Festival Coordinator

USC - Los Angeles, CA4.2

Full-timeEstimated: $33,000 - $44,000 a year
University of Southern California

Flora L. Thornton School of Music

Special Events Program Coordinator

The University of Southern California Thornton School of Music invites applicants for the position of Festival Coordinator for the 2020 Piatigorsky International Cello Festival. The position is full-time and fixed-term running from December 3, 2018 until April 30, 2020. The position will report to the Associate Dean of Operations and the festival’s Artistic Director.

Combining the benefits of a world-class conservatory and a leading research university, the USC Thornton School of Music offers students the opportunity to pursue a thorough music education in a real-world context. The new educational model, launching in Fall 2019 for undergraduates in the Classical Performance & Composition Division, renews Thornton’s commitment to a virtuosic education and asks students to reimage what it means to be a classical musician in the 21st century. Thornton offers students a full range of musical disciplines across a demanding innovative curriculum, and the opportunity to work with a faculty of national and international renown.

The student body at USC is extraordinarily diverse: it is racially and ethnically a majority/minority population with a full range of expressions of gender, ability and sexual identities which we embrace as a source of institutional strength and community pride. The University’s commitment to building an academic environment hospitable to this wide range of diversity is full and complete. To that end, we are seeking to create as diverse a pool of candidates as possible; one which reflects the broad diversity of identities and experiences that comprise the country as well as the field of Classical Music and especially Cello Performance.


Plans and coordinates the 2020 Piatigorsky International Cello Festival. Attends events and oversees activities to ensure details are managed appropriately. Provides guidance to volunteers and or donors involved with event planning. Negotiates and contracts with vendors for related goods and services. Manages all aspects of the festival from conception to production in coordination with the Artistic Director and Music Operations.


Festival or similar coordination and/or production experience preferred. Skill with multiple languages preferred. Demonstrated success planning special events, fundraising management and/or volunteer and vendor relations.


In order to be considered, all candidates must complete the online application.

Candidates are asked to provide:
A letter of application
Do not send other supporting materials unless requested.

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Minimum Education: High school or equivalent
Minimum Experience: 2 years
Minimum Field of Expertise: Experience with special events planning, fundraising management and/or alumni volunteer relations management. Demonstrated proficiency in written and oral communications.