The San Marcos Artists’ Retention and Training Orchestra (SMART) is dedicated to the enhanced appreciation and understanding of orchestral music in San Marcos and its surrounding communities. This is accomplished by providing an opportunity for developing musicians to perform and learn in a full symphony orchestra as well as through a free, community concert series, various educational outreach opportunities, as well as instructor and internship programs. The orchestra was built upon the idea that we need to retain the talent we have and we need to train them to become better musicians, and that’s exactly what it’s done over the past 8 years.
The SMART Orchestra is designed to be an outlet for every individual interested in the study and performance of orchestral music and we encourage participants to contribute their time, talent, and skill to better serve the orchestra’s mission. Whether you are a member of our audience, performing in the SMART viola section or serving on the SMART Board, your enthusiasm and curiosity are welcome in an environment of acceptance and growth.
Conductor, violinist, composer, pedagogue, and musicologist, Hanson enjoys working with a large and eclectic group of ensembles in the state of Texas and abroad. Hanson holds three Masters Degrees from Texas State University in Music History, Music Theory, and Music Composition. He is currently working on his PhD in School Improvement at Texas State University, with a focus on teacher and student agency; as well as, a Masters in Applied Philosophy and Ethics, with a focus on the transformative powers of fine arts education . As a violinist and composer Hanson has premiered several works in multiple genres and serves as the chief arranger and first violinist of the Sacred Ensemble with Dr. Shana Mashego. Hanson works as the Orchestra Director for San Marcos High School in San Marcos CISD. He is the founder and artistic director of the SMART Orchestra, a community-based orchestra created to encourage string education, established in the city of San Marcos in 2009. Hanson currently resides in Kyle, Texas with his wife Erin, and his two children Emily and Graham.
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The San Marcos Artist Retention and Training (SMART) Orchestra seeks an Artistic Director and principal conductor for its 2018-2019 season.
The role of Artistic Director will be open to qualified individuals who are interested in pursuing SMART’s mission by way of musical development or expansion. See SMART’s full mission and vision statements on this website.
The Artistic Director of SMART shall serve as the orchestra’s musical and creative representative and shall preside over all rehearsals and concerts, and facilitate meetings of SMART Instructors and/or Interns.
Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, recruiting and auditioning all personnel for the orchestra, programming all public performances, securing a rehearsal and performance schedule for the season, supporting fundraising activities for the organization, and organizing creative collaborations with local arts organizations.
The Artistic Director must complete an Artistic Director Application form, including a copy of their most recent resume, and perform an interview with the current Artistic Director and Board President.
The Artistic Director will be recommended to the Board by the President of the Board and appointed only after a majority vote by the Board.
The Artistic Director will receive a stipend twice per Concert Season for an amount designated and approved by the Board of Directors before appointment. The current budgeted stipend is $3,000 per season.
The term of an Artistic Director is one (1) year with no limitation to the number of consecutive terms that any one Artistic Director may serve, as long as that Director meets all qualifications for the position and is elected by a majority vote of the Membership at the Annual Meeting.
Please email Christopher T.F. Hanson if interested and/or call at 832-866-8355.
We would love to have you on our team! Please send your resume and a letter of interest to Stephanie Symmes.