Kent State University: Graduate Assistantship in Orchestral Conducting




Graduate Assistantship in Orchestral Conducting


Duties:                         Assist the Director of Orchestras in all aspects of the orchestral program including regular conducting and rehearsing opportunities with the Kent State University Orchestra, and potential for creation of GA-run string orchestra; assist with conducting-instruction; manage orchestral operations including library and logistics. Duties equal to 20 hours per week.


Stipend:                       The Assistantship carries a tuition waiver for 8 credits per semester (covers minimum degree requirements). In addition, a stipend is awarded for a full-time nine-month contract.


Deadline:                     To be assured of consideration, application materials should be received and audition should be completed by April 1. Appointments will begin in August of the academic year.


Qualifications:             Bachelor’s degree in music and admission to graduate studies in the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music.




Audition:                      To receive full consideration, candidates must submit a 30-45 minute videotape (or links to online videos) of conducting, including (if possible) rehearsal footage. Candidates will then be notified by the Director of Orchestras if they are invited to audition, and then will arrange for an on-campus audition and interview.


Admission Application: 


MM Conducting           Catalog description, admission requirements and degree requirements.

Degree Information:


Kent State Orchestra:  The Kent State University Orchestra is made up of 60-70 undergraduate and graduate musicians, with the majority of them music majors. The KSUO performs 7-8 different programs per season, including operas and choral-orchestral performances. The graduate assistant in orchestral conducting will have regular weekly podium time with the orchestra, and will conduct on most performances.


General Information:   The Hugh A. Glauser School of Music is one of the most distinguished schools of music in the Midwest and is one of only three state-assisted schools of music in Ohio to offer degrees from the baccalaureate through the doctorate. The Glauser School houses the Kent/Blossom Music Festival program, among the most respected summer professional training festivals in the country. For more information, feel free to visit our website at


For more information or questions contact:


Michael W. Chunn                                                       Katherine Kilburn
Coordinator of Graduate Studies                                 Director of Orchestras

Hugh A. Glauser School of Music                                Hugh A. Glauser School of Music

Kent State University                                                   Kent State University

Kent, OH   44242-0001                                                Kent, OH   44242-0001

(330) 672-9234                                                            (330) 672-9235                                            

Availability of Graduate Assistantships is subject to fiscal year appropriations.


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