Employment Opportunities

Join The Glimmerglass Festival team

The Glimmerglass Festival employs more than 350 people in the course of a single season. The core of the company is about 20 full-time, year-round staff members, amplified by seasonal staff and interns leading up to and including the summer Festival.

Available Full-Time, Year-Round Positions:
Music Librarian

Available Seasonal Positions:
No positions available at this time

Year-Round Positions

Music Librarian - The Glimmerglass Festival, located in Cooperstown, NY is seeking a skilled Music Librarian to join our team. The Music Librarian, reporting to the Director of Artistic Operations, is responsible for the preparation and distribution of music and scores for all Glimmerglass Festival Orchestra and all festival concert activities. The Music Librarian fulfills requests from music staff, executes procurement and rental needs for the season, and manages licensing requirements. The Music Librarian must remain flexible and adaptable to continuous changes such as cuts being added or deleted, insertion of excerpts from secondary sources, and transposition of arias into keys more comfortable for specific singers. He/she will facilitate early collaborations between the conductor and artistic staff months in advance of the performances to ensure the proper and timely preparation of scores and parts. The Music Librarian will communicate pertinent information (and the ensuing changes) to everyone involved in the production, including artistic administration, stage managers, stage directors, set and lighting designers, music staff, and assistant conductors. He/she must also maintain and recommend changes to the vocal and orchestral score collection, oversee purchases, care, and lending of these materials, and the production of vocal scores and orchestral parts not available for purchase.  

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Oversee the acquisition of all orchestra parts and scores and piano-vocal scores for each season.
  • Prepare and distribute all orchestra parts for The Glimmerglass Festival Orchestra according to established CBA timelines.
  • Engraving of orchestra parts, orchestral scores and piano-vocal scores in Finale, Sibelius, or similar music notation software.
  • Working closely with the Music Director, consult with guest conductors on preferred editions, cuts, and bowings, prepare practice parts and prepare additional scores and parts as needed.
  • Work with the Director of the Young Artists Program and Head of Music Staff to generate PDF parts and scores for run-out and promotional performances.
  • Curate the maintenance of the orchestral repertoire collection, including tracking performance history and updating inventory as needed (noting editions and bowings in stock).
  • Manage the rental of orchestral parts and scores, including invoicing and tracking of payments.
  • Prepare PDFs of orchestral excerpts for auditions after consultation with the Music Director, Orchestra Personnel Manager, and Voting Committee.
  • Manage communication with publishers related to performance history, all licensing needs (including grand rights, mechanical, etc.), and ensure adherence to all copyright laws.
  • Maintain and track ASCAP and BMI licensing and coordinate payments.
  • Train and supervise a music librarian summer intern to generate bowings, part and score preparation, and complete administrative tasks.
  • Mentor assistant conductors in the Young Artists Program in music library common practices and procedures.
  • Prepare the annual orchestra library budget, under the supervision of the Director of Artistic Operations. 
  • Manage and curate the music library’s audio recordings.
  • Participate in orchestra rehearsal and performance duty and assist with orchestra production elements as needed, including load-in and load-out of music and scores at all performance venues.


  • Bachelor’s degree in music performance, or equivalent combination of education and professional experience.
  • Minimum of three years professional experience as an opera orchestra librarian at the conservatory or professional orchestra level. Experience as an orchestral musician is preferred.
  • Significant knowledge of opera repertoire; ability to read, understand, and transpose a full orchestra score; and ability to translate foreign language musical terms. 
  • Ability to copy orchestra parts cleanly and legibly using manuscript paper and/or music notation software.
  • Extensive knowledge of copyright laws, and experience working with publishers related to licensing needs.
  • Knowledge of and experience working with binding and photocopying equipment.
  • Ability to work independently, prioritize tasks, take initiative, and exercise good judgment, while maintaining the ability to successfully work in a team environment. 
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office products required.
  • Fluency in Finale, Sibelius or similar music notation software required.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills, including the ability to interact with year-round administrative staff, seasonal artistic staff, conductors, and guest artists in a professional, confidential, timely and tactful manner.

Working Conditions/Physical Demands:

  • Ability to work flexible hours, including late night and long weekend hours during the summer festival season.
  • Willingness to sit in front of a computer and/or work table for long periods of time.
  • Ability to lift 25+ pounds regularly.

The Glimmerglass Festival offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and an attractive benefits package.

Interested and qualified applicants should electronically submit a cover letter, resume, and two professional references in a single PDF file to: cpowell@glimmerglass.org by September 15, 2017. Position will be open until filled. No phone calls, please. EOE.

Updated July 31, 2017