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OrganizationPeter Winik
TypePart Time
Application DeadlineMarch 1, 2018
College Degree Required?Yes



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Wintergreen Performing Arts, Inc. seeks an energetic, organized, and passionate manager of the Wintergreen Summer Music Academy. Now in its third decade, the Wintergreen Summer Music Academy runs concurrently with the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival.

  • Job Title: Academy Manager
  • Job type: Year Round – Part Time. Remote, contracted position. Required onsite residency between July 5 and August 7, 2018.

Duties and responsibilities:

This administrative leadership position works with the Artistic Director to oversee year-round activities of the Wintergreen Summer Music Academy. The Academy Manager will report to the Artistic Director, but will also work collaboratively with the Executive Director, Festival Coordinator, and Dean of Students.

Duties and hours of this position will be mutually agreed upon by Artistic Director, Executive Director, and Academy Manager. WPA would like an Academy Manager with ideas on the structure, direction, and future of the Academy, and therefore the job will be partially shaped by the successful candidate.

Regardless of specifics, this position will:

  • With the Artistic Director, oversee programmatic and educational elements of the Wintergreen Summer Music Academy, currently in its third decade of teaching the next generation of musicians and arts administrators
  • Collaborate with Artistic Director and Executive Director to shape the direction of the Academy
  • Develop, manage, and execute recruitment initiatives for all divisions of the Academy
  • Interface with students at all stages of the recruitment, application, enrollment, and study process
  • Empower artistic chairs of each division to recruit students, design creative programs and schedules, and communicate expectations
  • Manage multiple constituents, including summer Academy staff
  • Maintain and update records on students, prospects, schools, teachers, and alumni

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WPA is seeking an experienced organizer with a musical background and experience working with high school and college-age students. Experience in arts administration would be a plus, as would be training in classical music. The Academy Manager must have positive energy, be creative and flexible, and have fluency in technology.

The candidate should demonstrate the following:

  • A devotion to music education and a desire to shape the next phase of the established Wintergreen Summer Music Academy
  • Project planning and time management skills
  • Computer skills, including Office, Skype, and web-platforms such as Google Drive, Dropbox, and Squarespace; and social media
  • Experience managing others
  • Detail-oriented focus with ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Passion for, knowledge of, and interest in the Classical Music industry

The Wintergreen Summer Music Academy is located in Wintergreen, Virginia, in the Blue Ridge Mountains, about 40 miles southwest of Charlottesville, Virginia. The Academy Manager will work remotely during the year, and must be on site from July 5 – August 7, 2018. Academy Manager must have a car, valid driver’s license, and personal technology (smartphone with texting plan and laptop). In addition, as the position works with students, the successful candidate will submit to and pass a background check.

Flexibility and willingness to chart a new direction for this position is of prime importance.

Compensation and Benefits:

Contract position – commensurate with experience. Housing, free unlimited use of the Aquatics and Fitness Center, and free admission to Festival events are provided during the Festival.

Organization Description:

Located in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Wintergreen Performing Arts, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that produces a high-quality summer music festival featuring symphonic and chamber concerts, as well as other performing arts programs throughout the year. Education is a major part of its mission, reflected both in the Wintergreen Summer Music Academy and in outreach programs for those living in the surrounding area. By attracting first-rate musicians to participate as performers and educators, Wintergreen Performing Arts strives to enrich the lives of all–residents and visitors alike–who share the unique Wintergreen experience.

The WSMF presents a core of fully professional musicians and guest artists who perform orchestra, chamber, and solo music. Many of the musicians are teaching artists who teach in the Academy, a program for advanced student instrumentalists, vocalists, conductors, composers, and budding arts administrators. With six programs, the Academy serves around 60 students each summer. In addition to the core of classical music, WSMF presents jazz, bluegrass, and popular concerts as well as interactive, audience participation opportunities and daily seminars. Number of events each summer range from 175 to 200. Since its inception, WPA has relied proudly and heavily on an ever-growing core of volunteers to accomplish the feat of running a Festival and Academy. In addition, the local and semi-local community generously supports WPA financially. The annual budget is approximately $800,000, including substantial contributions of housing for the musicians and students during the Festival.

Application Information:

  • Application deadline: March 1, 2018 – Applications reviewed upon receipt.
  • Apply to: Erin Freeman, Artistic Director
  • Apply to e-mail:
  • Phone: 434-361-0541
  • Organization Web Address:
  • Application Procedure: Electronic submissions only sent to with the subject line: “Academy Manager position”. All applications will be considered confidential. Please send .pdfs only of the following documents:
    • Cover letter
    • Resume
    • Three references with e-mail and phone numbers