ORCHESTRA CONDUCTOR Interlochen, Michigan, United States


 Interlochen, Michigan, United States


Interlochen Center for the Arts is the recipient of the National Medal of Arts and the only organization in the world that brings together: a 2,500-student summer camp program; a 500-student fine arts boarding high school; opportunities for hundreds of adults to engage in fulfilling artistic and creative programs; two 24-hour listener-supported public radio stations (classical music and news); more than 600 arts presentations annually by students, faculty and world-renowned guest artists; a global alumni base spanning eight decades, including leaders in arts and all other endeavors. For information, visit Interlochen online at http://www.interlochen.org.


Interlochen Center for the Arts includes:


Interlochen Arts Academy

Interlochen Arts Academy, a fine arts boarding high school, offers the highest quality artistic training combined with comprehensive college-preparatory academics. The Academy also offers post-graduate opportunities.


Interlochen Arts Camp

Young artists from around the world gather at Interlochen each summer to learn, create and perform alongside leading artists and instructors. Programs are offered to students in grades three through twelve.


Interlochen College of Creative Arts

Adult artists thrive on opportunities to learn and express themselves creatively. The College of Creative Arts offers programs in a variety of arts disciplines.


Interlochen Public Radio

Classical Music: 88.7 FM, Interlochen; 88.5 FM, Mackinaw City; and 100.9 FM, East Jordan/Charlevoix

News Radio: 91.5 FM, Traverse City; 90.1 FM, Harbor Springs/Petoskey; 89.7 FM, Manistee/Ludington

Streaming online at ipr.interlochen.org.  Through two listener-supported broadcast services, Interlochen Public Radio (IPR) connects northwest Michigan with arts, news and culture on a global scale. IPR also gives significant focus to local and regional news, information and artists.


Interlochen Presents

Interlochen brings dozens of world-renowned artists to northwest Michigan, enhancing the region’s position on the global arts map. Interlochen presents more than 600 events each year by students, faculty and guest artists, making Interlochen one of the nation’s largest arts presenters.


 Interlochen received the National Medal of Arts in 2006.


The Academy:  Founded in 1962 and recently celebrating its 50th anniversary, Interlochen Arts Academy is recognized as a international model teaching center for the nation’s future artistic talent.  Located on a 1200 acre wooded campus fifteen miles from Traverse City, Michigan, the Academy offers instruction to 500 talented students from throughout the United States and many countries in creative writing, dance, music, theatre arts, visual arts, motion picture arts, and comparative arts, with a rigorous program of college-preparatory academics. Artistic and academic faculty of extraordinary caliber create an unparalleled creative, learning and performing environment.  Approximately 95% of the students who graduate from the Academy choose to pursue a professional career in the arts; Academy graduates rank among this country’s most distinguished performers and teachers in the arts, as well as national leaders in the humanities and a variety of professions. 


Interlochen Center for the Arts, one of America’s oldest and most prestigious institutions for arts education, broadcasting, and fine arts presentations, seeks a full time resident teacher-conductor for the Academy Orchestra, often called “America’s finest high school orchestra.”  The ideal candidate should be an experienced, energetic and disciplined conductor-teacher, dedicated to providing creative and challenging leadership to an ensemble of gifted and promising young artists.  Candidates should be able to promote and foster strong collegial relationships with professional colleagues within and outside the school and continue to build the reputation of the orchestra and the Academy.


The Orchestra:  The 90 member Academy orchestra is considered by many to be the nation’s finest high school orchestra, performing at a level equal to and above many conservatory, university or regional symphonies.  A demanding rehearsal and performance cycle prepares students with a wide range of classical and contemporary literature of the highest caliber.  The Orchestra has toured nationally to rave reviews and enjoys strong support from Michigan audiences.  Outstanding nationally known studio faculty support the orchestra program.  The orchestra performs 10 concerts per year, including support for orchestral performances by Academy composers, student concerto soloists, a full ballet performance in collaboration with the Department of Dance, and a musical theater performance.    


The Department of Music is a non-degree granting member of NASM, and the first independent school to be accredited by ACCPAS.  The Music Department during the academic year includes 260 majors in string/wind/percussion, voice/choral/opera and singer/songwriter, piano, guitar, composition and organ. The faculty includes 25 full-time and 9 part-time instructors.  The Music Department has many ensembles, including a full 90 piece orchestra, 80 piece wind band, 80 voice choir/chamber singers, jazz ensemble and combos, percussion ensemble and brass ensemble, opera workshop, and many chamber ensembles.  The state-of-the-art Frederick and Elizabeth Ludwig Fennell Music Library is one of the finest instrumental music libraries in the nation, with an 80,000 piece collection of large and chamber ensemble literature, recordings and scores that provides extensive music resources that rivals many college libraries. 

The successful candidate will provide strong leadership and vision for the Academy orchestra, working in concert with the applied studios, and the Music Director, to develop a comprehensive program of study that respects both large symphonic and chamber ensemble performance, and individual performance.  A high value is placed upon artistic collaboration with other art disciplines. Candidates will be assigned additional responsibilities commensurate with their experience, in studio teaching, chamber coaching, accompanying, theory, composition or other areas.


A Master of Music degree or performance equivalent in music and/or conducting, with substantial performance in significant venues and demonstrated conducting/ teaching experience is required. The successful candidate must be able to create an exciting and challenging teaching and performing environment that fosters an intense learning atmosphere.  Significant experience as an established conductor of orchestras in high school, collegiate and/or professional settings is essential, along with the ability to understand the needs and capabilities of young, developing high caliber instrumental performers. The ability to communicate musically, verbally, in writing and socially are important attributes.  In addition a well-developed set of computer skills is necessary.Interlochen expects its conducting faculty to establish and maintain national visibility through frequent clinics, adjudication, and guest conducting.

Ensemble faculty are responsible for preparing students for college and conservatory auditions.  They are also expected to demonstrate high potential for and take an active role in recruiting efforts that both build and maintain an outstanding studio and ensemble program.  All faculty are expected to participate in a variety of student and campus activities.


Compensation and Benefits: 


A nationally competitive salary and benefit package is being offered, commensurate with experience and qualifications.


Application Proces:


  1. Interested candidates need to complete the online application by clicking the “I am interested” green button.
  2. Once the online application has been completed, candidates should send: A letter of application, curriculum vita, links or work samples of recordings demonstrating conducting experience, unofficial educational transcripts and no fewer than 3 current letters of recommendation to: educationjobs@interlochen.org.  


Electronic submissions preferred.  If materilas need to be mailed please mail them to:   Jennifer Flick, Recruiting and Training Manager, Human Resources, Orchestra Conductor Search (IAA), PO Box 199, Interlochen, MI 49643



Screening of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  For priority consideration, please submit all materials by May 6, 2013.

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