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Online Course Manager

Orchestra and Production Manager

Online Course Manager

Independent contractor, November 2014 through May 2015

The Curtis Institute of Music plans to transfer its popular MOOC Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas to Coursera's new interface for a January 5, 2015, relaunch. The course, taught by Jonathan Biss, has attracted more than 50,000 audience members, amateur musicians, students, teachers, and professional musicians worldwide. Most are life-enrichment learners, and the course offers a way to increase music listening skills and engage with a global community of music listeners. New lectures will be filmed and added in the spring. For Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas, Curtis is looking for an experienced online learning manager to function as an independent contractor, coordinating the online lifelong learning team and implementing the course.


  • Oversee content transition to new Coursera format: [November and December]
    • Adapt non-video course material from original sessions to new format, working with Coursera (videos and quizzes will be transferred).
    • Review video material and recommend minimal updates.
    • Create in-video quizzes and online community discussion material.
  • Create participant surveys and report on responses, enrollment, and learner activity weekly to select staff. [November through May]
  • Help develop new content: [January and February 2015]
    • Attend three to five days of recording sessions, following script.
    • Plan basic supplementary material to support life-enrichment learners.
    • Review post-production lecture videos.
    • Edit subtitles.
  • Coordinate occasional meet-ups and Google Hangouts with instructor and his representatives during Spring 2015. [January through May]
  • Collaborate with the Curtis promotional team to announce the class and new lectures, and update the Coursera and Curtis websites. [December and January, March or April]
  • Coordinate Curtis student workers to help monitor course dialogue. [January through May]
  • Other tasks as assigned by Senior Director for Digital Initiatives.

Project Expectations

  • Independent contractor position
  • Mix of long days during production and shorter ones during course run.
  • Occasional night and weekend hours required to meet critical deadlines.
  • Within required deadlines and schedules, make your own hours and be able to work from home when not needed on location.
  • Average could be 20 hours per week as course content is being developed and another 10–15 during the course run.

Preferred Experience

  • Experience as project manager for online learning, with classroom teaching and instructional design experience preferred.
  • Ability to collaborate to accomplish goals on time and on budget while supporting the creative efforts of a team with multiple projects.
  • Ability to manage details while working within the bigger picture.
  • Strong organizational and communication (written and verbal) skills.
  • Experience with preparing and posting website content, including basic HTML coding.
  • Knowledge of classical music desirable.

How to Apply

Submit résumé, cover letter, and three references by October 15 to Curtis Human Resources Office: No telephone calls, please. Stipend commensurate with experience. Background check required. EOE

Title: Orchestra and Production Manager
Reports to: Managing Director of Performance Studies and Summer Programs
Department: Performance Studies
Status: Exempt


The Orchestra and Production Manager (OPM) ensures the smooth operation of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, Curtis Chamber Orchestra, Curtis Lab Orchestra and Curtis Opera Orchestra, relative but not limited to rehearsal and performance schedules, musician assignments, daily attendance, operational logistics for travel, etc. The OPM oversees the personnel as well as the operational needs of a full symphony orchestra while understanding the educational importance of teaching Curtis’ young artists proper orchestra etiquette, expectations and citizenship as section leaders and orchestral musicians.

Working closely with the Managing Director of Performance Studies (MDPS), this position assists with the scheduling and production of the institution’s concerts, rehearsals, tours and special performance events, ensuring that they run smoothly, effectively, and in a financially responsible manner.

Essential Functions:

  1. Working closely with the MDPS, the OPM assists with program planning and scheduling of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, repertoire classes, (i.e. wind class, brass class) lab orchestra and opera orchestra as needed.
  2. The OPM oversees all operational elements for all Curtis orchestras’ needs, through the following:
    • Serves as the primary contact with the Kimmel Center and other venues with regard to loadin/out schedules, equipment, instruments, backstage lists, etc.
    • Attends all orchestra rehearsals and concerts whether in Philadelphia or out of town
    • Serves as the primary contact with various bus companies and furniture moving companies, arrange for instrument and personnel transport to all external concert venues
    • As directed by the MDPS, maintains direct contact with guest conductors relative to rehearsal
      order needs, stage set-up instructions, doublings, etc.
    • Creates, maintains and distributes stage plots and backstage needs to venue production
      managers and crew, in a timely manner
    • When needed, coordinates necessary instrument rentals
    • As needed, assists in the coordination of orchestra and large ensemble tours
  3. Working closely with the Dean of Faculty & Students, the Dean of Artistic Programs, the MDPS, the Orchestra Librarian and the Director of Recitals, manages the administrative and departmental needs of large ensembles, through the following:
    • Manages the Orchestra Crew for the set-up and tear-down of orchestra activities; processes the appropriate payroll for such activities in a timely manner
    • Using the departmental database called OPAS, schedules and assigns students to orchestral repertoire, creates orchestra rosters, updates student contact information, indicates periods when students are considered “on leave”, tracks Curtis’s instrument collection distribution, etc.
    • Maintains a substitute list of alumni and local musicians to consider as supplemental to the Curtis orchestra; hires substitutes as needed, while keeping the orchestra production budget up-to-date
    • Working closely with the MDPS, creates and updates the yearly orchestra production budget relative to transportation and meal costs for the orchestra, additional expenses for substitute and extra musicians, etc.
    • Coordinates and takes attendance for all orchestra rehearsals and concerts, as well as sectional classes which are led by faculty
    • With the Dean of Faculty and Students, the Dean of Artistic Programs, and the MDPS, creates, presents and enforces all orchestra policies, (late arrivals, absences, string rotations, etc.); remains proactive in problem-solving with students and faculty as needed
    • Presents all orchestra policies and procedures to incoming students at annual orientation session
    • Manages instrument locker assignments for instrumentalists
  4. Working closely with the President of Curtis, oversees the maintenance and distribution of Curtis’s instrument collection, through the following:
    • Updates and maintains a streamlined and clear process of each instrument’s distribution to Curtis students
    • Provides students with a clear understanding and agreement of his/her responsibilities with such instruments when in use on campus and off campus; provides appropriate guidance and paperwork to students who participate in Curtis On Tour
    • With the Executive Vice President and the MDPS, coordinates the review and acquisition of annual instrument purchases requested by faculty
    • Manages all maintenance of the instrument collection, while keeping up-to-date records that reflect accurate values, descriptions of, and insurance for all Curtis instruments


  1. Exceptional skills in verbal and written communication; superior leadership and collaborative qualitiesand proven success in problem-solving
  2. Exemplary interpersonal skills and the ability to act as a mentor to students
  3. Ability to demonstrate thoughtfulness and patience in problem-solving while understanding the needs of an intimate musical conservatory
  4. Excellent organizational skills and experience in delegation of tasks
  5. Strong familiarity with classical music and orchestral repertoire
  6. Previous experience with classical music ensembles
  7. Strong computer skills, including familiarity with all Microsoft Office programs; familiarity with Orchestra Planning and Administrative Software (OPAS) is preferred
  8. Ability to motivate teams of student workers
  9. Careful attention to detail

To Apply:

For best consideration, interested and qualified applicants should electronically submit a cover letter, resume, two professional references, and salary requirements to: by November 1, 2014. Curtis offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and an attractive benefits package. Position available as early as December 2014. No phone calls, please. EOE.