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Los Angeles Philharmonic Overview

Los Angeles, CA
1001 to 5000 employees
1919
Nonprofit Organization
Performing Arts
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association promotes its orchestra, which is one of Southern California's leading performing arts institutions. The LA Phil performs orchestral and chamber music, jazz, world music, and holiday concerts at the Walt Disney Concert ... Read more

Mission: Founded in 1919, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association's mission is to perform, present, and promote music in its varied forms at the highest level of excellence to a diverse and large audience, both at Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. LA Phil ... Read more

Los Angeles Philharmonic – Why Work For Us?


The LA Phil presents an inspiring array of music from all genres at two of L.A.’s iconic venues- Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl- to audiences of all ages and economic backgrounds. With the preeminent Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra at the foundation of its offerings, the LA Phil aims to enrich and transform lives through music, with a robust mix of artistic, education and community programs.

The Los Angeles Philharmonic is praised as one of the world's top orchestras, renowned for its innovative spirit, the virtuosity of its musicians, and its dynamic Music Director, Gustavo Dudamel. Founded in 1919, the Philharmonic has grown steadily in stature, developing close bonds with such major music directors as Zubin Mehta, Carlo Maria Giulini and Esa-Pekka Salonen. In every case, that deep connection has helped define the direction and spirit of the orchestra and of the entire organization.

The LA Phil Story

The LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC, under the vibrant leadership of Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, presents an inspiring array of music through a commitment to foundational works and adventurous explorations. Both at home and abroad, the Philharmonic – recognized as one of the world’s outstanding orchestras – is leading the way in ground-breaking programming, both on stage and in the community, offering a diverse range of programs that reflect the orchestra’s artistry and demonstrate its vision. 2018/19 marks the orchestra’s 100th season.

More than 250 concerts are either performed or presented by the LA Phil at its two iconic venues: the Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. These presentations represent a breadth and depth unrivaled by other orchestras or cultural institutions.

During its winter season, with approximately 165 performances at Walt Disney Concert Hall, the LA Phil creates festivals, artist residencies, and other thematic programs designed to enhance the symphonic music experience and delve further into certain artists’ or composers’ work. The organization’s commitment to the music of our time is also evident throughout the season programming, as well as in the exhilarating Green Umbrella series and the LA Phil’s extensive commissioning initiatives.

Since 2003, the LA Phil’s winter home has been the inimitable Walt Disney Concert Hall. Praise for both the design and the acoustics of Walt Disney Concert Hall has been effusive, and the building embodies the energy, imagination, and creative spirit of the city of Los Angeles and its orchestra. As Time magazine noted, “With its curvaceous exterior and acoustically adroit interior, Gehry’s building bestowed on the city an important architectural landmark and proved that L.A. residents actually do go to the symphony,” while The Washington Post stated, “At last this orchestra has a hall worthy of its stature.”

Since its official opening in 1922, the Hollywood Bowl has been the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. One of the largest natural amphitheaters in the world, with a seating capacity of nearly 18,000, the Hollywood Bowl plays host to the finest artists from all genres of music. In February 2017, the Hollywood Bowl was named Best Major Outdoor Concert Venue for the 13th year in a row at the 28th Annual Pollstar Awards. For millions of music lovers across Southern California, the Hollywood Bowl is synonymous with summer.  

Always inspired to expand its cultural offerings, the LA Phil each season produces concerts featuring distinguished artists in recital, jazz, world music, songbook, and visiting orchestra performances, in addition to special holiday concerts and series of chamber music, organ recitals, and Baroque music.

The Los Angeles Philharmonic was founded by William Andrews Clark, Jr., a millionaire and amateur musician, who established the city’s first permanent symphony orchestra in 1919. Walter Henry Rothwell became its first Music Director, serving until 1927; since then, ten renowned conductors have served in that capacity: Georg Schnéevoigt (1927-1929); Artur Rodzinski (1929-1933); Otto Klemperer (1933-1939); Alfred Wallenstein (1943-1956); Eduard van Beinum (1956-1959); Zubin Mehta (1962-1978); Carlo Maria Giulini (1978-1984); André Previn (1985-1989); Esa-Pekka Salonen (1992-2009); and Gustavo Dudamel (2009-present).

Founded in 1919, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association's mission is to perform, present, and promote music in its varied forms at the highest level of excellence to a diverse and large audience, both at Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. LAPA is dedicated to the work required to achieve pre-eminent status in the music world of the 21st century.

The LA Phil operates with 180 full-time administrative staff positions. At full strength, the Los Angeles Philharmonic consists of 106 members of Professional Musicians Local 47. Together with Hollywood Bowl Operations Team and summer staff, members of the separate Hollywood Bowl Orchestra (also with Local 47), Treasurers & Ticket Sellers Local 857 Audience Services plus summer and winter Box Office staffs, and IATSE Local 33 stagehands, the total workforce reaches 2,000 members.

Due to different LA County lease agreements for the separate venues, the Music Center provides all house, security and parking staff for Walt Disney Concert Hall, while the LA Phil directly hires or out-sources these services at the Hollywood Bowl. All food services and related staffing at the Walt Disney Concert Hall is provided by the Patina Group, while Sodexo’s Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine provides food services and related staffing at the Hollywood Bowl.

For auditions information, please visit the Auditions page.

For inquiries about employment for Security, Guest Services, or Building Operation at Walt Disney Concert Hall, please contact the Music Center by email at hrdept@musiccenter.org or fax at 213 972 0721.

An Equal Opportunity Employer: It is the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association’s policy to provide equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees. The Association does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, religious creed (including religious dress and religious grooming), sex (including pregnancy, perceived pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, physical or mental disability, legally protected medical condition or information, genetic information, marital status, gender, gender identity, gender expression, military status, veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state, or local law. Consistent with the law, the Association also provides reasonable accommodation for disabled applicants and employees in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, for pregnant employees who request an accommodation with the advice of their health care providers, for pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions; for employees who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking; and for applicants and employees based on their religious beliefs and practices.

Please note: The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association will consider for employment qualified Applicants with Criminal Histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the FCIHO.

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If you see a role that you are interested in, submit your application today, do not delay! We encourage all candidates to submit their application, including their resume, cover letter, and other applicable materials, to highlight their experiences, skills, and achievements.

Review

Our hiring managers will review submitted applications for our open position. If the hiring team believes you are a potential match, someone will reach out directly to you to schedule a call to learn more about your skills and experience. This opportunity allows us to learn more about you, as well as help you learn more about our open position.

Please note, we value your application; however, due to the volume of applications received, we may not always be able to make personal contact with every applicant.

Interviews

The process typically includes: a phone interview and hiring manager interview, as well as team interviews with staff who work closely with the position.

Offer

Once you’ve been identified as our final candidate, our Human Resources team will extend our offer of employment, walk you through those details, and next steps. As you join our team, we will begin your onboarding, identifying resources and establishing a plan to set you up for success as a valued team member!

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    Management was really clear about what they expected from their employees and they were all a fun group of people to work with.

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    There was no room for growth financially in this position and moving up to a different role was incredibly difficult.

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    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at Los Angeles Philharmonic (Los Angeles, CA) in March 2015.

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      Interviewer: Can you take 1 week's vacation from your current job and come and work here to see if we like you? Like say start your vacation next Monday (this is Thursday)
        Answer: Ummm.. well, I don't have much vacation time left because I've used a lot of it to go and interview. And i don't think my boss would take kindly to me asking for a week off 3 days before the start of the vacation.   1 Answer

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    IF a perspective employer asks you to take a week off from your current job in order to "test work" with them, turn around and run.

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