Director of Orchestral Activities North Carolina State University – Raleigh, NC

Director of Orchestral Activities 
North Carolina State University – Raleigh, NC
The Music Department is an academic unit within ARTS NC STATE and administered by the Division of Academic and Student Affairs. The Department presently offers no majors, but does offer a 20-hour Music Minor and 15-hour Arts Entrepreneurship Minor. Credit-bearing courses, performance ensembles, and Music Minor assignments are the responsibility of 9 full-time faculty members. Approximately 2,000 students enroll in academic classes and performance ensembles each year. These courses satisfy Visual and Performing Arts and other elective requirements in the General Education curriculum. Academic course offerings include: Music Appreciation, Music History, Music Theory, World Music, and Arts Entrepreneurship. Credit-bearing performance ensembles include: Marching Band, Jazz Ensembles, Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Pipes and Drums, Raleigh Civic Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, State Chorale, and Men’s and Women’s Choirs. In addition to an Arts Entrepreneurship Minor, a Music Minor is offered with emphases in Performance, History, Composition, and Liberal Arts. 

Essential Job Duties 

North Carolina State University Music Department seeks a Director of Orchestral Activities for its symphony and chamber orchestra programs. This is a full-time, nine-month position, non-tenured, appointed to indefinitely renewable terms of 3, 4, or 5 years (depending on rank), beginning August 2014. The successful candidate will be a forward-thinking musical artist and a dynamic conductor and teacher who provides to the orchestra program artistic leadership, administrative oversight, and a vision for growth. The position will be responsible for oversight, repertoire, conducting of a symphony and chamber orchestra—both comprised of students and community musicians—as well as working collaboratively with faculty, campus arts administrators, and directors of a community support organization recruiting students and marketing the orchestra programs. The successful candidate will also be required to teach courses in a secondary area of expertise. 

Oversee the orchestra program; select repertoire; plan and conduct performances, rehearsals and sectionals 

In Collaboration with the Director of Arts Marketing this position will guide marketing and publicity of concerts and outreach activities. 

Work collaboratively with faculty to recruit talented students from within and outside the university. 

Teach courses in a secondary area of expertise. 

Oversee all administrative aspects of a comprehensive orchestra program, which is composed of undergraduate and graduate students and adult amateurs. 

Act as a liaison between the Music Department and a community orchestra board of directors 

Engage in professional research, scholarship and/or creative activities. 

Attend faculty meetings and participate in department and university governance. 

Other Work/Responsibilities 

Other duties as assigned 

Minimum Education/Experience 

Master’s degree in music, though eventual completion of the doctorate is expected. 

Departmental Required Skills 

Three years of successful teaching and conducting in a pre-college, university, or professional setting. 

Documented record of guest conducting engagements and professional development activities. 

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education 

Doctorate in Conducting. 

Observable ability to educate and inspire student musicians as evidenced in audio and video recordings of rehearsals and performances. 

Outstanding conducting skills and musical artistry. 

Ability to work collaboratively with music educators. 

Excellent organizational skills. 

Required License or Certification 


Special Instructions 

Please attach the following under “Required Documents”:

  • Resume/CV
  • Cover Letter
  • Contact Information for References
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • Comprehensive list of repertoire conducted (as “Other Document 1”)
  • Provide a video of select performances and rehearsals (as “Other Document 2”). The camera for the rehearsals should be positioned from the ensemble’s perspective. Video may be provided through internet links or instructions for file-sharing programs. If unable to upload video, please upload a document saying file will be mailed, then mail to:

Campus Box 7311 

Attn: Search Committee 

Price Music Center 

2620 Cates Ave. 

Raleigh, NC 27610 

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