Lecturer in Wind Orchestra Conducting: Sibelius Academy

Lecturer in Wind Orchestra Conducting

Published Thu, 05/11/2015 – 14:49
Sibelius Academy
Application deadline 03.12.2015 15:00

The University of the Arts Helsinki acts as a platform for the artists of tomorrow, and as a purveyor of Finnish artistic tradition, while bringing new perspectives, ways of thinking and vitality to our society. The University of the Arts Helsinki is a diverse and vibrant community for education, research and the arts. It is comprised of the Academy of Fine Arts, Sibelius Academy and Theatre Academy. Its community includes a total of about 2100 students and 700 members of staff.

The Sibelius Academy is the highest-level music educator in Finland, training artists skilled in independent artistic work, teachers, and other music professionals.

The Sibelius Academy is opening a post for a


for a part-time / full-time (60-100%), fixed-term post of five years, during the period of 1.8.2016-31.7.2021. The occupational percentage of the post, between 60 and 100%, will be agreed upon an annual basis in proportion to the required workload. The fixed-term nature of the lectureship is based on the need for flexibility stemming from the requirements of continuously developing and renewing studies.

The lecturer will work in the Department Conducting within the Faculty of Classical Music. It is one of the Faculty’s ten departments, and is located in Helsinki. The department has about 30 students, three professors, eight lecturers and around 30 part-time teachers. The department’s student body is officially comprised of students of the conducting subjects: orchestral conducting, wind orchestra conducting and choral conducting. In their studies, wind orchestra conducting students (numbering around ten in total) immerse themselves in the traditions and repertoire of wind orchestras, becoming equipped to work as wind orchestra conductors. The wind orchestra conducting study programme is not a gateway to the orchestral conducting class, but stands as its own educational field with its own objectives.

More information about the activities of the Department of Conducting can be found via the University of the Arts Helsinki website, at Sibelius Academy > Study > Conducting.

Duties of the Lecturer

In addition to their educational duties, the lecturer will also actively participate in the planning, organisation and development work of the tuition and related artistic activity of the department. The lecturer teaches wind orchestra conducting in addition to carrying an overall responsibility for wind orchestra conducting studies. The lecturer works closely with the orchestral conducting professor and other staff members responsible for conducting education. Moreover, the lecturer actively takes part in the coordination of cooperative activities with the Finnish Defence Forces wind orchestra.

The Sibelius Academy has a wind orchestra called Academy Winds, which functions as an umbrella for various ensembles, ranging from smaller chamber ensembles to a symphony wind orchestra. The lecturer is responsible for Academy Winds activities in cooperation with two orchestra managers, the orchestral committee and Head of the Department.

The lecturer also has an important role in conducting brass and woodwind ensembles, as well as furthering wind instrument and wind orchestra music in cooperation with the brass professor and woodwinds professor, the latter post of which shall commence in 2016. The lecturer is encouraged to actively cooperate with other music schools, in order to be able to increase the number of  wind instrument applicants for Bachelor and Master-level studies in the future. Duties of the lecturer in wind orchestra conducting also include teaching orchestral conducting when needed. In addition, the lecturer will take part e.g. in course evaluations and student admissions. The lecturer’s responsibilities may also include the development and implementation of minor studies in wind instrument ensemble conducting.

Selection criteria

The lecturer is required to hold a suitable Master’s degree. Candidates who do not hold a Master’s degree but can demonstrate extensive practical working experience and special artistic merits may also be eligible. The successful carrying out of the duties of Lecturer requires a high level of artistic merit, extensive experience in wind orchestra conducting, good cooperative and organisational skills, as well as the ability to broadly develop their field and its related tuition. Teaching skills and experience, in addition to a desire and ability to guide students in their studies, are of the utmost importance.

The selection process will take into account

  • Experience as a wind orchestra conductor
  • Other artistic merits and artistic activities
  • Teaching experience in wind orchestra conducting (particularly at university or other tertiary education level)
  • Teaching experience in orchestral conducting
  • Practical experience gained through master class teaching, or similar
  • Suitable training; suitable doctoral degree preferred
  • Demonstrations of interactive and organisational skills in expert positions and international networking

In addition to the available documentation, the applicant’s suitability will also be evaluated in a separately organised aptitude test, where the applicant’s skills and suitability are evaluated in relation to the required duties and working environment. Organised in Helsinki on 8.2.2016, the aptitude test will include a performance demonstration, teaching demonstration and interview.

The languages of tuition in this position are Finnish, Swedish and English. Domestic applicants are required to have excellent language skills in Finnish or Swedish in addition to strong English language skills. International applicants are required to have strong English language skills. Language skills will be assessed in relation to the requirements of the position and will be demonstrated in the aptitude test.

Finnish applicants are additionally required to present one of the following certificates of proficiency in Finnish or Swedish:

  1. A certificate signed by a member or deputy member of the State Board of Language Examinations, or in another manner prescribed by the Decree on the Demonstration of Knowledge of the Finnish and Swedish Languages in State Administration (481/2003) (e.g. by passing the language test included in the basic curriculum of a university-level institution);
  2.  A certificate issued by a professor, assistant professor, or lecturer who teaches the language in question at a Finnish university-level institution;
  3. A matriculation examination certificate indicating a pass in the language in question.

According to the Staff Regulations of the University of the Arts Helsinki, the Dean of the Academy may approve an exception to the language requirements.


The lecturer’s salary is determined in accordance with the Finnish universities salary system. In addition to the job-specific salary, a personal salary component will be paid. At the start of the employment relationship, the job demand level is 6, which sets the total full-time (100%) monthly salary for the position at 3 600–4 200 €.

Selection procedure

On the basis of a statement by the recruitment committee, the Faculty Dean of Classical Music will decide which candidates will be invited to the aptitude test. After the aptitude test, the recruitment committee makes a selection proposal. The Dean of the Sibelius Academy makes the decision on the appointment of the lecturer. The aim is to make the final selection in March 2016.

How to apply

Applications and attachments are to be sent via email as a single PDF file to the Sibelius Academy Registry at siba.kirjaamo(at)uniarts.fi, no later than Monday 3.12.2015 at 3:00 p.m. (GMT +2). An acknowledgement of receipt will then be directed to the sending address.The contents of the application must include (as a single pdf file):

  1. An informal covering letter
  2. A recruitment portfolio: portfolio template recruitment portfolio template
  3. Official copies of degree transcripts
  4. Language proficiency certificate (Finnish applicants only)


  • Questions concerning the post are answered by Head of the Department Matti Perttula, tel. +358 41 535 4213.
  • Questions concerning the application process are answered by HR Officer Anne Kilpeläinen, tel. +358 40 710 4214.
  • Enquiries via email: firstname.lastname@uniarts.fi.


The recruitment portfolio must follow the composition below.  If you want, you can use the Word template (link above). Only the headlines that are essential to the assignment and applicant are to be filled in.

Recruitment portfolio composition

1 Basic information

1.1 Name of the applied position

1.2 How did you get information of this position (e.g. through job.ac.uk, Academic Positions, Musical Chairs portal)

1.3 Personal information and contact details (name, address, phone number, e-mail address, date of birth)

1.4 Higher education degrees and other education (Other education, master classes, etc. Only the most essential in this context)

1.5 Other background information (Language skills, other?)

2. Artistic and academic activity and research

2.1 Artistic activity (A short description of artistic activities and concert activities)

2.2 Research and academic activity (A short description of research)

2.3 Notable artistic/academic publications and recordings (Recordings, research projects, documents, publication catalogue, conference presentations, etc.)

2.4 Reviews, awards and grant scholarships

2.5 Goals, aspirations, and personal development plans in the context of this job and field

2.6 Other artistic and academic merits (Expert assignments, jury memberships, international contacts, funding procurement)

3 Teaching and supervision

3.1 Teaching and supervision experience at higher education facilities, both at bachelor’s and master’s as well as doctoral level (e.g., a list of latest/most notable teaching assignments and theses supervised)

3.2 Other teaching and supervision experience

3.3 Pedagogical studies

3.4 Experience in educational development and curriculum assignments

3.5 Participation in teaching assessment, evaluation, and development

3.6 Pedagogical vision and teaching work basis (A short description of personal teaching objectives, procedures and principles. Advantages and challenges, proof of results, student success)

3.7 Pedagogical views on the organisation and development of education offered in the field

3.8 Experience in study-materials development

3.9 Other teaching-related activities and merits (Expert assignments, working parties, fields of responsibility, international cooperation, etc.)

4 Other activities

4.1 Administrative and executive assignments

4.2 Societal assignments and positions of responsibility

4.3 General publications, presentations and other related communications

4.5 Other notable assignments

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