Job Openings

Yakima Symphony Orchestra:  Orchestra Librarian
Application Deadline: priority consideration by 30 September 2021; but open until filled

Toronto Symphony Orchestra: Principal Librarian
Application Deadline: 8 October 2021

St. Louis Symphony: Librarian
Application Deadline: 8 October 2021

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra: Principal Librarian
Application Deadline: 1 November 2021

Portland Opera:  Music Assistant
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

San Francisco Symphony:  Youth Orchestra Assistant Librarian
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Tucson Symphony: Music Librarian
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Northwestern University: Orchestra Librarian & Administrative Assistant
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Boston Conservatory at Berklee: Assistant Performance Librarian (part-time)
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Training Opportunities

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

National Youth Orchestra of The United States of America:  Orchestra Library Apprentice
Application Deadline:  11 November 2021

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 
(MOLA will not upload attachments to its server; we will link to the original on your organization's website)

Résumé Guidance

Not sure what goes into a music librarian résumé?
We have helpful hints to demystify the librarian résumé - check out MOLA's  Performance/Ensemble Librarian Résumé Basics HERE

MOLA Pen Pal Program

Need 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.

Farabee Librarian Exchange Program

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.

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 Chinese, English, French, Japanese, Korean, & Spanish)