Careers

Job Openings

The Orchestra of the Americas: Orchestra Librarian-in-Residence
Application deadline: January 25, 2020

Boston Symphony Orchestra: Assistant Librarian
Application deadline: February 3, 2020

The Cleveland Orchestra: Head Librarian
Application deadline: February 3, 2020

City of London Sinfonia: Performances Manager
Application deadline: February 10, 2020, 12:00

Brevard Music Center: Head Librarian
Application deadline: February 10, 2020, for best consideration

Brevard Music Center: Assistant Librarians (three positions)
Application deadline: February 10, 2020, for best consideration

Pacific Symphony: Orchestra Librarian
Application deadline: February 14, 2020

Sewanee Summer Music Festival: Assistant Librarian
Application deadline: February 22, 2020

Aspen Music Festival and School: Head Orchestra Librarian
Application deadline: Open until filled

Aspen Music Festival and School: Orchestra Librarians (multiple positions)
Application deadline: Open until filled

Music Academy of the West: Music Librarian
Application deadline: Open until filled

Music Academy of the West: Library Assistant
Application deadline: Open until filled

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp: Music Librarian
Application deadline: Open until filled

Pasadena Symphony and POPS: Music Librarian
Application deadline: Open until filled

Training Opportunities

Summer music festival internships and ensemble librarian internships, assistantships, apprenticeships, and fellowships:

National Repertory Orchestra: Library Fellow
Application deadline: January 31, 2020; applications reviewed as submitted

Tanglewood Music Center: Library Fellow
Application deadline: February 3, 2020

Sarasota Music Festival: Library Fellow
Application deadline: February 15, 2020

Santa Fe Opera: Orchestra Library Apprentice
Application deadline: February 15, 2020

Spoleto Festival USA: Orchestra Personnel Management Apprentice (with librarian component)
Application deadline: February 28, 2020

National Orchestral Institute + Festival: Music Librarian Fellowship
Application deadline: March 2, 2020 for best consideration

National Music Festival: Music Library Apprentice
Application deadline: open until filled

The Glimmerglass Festival: Music Library Intern
Application deadline: open until filled

Interlochen Center for the Arts: Ensemble Library Intern
Application deadline: open until filled

Submit a Job Opening

Does your organization have a librarian opening? Would you like to see it listed here? Submit a job opening by sending an e-mail to the MOLA administrator with the following:
  • orchestra name
  • position title
  • application deadline
  • URL address to the ad on your organization's server 
(PDF or HTML page, MOLA will not upload attachments to its server, we will link to the original on your organization's website)

Farabee Librarian Exchange Program

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The Marcia Farabee Librarian Exchange Program offers performance librarians in the first five years of their career the opportunity to visit and participate in the workings of a different organization. The program is open for MOLA members. You can find further information on the FLEP page.

MOLA Pen Pal Program

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Needing advice?  Keen to share your knowledge?  MOLA Pen Pals offers an opportunity for one-on-one conversations from career advice to copyright - and everything in between.  All MOLA member librarians are welcome. You can find further information on the PEN PAL page.

MLA Career Advisory Service

Music Library Association Career Advisory Service. 

Anyone interested in music librarianship at any stage of his/her career, from library students to library workers, from active professional librarians to those heading for retirement, are welcome to use this service.

MLA Career Advisory Service

The Orchestral Librarian

The Orchestral Librarian - A Career Introduction

The performance librarian, often called an orchestra librarian, is a music preparation specialist who works in an ensemble library. The musical ensemble he or she serves is often an orchestra, but could be an opera or ballet company, festival, military service ensemble, or educational institution.

The field of performance librarianship is relatively small and selective. It is a career that appeals to the musically curious and highly organized person who likes direct contact with artists, musicians, and administrators in the production of concerts.

Performance librarians are comprehensive musicians/administrators who must bring a keen attention to detail to all of their work. Many have studied music performance and performed in ensembles, which serves as an excellent frame of reference. As of 2019, no college, conservatory, or university has offered an official program of study or degree in performance librarianship, however there are many internships and apprentice programs where aspiring librarians can gain skills and experience.

The Performance Librarian: A Career Introduction (available in English, Spanish and French)