Western Washington University Assistant Professor of Orchestral Studies

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Assistant Professor of Orchestral Studies
About the Position: The Department of Music at Western Washington University seeks a dynamic, creative conductor and teacher to provide artistic leadership and administrative oversight for the orchestra program and deliver instruction in the core academic curriculum.  This position is anticipated to begin September 2013. The ideal candidate will be a forward-thinking musical artist with a vision to develop the current orchestra program for the future. The candidate will work collaboratively with studio faculty; teach core academic courses; actively recruit students for the Music Department; participate in string area auditions; provide outreach and leadership to public school orchestra programs; and be active in research/creative activity and service for the department and university.  

The Music Department and the CFPA are committed to the University’s strategic goal of recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and welcome all applicants. About the Department: The College of Fine and Performing Arts is comprised of the departments of Theatre and Dance, Music, and Art, housed in six buildings with five performance spaces, including a Performing Arts Center overlooking Bellingham Bay. The College also is home to the Western Gallery, which manages one of the top ten outdoor sculpture collections in the country.  

About the Department: The Department of Music offers BM, BA and MM degrees to approximately 180 majors. The faculty consists of 39 full- and part-time faculty. The department serves as a focal point for the campus and the regional community through collaboration, participation and leadership in music performance and instruction.
Position Responsibilities:

  • Direct the orchestra program, select repertoire, plan and conduct rehearsals and sectionals, guide marketing and publicity of concerts and outreach activities
  • Teach core academic courses in theory/history, instrumental conducting, and applied music as assigned
  • Work collaboratively with studio faculty to attract and recruit highly talented students to the department
  • Provide leadership for all administrative aspects of operating a comprehensive orchestra program
  • Participate in program entrance and ensemble auditions, juries, etc. as appropriate
  • Actively participate in state, regional and national professional associations
  • Actively participate in faculty governance and university service
  • Specific teaching load will reflect skill-set and departmental needs

The above statements may not represent a complete list of all responsibilities and duties performed by employees in this position. The employee may perform other related duties as assigned by the Music Department Chair.

Required Qualifications:

  • Earned Doctorate in Music or Master’s Degree in Music with equivalent professional experience in orchestral conducting
  • Evidence of successful orchestral conducting at the university level
  • A strong record of creative endeavor in conducting and/or academic research activities in music
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
Preferred Qualifications:

  • Earned Doctorate or ABD in Music
  • A record of successful classroom teaching at the university level
  • Experience in outreach to public school music programs
  • Participation in professional academic or music associations
  • Conducting experience with a non-academic, professional or semi-professional orchestra
Academic Emphasis: Music
Job Location: Western Washington University, Bellingham ,WA 
Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications 
Bargaining Union: United Faculty of Western Washington
Application Instructions and Requested Documents: Please log in below and submit your application via WWU’s Electronic Application System for Employment (EASE). Note: You will need to be using Internet Explorer to utilize our online application system. 

Candidates must submit a cover letter addressing qualifications, current vita, statement of teaching philosophy, course syllabi (if available), and contact information for five references. You must upload all the requested materials using the EASE application link provided. Official transcripts documenting degrees will be required prior to a contract being offered.

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Job Posted: 1/16/2013
Closing Date Notes: Application review begins February 25, 2013; position is open until filled
Recruitment #: 130019
Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Providing Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination. EO/AA inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay); EOO.

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.


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