Upcoming Auditions

The Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra is holding auditions for the following positions:

3rd Clarinet/Bass Clarinet
3rd Oboe/Utility English Horn

Auditions will be held on January 17th, 2019 at the following location:

Boulder Seventh Day Adventist Church
345 Mapleton Avenue
Boulder CO 80301

To apply, send a resume to personnel@boulderphil.org

3rd Clarinet/Bass Clarinet Repertoire
3rd Oboe/Utility English Horn Repertoire

Employment Opportunity

Position:  Director of Education and Community Engagement (half time position)

Job Description: The Director of Education and Community Engagement (EDCE) leads the design, development, administration, and execution of all education, community engagement, and outreach activities of the Boulder Phil. S/he works with the Executive Director (ED) and entire Phil team to create and implement robust education, outreach and audience development initiatives that increase the impact, accessibility, and visibility of all Boulder Phil programming.

Reporting to the ED, the EDCE Director assists in crafting the organization’s overall education community engagement plan. S/he is liaison with the board’s education committee and provides leadership in defining, executing and funding the Boulder Phil’s education and outreach programs and other activities that meaningfully engage the community. S/he works to identify and cultivate diverse collaborative partnerships that promote development of specific initiatives and connections that further expand the organization’s reach.

Areas of responsibility include:

  • Oversee and develop Discovery Concert educational outreach program. Build and maintain relationships with key collaborating educators and school administrators, developing programming, curricular support materials, and operational plans yearly. Establish goals for attendance, impact, geographic reach, etc. Manage all logistics, direct volunteers. Evaluate program yearly.
  • Work with ED and Music Director to define, develop and execute educational outreach strategy, and build an exemplary, high-profile, and self-funding outreach program.
  • Manage EDCE budget, with monthly reporting.
  • Provide guidance for the Education Committee, including cultivation of new members, involvement of community stakeholders, and ongoing committee work.
  • Maintain and develop all outreach programming, including side-by-side youth and adult events, family and sensory-friendly programming, guided musical hikes, pre-concert talks, and responsive collaborative outreach initiatives that increase the Phil’s reach.
  • Coordinate audience development efforts, including free ticket distribution, subscriber appreciation initiatives, accessible free events, and newcomer engagement.
  • Attend concerts and special events and cultivate patron relationships.
  • Create and coordinate content for concert programs, manage ad trade relationships.
  • Oversee Education Interns and volunteers.

Job Requirements: 

  • Relevant educational background, 3-5 years of professional experience in nonprofit education and engagement work. Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Understanding and passion for orchestral music and desire to use music as a vehicle for building community and improving lives.
  • Demonstrated excellence in program development, project leadership, and motivating individuals and teams to achieve success.
  • Relationship builder and networker with strong interpersonal and communication skills, and excellent writing.
  • Highly motivated to engage the community widely in supporting the mission of the Boulder Phil. Ability to articulate organizational goals, accomplishments and aspirations.
  • Well-developed understanding of community engagement practices and current education trends.


  • Compensation commensurate with experience. Two weeks vacation plus the week before New Year’s Day.

How To Apply

Internship Program

The Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra hosts a robust internship program with a highly acclaimed regional professional orchestra, providing learning opportunities in all areas of operations. We are currently accepting applications.

Interns are directly involved in many aspects of operations and work alongside experienced professionals, community members, and a network of arts leaders within the Boulder cultural community. Working in a smaller nonprofit setting both allows and requires interns to be flexible and work within multiple departments. As part of the Phil team, an intern gains solid professional skills while facilitating the day-to-day work at the Boulder Phil. Interns leave the Phil with high quality, professional experience on their resumes and the knowledge and confidence to work successfully in arts administration. Examples of internships include but are not limited to:

Education & Community Engagement Intern (Fall-Spring):

Program Support: Works with the Director of Education and Community Engagement (EDCE) to create supplemental materials for programs throughout the year, both in education and for general publicity of the Boulder Phil. Interns also participate in dialogue about new and expanding programs. Examples of projects include creating curriculum guides and event flyers; facilitating communications with arts partners, patrons, teachers, and students; gathering data and analyzing program impact; coordinating volunteers.

Event Planning and Support: Work with the Directors of EDCE and Development to prepare and execute events throughout the year, including the annual fundraising gala, Discovery Concert program, special events, and community programs. This work includes publicity, recruitment of participants, logistics, and communications. Over the course of a season the intern develops a breadth of skills and experience to enable him/her to serve as lead staff for one or more events.

Grant Writing Support: Assist with preparation of grant proposals relating to education and community engagement s appropriate. Develop understanding of the grant writing process and skills in gathering data and creating persuasive narrative.

The EDCE intern crosses heavily into Development/Marketing in many projects. Interns will work with both the directors on a variety of projects. Ideally, this individual will spend an entire production season with us (September through April), averaging 10 hours a week with flexible scheduling.

Development/Marketing Intern (Fall-Spring):

Special events: Assist with planning and implementation of our annual Boulder Phil Fanfare and other smaller fundraising events and recitals throughout the year. Research and maintain files on current and potential sponsors.
Grant proposals: Assist in writing/editing/submitting grant applications to foundations, government, or corporate funding sources.
Donor relations: Assist Director of Development in writing/sending direct mail solicitation and acknowledgment letters.
Donor prospecting: Conduct background research on potential or current donors (foundations, corporations, and individuals).
Marketing/Audience Development: Conduct grassroots marketing to local groups and student populations, write copy, create and edit website and e-newsletter content.

Ideally, this individual will spend an entire production season with us (September through April), averaging 10 hours a week with flexible scheduling.

Administrative Intern (Summer, and other terms as available):

Marketing & Outreach: Assist with online calendars, mass mailings, proof-reading, market research and promotions.
Patron Relations: Assist with ticketing, database updates, and outreach to social service agencies.
Operations: Maintain recording archive, update repertoire history, and prepare and submit reports for music licensing.

Ideally, this individual will average 10 hours a week during the summer months with flexible scheduling.

For all internships, we seek people with positive attitudes and a willingness to learn. Strong writing, interpersonal skills and attention to detail are required. Experience with Microsoft Excel and Word required; HTML and graphics programs a plus. At the end of the experience, the intern should have a good idea of many of the working aspects in a dynamic, hard-working non-profit organization. Interns are generally recent graduates, current graduate students, or career changers. Individuals who have recently completed internships with the Boulder Phil have moved on to full-time employment in arts management, graduate school, or careers in teaching and performing. If interested, please send your resume to info@boulderphil.org.

** Internships are unpaid positions. Job perks include complimentary tickets to all Boulder Philharmonic concerts, access to arts leaders across the region, and valuable experience working in a dynamic, mid-sized non-profit organization.

To apply please send cover letter and resume to info@boulderphil.org 

The Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra gives equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, age, citizenship, ancestry, national origin, handicap, disability, political service, political affiliation, or status as a Vietnam-era or special disabled veteran. In addition, the Boulder Phil will comply with any affirmative action requirements that apply and with all EEO requirements that apply under state and local law.