The 2020-2021 season marks Maestro David Itkin’s 16th season as Music Director and Conductor of the Abilene Philharmonic, and his 13th year serving as Professor of Music and Director of Orchestral Studies at the University of North Texas College of Music, where his recent performances have included Mahler Symphony No. 4, the Verdi Requiem, Beethoven Symphony No. 9, and Puccini’s Turandot with the UNT Grand Chorus, and Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen with the UNT Opera Theatre.
During the 2018-2019 season he also joined the Abilene Opera Company for Handel’s Messiah and a fully staged production of West Side Story.
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THE ABILENE PHILHARMONIC ASSOCIATION UNLEASHES THE POWER OF MUSIC TO ENTERTAIN, EDUCATE, AND INSPIRE THROUGH LIVE SYMPHONIC MUSIC AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT.
The Abilene Philharmonic is one of
Abilene’s most established performing arts
organizations. Its history traces back to
September 1950, when community
supporters organized a musical group called
the Abilene Symphony Orchestra with Jay
Dietzer as its first conductor. Concerts were
held in the old Abilene High School, now
Lincoln Middle School.
The first program was presented December 2, 1950 with works by Beethoven, Schubert, Grieg and Wagner. Mr. Dietzer remained with the orchestra through three seasons...
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The 2020-2021 season marks Maestro David Itkin’s 16th season as Music Director and Conductor of the Abilene Philharmonic, and his 13th year serving as Professor of Music and Director of Orchestral Studies at the University of North Texas College of Music, where his recent performances have included Mahler Symphony No. 4, the Verdi Requiem, Beethoven Symphony No. 9, and Puccini’s Turandot with the UNT Grand Chorus, and Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen with the UNT Opera Theatre. During the 2018-2019 season he also joined the Abilene Opera Company for Handel’s Messiah and a fully staged production of West Side Story.
Following a distinguished 17-year tenure, Maestro Itkin was named Conductor Laureate of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra in July 2010. Previously Mr. Itkin served as Music Director & Conductor of the Las Vegas Philharmonic, Artistic Director and Conductor of the McCall Summerfest in McCall, Idaho, and as Music Director & Conductor of the Lake Forest Symphony (Chicago), the Kingsport Symphony, the Birmingham Opera Theatre, and the Lucius Woods Music Festival (Wisconsin).
During past seasons Maestro Itkin’s career has taken him to 45 U.S. states and 15 countries in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, including concerts and recordings with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Slovenska Filhamonija, the San Diego Symphony, and the Seoul Philharmonic. Other guest conducting appearances include concerts with the Colorado Philharmonic, the Annapolis Symphony, the National Repertory Orchestra, the Fort Worth Symphony, the Illinois Symphony, the Delaware Symphony, the New Hampshire Symphony, the Cheyenne Symphony, and the Indianapolis, Baltimore, and Reno Chamber Orchestras. During the Summer of 2006 Maestro Itkin appeared once again with the Slovenska Filharmonija in Ljubljana, Slovenia, conducting the opening concert of the 14th World Saxophone Congress.
His book, Conducting Concerti, was released in August 2014 to considerable critical acclaim. Leonard Slatkin called Conducting Concerti “a valuable textbook for the aspiring Maestro” and “highly recommended”, and Samuel Adler wrote that it is “an invaluable addition to the world of conducting textbooks.”
Mr. Itkin’s first film score (“Sugar Creek”) was recorded in 2006 by the Arkansas Symphony for the film’s 2007 release. His most recent major work, “Exodus”, an oratorio, was premiered in April 2005 in Little Rock, with William Shatner narrating. “Exodus” was released worldwide on CD in 2007.
In May 2009 Maestro Itkin was awarded both an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by Lyon College and the Above the Barre award by Ballet Arkansas.
In addition to his professional schedule, Maestro Itkin regularly serves as a guest conductor/clinician, including concerts with the Arkansas All-State Orchestra, the Southern California High School Honors Orchestra, the Maine All-State Orchestra, the Las Vegas Senior Honors Orchestra, and several Texas all-region Honors Orchestras.
Also in demand as a speaker and lecturer, Mr. Itkin has been asked to lecture for a wide variety of organizations, including SilverSea cruise lines, two consecutive years as a featured lecturer for the Arkansas Governor’s School, the Texas Association of Symphony Orchestras, and a keynote address at the National Federation of Music Clubs national conference.
This internship is an ideal position for those interested in exploring a position in an orchestral and/or nonprofit setting. The Intern will work closely with all APO staff and provide support. Duties include general clerical, receptionist and project based work.
Education: High school diploma or GED.
Experience: Previous experience in an office setting preferred.
Knowledge, skills and abilities: Knowledge of standard office practices. Excellent customer service skills. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to work independently and take initiative when appropriate. Writing/proofreading skills and an understanding of the English language (both written and oral) are required. Ability to use standard office equipment such as copy machines, multi-line telephones, fax machines, personal computer. Ability to use Microsoft Office Suite. Must be able to lift a minimum of 20 lbs. Must be able to handle all aspects of position in a positive, professional, timely, and efficient manner. Ability to interact in social settings and varied situations. Music background a plus, but not required.
Email your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Intern” in the subject line.
Please include the following information in the cover letter:
• How you learned of the position
• Description of how your qualifications and experience match Abilene Philharmonic’s needs.