Millikin University invites applications for the position of Music Director/Conductor of the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra and faculty member in the School of Music.

Music Director/Conductor

Millikin University in Illinois

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted March 16, 2015
Type Tenured, tenure track
Salary Competitive
Employment Type Full-time

Millikin University invites applications for the position of Music Director/Conductor of the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra and faculty member in the School of Music.

As Music Director, the successful candidate will provide leadership in all aspects of the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra, a hybrid orchestra comprising Millikin faculty, students, and per-service musicians.  Primary duties include conducting and programming for subscription concerts, pops and education concerts, and working closely with the Symphony Orchestra Guild of Decatur and local media to support and promote the orchestra.

As a full-time faculty member, additional responsibilities will include teaching in a secondary area of expertise, based on the candidate’s qualifications and departmental needs.  The successful candidate will also be expected to engage in recruitment efforts, cultivating relationships with state and regional high school orchestra programs.  Rank and tenure consideration will be appropriate to credentials and experience.


  • Demonstrated success as Music Director and Conductor at the university and/or professional level.
  • Outstanding conducting, musical leadership, organization, and management skills.
  • Terminal degree in music or commensurate professional experience.
  • Demonstrated expertise in a secondary area of teaching.
  • Evidence of innovative approaches to programming and audience building for the symphony orchestra.

Millikin University, a private, comprehensive institution serving approximately 2,300 students, is situated on an attractive seventy-acre campus in Decatur, Illinois.  The Millikin School of Music, accredited since 1934 by NASM with 24 FT and 31 PT faculty and 300 students, offers BM degrees in performance, music education, commercial music, and music business, and the Bachelor of Arts in Music. The School of Musicscurriculum embraces the value of interdisciplinary and diverse musical and academicexperiences.  The School of Music is designated as an All Steinway School. A Millikin education is characterized by Performance Learning — a unique approach to learning that builds the confidence to succeed before and after graduation. Students apply their learning in professional contexts both in Decatur and around the world.

Submit the application materials below electronically (pdf) to Search Committee Chair, Prof. Randall Reyman at  Please write Application in the subject line.

  • Letter of application
  • Your vision statement about innovation, marketing, and programming for symphony orchestras
  • Curriculum vitae
  • List of 3-5 references
  • Internet links to samples of conducting in live performance and/or rehearsals

Review of applications will begin May 15 and continue until the position is filled. Final candidates will be determined by August 1, 2015, and must be available for residency at Millikin University either February 3-7 or March 2-6, 2016 to guest conduct a concert cycle with the MDSO.

Offer of employment is contingent upon a successful completion of background check.  Millikin University is an equal opportunity employer.  Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.


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