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Established in 1906, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, MSO, is Australia’s pre-eminent orchestra. Working with a distinguished roster of titled conductors headed by Chief Conductor, Jaime MartÍn, and renowned visiting artists, the MSO reaches audiences of more than five million annually, live and online. The MSO has recently embarked on a partnership with the London Symphony Orchestra’s LSO Live label, extending its audience reach still further.

The MSO is committed to honouring Australia’s rich heritage, working closely with culturally diverse and First Nations leaders to build community and deliver music experiences to all constituencies across Melbourne, the state of Victoria and beyond. With carefully curated learning programs, a regional touring schedule, accessible concerts and free community events, the MSO provides the broadest range of opportunities for people to enjoy the Orchestra, whatever their circumstances.

Current Vacancies

Payroll Officer

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra is looking for an experienced Payroll Officer to support our Finance team and wider organisation on a part time basis, 3 days per week.

Reporting into the Financial Controller, this position is responsible for end-to-end payroll processing, government reporting as well as preparing monthly, quarterly and year-end payroll reconciliation and statements. The role is also responsible for maintaining payroll related general ledger and subsidiary ledgers.

This role requires familiarity in award and Enterprise Agreement interpretation and experience in managing a payroll which includes large and fluid groups of casual/seasonal employees (including from overseas). The Payroll Officer works closely with People & Culture, Orchestra Management, Production and Box Office team, and plays an important role in improving process efficiency and workflow.

Application Procedure:

  • If this sounds like you or someone you know, please apply directly by sending your resume and cover letter to Alex Fitzgerald, People & Culture Business Partner at
  • Applications Close: 11.59pm Sunday 19 November 2023

Director of Programming

The MSO is now looking for its next inspirational Director of Programming to lead on implementing the MSO’s artistic vision and strategy and deliver the MSO’s annual season plans on time and within budget.

Reporting to the Managing Director, the Director of Programming will lead the Artistic Planning, Library and Learning & Engagement teams, and collaborate closely with the Chief Conductor, the wider Artistic Family, and colleagues across the Leadership Team.

The successful candidate will have senior level experience in a similar role in a symphony orchestra or performing arts organisation, a deep understanding of how symphony orchestras operate and a thorough knowledge of symphonic repertoire and other musical genres. They will be experienced negotiators and demonstrably well-networked with strong relationships with leading artists, artists’ managers, venues, and promoters world-wide. They will be committed to the MSO’s inclusive mission, and passionate about all aspects of the MSO’s Artistic Strategy, including support for First Nations emerging artists and new commissions, and engaging a guest artist roster comprising 50% Australian soloists and conductors.

For further information about the role and how to apply, please download an information pack from

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Wednesday 1st November.

Applicants should note that first and second round interviews are scheduled for the weeks commencing 27 November and 11 December respectively. First round interviews will be virtual; second round interviews will be conducted in person in Melbourne.

Head of Philanthropy

Under the direction of the Director of Philanthropy & External Affairs, the Head of Philanthropy is responsible for the management and growth of philanthropic support for the MSO to ensure income targets are achieved. Particularly, the Head of Philanthropy will take carriage of the research, cultivation and securing of philanthropic gifts, planned giving and the management and implementation of donation campaigns.

Application Procedure

To apply, please direct resume and short introduction to Alex Fitzgerald, People and Culture Business Partner at A detailed Position Description can be found below.

Applications Close: 11.59pm Sunday 1 October 2023

MSO is an Equal Opportunity Employer. MSO is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace, all applicants will be considered for employment regardless of race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability status. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

Your privacy is important to MSO. It is the policy of MSO to respect the confidentiality of information and privacy of individuals. Personal information provided by you as part of your application (whether oral, electronic, or written) will be collected and processed for the purpose of evaluating your application for employment. In order to carry out this purpose, your information may be disclosed to appropriate persons in our offices. Any information we hold will be governed by the most current version of the MSO Privacy Policy and relevant legislation.

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