Orchestra Director – University of Puget Sound Tacoma, Washington


APPOINTMENT: Full-time, tenure track appointment; begins Fall Term 2017

DEPARTMENT: School of Music (www.pugetsound.edu/music)

RESPONSIBILITIES: Conduct and administer all activities of the Symphony Orchestra. Teach in other areas based on the candidate’s expertise and the needs of the program. Collaborate with other conductors on the faculty. Recruit students for the program, pursue ensemble outreach opportunities, organize and lead ensemble tours. Other duties include continuation of professional development, maintaining a public profile as a conductor and teacher, advising students, and participating in departmental and university governance.

QUALIFICATIONS: Doctorate in Music; Master in Music with commensurate professional experience in lieu of a doctorate considered. Demonstrated excellence in orchestral conducting and teaching. Ability to approach the orchestra as a classroom, laboratory, and performing ensemble. Evidence of innovative thinking and the potential to develop an outstanding 21st-century ensemble. Commitment to undergraduate teaching and liberal arts education.

Compensation and Benefits:

Rank: Assistant Professor

Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

Puget Sound offers a generous benefits package. For more information, visit: http://www.pugetsound.edu/…/human-resources/overview-of-un…/

ABOUT THE SCHOOL OF MUSIC: An accredited institutional member of NASM, the School of Music (www.pugetsound.edu/music) offers a comprehensive program for undergraduates with degrees in performance, music education, music business, and the liberal arts. The School of Music is a vital part of campus cultural life producing over 140 events per year, including ensemble performances, recitals, stage productions, workshops, festivals, and master classes.

GENERAL: Puget Sound is a selective national liberal arts college in Tacoma, Washington, drawing 2,600 students from 48 states and 20 countries. Tacoma is a vibrant, diverse mid-sized urban port city. Within, and near, Tacoma there is ready access to urban, rural, and natural areas as well as opportunities to participate in a wide variety of cultural activities. Puget Sound graduates include Rhodes and Fulbright scholars, notables in the arts and culture, entrepreneurs and elected officials, and leaders in business and finance locally and throughout the world. A low student-faculty ratio provides Puget Sound students with personal attention from faculty who have a strong commitment to teaching and offer 1,200 courses each year in more than 40 traditional and interdisciplinary fields, including graduate programs in occupational and physical therapy and in education. Puget Sound is the only nationally ranked independent undergraduate liberal arts college in Western Washington, and one of just five independent colleges in the Pacific Northwest granted a charter by Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s most prestigious academic honorary society. Visit “About Puget Sound” (http://www.pugetsound.edu/about) to learn more about the college.

Application Deadline: Search and selection procedures will be closed when a sufficient number of qualified candidates have been identified. Interested individuals are encouraged to submit application materials no later than November 4, 2016 to ensure consideration.

Required Documents:

Please submit curriculum vitae (CV) when prompted to submit resume. Additional documents can be attached within the application before submission. Applications submitted without the required attachments will not be considered.

– Letter of interest that includes your vision for an undergraduate ensemble based on current trends in the orchestra field
– Curriculum Vitae that includes a representative list of conducted repertoire
– Sample of a four-year repertoire cycle appropriate for an undergraduate symphony orchestra
– Online links to rehearsal and performance video recordings
– Three (3) Letters of Reference. You will be prompted to enter the contact information for three (3) reference providers. The system will email these reference providers to request a letter on the next business day.

All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of a background inquiry.

Diversity Statement

– We acknowledge the richness of commonalities and differences we share as a university community; the intrinsic worth of all who work and study here; that education is enhanced by investigation of and reflection upon multiple perspectives.
– We aspire to create respect for and appreciation of all persons as a key characteristic of our campus community; to increase the diversity of all parts of our University community through commitment to diversity in our recruitment and retention efforts; to foster a spirit of openness to active engagement among all members of our campus community.
– We act to achieve an environment that welcomes and supports diversity; to ensure full educational opportunity for all who teach and learn here; to prepare effectively citizen-leaders for a pluralistic world.

Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. To learn more please visit: http://www.pugetsound.edu/about/diversity-at-puget-sound/“>http://www.pugetsound.edu/about/diversity-at-puget-sound/

How to Apply
For complete job description and application instructions, visit: www.pugetsound.edu/employment

As a strategic goal and through our core values, University of Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. EOE/AA

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