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New York City Ballet is one of the foremost dance companies in the world, with a roster of spectacular dancers and an unparalleled repertory. Founded in 1948 by George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein, New York City Ballet quickly became world-renowned for its athletic and contemporary style. Widely acknowledged for its enduring contributions to dance, New York City Ballet is committed to promoting creative excellence and nurturing a new generation of dancers and choreographers. 


NYCB’s musical repertory is a broad collection of works both written for the ballet and not, including canonical works of the orchestral, chamber and solo music repertory to new music commissioned by the company. Frequently performed ballets are set to music by Bach, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Strauss, Hindemith, Shostakovich, Philip Glass and John Adams.

The Music Librarian reports to the Music Director and is responsible for maintaining the company's extensive collection of music performance and reference materials. This position presents an opportunity to participate in a unique musical and artistic environment and to work with music of all periods and genres.


  • Timely preparation and distribution of music for all company activities including performances in New York City, tours, special events, and contracted services.
  • Maintaining an accurate and up‐to‐date inventory of musical materials.
  • Managing archival and conservation concerns.
  • Computer engraving of music and supervising the Performance Librarian who distributes materials for orchestra performances. 


  • Formal education in classical music and previous music library experience, including practical knowledge of orchestral performance practices, music notation and terminology, professional catalogue management and materials conservation.
  • Knowledge of the orchestral repertory; specific knowledge of the ballet repertory is not required.
  • Strong organizational skills, extraordinary attention to detail, and self‐ motivation are essential qualities of the successful candidate.
  • Proficiency in Finale and/or Sibelius, Microsoft Office applications and OPAS is required.

This is a 52-week, full-time, salaried, exempt position that is part of the orchestra collective bargaining unit. Hours of work will vary according to performance schedule and will include fluctuating flexibility depending on the company’s seasonal needs.


Please note that this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive list of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

 Work Environment

  • While performing the duties of this position, the employee is frequently exposed to:
    • Office setting
    • Theater

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the minimum requirements of this position:

  • Requires lifting/carrying up to 25/50 pounds from overhead shelves.
  • Climbing stairs.

NOTE: New York City Ballet has a vaccine policy that requires all employees to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19. A medical or religious exemption to this policy may be granted if a reasonable accommodation exists that will enable the employee to perform the essential functions of the job. Exemptions or reasonable accommodations are not guaranteed.


Interested, qualified candidates may apply by forwarding their one-page resume no later than Monday, March 21st to jguimond@nycballet.com  with "Music Librarian" in the subject line. No phone calls, please.


New York City Ballet is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruiting and employment. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, citizenship status, disability, pregnancy, creed, genetic predisposition or carrier status, military status or veteran status, status as a victim of domestic violence, unemployment status, familial status, sexual violence or stalking victim status, caregiver status, arrest or conviction record to extent required by applicable law, credit history or any other characteristic protected by law.   

New York City Ballet, one of the foremost ballet companies in the world, pursues the highest levels of artistic excellence and innovation. Therefore, we seek to attract, retain, and cultivate the most talented dancers, musicians, designers, stage technicians, and arts administrators. To this end, we are deeply committed to creating and sustaining an organizational culture that values diversity, inclusion, and equity. We are inspired by our founders, George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein, who envisioned an authentically American expression of ballet with a company that reflects the rich cultural diversity of this nation. In pursuit of their vision, we are committed to educating, developing, and supporting an organization that embodies diversity in its many forms.

Learn More About Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion