Conductor of the University Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Oklahoma Youth Orchestras, Assistant/Associate Professor of Music

Conductor of the University Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Oklahoma Youth Orchestras, Assistant/Associate Professor of Music (1528)

Company:Oklahoma City University

Location:Oklahoma City, OK

Date Posted:January 22, 2015


The Wanda L. Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University (OCU) and The Oklahoma Youth Orchestras (OYO) invite applications for the 12-month position of Conductor of the University Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Oklahoma Youth Orchestras. This non-tenure track Assistant/Associate Professor of Music position will have a three-year initial appointment. The contract is renewable. The successful candidate will conduct the OCU Symphony Orchestra, serve as the Artistic Director for the Oklahoma Youth Orchestras, and conduct the Oklahoma Youth Orchestra, the flagship ensemble of the organization.

The University seeks a dynamic professional to lead a vibrant orchestra program preparing student musician for careers as educators and performers. He/she will teach graduate or undergraduate courses in area of specialty as assigned. Additionally, the successful candidate will advise students, participate in faculty meetings and take part in university service endeavors. Effective teaching, scholarship and service are required for retention and promotion.

The Oklahoma Youth Orchestras seeks a dynamic professional to assume artistic leadership for the largest youth orchestra program in the state, guiding the artistic vision, staff development and educational outcomes for students throughout the program. He/she will conduct the Oklahoma Youth Orchestra, an auditioned ensemble consisting mainly of high school juniors and seniors.

Oklahoma City University and The Oklahoma Youth Orchestras have a long partnership history and this inaugural joint position is intended to strengthen this relationship. Together we seek a team member to advance the mission of both organizations. He/she will be expected to lead student recruiting and retention efforts.


Masters degree, significant university teaching experience and evidence of successful work with pre-college age students required. Knowledge and experience in program development including but not limited to recruiting, concert planning, and artistic leadership.

Physical Requirements:

This faculty position requires a music professional capable of sustained physical activity and the ability to demonstrate required technique. Requires frequent standing, walking and sitting. Repetitious finger and wrist movement, and hearing faculty. Occasionally requires lifting and carrying. Constantly requires speaking clearly, both seeing near, far and with depth perception. Work includes ensemble courses in performance spaces. In performance spaces, lighting levels vary from total darkness to full stage lighting. Work in performance spaces requires the ability to move quickly from audience to stage areas which are at different levels. There is long exposure extreme volume levels in rehearsal and performance. Work hours are varied from early morning academic and applied courses to evening and weekend hours in rehearsals and performances.

About the Wanda L. Bass School of Music:

The Wanda L. Bass School of Music, an all-Steinway school, is a fully accredited institutional member of NASM with 28 full-time and 30 adjunct faculty members, 300 undergraduate and 65 graduate students. The 75-member student Symphony Orchestra performs four major concerts each year with repertoire representing a variety of style periods. Orchestra members also serve as the pit orchestra for two fully-staged operas and two fully-staged musicals each year.

About Oklahoma Youth Orchestras:

For over 36 years, the Oklahoma Youth Orchestras have provided quality music education experiences through ensemble performance to students in grades three through twelve. The organization includes nine programs (two full orchestras, a wind ensemble, two string orchestras, the Festival Strings program, Rockin’ Strings, a percussion ensemble and a chamber music program). The organization exists alongside school programs and requires our participants to be enrolled in their school ensemble. Students who are homeschooled or do not have access to orchestra at school have a quality ensemble experience.

About Oklahoma City University:

Oklahoma City University was founded in 1904 and is a coeducational, urban, private liberal arts university located in the Uptown district of Oklahoma City. The university is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and offers a wide variety of degrees in the liberal arts and sciences disciplines. Oklahoma City University has the highest rating over all Oklahoma institutions listed in the top tier of the regional, master’s-level university category by the U.S. News and World Report, and the university has been recognized repeatedly as one of The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For.”

Employee Benefits:

The position includes an excellent benefit package including: tuition remission for spouses and children pursuing a degree at Oklahoma City University and over 500 other participating private institutions, health insurance, long term disability, life insurance, family membership to fitness center, TIAA-CREF retirement plan.

Required Application Materials:

Applicants are asked to upload a Letter of Application, Curriculum Vitae, Statement of Teaching Philosophy, Unofficial Transcripts, and a list of 3-5 references with contact information. No recordings are requested at this time.



Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.


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