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Youth Orchestra Assistant Librarian

Department: Educational Programs



This apprenticeship position will support the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra 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, but 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.


To apply, please visit our website at  Under the About Us tab, go to the Careers and Auditions page and click on “Jobs at the SF Symphony.”  Search for this job and click on “Apply for this Position” to submit your resume, cover letter, and application.


The San Francisco Symphony, under Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas, is one of the country’s leading orchestras. Some 220 concerts each year reach an audience of more than 600,000, while national and international broadcasts, heard on more than 215 radio stations, reach millions more. The Symphony has its own recording label, SFS Media, and its recordings have won some of the world’s highest honors. Its multimedia initiative, Keeping Score, has reached over six million people with television and radio broadcasts, DVDs, and an interactive website. The Orchestra tours extensively throughout Europe, Asia, and the United States, and its outstanding artistic reputation enables it to attract the world’s finest guest artists and conductors to Davies Symphony Hall. More than 70,000 young people are served each year by the Symphony’s numerous education programs, including its internationally renowned Youth Orchestra and Adventures in Music (AIM), which reaches every 1st through 5th grader in San Francisco’s public schools. The organization is led by President Sakurako Fisher and Executive Director Brent Assink.

The San Francisco Symphony’s mission is to set the highest possible standard for excellence in musical performance at home and around the world; enrich, serve, and shape cultural life throughout the spectrum of Bay Area communities; and maintain financial stability and gain public recognition as a means of ensuring its ability to fulfill its mission.

The San Francisco Symphony is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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