The Heifetz International Music Institute, dedicated to the artistic growth and career development of some of the most talented and promising young musicians in the world, seeks a personable, consummately skilled, and inspirational teacher, performer, and advocate to serve as the Institute’s next Artistic Director.
He or she will demonstrate superlative and innate musical skills, ideally both as a performing artist and as a respected pedagogue, capable of nurturing students and winning the confidence of the Institute’s renowned teaching faculty. This Artistic Director should possess an innovative and creative spirit, an outgoing personality, and an energetic attitude capable of attracting and admitting outstanding students, attracting and retaining top faculty, and engaging with the Heifetz Institute’s Board of Directors, patrons, donors, and audience members in its home community of Staunton, VA and beyond. The selected Artistic Director will join the Institute’s leadership team to continue inspiring and training the next generation of young musicians.
The mission of the Heifetz International Music Institute is to develop the expressive potential of every performer. Through the innovative and cross-disciplinary Heifetz Performance & Communication Training© method, the Institute teaches musicians to explore their creative potential beyond technical agility and beautiful playing, by communicating the emotive power of music and thus redefining the concert experience.
About the Heifetz Institute
From its humble origins in 1996, when 20 young violinists sought Founder & Artistic Director Daniel Heifetz’s tutelage for a two-week intensive string-instruction session at the Glenelg Country School in Howard County, Maryland, more than 2000 students have experienced and learned from the groundbreaking Heifetz method.
Today, the Heifetz Institute is a world-renowned nonprofit organization with an annual budget of $1.3 million. It conducts a six-week intensive summer program for advanced string students aged 13-30, two “HeifetzPEG” programs for exceptional young performers aged 9-13, and a robust program of National Outreach and Career Development dubbed Heifetz On Tour. In addition, the Institute enjoys partnerships with performing arts centers and festivals performers aged up and down the East coast, an array of educational and outreach activities, as well as a seven-day-a-week storefront retail operation based in the artistic and tourist mecca of Staunton, Virginia, known for its historic, culturally vibrant downtown and stunning natural beauty. Staunton, sandwiched in the Shenandoah Valley between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountains, regularly appears on lists of the nation’s best main streets and small cities in such publications as Smithsonian, Travel & Leisure, USA Today, and Architectural Digest.
The Summer Program
While the Heifetz organization has significantly increased its year-round operations, the next Artistic Director’s chief responsibility will be the artistic leadership of the Institute’s six-week summer program, held on the campus of Mary Baldwin University (MBU). The limited number of elite violin, viola, and cello students from around the globe has been and will always be the heart and definition of the Heifetz Institute. The 82 students in the 2017 class ranged in age between 14 and 27, hailing from 20 U.S. states and 19 countries. The Juilliard School, New England Conservatory, Cleveland Institute of Music, the Eastman School of Music, the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University, and the Curtis Institute of Music were the most represented institutions, though we also welcomed students from such international locales as the Sibelius Academy (Finland), the Salzburg Mozarteum (Austria), the Musikhochschule Lübeck, (Germany), the Bachmann-Mehta Institute (Tel Aviv), the Singapore Conservatory, and even the Pymble Ladies College in Sydney, Australia. .
In addition to the intensity of two private lessons per week, chamber music coachings, and five hours per day of practice time, the students take a series of one-hour classes each afternoon (one per day) in Speaking in Public, Voice, Drama, Movement, Health & Wellness, and Freedom of Expression. This innovative, comprehensive, and cross- disciplinary curriculum enhances each student’s ability to become a more expressive, effective communicator.
The Institute’s intensive Festival of Concerts serves as the “third leg” of the unique Heifetz program – the experiential proving ground for both the intense string instruction as well as the Communication Training curriculum. Each summer, we provide our young artists a myriad of opportunities to discover their potential on the concert stage – be it an outdoor pavilion, on the main stage of the Institute’s home base of Francis Auditorium on the MBU campus, at intimate noontime concerts at the iconic Blackfriars Playhouse (the world’s only faithful replica of Shakespeare’s indoor theatre), or on Saturday nights, when the Institute’s unique “Heifetz Hootenanny” multi-genre musical explorations take place under a massive tent on the picturesque MBU campus. From June to early August, the Heifetz Institute presents more than 50 concerts and events during the six-week program.
Heifetz On Tour
Heifetz On Tour, the Institute’s National Program of Outreach and Career Development, is another key component of the Institute’s work. The program is designed to create real-world performance and outreach opportunities for promising young alumni, both in our home region of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, and with partner institutions on the East Coast, ranging from south Florida to northern New Hampshire. It also serves as a vital fundraising, marketing, and recruitment platform for the Institute.
Each round of Heifetz on Tour takes a small group of alumni on a week-long journey to perform together in venues ranging from schools in underserved communities to first- rate museums and concert halls. Another imperative is to bring these top-notch, classically-trained performers to places that do not usually feature classical music, including general stores, senior centers, hospitals, churches, social clubs, and even outdoor farmers’ markets. During 2016-17, Heifetz on Tour artists presented some 45 events over the course of six touring weeks. The next Artistic Director will be expected to help shape, define, and guide the direction of this important Heifetz Institute function.
Heifetz Institute Finances
The non-profit Heifetz International Music Institute has now exceeded the $1 million revenue threshold for the past two years. Total FY17 revenues were $1.3 million, representing an increase of more than 12% over FY 16. That growth was bolstered by a significant increase in ticket revenue (aided by the sale of 130 “season passes” to local patrons), program advertising, and retail sales in the year-round Gift Shop in the heart of Staunton, VA’s historic downtown. In addition, the Institute enjoys support from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the Virginia Commission for the Arts (VCA) and the Virginia Tourism Corporation, from several community, family and private foundations, and a broad cross-section of individual donors across the nation.
POSITION DESCRIPTION: HEIFETZ INSTITUTE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
In this context, the next Artistic Director, working in collaboration with the Heifetz Institute’s leadership team headed up by the Institute’s Executive Director, will be charged with the following duties:
o Recruiting, hiring, inspiring, and supporting a talented, renowned, and diverse faculty, equally skilled in performance or pedagogy
o Acting as the liaison and advocate for the Heifetz Institutefaculty
o In collaboration with the Executive Director, planning and creating programming that embraces the philosophies and furthers the mission of the Heifetz Institute, including the summer program, Heifetz On Tour, and other programmatic activities of the Institute.
o Participating in and supporting the cultivation and solicitation of donors, including foundations, corporations, individuals, and government agencies
o PerforminginatleastoneCelebritySeriesconcertpersummer,ifthesuccessful candidate is a performing artist
o Supporting the educational and community outreach imperatives of theInstitute o Facilitating and helping to shape the brand of the Institute by playing a key role in the institutional marketing of the organization
o Serving as a prominent representative of the Heifetz Institute to the public as well as among a national and international network of music professionals, with the ability to articulate the mission, vision, and goals of the organization.
o Engaging with the Heifetz Board of Directors to help maximize their effectiveness and support
o Working, when schedule permits, with Heifetz On Tour troupes to amplify their value as ambassadors of the Institute
It is unlikely that any one applicant will have all the following qualifications, but we will assess candidates with these considerations in mind:
o Extensive experience as a performing artist in the realm of Westernclassical music.
o Extensive experience as a teacher of stringed (e.g., violin, viola, cello) instruments preferred.
o Strong professional and/or educational background in Western classical music.
o Belief in and commitment to the value and importance of teaching the emotive understanding and presentation of music, as exemplified by the Heifetz Institute’s multi-disciplinary Performance and Communication Training curriculum
o The ability to articulate clearly the ideas and vision of the Institute in spoken and written form
o Comfort with inspiring and interacting with all types of donors and potential Board members
o An understanding of budgeting, marketing, development, endowments, and other basics of nonprofit arts management
o A demonstrated history of commitment to building and supporting adiverse community.
The search committee is seeking someone who embodies the best of our beliefs about what we want the Institute itself to be, someone whose personal qualities and values include:
o A fundamental and abiding interest in music in all its forms and expressions
o An interest in concert presentation and production, and a willingness to explore new possibilities
o A strong commitment to collaboration, inclusion, and kindness, within the Institute and the broader community
o A belief in the power of music to transform lives for the better and the ability to articulate that belief
o Intellectual curiosity, a breadth of interests, and an openness to innovative ideas
o A talent for storytelling, not just in concert but also in telling the story of the Heifetz Institute to the world
o A desire to maintain and expand a network of friends and colleagues in the professional world of music
PROCEDURES FOR APPLYING
Interested candidates are asked to submit a cover letter describing their interest and qualifications, and a résumé or C.V. outlining teaching and performing experience. Electronic applications are preferred. The Heifetz International Music Institute is committed to building a culturally diverse organization and strongly encourages applications from female and minority candidates. All applications will be held in strict confidence by the search committee.
Please direct questions and applications to: ADSearch@heifetzinstitute.org. Anyone wishing to make confidential inquiries prior to applying to the committee can email Robert Braun, Search Committee Chair: RNBRAUN@gmail.com.