Position Description

Early Music Seattle (EMS) welcomes applications for our Executive Director position as our current Executive Director, August Denhard, moves into the role of Artistic Director. EMS is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace, and honors all candidates’ experiences, perspectives, and unique identities. Having staff, interns, and volunteers with diverse backgrounds, and serving audiences with a wide variety of life experiences, is core to our mission. We strongly encourage individuals with both lived and working experience in equality, diversity, or social justice, through participation in community activism and within organizations that support this focus, to apply.

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View the full job description and application information.

Join Our Board of Directors

Position Description

We are currently seeking highly motivated individuals who are passionate about early music, and have the time, resources, and connections to join our board of directors and contribute to our mission. Our board of directors is an engaged and high-performing board, with a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  • Knowledge and skills in one or more areas of board governance: finance, legal, fundraising, strategic planning, governance, education and/or personnel.
  • Willingness to commit to three years of board service.
  • Willingness to serve on at least one committee and actively participate.
  • Willingness to accept assignments and complete them thoroughly and on time.
  • Willingness to commit time for quarterly board meetings, committee meetings, special events (10-20 hours per quarter).
  • Willingness to participate in Early Music Seattle’s fundraising efforts.
  • Willingness to use your networks and connections to promote the purpose and agenda of the organization.

To Learn More

Please contact info@earlymusicseattle.org or call the Early Music Seattle office at 206.325.7066 if you are interested in joining our board of directors

Volunteer Usher

Position Description

All volunteer ushers for Early Music Seattle are expected to understand and support the purpose, structure, and policies of Early Music Seattle. Volunteer ushers provide assistance to patrons at every Early Music Seattle performance, sometimes providing ushering support to supplement the regular usher staff at Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall. Volunteer ushers will:

  • Work cooperatively with Early Music Seattle staff in a manner that adds value to the organization.
  • Perform assignments and responsibilities willingly and courteously.
  •  Comply with time and dress requirements of Early Music Seattle.
  • Obey all security and safety rules of Early Music Seattle and the concert and/or event venue.
  • Respect confidentiality of sensitive and proprietary information.
  • Provide and maintain current emergency contact information.
  • Volunteers must wear a volunteer badge and maintain a professional appearance at all times.
  • Volunteers welcome the audience with a smile and treat them with respect and appreciation.
  • Volunteers respond to questions when asked, and assist patrons as appropriate.

Volunteer ushers are expected to arrive on time (2 hours prior to the scheduled performance where there is a pre-concert event, 90 minutes before the scheduled performance where there is no pre-concert event) to attend and participate in a pre-concert ushers huddle. Volunteers also stay after the performance to help clean up the concert hall and participate in a closing debrief. Volunteer ushers are able to attend most of the performance for which they are volunteering, depending upon the program and duties assigned.

Usher Dress Code

White Shirt Black Pants or Skirt Name tag (provided by Early Music Seattle) Closed toe black shoes

To Learn More

Please contact info@earlymusicseattle.org or call the Early Music Seattle office at 206.325.7066 if you are interested in becoming a volunteer usher.

House a Musician

For those musicians traveling to Seattle to play with us, volunteers open their home to them for 3–5 days. Hosts may also drive musicians to and from the airport and rehearsals or lend the musicians an unneeded car.

To Learn More

Please contact info@earlymusicseattle.org or call the Early Music Seattle office at 206.325.7066 if you are interested in becoming a volunteer usher.