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Principal Harp

Preliminary Auditions: 
Monday, June 17, 2019
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 (morning only)

Semifinal and Finals Auditions: 
Semis: Tuesday afternoon, June 18, 2019
Finals: Wednesday afternoon, June 19, 2019

Principal Harp Rep List
Principal Harp Non-Rental Excerpts

Location: 
Helzberg Hall in the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, MO. 

Maps of downtown Kansas City and the Kauffman Center

Additional Information: 
In addition to a one-page resume (due by Monday, April 29), applicants must send a refundable check for $99 made payable to the Kansas City Symphony no later than Monday, May 20. Depending on the level of interest, we may screen résumés after the April 29 résumé deadline. Following the screening, all applicants will be notified about their invitation to attend this audition by email. Those musicians we are inviting will be given an assigned audition time only after we have received a deposit check by the above stated deadline. Invited musicians will have their deposit check returned to them at the audition or if a cancellation is made prior to one week before the audition. For those not invited, the $99 deposit will be destroyed following the audition.

This vacancy for Principal Harp is tenure track. It is expected that the winner of this audition will begin employment with the Kansas City Symphony in September 2019 for the start of the 2019-2020 season.

Annual Salary for the Principal Harp position: 
Minimum Salary: $75,652
Electronic Media Guarantee: $1,386
TOTAL Annual Salary for Principal Harp*: $77,038

*An additional week of salary is available if the musician participates in the very popular Community Connections program. While this participation is optional, it would provide up to an additional $1,801 bringing the total annual salary to $78,839.

About the Kansas City Symphony: 
The Kansas City Symphony aspires to be a destination for the world’s best musicians. As the largest performing arts organization in the Kansas City region, the Symphony seeks to transform hearts, minds and communities through the power of symphonic music. During its 42-week season, the Symphony performs a wide variety of Classical subscription, educational, special and outreach concerts. In addition, the Kansas City Symphony performs for virtually all productions of the Lyric Opera of Kansas City and the Kansas City Ballet.

The KCS performs in the beautiful Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, a space internationally recognized for its world-class acoustics.  Kansas City and its suburbs have been ranked as among the best places to live in the USA, and the KC metro area is estimated to have cost of living that is 85-90% of the national average. Kansas City is remarkably sophisticated, has very strong support for the arts, a generous philanthropic community, easy traffic and great restaurants.

The KCS has an enviable record of financial stability for years, and in 2017 completed a $55 million endowment campaign that will bring the Symphony’s endowment to approximately $100 million.  The KCS also has long-term stability in its artistic and administrative staff, and an excellent and highly-engaged Board of Directors. The culture of the Kansas City Symphony is expressed in our core values of excellence, trust, and respect, and there are outstanding relations between the musicians, staff, and board.

Benefits for all orchestra positions include:
-42 week season
-2019-2020 season annual base salary is $61,908 (including $33/wk Electronic Media Guarantee)
-An additional week of salary is available to each musician for participation in the popular Community Connections program. Participation is optional. 
-Health Insurance coverage through Blue Cross Blue Shield with $0 in-network deductible, $20 in-network co-pays, and an annual out-of-pocket maximum of only $750.
-Dental, Life & ADD, Instrument, and Long Term Disability Insurance
-Up to 12-week paid maternity/paternity leave
-19 days paid vacation per season
-Three personal days per season, accumulating to 9
-One relief week per season, plus 4 discretionary relief days
-5.45% Pension Contribution to the AFM-EPF
-2% Contribution to 403b with additional matching provisions available up to another 1.5%

Since the 2010-2011 season, the annual base compensation has increased by 31% and will increase an additional 9% from 2019 to 2021.

Please submit a one-page resume by email, mail, or fax which is clearly marked with the name of the position being auditioned for to:

Elizabeth Fairfield, Assistant Orchestra Personnel Manager
Kansas City Symphony
1703 Wyandotte St., Suite 200
Kansas City, MO 64108
email: auditions@kcsymphony.org
phone: 816-218-2622
fax: 816-329-1822