Orchestra Director – Purchase College, SUNY Purchase, New York
The School of the Arts at Purchase College, SUNY seeks candidates for the faculty position of Conductor of the Purchase Symphony Orchestra, beginning August 2017. The appointment will be a non-tenure track, part-time, renewable appointment at an appropriate rank (Assistant or Associate Professor of Practice in Music, etc.) for the qualifications of the chosen applicant. Salary is commensurate with experience. Applicants to this position must be excellent conductors, outstanding teachers, and able leaders interested in shaping the future of classical music.
The Purchase Symphony Orchestra serves as the primary large ensemble learning experience for instrumentalists in the classical division of the Conservatory of Music. It meets twice weekly, on Tuesday and Friday afternoons, and presents eight (8) annual concerts including opera productions, choral works, and an aural/visual experimental series called the Purchase Orchestra Electric.
The Conductor will be responsible for building and managing the orchestra, and thus function as its primary custodian, or instructor of record. S/he will work with the Director of the Conservatory and its classical faculty to determine repertoire & schedule, identify pedagogical needs, and develop strategies to meet them. As with all higher education classical instrumental programs, recruitment of qualified applicants and enrollees is essential to a healthy orchestra. Part of the contractual obligation of the Conductor will be to serve as an eager and active recruiter of students, including, but not limited to, working with youth ensembles throughout the state (NY) and region (NJ/CT), managing runout performances, and to build partnerships and feeder systems from outstanding music programs.
Contractual responsibilities will consist of conducting a minimum of five (5) concerts during the academic year (end of August to the beginning of May), teaching two classroom courses: Conducting Techniques (in the fall semester) and Conducting Strategies (in the spring semester), and actively recruiting students on behalf of the Conservatory of Music as assigned and approved by the Director of the Conservatory.
Our ideal candidate will have interests and experience that extend beyond his or her specialty, strong collaboration skills, the ability to effectively communicate and engage various communities and stakeholders, and the ability to encompass broader approaches to art practice and human knowledge.
Founded on the principle that artists and scholars are indispensable to each other and to an enlightened society, Purchase College combines professional conservatory programs in the visual and performing arts and distinguished programs in the liberal arts and sciences. Located 25 miles north of Manhattan in Westchester County, the campus celebrates individuality, diversity, and creativity as we encourage students to “Think Wide Open”. At Purchase College, the arts play a special role ? liberal education infuses the arts and the arts infuse the campus. Purchase College is part of the State University of New York system.
Applicants must possess a graduate/professional degree (MM, DMA, etc.) in a music-related discipline, or show substantial commensurate professional experience conducting and teaching as a substitute. In addition, current demonstrable experience in recruiting students within higher education for a classical musical program is preferred.
Applicants must attach the following to the online employment application:
Cover letter (maximum one-page) expressing interest in the position and summarizing qualifications
CV, including degrees, experience, noted productions, reviews, courses taught, etc. As a separate page of the CV, include links to online hosted videos (Vimeo, YouTube, etc.) or downloads of video files (Dropbox, etc.) demonstrating the conducting of the performances of three different works. Audio fidelity must show performance quality, video should include conductor.
Names, addresses, and e-mail addresses (and phone numbers, if possible) of three references (attach as “Other Document 1”).
One statement: about the role of the orchestra within today’s society in the US; or of the candidate’s teaching philosophy
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