Founded in 1932 by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra has evolved into one of the world’s finest orchestras as Sydney has become one of the world’s great cities.

The orchestra is resident at the iconic Sydney Opera House as well as sustaining relationships with local and regional communities.

From a subscription audience in 1936 of 500 people, in 2014 under the baton of new Principal Conductor David Robertson the Sydney Symphony Orchestra performed over 200 concerts and unique programs to more than 300,000 people, with more than a quarter of these to audiences and groups for no charge.

In addition to its main stage performance work, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra also undertakes education and outreach activities in conjunction with its touring activities in regional NSW and Canberra.

It’s an exciting time to be joining one of Sydney’s most loved cultural organisations as we are in a new phase in the development of the orchestra’s brand beyond the geographic confines of Australia.

In looking at the future for the SSO in the global context it is clear there is an opportunity to align with the significant economic, political and cultural shifts taking place in the world. The continuing rise in the strength and importance of Asia provides an opportunity to build our presence across this region to take advantage of the growing interest in, and consumption of, our art form.

The excellence of the SSO ensemble, high profile artistic leadership and effective administration team provides the impetus to build a regular and creative link with key markets in Asia, particularly China, Japan and Korea.


To reflect the expansion of the education, outreach and engagement programs over the past few years, the Education Department was rebranded as Learning and Engagement, a title more reflective of the enormous number of diverse activities going on, and particularly the expansion of outreach initiatives and opportunities for learning tied to the main-stage work of the orchestra.

In 2014 more than 34,974 people connected with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra through its Education and Developing Artist programs including 28,000 teachers and students in school concerts, in 11 regional education programs and with 5,000 patrons attending SSO Fellow performances, along with other rehearsals, master-classes and outreach activities in Australia and China.

The new Director, Learning & Engagement will be a key contributor to our future through the leadership of the Learning & Engagement Department staff and its activities including education concerts, teacher training and resources, the emerging artist program, and outreach initiatives.

Critical to this role will be:

  • Minimum 5 years successful leadership as a professional music educator working in collaboration with professional musicians and conductors.
  • Tertiary music qualifications, passionate about classical and symphonic music and demonstrated successful teaching experience.
  • High Level Experience in the design of music education programs and knowledge of the current curricula’s.
  • Superior communication, presentation, people and management skills.
  • Ability to engage and inspire a range of audiences with the work of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
  • Ability to develop and maintain a network of Australian education sector contacts and to establish an excellent reputation as a leader in the broader education communities in Australia and internationally.


Full details of the SSO, the role and the application requirements can be found in the Information for Candidates pack that is available for download here:

Download PDF


AEGEUS Executive Search


T: +612 8091 2464

The closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm AEST Wednesday 15 April 2015