THE Orange Regional Conservatorium expects to appoint a new business manager by the end of the month having already chosen a shortlist of four people.
Conservatorium chair Russell Turner said 11 applicants had expressed an interest in the position including people from Sydney, Orange and Queensland.
“A lot of them had some experience in music, and although it was not necessarily a criteria, some had experience running a business,” he said.
Mr Turner said the board wanted the incoming business manager to help increase student enrolments and funding and work with government to secure more grants for the facility.
“It would be good to get someone with experience in the pitfalls of running a small business,” he said.
Mr Turner said he was “pleasantly surprised” by the standard of the candidates.
“The calibre was quiet high,” he said.
Mr Turner said final interviews would be held on March 25 with a decision to be made in the following couple of days.
“The sooner we get someone in place the better,” he said.
Mr Turner said once the business manager was appointed they would help with the selection of the facility’s new music director. Until then acting CEO Donna Riles will continue in the role.
“She may also apply for that job,” Mr Turner said.
The conservatorium began advertising for a business manager with a salary package ranging from $79,750 to $92,650 in mid-February.