Graduate Assistantship in Orchestral Conducting. Serve as Assistant Conductor of the NAU Symphony, Chamber Orchestra, and Opera Theatre, while obtaining a MM degree in Instrumental Conducting.

The assistantship includes a tuition waiver and stipend, and generous podium time with the top ensembles. The NAU Orchestras perform 6-8 concerts annually, plus a fully staged opera. As part of the curriculum, an international conducting workshop is held on campus every other year, with world-renowned panelists:

Northern Arizona University sits at 7000 feet, in the foothills of the San Francisco Peaks. Outdoor enthusiasts will find convenient access to hiking, biking, climbing, skiing, and the Grand Canyon. The School of Music has approximately 450 music majors and 50 full time faculty, with specialists on every instrument.

Program Highlights:
-Significant time in front of the top ensembles, including performances.
-Opportunity to conducting complete operas.
-Coached rehearsal sessions.
-Frequent video recording and review sessions.
-Assistance with job search and application procedures.
-Experience administrating all aspects of a college orchestra program.

Qualifications:  Undergraduate degree (or higher) in music, demonstrated ability as a conductor and as a performer on an orchestral instrument. Must have the ability to lead college-level ensembles in rehearsals and concerts. Some experience with opera is desirable but not required. International applicants from non-English speaking countries must have acceptable TOEFL scores, as required for admission to the college.

Deadline for submitting conducting materials is February 11, 2017.
Live audition date is March 20, 2017.

Contact Dr. Daniel O’Bryant with any questions:

Please see the website for complete application procedures:


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