Assistant Librarian (2-Year Position)
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The Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra is pleased to announce an opening for a two-year position of Assistant Librarian. At the conclusion of the two-year term, the Interim Assistant Librarian will be advanced to Finalist for the permanent Assistant Librarian position, if the permanent job becomes available.

Duration: August 2022 through August 2024 with position audition in Fall 2024.

This represents a unique opportunity not only to work in the dynamic environment of a thriving, top-tier orchestra, but also to amass music preparation experience for opera and ballet productions, educational and outreach concerts, as well as special projects including commissions, premieres, video streaming, and recordings. This position will be awarded to the candidate with a demonstrated commitment to a career of orchestra librarianship.

The Assistant Librarian will report to the Principal Librarian to provide support for the day-to-day functioning of the library. The Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra (CSO/CPO) librarians also provide library services for Cincinnati May Festival, Cincinnati Opera, and Cincinnati Ballet. Work hours will occur primarily on weekdays between 9AM and 5PM, but require some flexibility. Evening and weekend work hours may include rehearsals and concert duty rotation. Occasional travel to venues, both downtown (such as the Aronoff Centre) and around the Cincinnati area (such as Riverbend) is required.


- Assist in music preparation for all CSO, CPO, and May Festival rehearsals and performances. General responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Editing and proofing;
  • Adding measure numbers or rehearsal letters;
  • Marking cuts or preparing inserts;
  • Transferring bowings between principal string parts and bowing scores;
  • Preparing and breaking down orchestra folders 
  • Fixing page turns, photocopying, and scanning;
  • File management;

- Assist in all preparation of Cincinnati Opera music, including checking PVs against full scores, marking cuts and inserts, working with banda parts, and creating excerpts for the annual Gala concert.

- Assist in all preparation of Cincinnati Ballet music, including marking and checking extensive cuts and inserts.

- Catalog and file CSO, CPO, MF, CO, and CB sets and new works.

- Ship rental music to publishers and maintain shipping records.

- Support the CSO's diversity, equity and inclusion goals including the fostering of a respectful organizational culture

- All other duties as assigned. Specific responsibilities will also include:

  • Project manage Young People’s and Lollipop concerts, as guided by the Acting Associate Principal Librarian;
  • Maintain the Library section of the orchestra musicians’ website (via OPAS Online). 
  • Manage the Chamber Music Library, and coordinate with CSO chamber ensembles to provide music as needed.

- The successful candidate is expected to have a degree in music, and therefore will be knowledgeable in performance practices, composition, music theory, and foreign language music terms. Working knowledge of office computer systems is also expected.

- The successful candidate will have prior orchestra library experience, preferably with a professional and/or MOLA-member orchestra.

- The successful candidate’s strengths will include:

  • Attention to detail and ability to efficiently produce neat work;
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and consistently meet deadlines;
  • Ability to work independently;
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

- The successful candidate must be reliable, prompt, and must respect sensitive or confidential information.

- The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to the responsibilities of the CSO/CPO Library.

- Knowledge of OPAS, OPAS Online, Acrobat Pro, and/or Photoshop is highly encouraged. Knowledge of music preparation software (such as Finale or Sibelius) is a plus.

- Must be able to lift 30 pounds.

Benefits: Generous benefits and relocation is available with this position. 

A Commitment to Inclusion: The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s commitment to inclusion is fundamental to who we are as an organization. Reflecting our community and the world around at every level – on stage, behind-the-scenes, and in neighborhoods throughout the region — is essential to the CSO’s present and future and makes us a stronger ensemble and institution. We encourage underrepresented candidates to apply.

Salary Description
$16 - $17 per hour