Lecturer/University Chamber Orchestra Director University of Chicago – Chicago, IL

The Department of Music at the University of Chicago seeks an entry-level orchestral conductor of both skill and promise to fill the part-time Lecturer position as Director of the University Chamber Orchestra. Primary responsibilities include planning and conducting weekly rehearsals and quarterly performances for an ensemble of approximately 25-30 student and community musicians that performs Baroque, early Classical, and twentieth-century chamber orchestra literature in its quarterly concerts, and that serves as the pit orchestra in an annual Gilbert & Sullivan opera production. The Chamber Orchestra Director functions within a large extra-curricular performance program at the University of Chicago, which involves over 700 talented young musicians (most of whom are not music majors) in fifteen different performance ensembles. The Chamber Orchestra Director works closely with the Director of Performance Programs and other members of the performance faculty and staff in planning repertoire and soloists, generating publicity, and developing special projects for the Chamber Orchestra, and in enhancing the overall profile of the performance program on campus. The Chamber Orchestra Director also serves as the overall Music Director for the annual Gilbert & Sullivan production, which is produced in collaboration with a local community theatre organization. The Chamber Orchestra Director also serves as cover conductor and occasional rehearsal conductor (as needed) for the 100-member University Symphony Orchestra, which presents six major programs per year. This position is particularly appropriate for an entry-level conductor seeking substantial podium and music director experience within an educational environment. One-year appointment with possible renewal for a maximum of two years. 

Additional Information or Requirements: 
Requisite qualifications: bachelor’s degree required, master’s preferred; demonstrated professional training in orchestral conducting required; commitment to working with students to improve their technical abilities, ensemble skills, and overall musicianship required. Accomplished string player with some teaching experience is strongly preferred. Familiarity and experience with Baroque, early Classical, and twentieth-century chamber orchestra literature required. Excellent verbal and written communication skills required. Part-time position, responsibilities primarily October through June, with part-time salary; no benefits. Successful candidate must reside in the Chicago area. 

Candidates are required to submit a letter of application, current curriculum vitae, list of repertoire conducted in performance, and list of references online at https://academiccareers.uchicago.edu for posting #02173 . 

Required application documents: 
Cover letter 
Curriculum Vitae 
List of Repertoire Conducted in Performance 
List of References (3 minimum) 

For full consideration, all electronic materials must be uploaded by 06/22/2014. 
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. On-campus interview(s) and audition(s) to be scheduled in early July 2014. 

Position contingent upon final budgetary approval. 

Additional Information or Requirements: Statement: The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. 

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status or status as an individual with disability.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity / Disabled / Veterans Employer. 

Required Applicant Documents: 
Cover Letter 
Curriculum Vitae 
Reference Contact Info 
Other Document 

Optional Applicant Documents: 

Other documents to attach: 
List of Repertoire Conducted in Performance 


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