Production Manager

Symphony Nova Scotia
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Symphony Nova Scotia is Nova Scotia’s orchestra. With a home base in Halifax and performances across the province, we are a vibrant, vital part of Nova Scotia’s rich cultural community. We’ve gained a reputation as one of Canada’s most exciting orchestras, and we’re proud to be a national leader in performance, programming, and community engagement.

Symphony Nova Scotia is committed to fostering a respectful workplace that supports professional and collegial working relationships, honest and considerate communication, and an accessible and inclusive environment. We welcome and encourage applications from individuals who are Indigenous, African Nova Scotian, or from other racially visible groups, and/or who self-identify as 2SLGBTQIA+, are neurodiverse, or have a disability. We are happy to provide accommodation to those who request it.


Reporting to the Director of Artistic Administration, the Production Manager is responsible for creating and executing the technical and logistical plan for all Symphony Nova Scotia concert productions. The Production Manager is responsible for the integration and execution of the creative vision of the Music Director, conductor, guest artist, and other production partners. This position is a key link in promoting a productive working environment for all performers.


As a key member of Symphony Nova Scotia’s production team, the Production Manager will:

  • Work with operations staff, conductors, and musicians to plan, oversee, and execute the general stage and logistical requirements for all Symphony Nova Scotia services;
  • Liaise with Music Director, conductors, and guest artist(s) to obtain and provide production information;
  • Review, plan, and execute technical requirements (lighting, sound, backline, etc.) for productions, working with the production staff on planning and executing them with an understanding of the needs of the musicians; order equipment as required and schedule delivery/pickups;
  • Liaise with technical crew at all venues to ensure a smooth and accurate flow of information and a technically successful production;
  • Create stage plots with CAD or equivalent software;
  • Use OPAS orchestra management software to develop the production plan;
  • Communicate operational details internally and externally as needed;
  • Stage manage performances, including calling cues (lighting, audio, video, etc.) as required;
  • Hire and supervise casual stagehands, including setting call times for services and assigning job responsibilities; track and submit stagehand hours for payroll purposes;
  • Oversee all maintenance and inventory of all Symphony Nova Scotia equipment; supervise all movement of Symphony Nova Scotia equipment;
  • Assist the Director of Artistic Administration in determining technical needs for concerts as it relates to the creation and management of budgets;
  • Support Symphony Nova Scotia staff as much as possible to accommodate requests for media and development initiatives;
  • Coordinate guest artist travel, including booking travel and accommodations, preparing itineraries;
  • Ensure the requirements of guest artists’ hospitality riders are met; process guest artists’ complementary ticket requests;
  • Other duties as assigned.


To be successful in this position, the Production Manager will possess:

  • University education or equivalent work experience in Theatre or Music; familiarity with orchestral repertoire;
  • Stage management experience organizing the daily technical operations of a busy orchestra, performing arts institution, or ensemble;
  • A working knowledge of orchestra staging, concert and theatrical lighting, sound reinforcement and setup, and operation and electrical power use, including safety hook-up procedures;
  • Experience working on multimedia productions including live-event broadcasts and recordings;
  • Strong aptitude for the practical use of technology and computer software including Microsoft Office Suite, CAD, OPAS, and QLab;
  • Valid driver’s license and competency driving a one-tonne cube truck.


  • A commitment to facilitating an environment and circumstances that support artistic excellence, while balancing logistical requirements and financial considerations;
  • Understanding of the needs of a professional musician and ability to represent the interests of Symphony Nova Scotia in a variety of situations;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Experience working within parameters defined by a Collective Bargaining Agreement;
  • Ability to work independently, anticipate potential issues, problem solve creatively, act decisively, and demonstrate good judgment in high-pressure environments;
  • A refined sense of organization and attention to detail;
  • Ability to multi-task & prioritize several projects in a fast-paced environment;
  • Ability to work days, evenings, weekends, and irregular hours as required, and travel for run-outs and tours;
  • Ability to read music would be an asset.


Ability to work long hours and perform strenuous physical work including lifting and carrying 25+ kilograms. The employee will be required to work nights and weekends, and travel for run-outs and tours.

We offer competitive vacation allowance and professional development opportunities, and full-time employees have the opportunity to join a comprehensive health plan. We are a compassionate and supportive employer, and value and respect the contributions of all staff.


This is a full-time salaried position with a starting salary in the range of $40,000 to $55,000 per annum, subject to experience and qualifications The starting date will be at the earliest mutually agreeable date of the successful applicant and Symphony Nova Scotia, but no later than February 13, 2022.

Any offer of employment is contingent on the applicant’s passing all background and reference checks and compliance with Symphony Nova Scotia human resource policies.

How to apply

If interested, please email your resume and letter of interest no later than December 1, 2021 to Eric Mathis, Director of Artistic Administration: [email protected]. No phone calls, please.

Symphony Nova Scotia values a diverse and inclusive workplace, and all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. We appreciate and welcome all applications; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.  For more information, please visit

We are in Mi’kma’ki. Symphony Nova Scotia’s performances take place on the unceded and traditional territories of the Mi’kmaq.