Director of Orchestral Activities – Duquesne University Pittsburg, Pennsylvania

Director of Orchestral Activities – Duquesne University
Pittsburg, Pennsylvania

The School of Music seeks a dynamic leader to serve as the Director of Orchestral Activities. This is a full-time, nine-month, tenure or non-tenure track appointment, beginning fall 2016, at the rank of assistant professor. Candidates should hold an earned doctorate in music (as the doctorate is a condition tenure), though extensive past professional experience in conducting may be considered in lieu of an earned doctorate.

The Director of Orchestral Activities will serve as an integral part of the artistic and teaching faculty of the Mary Pappert School of Music, working in a collegial atmosphere to support the broader vision of the school. The successful candidate will work with students with a variety of professional goals. We seek an individual with the capacity for strategic leadership to help shape the direction and development of the orchestral program and contribute positively to the local, regional, national and international reputation of the school.

The Director of Orchestral Activities serves as a teacher and mentor for student musicians; recruits and retains and students; oversees the program budget; works collaboratively with faculty colleagues, establishes positive and productive relationships with the broader artistic and educational communities, and pursues creative/scholarly activity at the highest levels.

The successful candidate will work to expand the program further through activities such as:

Developing the orchestral program to have greater scope and breadth within the university community as a whole and within the school specifically. This could include, for example, the establishment of additional string/orchestral ensembles (such as a chamber orchestra, string ensemble, or a contemporary/new music ensemble); providing opportunities to incorporate qualified music minors and non-music majors in the relevant and appropriate orchestral ensemble(s);
Teaching conducting classes and applied lessons, and other courses, depending on the candidates specific interests, experience, and expertise, as well as the needs of the school.
Developing summer conducting workshops, symposia, or similar activities that would promote the schools standing and recruit students.

The successful candidate will also actively participate in the broader educational life of the university, including advising and mentoring of students, serving on school and university committees, and other initiatives aligned with the broader university mission and goals.

At the Mary Pappert School of Music, we are educating the musical leaders of the twenty-first century through challenging music degree programs for the mind, heart, and spirit. The School of Music, founded in 1926, celebrated its 85th anniversary in 2011. It was named in honor of Mary Pappert in 1999 after a bequest of the Pappert family. Our University motto, “Spiritus Est Qui Vivificat,” It is the Spirit Who Gives Life, inspires our classrooms, rehearsals, and concert venues.

Music students benefit from an enviable 4:1 student-to-faculty ratio, over 60 practice/rehearsal spaces, three professional recording studios, 68 Steinway pianos (All Steinway School), a music technology lab and a digital piano/computer lab. School of Music students learn from a faculty of 24 full-time and more than 80 adjunct professors (more than 20 are members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra) who are dedicated instructors as well as internationally-renowned performers, composers, arrangers, recording artists and master teachers. The student body numbers approximately 350, with 275 undergraduate and 75 graduate students. Our distinguished faculty and talented students perform over two hundred concerts and recitals on campus every year, and additional tours, broadcasts, and recordings that reach a worldwide audience.

Graduates of the Mary Pappert School of Music have established distinguished careers as performers in a wide range of professional ensembles and organizations around the globe, including major symphony orchestras and vocal and opera ensembles, rock/jazz/popular music groups, ensembles of the armed forces, and in the broader commercial music business and recording industries in Nashville, LA, New York, and in countless local music studios across the country. Our alumni hold teaching positions in public and private schools and universities throughout the US and also in Asia, Europe, and South America and are recipients of countless awards and accolades for winning international competitions including GRAMMY nominations/awards and distinguished honors for excellence in music education. DU graduates have a strong reputation as leaders across the broad spectrum of the music landscape, and occupy administrative/CEO positions in major arts organizations and higher education institutions. Others have established distinguished careers as engineers and producers in the recording industry, as leaders in sacred/church music, as teachers/entrepreneurs in professional/community music schools, or as leaders and innovators in music therapy in hospitals, clinics and other health care facilities across the US.

Undergraduate degrees offered at the Pappert School include the Bachelor of Arts in Music, the Bachelor of Music in Music Performance, Bachelor of Science in Music Education, Bachelor of Science in Music Therapy, Bachelor of Music in Music Technology and Bachelor of Music with Elective Studies in Business. Students may pursue applied studies in classical and/or jazz styles. Graduate level degrees include Master of Music degrees in Performance, Music Technology, Music Education and Sacred Music, as well as the Artist Diploma in Performance. Further information about the School can be found at:

Required Qualifications:

Demonstrated excellence in orchestral conducting
Demonstrated capacity for strategic leadership
Strong interpersonal communication skills
The ability to mentor students about orchestral dispositions
Ability to collaborate with other school ensembles, including choral and opera programs

Strongly Preferred Qualifications:

An earned doctorate in music. Extensive professional experience (as a conductor) may be considered in lieu of an earned doctorate.
Prior experience with program administration and budgeting

To Apply

Duquesne University uses Interfolio to collect all faculty job applications electronically. Complete materials include a letter of application, current curriculum vitae, the names and contact information for at least three professional references, and two audio/video recordings—a recent rehearsal and a recent performance to: Please limit recordings to 15 minutes each. YouTube may be provided in place of one or both submitted recordings. Review of complete application materials will begin January 4, 2016, and will continue until the position is filled. Questions regarding the position may be directed to: Dr. Stephen Benham, Chair of the Search Committee or 412-396-1887. The anticipated employment date is August 1, 2016.

Duquesne University was founded in 1878 by its sponsoring religious community, the Congregation of the Holy Spirit. Duquesne University is Catholic in mission and ecumenical in spirit. Motivated by its Catholic identity, Duquesne values equality of opportunity both as an educational institution and as an employer.


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