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Orchestral Conductor/String Music Education (Tenure-Track, Asst. Professor) (Central Michigan Univ.)




Position Summary

  • Conduct the CMU Symphony Orchestra in a varied selection of performances (orchestral, opera, choral, musical theatre, annual youth concert), organize the annual School of Music Concerto Competition, and actively engage in School of Music recruiting efforts;

  • Build and maintain strong relationships with public school teachers and assist in the development of outreach programs such as the CMU Honors Strings and Instrumental Workshop;

  • Pursue scholarly and creative activity that meets CMU standards for tenure and promotion;

  • Pursue the collaborative development of new initiatives within music education and possess the vision to guide a 21st century orchestral program;

  • Oversee the orchestra program budget and other administrative responsibilities;

  • Secondary responsibilities may include teaching undergraduate and graduate conducting, managing graduate conducting teaching assistants, teaching string methods, and/or observing student teachers;

  • Additional duties may be assigned in accordance with areas of expertise and in consultation with the Director of the School of Music;

  • Serve on departmental, collegiate, and professional committees.

Required Qualifications

  • Doctoral degree in music, conducting, music education with string concentration (ABD candidates will be considered if degree completion is assured befor duties commence), or commensurate professional experience, record of successful teaching and scholarly/creative activity in higher education;

  • Demonstrated excellence in conducting at the professional, college, public school, or youth orchestra levels;

  • Evidence of, or potential for, developing a national profile as a conductor and music educator;

  • Demonstrated experience promoting an inclusive and collaborative culture in a musical and academic environment;

  • Evidence of successful collegiate, public school, or youth orchestra recruitment and retention of orchestral students;

  • Demonstrated commitment to diverse and inclusive programming;

  • Ability to teach courses outside the conducting area which might include theory, aural skills, music history, aspects of music production, and/or other elements of music technology.

  • Ability to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodations.

Message to Applicants

The Search Committee will accept applications until finalists are selected. Online applications must include a cover letter that specifically addresses position qualifications and duties, a current vita, a diversity statement (upload as other document-1) and copies of undergraduate and graduate degree transcripts (upload transcripts as one document). A single document listing direct online links of up to four video recordings created within the last three years must be provided. All links must be accessible by direct link (e.g., no further registration is required). Please upload as work sample. Links should include: · Three pieces of contrasting styles where conductor and baton technique are clearly visible; · One unedited rehearsal video demonstrating the candidate’s conducting and rehearsal technique; · At least one unedited live concert performance. Please supply the contact information for three references who may be contacted to submit recommendation letters. Address inquiries to: Chair, Orchestral Conductor Search Committee School of Music Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant, MI 48859 Phone: (989) 774-3281 Fax: (989) 774-3766


About the Department

The School of Music is located in a state-of-the-art 119,000 square foot facility with a 500-seat concert hall housing a 61-rank Casavant organ, a 100-seat recital hall, MIDI technology labs, recording facilities, music resource center, and 79 practice rooms. The School of Music has 38 full- and part-time faculty and an enrollment of 350 undergraduate and graduate majors and minors. To learn more about the school, visit the school website.


About CMUCentral Michigan University has a more than 125-year legacy of preparing students to become leaders and changemakers in their communities and in their personal and professional lives. We serve nearly 19,500 students on our Mount Pleasant campus, in satellite locations around the state and throughout the country, and through flexible online programs. Many of our approximately 300 undergraduate, master’s, specialist and doctoral programs in the arts, media, business, education, human services, health professions, liberal arts, social sciences, medicine, science and engineering are nationally ranked for excellence. CMU leads the nation in leadership development programming through our Sarah R. Opperman Leadership Institute, and we are proud to be among only 5% of U.S. universities in the top two Carnegie research classifications. Our faculty work with graduate and undergraduate students in areas such as Great Lakes research, medical innovation, engineering technology and more. Central is home to 17 men’s and women’s Division 1 sports including football, basketball, gymnastics, baseball, wrestling and more. Our student-athletes achieve great success in competition and in the classroom, capturing Mid-American Conference championships and maintaining an average cumulative GPA of 3.17. CMU is located in Mount Pleasant, a community that blends the best of small-town living with big-city amenities. It’s part of the culturally varied and vibrant Great Lakes Bay Region that also includes Saginaw, Bay City, Midland and the state’s largest Native American community, centered on the Saginaw Chippewa Isabella Reservation in Mount Pleasant. Area residents enjoy the mix of outdoor activities, cultural events, shopping and dining options, and family attractions. Other major Michigan destinations and attractions — Lansing, Grand Rapids, Detroit, Traverse City, wineries, beaches, golf and ski resorts, and many more — are within easy reach of the city’s central location in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. CMU employees enjoy access to a nationally recognized wellness program along with health care and benefits that exceed regional, state and national norms.


EEO Statement

CMU, an AA/EO institution, strongly and actively strives to increase diversity and provide equal opportunity within its community. CMU does not discriminate against persons based on age, color, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, height, marital status, national origin, political persuasion, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, race, religion, sex, sex‐based stereotypes, sexual orientation, transgender status, veteran status, or weight (see https://www.cmich.edu/offices-departments/OCRIE). If you wish to see “EEO is the Law” posters, please click here.

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