position Summary
The position of Executive Director is responsible for the development and management of all aspects of Virtuosi of Houston which includes administration, strategic planning, budgeting, fundraising, special events, marketing and publicity. The executive director works closely with the President of the Board and the Artistic Directors to ensure the sound fiscal management and future growth of the organization.

Organizational Summary
Virtuosi of Houston, founded in 1996, is a premier youth chamber orchestra for gifted instrumentalists (ages 11 to 18). Unlike other youth orchestras in the country, Virtuosi of Houston is directed by two conductors and the educational focus is on chamber music. Because the orchestra is smaller (50 to 55 players), Virtuosi of Houston musicians are required to play at an exemplary level. Artistic Directors and Conductors are Franz Anton Krager and Andrzej Grabiec who are faculty members of the University of Houston Moores School of Music and co-founders of the orchestra. The season typically includes two public concerts in Zilkha Hall in the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts in December and March, a fundraising concert and dinner gala in May, a concerto competition in February and quartet ensemble recitals performed throughout the season in various venues. There are two other programs Virtuosi Around the World where we travel to a foreign country and study and perform with other music students culminating in a performance. Another program is A Touch of Music where we take our instrument petting zoo and a quartet takes their instruments and performs for the children in an HISD school, teach them some aspects of classical music and teach them music. We also have a Virtuosi Jazz Orchestra. Rehearsals, which are open to the public, are held in the Virtuosi of Houston Studio located in Memorial City Mall.

Major Responsibilities

  • Oversee the organization’s accounting and financial activities which includes working with volunteer accountants
  • Working on getting all insurances renewed
  • Assist grant writing consultant in identifying, cultivating and writing grant proposals to foundations, corporations, individuals and various governmental agencies (e.g., National Endowment for the Arts, Texas Commission on the Arts and Houston Arts Alliance). Administer grants and submit final reports and budgets.
  • Prepare the annual budget and project-related budgets in support of grant proposals and reports.
  • Direct the annual fundraising event which includes a dinner, concert and silent auction with support of volunteer parents.
  • Supervise the creating of marketing and promotional materials which include seasonal brochure, audition flyers, signage and concert programs.
  • Supervise all staff and consultants
  • Represent Virtuosi of Houston at events, professional gatherings and public forums.
  • Work with the President of the Board and the executive committee in planning new long-term development strategies which includes the establishment of a summer conservatory and a year-long music academy in our own state-of-the-art facility.
  • Perform other duties as assigned for Virtuosi of Houston


  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Minimum of five years of administrative and fundraising experience preferably with a non-profit arts organization. Experience with a performing arts institution is a plus
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel. Experience with Quick Books is a plus
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and healthy sense of humor
  • Ability to work successfully with volunteers in a busy environment while managing multiple tasks

Salary is commensurate with experience.
Only experienced professionals with the above requirements need apply.

Mail or e-mail résumé, cover letter and salary requirements to:

Virtuosi of Houston

303 Memorial City, Suite #235

Houston, Texas 77024

Closing date: Open until filled

Virtuosi of Houston, a premier youth chamber orchestra, seeks an experienced Executive Director and Development professional to fill the position of Executive Director. Position is responsible for the development and management of all aspects of the organization and will work closely with the President of the Board and the Board. Position supervises the orchestra manager and works with volunteers. Candidate should have a minimum of 5 years’ experience as an Executive Director and fundraising for a non-profit and willing to take a small arts organization to the next level in its development which includes a year-round music academy and summer conservatory. Only experienced professionals with the above requirements need apply.