CCO is looking for our next Assistant Conductor!

The Circle City Orchestra seeks an excited & talented individual for the role of Assistant Conductor. The CCO is a 100% volunteer organization in its 3rd year and is in residence at The Historic Athenaeum in downtown Indianapolis, IN. Rehearsals take place weekly on Wednesday evenings from 6:15pm – 8:30pm in the auditorium at The Athenaeum.

  • Responsibilities of Assistant Conductor Position
  • Assist and provide support to Artistic Director, Board Members, and musicians in the ensemble
  • Collaborate with Artistic Director on programming repertoire, performances, & additional events throughout the season
  • Conduct during rehearsals & performances as assigned
  • Provide notes to musicians for upcoming rehearsals
  • Rehearse and perform as musician in ensemble when off the podium
  • Attend weekly rehearsals
  • Attend Board Members meetings and share input
  • Attend CCO related events
  • Align with and support mission and bylaws of the Circle City Orchestra

Requirements of Candidate

  • Strong training and experience in orchestral or wind band conducting, degree in music not required but encouraged
  • Knowledge of symphonic repertoire and concert programming
  • Demonstrates leadership both on and off the podium
  • Exceptional communication, organizational, and time management skills
  • Excitement for promoting the growth of the organization throughout the community

To Apply, interested individuals should send the following items…

  • Resumé with experience & educational background
  • 2-3 professional references with contact information
  • Video recording links of conducting during rehearsal or performance (optional, but strongly encouraged)

Email information and all questions to Elliott Lentz, Circle City Orchestra Artistic Director & Conductor, ​​ with subject line “CCO Assistant Conductor”. Please submit all materials by May 13, 2024.

Elliott Lentz

Artistic Director & Conductor

Elliott Lentzis a dynamic conductor, educator, & clinician who serves as Director of Orchestras at North Central High School and oversees the International Baccalaureate (IB) Music program. Starting his 12th year teaching in the public schools, he has held music positions from elementary through high school level in both rural and urban settings. 

Lentz completed his Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Ball State University in 2009 where he was actively involved with the School of Music. During his time at BSU, he studied trumpet with Professor Paul Everett (Retired Principal Trumpet, Muncie Symphony Orchestra) and conducting with Dr. Thomas Caneva. Other conducting mentors have included Maestro Matthew Kraemer (Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra), Professor Douglas Droste (Ball State University), and Professor Barry Houser (University of Illinois).

As a versatile conductor, Lentz has been successful in both the wind band and orchestral worlds. Ensembles under his direction have earned numerous Gold ratings and “With Distinction” Honors in addition to appearing at the ISSMA State Concert Finals. Additional experience has also included live stage productions of Mamma Mia! (2021) and The Little Mermaid (2019). He has accepted opportunities to guest lecture for the Indiana Music Educators Association (IMEA) Professional Development Conference (2021) and the Ball State University ASTA Chapter (2018). Invitations to serve as guest conductor include the Indiana Bandmasters Association (IBA) All-District (2017) and All-Region (2016) Honor Bands, and numerous ensembles around the state of Indiana. Additional conducting participation have included the UMKC Score Study & Conducting Symposium, Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, Conductor’s Collective webinar series, Conductor’s Retreat at Medomak, and the University of Illinois Conducting Symposium. 

For his classroom work, Lentz has been named a “Top 10” Most Influential Teacher at Warren Central High School (2017, 2018, and 2019) and Outstanding Teacher of the Year at Morristown High School (2015). He received grants from the Warren Arts and Education Foundation for the WC Summer Jazz Program (2016 and 2017) and the Blue River Foundation for the Morristown Bands (2015). Other honors include the nationally-recognized John Philip Sousa award, the Earl Dunn Scholarship, and the Erwin C. Mueller Scholarship. He is also an active member within the Indiana chapter of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA).

Elliott is happily married to his wife Amy, a motorsport & automotive photographer, and they have 2 wonderful rescue labs, Wrigley and Jedi.