Interim Director and Director of the NKU Youth Symphony Orchestra Northern Kentucky University – Highland Heights, KY

The NKU Music Preparatory Program is looking for an individual with the experience and interest to assume the position of Interim Director of the NKU Youth Symphony Orchestra from February 23, 2016–April 17, 2016, with potential to fill the permanent position as Director of NKU Youth Symphony Orchestra for the 2016–2017 academic year.

Primary Responsibilities
The NKU Youth Symphony Orchestra is comprised of string, wind, and percussion students ages 12–17. The orchestra is dedicated to providing a high-quality and challenging full orchestra experience to students in the greater-Cincinnati and northern-Kentucky areas.
The NKU Youth Symphony Orchestra Director shall be responsible for the following duties:
• Serve as conductor for the NKU Youth Symphony Orchestra, be responsible for all musical instruction, direction, leadership, community engagement and recruitment.
• Formulate and pursue an active strategy to recruit new students to YSO . Visit classrooms, private studios, and build relationships with area teachers as part of recruiting process.
• Develop and implement ensemble policies, expectations, rehearsal calendar/schedules and requirements.
• Oversee planning and implementation of placement auditions for YSO .
• Select and prepare appropriate repertoire for the ensemble.
• Oversee and delegate responsibilities (attendance, absence requests, set-up/tear-down procedures, etc.) to YSO teaching assistants.
• Plan and conduct all weekly rehearsals, performances, and additional rehearsals as planned.
• Participate in scheduled concerts, events, and activities.
• Collaborate with NKU Music Prep administration to design elements such as concert opportunities, special guest artist visits, sectional coach visits, competitions, tours, and other events/projects related to the ensemble.
• Maintain communication with current and prospective students and parents as well as the NKU Music Prep administration.
• Oversee the safety and well-being of students while they are in your care.
• Maintain a professional manner and relationship with students.
• Arrive at least fifteen (15) minutes prior to rehearsal, and remain until all children have left the premises or are in the care of their parent/guardian.
Minimum master’s degree in Music Performance, Conducting, or Music Education, with at least two years’ experience leading a full orchestra.
Experience with string playing and teaching preferred.
Applicants should submit current resume and letter of interest. Optional, but highly recommended, materials include: 15 minute video of unedited rehearsal with an ensemble and recommendation letters.
Minimum Education
Master’s Degree
Preferred Education
Master’s Degree
Minimum Experience
2 years
determined based on experience
Pay Grade


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