Assistant Librarian (Part-time)

Washington DC
Oct 05, 2018
Oct 29, 2018
Part Time

The National Symphony Assistant Librarian supports performance activities of the NSO by preparing music for orchestra players and conductors to use on stage.

Duties and Responsibilities:

75% Music Preparation:

    Maintenance of library music collection
    • carry out essential work on new sets of parts (inventory, possession stamp, numbering of parts, addition to database, creation of storage folder and addition to inventory and performance history tracking sheets, addition to OPAS database and rolodex)

20% Rehearsal/Concert/Conductor/Musician/Staff support:

    Participate in library concert duty and rehearsal rotation Answer questions posed in-person, in phone calls, and via email from conductors, musicians, and staff about NSO performances, past performances, and general music questions Fill practice part, page turn, and other orchestra part related requests Prepare sets of scores for cover conductors, score readers, and guest conductors Respond to requests from the KC Friends and members of the general public about historical NSO performances and general repertoire

5% Chamber Music management:

    Track use of collection (loans and returns) Maintain physical collection (storage folders, practice/master copies) Sort, file and create database/rolodex records for all new titles, donations and acquisitions


  • Bachelor or Masters degree in performance, musicology, music education or other related field

  • 2-3 years work experience in an orchestra library

Minimum Skills and/or Knowledge Required

  • Knowledge of bowings, string and orchestra part markings

  • Knowledge of orchestra instruments (names in multiple languages, ranges, transpositions)

  • Basic understanding of

    • Copyright law as pertains to music performance

    • Techniques for part and score binding, maintenance, and repair

    • Repertoire, editions, and publishers

    • Microsoft Office, Excel, OPAS

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is a world premier performing arts organization and our nation's cultural center. Diversity is a critical component of our mission, vision, and values. Our staff exhibits a wide variety of perspectives and experiences which enable us to foster and strengthen an environment of diversity and inclusion.

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