Assistant Professor, Orchestral Studies, Music and Dance: The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Assistant Professor, Orchestral Studies, Music and Dance
Category: Faculty (Tenure Track – Academic Year/9 months)RSS feed of all Jobs   Subscribe to Job Alerts
Department: Music and Dance
Locations: Amherst, MA
Posted: Aug 18, ’16
Type: Full-time
Ref. No.: 51217
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About University of Massachusetts Amherst:

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is one of the major public research universities in America.  Nestled in idyllic Amherst, Massachusetts, the campus is consistently ranked among the top public research universities in the nation, and offers a rich cultural environment in a rural setting close to major urban centers.

Job Description:

The Department of Music and Dance at the University of Massachusetts Amherst announces the position of Director of Orchestral Studies.

Position: Assistant Professor. Tenure track. Salary: Commensurate with Assistant Professor rank.  Position begins September 1, 2017.

Responsibilities: Conduct the UMass Amherst Symphony Orchestra.Teach under-graduate instrumental conducting. Guide the graduate program in orchestral conducting. Supervise teaching assistant in conducting. Conduct the All-University Orchestra. Additional teaching responsibilities depend on candidate’s areas of expertise and department needs. Build and maintain national visibility s an ensemble conductor as part of professional development. Coordinate instrumental recruitment activities with the applied faculty and other large ensemble conductors. Advise and mentor undergraduate and graduate students, serve on committees, and perform other university and professional service, as appropriate.



  • Master’s degree in the field of music required.
  • Doctorate or equivalent professional experience preferred.
  • Proven success as an orchestra director at the university and/or professional levels.
  • Exceptional musical, teaching, recruiting, and organizational skills necessary to develop and sustain a strong collegiate orchestral program.
  • Experience teaching class and/or applied conducting is desirable.

Additional Information:

The University is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body.  The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University’s goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individual’s record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities.  We will also favorably consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic degree and career.

We are seeking talented applicants qualified for an assistant professor position. Under exceptional circumstances, highly qualified candidates at other ranks may receive consideration.

Application Instructions:

To apply submit: 1) a cover letter, 2) a curriculum vitae, and 3) links to
high quality video recordings of both a rehearsal and a performance.

Upload the links in a separate document, not as part of the cover letter or curriculum vitae. The total video footage should not exceed 20 minutes.

Review of applications will begin October 17, 2016  and continue until the position is filled.

Additional supporting materials may be requested from finalists.

Application materials will not be returned.


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