BOPS is looking for a new Music Director

About the orchestra

Bay of Plenty Symphonia Inc is a community orchestra based in Tauranga, in the beautiful Bay of Plenty. The orchestra presents 3-4 concert series a year and is made up of enthusiastic amateur musicians from around the region who enjoy its great community feel.  Rehearsals are currently held weekly on Thursday evenings.

Visit our website for more information, including recent video footage.

About the role

The ideal applicant will be forward thinking, encourage a great orchestral culture, whilst developing the orchestra further, promoting active and passive enjoyment of classical music and growing positive relationships with the community. The Musical Director will work alongside the Managing Committee to make sure the orchestra moves into a sustainable and exciting future.

The ideal applicant will have:


  • A tertiary education in music performance or equivalent
  • Experience working in or with community orchestras or similar
  • Relevant conducting experience


  • Conducting skills
  • Ideally, arranging and typesetting skills 
  • In-depth knowledge of orchestral repertoire, orchestral instruments and orchestral processes
  • Good communication skills 
  • Understanding of financial discipline and good governance
  • Leadership and motivational skills; solid understanding of balancing the social and artistic challenges of a community orchestra

A full job description is available here

How to apply

Our orchestra is performing on 6 May in Rotorua and on 7 May in Tauranga. We invite you to attend to see our orchestra in action. 

If you would like to join our fun and passionate orchestra, we’d love to hear from you. Please email your CV and cover letter to Applications close 19 May 2023.

Interviews will be held after applications close at a time suitable for both parties, either in person in Tauranga or via video conference.

We are looking to hold auditions in Tauranga in the form of an orchestral rehearsal, ideally on a Thursday evening in June, to be discussed with the applicant. Some flexibility may be possible.

Bay of Plenty Symphonia will consider making a contribution towards applicants’ travel and accommodation costs to attend an audition.

For questions, more information or to discuss other opportunities, please contact or call our concertmaster Rebecka on 021 025 911 96.